[artinfo] A Critique of Creative Industries

Janos Sugar sj at c3.hu
Sat Jun 25 11:07:13 CEST 2011

The MyCreativity Reader is a collection of critical research into the 
creative industries. The material develops out of the MyCreativity 
Convention on International Creative Industries Research held in 
Amsterdam, November 2006. This two-day conference sought to bring the 
trends and tendencies around the creative industries into critical 
The 'creative industries' concept was initiated by the UK Blair 
government in 1997 to revitalise de-industrialised urban zones. 
Gathering momentum after being celebrated in Richard Florida's 
best-seller The Creative Class (2002), the concept mobilised around 
the world as the zeitgeist of creative entrepreneurs and 
Despite the euphoria surrounding the creative industries, there has 
been very little critical research that pays attention to local and 
national and variations, working conditions, the impact of 
restrictive intellectual property regimes and questions of economic 
sustainability. The reader presents academic research alongside 
activist reports that aim to dismantle the buzz-machine.

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