Literature about Culture Wars indicates that the culture war across time and place is not conducted uniformly; that it is intensely political; that its conflicts can be fought in governmental, bureaucratic, and economic terms; and that it not only distorts the ordinary use of language, but also promotes a dual consciousness.
In the papers collected here, readers are invited to pursue some of the specific ways in which Art practitioners in the main have experienced, and reflected upon, their struggles in the confrontations with industry and government whilst, in some cases, exploring their respective media by way of the very technologies associated with industry.
This issue of Double Dialogues deals with multiple experiences of how the culture war operates in the twenty-first century. It identifies the foes of Art, in particular identifying the politics that sidelines it from a central position in society. For those who believe art has transformative powers, the Culture War is one in which they engage in order to fight bureaucracy and the politics of economy that seek to stultify art's production.