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josie on Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:45:49 +0100 (CET)


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Hi,

Here are the fruits of a research project Anthony Iles and myself have
been doing into the aesthetic strategies of public art which seeks to
engage critically with the general instrumentalisation of art within
regeneration schemes and Creative City agendas.

It feels like more work needs to be done to analyse the
aesthetics that are developing through and against the
extra-aesthetic agendas of creativity tsars and urban regenerators.

Be good to hear of any other related research you recommend.

Best,

Josie



http://www.metamute.org/en/pod/no_room_to_move_radical_art_and_the_regenerate_city

No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City

by Josephine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles

As the Creative City model for urban regeneration founders on the rocks of
the recession, and the New Labour public art commissioning frenzy it
triggered recedes, Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry Slater take stock of
an era of highly instrumentalised public art making. Focusing on artists
and consultants who have engaged critically with the exclusionary politics
of urban regeneration, their analysis locates such practice within a
schematic history of urban developmentâs neoliberal mode. Breaking down
into a report and collection of interviews, this investigation
consistently focuses on the possibility and forms of critical public art
within a regime that fetishises âcreativityâ whilst systematically
destroying the preconditions for it in its pursuit of capital
accumulation. How, they ask, is critical art shaped by its interaction
with this aspect of biopolitical governance?


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