Street art is an essential part of the Creative Class narrative. Every city has ‘up-and-coming’ areas clad from shop shutters to back alleys, sides of dilapidated buildings to shifty-looking subways, in what has become known as street art. This article argues that the now almost globally ubiquitous street art ‘movement’ has evolved from its roots in class and race conflict and anti-gentrification activism to become a perfect foil for neoliberal capitalism, forming a ‘gritty’ yet colourful backdrop to the Creative City ‘New Bohemias’ that seem to pop-up in every city, everywhere on the planet: a perfect tool in gentrifiers’ artwashing arsenals.READ MORE

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?

The full article on which this talk was based is available in Nuart Journal III and can be downloaded for free here .READ MORE

This is the conclusion to the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this chapter.

See previous posts for earlier sections…


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House of Cupcakes.

CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-CLASSES

Yet, one area that is often overlooked is the extent to which many of us are gentrifiers too. … READ MORE

This is the forth section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book.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


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CHANGING PLACES – FROM OLD BOHEMIAS TO NEW BOHEMIAS

NEW BOHEMIAS

Contemporary London breeds hipsters as quickly as it can cultivate New Bohemias.  But these people and places are cartoon-like – shallow simulations. … READ MORE

This is the third section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book.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This is the second section of the first chapter of my as yet unpublished book.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.


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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