abjection / class / community / gentrification / homelessness / hood / house/home / innerwest / private / privilege / professional / scarcity / sydney / urban

Roaches and restitution

“I don’t see what I’ve done so wrong that I can’t live like everyone else in the world, live in a house and have a house that I can call home.” – Sam (pseudonym) qtd in Besides one’s self: Homelessness felt and lived, by Catherine Robinson, p.93. Last night I was able to get a … 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

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

#occupy / community / culturemaking / gentrification / privilege / scarcity / solidarities / sydney / urban

Vacant possession

A Talk for Time Machine: A Festival of Experimental Time-Based Art: Thanks to the Serial Space collective (especially Jennifer Hamilton) for organising Time Machine and inviting this talk into the program, and thanks to all who took part in the ensuing discussion. I think there was some energy for intentionally bringing together artist communities and … Continue reading

gentrification / hood / innerwest / urban

Foreclosing on foreclosure

#3, #2, #1 Speaking of Newtown, I’ve been reading about the Black Friday eviction, a story from the Great Depression, dated Friday 19 June, 1931. The local historian Alan Sharpe describes it thusly: “News got out the police were coming to evict a family living at Newtown. The well-organised, Communist-led Unemployed Worker’s Movement, having already … Continue reading