#occupy / homelessness / reading / solidarities

#occupy/place

“We have heard of the ‘resignations from the American Dream’[14] that emerged as a part of the Occupy phenomenon, as well as the re-emergence of occupy infrastructures in the form of #OccupySandy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.[15] Circulating throughout these examples are relations of disaffection and detachment, as well as the making of infrastructures … Continue reading

policing / reading

the police are everywhere confronted

“Among the institutions that stamp their imprint on the daily life of the population and on the climate of ‘problem’ neighbourhoods, special attention must be afforded to the police. As the ‘frontline’ agency and frowning face of the state directly turned down towards precarious and marginal categories, the police are everywhere confronted with a deep … Continue reading

culturemaking / gentrification / reading

David Ley on “the aestheticisation of place”

“Artists … are very special members of the middle class for they stretch its imagination, its desires, even its practices, beyond its norms and conventions. The artistic lifestyle, like the creative art-work, deliberately presses the borders of conventional middle-class life, while at the same time representing its advancing, colonising arm. … [T]his venturing is part … Continue reading

psyche / reading

Psychic resistance

‘Opposition takes its first steps from a footing of complicity.’ — Complicities: The intellectual and apartheid, Mark Sanders, 9 ‘How does a sense of woundedness become the basis for a sense of identity?’ — States of injury: Power and freedom in late modernity, Wendy Brown ‘If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it.’ … Continue reading

australia / reading

Breathe

“Aspiration“, as Race writes, “was taken to denote mobility – both ‘upward’ and ‘outward’, economic and geographic…. the aspirationals were said [quoting a newspaper article from the time] to ‘believe in the private sector and in being self-reliant; they are individualistic, competitive and heavily in debt to their mortgages, their credit cards, and their cars… … Continue reading