[artinfo] Radical Art & the Regenerate City

by way of Janos Sugar josie at metamute.net
Fri Dec 4 13:16:41 CET 2009


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 development's 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 'creativity' 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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