The International Artists Database
Whatever you always wanted to know about artists from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe but had to look long and hard to find, now you can find it with one click. culturebase.net is the name of the new Who’s Who of the non European art and culture scene.
Detailed portraits on artists from more than 150 countries and territories are immediately available through this multimedia database. So far culturebase.net contains information about 1,000 artists who work in the genres of visual arts, film, photography, design, theatre, dance and music, as well as literature and science.
Portraits written by experts offer detailed information about the included artists. Additionally, audio and video files, images and texts enable the user to have direct insight into artists’ work. All information can be accessed in English and German in this initial phase.
Furthermore, there is a search method for so-called “crossroads”. An example of a “crossroad” is a term like “Islam”, “Globalisation” or “Deconstruction”. The list of results from a search like this includes all artists who deal with such topics in their works – listed by relevance.
culturebase.net is the result of a strategic cooperation between four European partner institutions: The House of World Cultures in Berlin, The Danish Center for Culture and Development in Copenhagen, Intercult in Stockholm and Visiting Arts in London. The database is a tool for collaboration, which has been initiated by the House of World Cultures. culturebase.net is funded by the EU programme Culture 2000 and kindly supported by The Circle of Friends – House of World Cultures.
This free service will serve all those who are interested in art and culture. Journalists and academics can also use culturebase.net for their research. The service works as a virtual contact zone for institutions that are engaged with intercultural exchange. Artists known earlier only in their countries can now present their work to a wider audience. In this way, in initiators hope that culturebase.net will enable ‘journeys of discovery through intercultural similarities and differences’.