So, how to use universal data analysis and visualisation tools to study Katowice culture? We are now on the point of deciding how the city should develop after celebrating its150 anniversary and launching the Katowice zone of culture, consisting of the Silesian Museum, the NOSPR concert hall and the International Congress Centre. The past year saw many debates, consultations and lively and social media discussions in to this end, and a fair number of recommendations concerning the development of culture in Katowice was presented in the City DNA report.
Although one of the main demands is the democratisation of cultural life, it seems to us that the debate on Katowice’s culture relies too much on the opinions of people who create it on a daily basis. It is often dominated by short-term ideas voiced by decision-makers from local cultural institutions members of non-governmental organizations, artists, experts and prominent opinion makers, but is lacking in well-conceived and long-term initiatives to get to know the opinions and needs of actual event attendees.
An good example in this respect is a discussion about what motivates people to participate and where it is that arrive from to attend the events in the centre of the metropolis. As hardly any institutions regularly research their audiences, how is it possible to determine whether such events cater to visitors or residents? If we fail to understand who is involved, how are we to know what principles should be adopted to bring about what perhaps is a legitimate decentralisation of culture in the city? This argument also holds true for the vital discussion about the role of the culture zone in breathing new life into the city centre. Little is known about the visitors to NOSPR or the Silesian Museum. How often do they drive in? Do the visit the market square or one of the central pubs and restaurants after the event? Consequently, how can we reasonably assess whether the location of the zone actually cuts people off the city centre?