Mute Vol 2, No. 12 − The Creative City in Ruins
Post-Fordist State planners, developers, and their entrepreneurial service arm have debased the meaning of ‘creativity’ to a shallow pretext for the further looting of cities and public wealth. The aestheticisation of selective zones of our cities is a mere fig leaf covering the acts of enclosure and exclusion that cultural regeneration entails. But as the recession bites, there are signs that dreams of the Creative City are crashing, as the public purse-strings tighten and the financial sector’s ability to underwrite the creative industries weakens. In this issue we examine that possibility, explore artists’ creative sabotage of their own regenerative co-optation, and philosophically examine what ‘expression’ might actually be.
2009-06, ISSN 1356-7748-212 & ISBN 9781906496340
Dériving Under the Influence
Chris Jones inspects the wounds opened by Laura Oldfield Ford's pictures of regenerate London
CG2014: Formulary for a Skewed Urbanism
Neil Grey ambushes the cowboy capitalists staking out Glasgow's 'urban frontier'
Artist's Project: The Creative City in Ruins
by Nils Norman
Concerning Art and Social Change
Brian Holmes and Marco Deseriis on critical culture within recuperative 'semio-capitalism'
All Mouth, No History
William Dixon gets gobby within Christian Marazzi and his linguistic analysis of finacialisation
Debt: The First Five Thousand Years
David Graeber gives us the elevator pitch on debt's violent history
Steve McQueen's film Hunger whets Paul Helliwell's appetite for some political context
A Climatic Disorder?
John Cunnigham clears the air after a meeting between Climate Campers and the NUM
The Simple Expression of Complex Thought
M.Beatrice Fazi splices interactive media and the philosophy of expression
Kenneth Cox toys with Romanian poet Ghérasim Luca objects and desires
Laura Oldfield Ford, Nick Brooks
Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm