This is the third section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. See previous posts for earlier sections…


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Cereal Killers…

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

HIPSTERS: GENTRIFICATION’S LEECHES AND PARASITES

Today’s hipsters were once only to be found in enclaves such as Paris’ third arrondissement, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, London’s Shoreditch and Hackney, as well as other parts of cities like Stockholm, Berlin, etc. … READ MORE

This is the second section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. The introduction to the chapter is here and the introduction to the book is here.


Cover from l  Bohemia in London by  Arthur Ransome (1907) . Cover from l  Bohemia in London by  Arthur Ransome (1907) .

Cover from l Bohemia in London by Arthur Ransome (1907).

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

OLD BOHEMIAS

The Bohemians first emerged in early-nineteenth century Paris when the city’s lower-class areas became home to an influx of seemingly impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, actors and other creatives. … READ MORE

I am publishing the first chapter from my unpublished book New Bohemias: Artists, Hipsters and Gentrification in six parts – one a day from today onwards. I published the book introduction earlier today. A longer section of this chapter “Old Bohemias” will be published tomorrow…


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CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

INTRODUCTION

If there’s one word that long been associated with gentrification, it is Bohemia. … READ MORE

I began writing a book about artists and hipsters and gentrification. It’s a follow on from my article in the Guardian titled Hipsters and artists are the gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism. The book remains unwritten although this is the introduction to the book proposal.

I will publish the first chapter, “ Changing places – from Old Bohemias to New Bohemias”, in 6 instalments beginning with the chapter introduction this afternoon then the following subsections one a day from tomorrow onwards: “Old Bohemias”; “Hipsters – Gentrification’s Leeches and Parasites”; “New Bohemias”; “Gentrification”; and, finally, “Revenge of the Middle-Classes”.READ MORE

I presented this paper at Art and the Urban symposium at Senate House last week. It reflects some of my PhD research.


Screenshot from 'Birdhouse in Your Soul' (Official video) by They Might Be Giants. Screenshot from 'Birdhouse in Your Soul' (Official video) by They Might Be Giants.

Screenshot from ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’ (Official video) by They Might Be Giants.

ARTWASHING SOCIAL SPACE

Fifty years ago, Henri Lefebvre wrote that ‘Everyday life, the social territory and place of controlled consumption, of terror enforced passivity, is established and programmed … [so that] as a social territory it is easily identified, and under analysis it reveals its latent irrationality beneath an apparent rationality, incoherence beneath an ideology of coherence, and sub-systems, or disconnected territories linked together only by speech’ (1968).… READ MORE

I was kindly asked to talk alongside Labour MP Laura Pidcock, Jessie Jo Jacobs (Policy and Campaigns Officer, Northern TUC) and Ramona McCartney (National Officer for the People’s Assembly) at the People’s Assembly event, “In Place of Austerity”, in Newcastle on 20th January 2018. It was an incredibly inspiring day!READ MORE


Cartoon courtesy of  Southwark Notes Cartoon courtesy of  Southwark Notes

Cartoon courtesy of Southwark Notes

An amazing thing happened this week. The plans to redevelop Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the surrounding area by tax-avoiding, Tory-supporting property developer Delancey and London College of Communication/University of the Arts London where rejected (subject to confirmation on 30th January 2018) by Southwark Council’s planning committee.… READ MORE

This is a video recording of my lecture entitled Rethinking the role of artists in regeneration contexts. It was recorded at Northumbria University on 24th November 2017. Includes a short Q&A at the end.… READ MORE

I was invited to lecture at Winchester School of Art on 3rd November 2017 as part of their Talking Heads series.  This is a transcript of my lecture along with a link to my lecture slides (with notes) and a link to an edited recording of my discussion with Nick Stewart afterwards. READ MORE

This is a short article that aims to explain my arguments about artwashing.  It focuses on art’s long-standing relationship to property, power and publicity.


Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph,  Eugène Delacroix , 1828 Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph,  Eugène Delacroix , 1828

Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph, Eugène Delacroix, 1828

A brief art history of art, property and artwashing

Art has always been a form of property.  During the Renaissance, art was the property of Royalty, the nobility and the church. … READ MORE