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The right to the city is a cultural right as much as it is a political and social one. Over the past fifty years, capitalism has dramatically changed the character and rhythm of the city. As rents have gone up and schools have been neglected and privatized, our alienation from urban environments has been underlined. This is illustrated and concentrated in the relationship of both governments working and poor people to art. As the urban core is gentrified, struggling artists, musicians and writers are displaced alongside people of color and the poor. Even as mid-level and DIY art and performance spaces are shuttered and culture workers struggle from lack of government spending on the arts, artists and their art are frequently used (consciously and/or unconsciously) as a key part in gentrification projects. Recent protests of art galleries expanding into working-class neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color underline the problem. Strategies to counter the use of art in gentrification are not merely about the defense of art as a concept; they are about the defense of art as a right in how working people engage with and shape their environments. They must take into account the political and material realities of multiple (overlapping) constituencies. This includes reckoning with the current political and economic state of art, music, literature and culture in the neoliberal age, their weakened position in relation to both the forces that commodify it and movements for genuine liberation. This panel will examine the current conjuncture of art and geographic political economy, and suggest strategies that re-engage working people with their right to expression and liberation.
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In this presentation, we will explore the philosophical and political affinities between the composer Richard Wagner and the militant philosopher Mikhail Bakunin, beginning with their joint action on the barricades of revolutionary Dresden in 1849. We consider Wagner’s Ring cycle as depicting the Proudhonian idea of theft and the figures of Siegfried and Brünnhilde as Bakuninist-Feuerbachian heroes. By examining Wagner and Bakunin’s common anti-Semitism, feminism and anti-feminism, and revolutionism, we discuss how anarchism and anti-theism influenced the creation of The Ring as an epic opera that depicts the rise and fall of capitalism. Nevertheless, in light of the anti-Semitism that drives The Ring, we cannot overlook the undeniable Aryanist, national-anarchist, and proto-fascist aspects of Wagner’s approach, which represent disturbing lines that connect typically left-wing notions of anti-statist and anti-capitalist upheaval with ultranationalist myth. To delve into these matters, we will consider how the fascist creep applies to Wagner and Bakunin and compare the “dangerous minds” of Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger to those of the pair in question.
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InterOccupy.org hosts a discussion on their work in the context of the movement.
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The liberatory potential of art, the persistence of social inequalities, and the strictures of the free market combine to produce the complex and contradictory moment we find ourselves in today. This panel will explore the definitions of political art, the troubled status of "outsider" and street art, the meaning of "success", and the impacts of race, class, and gender on art making and the art market.
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Capitalism needs art but art does not need capitalism. Art has the capacity to envision the future as well as to attack present suffering and injustice. Art-making has, furthermore, the capacity to engage people in practices that are themselves the embodiment of ideals such as equality, collectivity, creativity and solidarity. All these dimensions of art both as ends (artworks) and means (art-making practices) militate against rigid limits and outright suppression resulting from capitalism, its ideology and its structures of production and distribution. This panel will explore some past uses of art in popular struggle, present practices directed against the System's depredations and the envisioning of art and art-making in a new world free of capitalism altogether.
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Discussion of the Graphic Novel as a forum for political ideas and stories.