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The Foundation is conducting a very extensive research, ranging from the history of culture consumption to the modern economics of culture. The results of the research are helping to create the new rules for contracts between the artists and the "users" of the art.

The language of institutional economics was chosen as the most appropriate for describing the problems of cultural markets and cultural consumption. But on top of the already established concepts Foundation uses it own innovations, since this whole area is new and developing.

The Foundation uses the knowledge and ideas that were developed and supported by the most competent authorities - from the successful practices of cultural industries (cinema, art market, recording studios etc.) to the pure theorists in economics (Nobel prize winners in institutional economics, members of ACEI).


The Foundation organizes large-scale social projects, which goals are to collect experience to support our hypothesis. All out theoretical computations are tested in the filed. For that the theoretical logic of the new market rules in the symbolic exchange is tested by these experiments, discussions, grant competitions and media exposure through the internet publications.

Economics of culture has its own specific character, its own specific effects, difficulties and market peculiarities. There are not that many specialists who can notice and identify those problematic areas. Our grant competitions were developed not only to support young talented scientists but to help form a society of such specialists.

On regular basis our Foundation holds seminars, round tables and conferences. The variety of participants of these brain storm sessions confirms the openness of our "laboratory" and demonstrates the vast amount of contiguities within different disciplines. On top of this, in 2005 the Foundation started two collaborative projects with prominent informational internet portals and There our research finds a powerful analytical support.


Here are the results of our experiments "Pragmatics of movies" ("Cinema") and "Pragmatics of theater" ("Theatron") that were conducted from July 2003 to April 2004. In them we tested a system of two stage payments for a movie or a play.

. Spectators were offered to pay extra or to take back the money, depending on the personal perception of the quality of the event.

We did not pursue sociological goals or that of art critics,

the audience were give a chance to measure the quality of the cultural product in the symbols understood by everyone - money. Our experiments and their results were widely covered my media and academic circles.


Thanks to the translation services and publishing activities of the Foundation the best and most relevant works of the experts in cultural economics become available to the Russian speaking readers.

International pillars which you will find in the monographs and collections present the aspects of the pragmatics of culture on the scale of the world's humanitarian thought. The goal of the Foundation's publishing activities is the "disclosure" of the specific knowledge - economics of culture - and introduction of it not only to the professionals in the cultural industries but to the consumers of cultural goods as well.


The Foundation "ArtPragmatica" is extremely interested in widening the scientific circle whose intellectual potential could be realized in the sphere of cultural economics. Foundation's educational programs help to learn how to use new tools for understanding the cultural markets, entertainment and luxury industries, learn new pragmatic rules of symbolic exchange.

The "ArtPragmatica" Foundation gives out scholarships and organizes grant competitions in the files of economics and sociology of culture. Our educational programs support the intellectual potential that is concentrated in the colleges and universities and among the managers in cultural industries.

In 2002 the Foundation opened a department of cultural pragmatics at the State University's Higher School of Economics. It is chaired by the president of the Foundation, Professor Dr. Alexander Dolgin.

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