Art World Intelligence (AWI)
Art World Intelligence provides analyses
to manage risk in art trading and to assess threats
to the security of cultural property. (see also Cultural Security)
AWI compares sales of artworks and events in international
affairs to provide intelligence for cultural diplomacy.
Cultural Intelligence informs:
- financial, political, and ethical decisions on the acquisition
of artworks (fine art, antiquities, tribal art...)
- foreign policy on the strategic value of artworks, historic structures, religious monuments, and cultural heritage sites.
Risk Assessments support:
- peforming due dillegence for prospective acquisitions
- planning of institutional policy for acquistion practices
- foreign engagement for cultural security, i.e. countering threats
(looting, trafficking, political violence, collateral damage...)
to cultural property (sample assessment)
- forecasting risk through the market value of artworks (sample assessment).
Trends: AWI compiles art-trading data through open source
collection and provides quantitative graphical analysis to identify
trends within markets and to compare trends across markets.
(sample data from worldwide sales of a major auction
AWI mines open source material to analyze events in transfer
(looting, trafficking, repatriation) and security
(political stability, armed conflict).
- A stready increase in sales volume of African tribal
art (red line in graph to the left) warrants inspection of individual
source nations for tribal art.
- Movement of terrorist groups from Northern Africa
into the Sahel motivates a nation-by-nation inspection of sales
of tribal art that originates from the region (graph to the right).
- The historical sales volume by nation of origin
suggests that Malian tribal art may bear consideration in discussions
on security in the Sahel.
Assessments: AWI analyzes market trends and regional events
for tactical intelligence to counter regional security threats and
to provide strategic intelligence for managing risk in trading of