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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

culturemaking / reading / urban

“The rough edges of my neighborhood allow me to separate my identities as a young urban professional by day and a struggling artist by night.”

“I felt a renewed sense of belonging. The three-month project is at once an arts-based gathering space, an events venue and an opportunity for micro-retail. The look and feel recalls a turn-of-the-century traveling circus, which is fitting due to its transitory nature. … The rough edges of my neighborhood allow me to separate my identities … Continue reading