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

#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

activism / australia / class / community / fetishism / privilege / solidarities / sydney / urban

Framing occupy, homelessness, solidarity

In 2000 the sociologist Rob Rosenthal published a study on public representations of homelessness (cited, for example in studies such as this one on homelessness, social work and the print media in Australia). Rosenthal’s study grouped mainstream media representations of homelessness into three loose categories: Lackers, Slackers and Unwilling Victims. I’ve been reflecting (surprise surprise) … Continue reading

privilege / solidarities / urban


(An out-take from the symposium talk – from which you can experience more thinking here and also here) In negotiating our claim on space with those of others as a collective claim, we might do some definitional work. For example: how does a space become marked as ‘vacant’, ‘empty’, ‘derelict’, ‘trashed’? What do these terms … Continue reading

activism / class / privilege


Betsy Leondar-Wright on the wedge I’ve been alluding to is quoted below. The emphasis is mine. “It’s very, very hard for progressive-middle-class activists to see our alternative subcultures as related to our privileged class status. The reason is that we PMC [professional middle-class] activists often feel like the underdogs in middle-class society. This is not … Continue reading