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Martha Rosler book launch in Berlin and New York

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Martha Rosler book launch in Berlin and New York

cover image: John Sloan, Sun and Wind on the Roof, 1915; cover design: Liam Gillick.

What makes a city successful today? Over the past few decades, artists—and more broadly, clusters of creative people—have become central to narratives of urban revitalization and civic growth in cities around the world.

In many locales, artists in search of cheap rent constitute the vanguard wedge of gentrification. Yet the so-called creative class includes whole categories of knowledge workers enjoying far less precarious conditions than artists, and it is their affluence that continually displaces both working-class residents and artists alike. In the creative city, the branding of subcultural movements, the translation of the gritty into the quaint, and the professionalization of the arts combine to produce a user-friendly social interface dressed in the trappings of former bohemian artistic milieus.

How do we confront the soft violence of an urban landscape that adapts itself to successive booms and busts by dissolving or willfully suppressing class distinctions to the point of amnesia? Has a contradiction emerged between the declared politics of artists and their actual role in flows of global capital that course through biennials and art fairs? Can we take the broad commitment of so many artists to the Occupy movement as a signal of their desire to mobilize and redirect their energies back toward social justice?

This collection of essays written between 2010 and 2012 presents Martha Rosler’s most extensive update to her consideration of the role of artists in world culture and in urban gentrification since her landmark 1989 project If You Lived Here….

Martha Rosler, Culture Class
With an introduction by Stephen Squibb.
Series editors: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle
Design by Jeff Ramsey, cover design by Liam Gillick,
Cover image: John Sloan, Sun and Wind on the Roof, 1915.

September 2013, English
10.8 x 17.8 cm, 256 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-81-8

See here for more info on the book

e-flux would like to thank AA Bronson, Galerie Nagel Draxler, and Sternberg Press.

Images
Martha Rosler in conversation with Stephen Squibb, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. Introduction by Brian Kuan Wood. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler and Stephen Squibb, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler and Stephen Squibb, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler in conversation with Stephen Squibb, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
Martha Rosler, book launch for Culture Class, Sternberg, 2013. e-flux, New York. © e-flux.
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