Art and culture have always been important means by which we attempt to understand and shape the world around us, whether it is grappling with what it means to be human or how we build our cities. In the past, the content of art and design could lead to the most heated debates. Yet today, we seem unwilling or unable to make judgements about what is good or bad, whether it is in paintings or tower blocks. Instead, the arts have become a different kind of battleground, used openly to pursue political interests, whether it is governments attempting to engage with individuals or political campaigns attempting to use the influence of the arts as leverage in political battles. How should we understand culture today?