Kirsten Forkert of the School of Media and the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, has published a new book called Artistic Lives: A Study of Creativity in Two European Cities.
Kirsten will be talking about the book at the next BCMCR Research Seminar which takes place on Wednesday 13 November, 2pm-3pm, Room MP492, City Centre Campus.
The book explores cultural production as a non-standard, self-directed and frequently unpaid activity, and challenges recent policy discourses which celebrate artists’ ability to ‘create something from nothing’.
Praise for the book includes this review from Andrew Ross of the University of New York and author of Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times:
Artists have been moved from the margins to the center of the urban economy. Is that good or bad? Forkert’s incisive and carefully-researched study is the most up-to-date analysis of the outcome. The differences she draws between London and Berlin illustrate the sheer intelligence of this very useful book.