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Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum




Image courtesy of Alice Woodhouse

Saturday 14th May 2016, 1 – 6pm. Held in no.w.here's project space, first floor, 316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG.
Event is free but spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis by clicking here


Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum

Gentrification is changing the social landscape of our cities, displacing communities and homogenising space. It has often been observed that artists have functioned as a vanguard in this process, inadvertently preparing neighbourhoods for ‘regeneration’.

In this seminar we aim to discuss the role of artists and art in gentrification, addressing issues of complicity, guilt and loss of diversity.

What are the relationships between a stratified, academicised contemporary art world and local communities?

Can the machinations of gentrification be ‘hacked’ or subverted by art – even when participation seems all but inescapable?

The afternoon will involve screenings, case studies, the production of a collaborative zine, a performance by guest speaker Patrick Goddard, and a dialogue with no.w.here around their legal battle to gain community asset status, and avoid getting priced out of their own space.

Through these components, we will focus on concrete examples of how artists have had to grapple with the conflict between contributing cultural value and the sanitation and commodification of space.

This event has been curated by MFA students at Goldsmiths University of London: Shaun Badham, Daniel Dressel, Penelope Koliopoulou, Zbong Lee, Joseph Ridgeon, Madeleine Stack, Alice Woodhouse, Chia-An Yang and Petter Yxell.

With thanks to Emily Rosamond, Shama Khanna and Michael Newman.



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