Some of the photos you posted on the blog feature anti-gentrification graffiti, but erasing a piece of street art can also make a powerful statement, as the case of this Kreuzberg mural demonstrates. As we discussed in class, gentrification is a global problem, but it doesn’t work in the same ways everywhere so it isRead more about Gentrification in Berlin and beyond[…]
In preparation for the (art) tourist season, the New York Times has just published several articles reproducing the myth of Berlin we discussed earlier this semester. Did you know that Berlin in the 1990s was an empty canvas for artists? And are you ready to experience all the weird and wacky places in the city?Read more about Weird and Wacky?[…]
Seven weeks into the academic semester, students settled in smoothly and know the ropes of their internships by now. This is what exchange student Juman Tamimi (Al-Quds Bard College) has to say about her internship with “Back on Track,” an NGO that offers tailor-made educational support to refugee children and adolescents: Working with Back OnRead more about Progress Report: Juman Tamimi at Back on Track[…]
Yesterday in class you discussed Richard Florida’s concept of creative class. His latest book, The New Urban Crisis, has been described as a continuation of his ‘flawed and elitist ideas.’ Another review, in The Jacobin, states that the author ‘has replaced his airy projections of infinite, creativity-fueled growth with a tone of apocalyptic darkness.’ If you’dRead more about Richard Florida: Sorry Not Sorry[…]
We are beyond excited to announce that Angela McRobbie (whose book Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries we will be discussing in class next week) has kindly agreed to give a guest talk on creative economy.
As a follow-up to our discussion last Thursday, here’s a recent interview with Kathi Weeks, which provides a good overview of the main points she makes in the chapter we read. Have a look.
Judging by your blog entries, you’re quite familiar with Berlin’s public transport by now. But did you know you can explore the city on a QueerCityPass? (I just found out about this option last night.) An obligatory stop on the route supported by this ticket should be the wonderful Schwules Museum where you can notRead more about Queer City Pass[…]
As some of you may plan to go to documenta and/or the Venice Biennale this summer, I thought you may be interested in taking a quick look behind the scenes. Artnet has just reported that the curators of these big events have included their lovers in their shows. We talked in class about the different kinds ofRead more about A Love Supreme? (a final note for the summer)[…]
I just came across this fun review of Startup – a debut novel by Doree Shafrir on what happens in the workplace and what people do about it. It sounds very entertaining. Maybe a good summer read?
Notes on the sharing economy – the phenomenon we have been discussing this semester and which we will return to on Wednesday.