La jerga de la autenticidad, trad. David Kishik y Stefan Pedatella, Stanford:
The Catering Regime Pascal Gielen and Paul De Bruyne The most important department at universities and academies these days is the general and technical services facility.
It is not only the students who have to comply with the rules imposed on them by an army of service workers.
Teachers also submit to being disciplined by security staff, copy services, IT people, roster makers, and waitresses serving coffee or organizing a reception. Sandwiches are no longer to be prepared by the mum of one of the teachers or students and the cleaner can no longer be some distant relative of one of the staff.
Henceforth, everything is to be done in a professional manner. Michel Foucault, if he were still alive, would lick his fingers if confronted with such a regime. Our use of some military jargon here is not unintentional. Likewise, the disciplinary power of the catering regime is founded on a correctional system.
Some heads of schools try to spare their students this regime by using alternative spaces far from the school building itself. Teachers and professors who wish to share their artistic and intellectual enthusiasm via book launches, symposiums and other extracurricular activities prefer to find cheaper accommodations with less rigid hours elsewhere.
These days, the school building is often seen as a suffocating environment because the general services department has become the control department. You may perhaps think that we are laying it on a bit too thick and are grossly exaggerating things.
Okay, being art lovers, we confess that we are adept at exaggerating, but our seemingly overblown take may be not all that weird once we closely examine the principle of catering and define what catering is exactly, and especially what it actually does.
Catering delivers food on demand, made-to-measure. Not just, hopefully, high-quality and tasty food, but — and this is the most important principle of catering — it delivers it on time, in the right quantity and in the right place.
Catering therefore is all about short-term stock management, distribution, and timing as it deals mostly in fresh food with a limited shelf life.
It is essential to accurately estimate the potential demand. In other words, catering is a matter of continual calculation. All in all, catering comes down to the art of delivering on time and on demand.
Academies and universities are after all expected to deliver knowledge that is made-to-measure and meets the demands of its clients or potential students. Even the contents of a discipline, however classic, nowadays have a limited shelf life, subjected as they are to quickly changing demands in the labour market.
The transfer of knowledge and the learning process are literally custom-made to fit modules and competencies, which in turn are neatly divided into precisely calculated hours of contact.
They are also subjected to consumer and satisfaction questionnaires in all sorts of interim educational assessments or audits. Education has indeed become a form of catering, and just like in catering, the client is well aware in advance of what to expect, which is never the sublime cuisine of a top-notch restaurant, but a well-calculated mediocrity.
To the catering regime, after all, quality first and foremost means not delivering outside the norm. That is one guarantee the client at least has. Neoliberalism or the Fundamentalism of Measurability The bold thesis that this introduction proposes is that the catering regime is in fact the carrying out of a political ideology, i.
The catering regime is the actual everyday implementation of a political agenda. It is a silent but active policy that both covers up explicitly articulated politics and implements them in everyday real life.
In doing so, this regime transforms a political ideology into a crypto-ideology, one that presents itself as the only possible option with any sense of reality.
In previous publications by the Arts in Society research group, we have commented regularly on neoliberalism. All the issues that we have discussed so far in this series, ranging from globalisation, interculturality, and post-Fordism to community art, have links with this political agenda.
Neoliberalization also implies the dismantlement of the welfare state. In those earlier books, however, we did not really discuss the distinction between liberalism and neoliberalism. Yet the difference between these historically distinctive agendas is essential in understanding the notion of the catering regime proposed here.
Whereas neoliberalism, just like its historic predecessor, firmly believes in the wholesome working of free competition and free markets, and while both proclaim that the state should take a step back and not interfere too much with the markets, neoliberalism has a fundamentally different approach to its guiding principle.
Historically, liberalism does not only have individual freedom as a political and social goal, but also holds an optimistic view of mankind in which the world will be a better place if individuals are given full freedom.
Freedom is not just the goal of liberalism, it is also the condition on which a better society can build and develop itself. Or, to put it differently: Therefore, the market must be allowed to function as freely as possible, which, if taken to its extreme, means a laissez-faire capitalism.
Also, one should take the risk of giving individuals as much freedom as possible in order to realize progress in prosperity.R.
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