Inpex grew out of a need to rethink established internationalization strategies and sales tactics (such as fairs, showcases, national lobby organizations and sales agents) as these in the 90s tended to have saturated the market and thereby lost its generative potential. With this in mind a strategy was chosen to build networks based on particular shared interests and engagements rather than a national or professional alignment.

In that the Swedish Arts Grants Committee was the owner of the initiative, it appeared as obvious to provide a vague organization that could act as a springboard for the individual’s interests. In other words each individual member forms the organization rather than the organization its members. Inpex was inspired by contemporary organizational models, which support the individual’s mobility within a dynamic organization, which reacts to changeable trends and interests.

Besides extensive international work, Inpex has functioned as a forum for discussion and strategic development as well as contributed to knowledge production as regards new perspectives on choreography and dance. Inpex is no castle, but as a ”tent” it has given artists significant support and provided a place for development. Inpex’s organization and practice, allows it not to be prescriptive, which in turn means that every individual member uses the organization’s activities according to their specific needs.

Inpex approach is based on the belief that the individual contacts and the trust that is built thereby, on a long-term, promotes international activities. Inpex focuses on cooperation in common interests to generate long-term contact that allows a variety of ways to work internationally.


Photo: Oscar Poulsen 

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