At noon (Pacific time), we have a discussion from The Mainlander on the displacement of culture by development; later, at 4pm, Pitt intern Jane Kim brings us a discussion of the personal economics of art in Vancouver. Details below.
Noon (Pacific time)
Here today, Evicted tomorrow: The Political Economy of Cultural Spaces in Vancouver
Over the past four years, dozens of cultural institutions — once seen as the cultural mainstay of the City — have been evicted and displaced. With the second-term election of a harsh neoliberal municipal government, this ongoing process of displacement is showing little signs of relenting. The Mainlander will lead a discussion on the political economy of cultural spaces in Vancouver, including a engagement with questions surrounding the current class position of artists and cultural workers. Looking through the lens of City initiatives such as the Homelessness and Housing Plan, ‘Creative City’ initiatives, and the Green Capital Economic Strategy, the discussion will focus on displacement and gentrification as localized instance of a global strategy of capital accumulation and neoliberal city-building.
Jane Kim in conversation with Samuel Romero and Ben Rowley, members of No Century, formerly known as Free City Collective (FCC). Personal reflections on art, music, and artistic labour.