How can we reverse the fortune of the abandoned industrial centre? Wayne Hemingway on the value of creativity:
To some it might seem misguided to use creativity as a tool for social change. But when we really think hard about the history and current challenges of these post-industrial places, it’s absolutely the right approach. Each [Creative People and Places] project is taking what’s at the very core of a place – creativity and making – and is bringing together local people and artists to create art experiences that are relevant and connected to their lives and the places where they live. And it’s these art experiences – and the process of coming together to create and shape them – that are helping to redefine the identities of these places, create opportunities and make genuine social changes.
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Like an oiled boomerang, Richard Florida returns:
“I got wrong that the creative class could magically restore our cities, become a new middle class like my father’s, and we were going to live happily forever after,” he said. “I could not have anticipated among all this urban growth and revival that there was a dark side to the urban creative revolution, a very deep dark side.”
Indeed, who could possibly have seen any problems with the Creative Class thesis any sooner than… say, a decade ago.
At least we still have culture-led regeneration to keep us warm.
It’s January, so it must be time for the annual celebration of the value of the UK’s creative industries.
The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy, figures published today reveal.
British films, music, video games, crafts and publishing are taking a lead role in driving the UK’s economic recovery, according to the latest Government statistics.
Strange (as always) to mention the creative activities with some kind of cultural or artistic bent, but not to flag up the ‘creative’ sector which accounts for almost half of that £84.1bn figure – ‘IT, Software and Computer Services’.
Does digital reproduction drive down the cost of all cultural content to zero? Are artists doomed to penury in the 21st century? Steven Johnson in the New York Times Magazine suggests not:
Writers, performers, directors and even musicians report their economic fortunes to be similar to those of their counterparts 15 years ago, and in many cases they have improved. Against all odds, the voices of the artists seem to be louder than ever.
Are creatives replacing artists? Does it matter? Bill Deresiewicz says:
When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing.
More at The Atlantic.