More Today Than Yesterday (But Less Than There'll Be Tomorrow)

More Today Than Yesterday (But Less Than There'll Be Tomorrow)

This is the transcript from my keynote speech at Nuart Festival in Stavanger on 8th September 2019. It explores nostalgia narratives in Street Art and examines the practice’s links to gentrification. But perhaps we’re all gentrifiers nowadays?

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How far can you go? - A question at the heart of my role as critical friend for Super Slow Way...

How far can you go? - A question at the heart of my role as critical friend for Super Slow Way...

I visited Super Slow Way in June and July this year. This blog post reflects those visits and begins to pose the question at the heart of my role as critical friend for the Creative People and Places project.

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The Hyper-Market Strikes Back! - Text from my talk for Market Forces at Swap Market, Govanhill...

The Hyper-Market Strikes Back! - Text from my talk for Market Forces at Swap Market, Govanhill...

This is the text from my talk for the Market Forces event at the Swap Market Govanhill in Glasgow on 18th July 2019. It looks at the role artists play in the game of neoliberal planned gentrification.

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"Our Boat": Zombie Art Biennale Turns Venice Into The Island of the Living Dead

"Our Boat": Zombie Art Biennale Turns Venice Into The Island of the Living Dead

This is my attempt to explain the horror I feel witnessing the crass appropriation of a boat on which over 800 people (lumped together under the universally belittling term “migrants”) died when it sank in 2015 as an art object at this year’s Venice Biennale. I’m REALLY angry!

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Home is Where We Start From

Home is Where We Start From

This is my paper given as part of the Movement for Cultural Democracy panel at the Raymond Williams Society Conference in Manchester on 26th April 2019. It’s a mash up of some previous work but I think it is a succinct account of where my thinking is at about cultural democracy and working-class culture.

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A properly critical critical friend - my first blog as Super Slow Way critical friend...

A properly critical critical friend - my first blog as Super Slow Way critical friend...

I’m very excited to be Super Slow Way’s critical friend. I have been critical of Creative People and Places in the past but have always been intrigued by Super Slow Way - its team and its approach to programming. This is the first blog post about my experiences.

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Neoliberalism and the Arts

Neoliberalism and the Arts

This is rough draft of a paper I’m writing at the moment. I’m becoming increasingly concerned by the infiltration of arts and culture by neoliberal capitalism. The publication of the Cultural Cities Enquiry and launch of London’s Creative Land Trust this week are, I argue, clear examples of the neoliberalisation and corporate takeover of the arts. This paper attempts to begin to explain how and why neoliberalism has invaded the arts.

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Rule Britannia! 40 years after Derek Jarman's cult film Jubilee was released, this clip sums up the sinister English nationalism behind #Brexit

Rule Britannia! 40 years after Derek Jarman's cult film Jubilee was released, this clip sums up the sinister English nationalism behind #Brexit

“You wanna know my story babe. It’s easy. This is the generation that grew up and forgot to lead their lives. They were so busy watching my endless movie. It’s power babe, power. I don’t create it, I own it. I sucked and sucked and I sucked. The media became their only reality and I owned their world of flickering shadows. BBC. TUC. ITV. ABC. ATV. MGM. KGB. C of E. You name it, I bought them all and rearranged the alphabet. Without me, they don’t exist.”

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Art, artists & Marx’s base and superstructure theory by Black Socialists of America

Art, artists & Marx’s base and superstructure theory by Black Socialists of America

I came across an amazing thread by the Black Socialists of America (BSA) on Twitter . It is really interesting and aligns with many of my own arguments about artwashing and the instrumentalisation of art and artists. BSA gave me permission to reproduce the thread as a blog post. It is essential reading for anyone involved in arts and cultural activities.

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Place Guarding: Activist Art Against Gentrification - my book chapter originally published earlier this year in "Creative Placemaking"

Place Guarding: Activist Art Against Gentrification - my book chapter originally published earlier this year in "Creative Placemaking"

This is a copy of my book chapter which was published earlier this year in Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice (2018). The book is edited by Cara Courage and Anita McKeown and is published by Routledge.

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