ROMAN VASSEUR, No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City

No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City

Publication by Mute Magazine. A survey of the art and regeneration issue.


As the Creative City model for urban regeneration founders on the rocks of the recession, and the New Labour public art commissioning frenzy it triggered recedes, Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry Slater take stock of an era of highly instrumentalised public art making.

Focusing on artists and consultants who have engaged critically with the exclusionary politics of urban regeneration, their analysis locates such practice within a schematic history of urban development’s neoliberal mode.

Breaking down into a report and a collection of interviews, this investigation consistently focuses on the forms and, indeed, possibility of critical public art within a regime that fetishes ‘creativity’ whilst systematically destroying its preconditions in its pursuit of capital accumulation. How, they ask, is critical art shaped by its interaction with this aspect of biopolitical governance?


    "Artists have long been the shock troops of gentrification, but is there any chance of a mutiny? No Room To Move argues there is, featuring trenchant interviews with those who refuse to provide a grinning accompaniment to coffee concessions and wood-clad stunning developments. A boot aimed squarely at Richard Florida's face."

    - Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain


Softback ISBN 978 – 1 – 906496 – 42 - 5