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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

sydney / urban

Co-operation, co-option, corporate

At the talk in July, someone asked about the potential of certain temporary/DIY/shoestring urban efforts for co-option by more corporate forces. There’s certainly a… memetic? effect at Central Park Sydney, with an art gallery ‘pop-up and annex’ appearing on the Broadway side of the development next to a ‘mostly organic café’. Both were very busy … Continue reading

fetishism / gentrification / hood / house/home / sydney / urban

Eulogistic urbanism

I tweeted this story as “eulogistic urbanism”, which is a term I have started to apply to representations of urban change that incorporate an abject before into a shiny new present; usually while subjects of abjection (‘druggies’, ‘derros’ in the case of this story) are still living there and doubtless have a more complex subjectivity … Continue reading