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

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

#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