A very nice ‘investigation of the aesthetics and spatial unfolding of both explicitly capitalistic space, and the possibility of its refutation’, which draws primarily on Benjamin. As All for Dead Time writes ‘If the recuperation, or indeed, pre-empting of capitalism by avant-garde processes is, as we might suggest, unavoidable, how is it possible to produce a new space beyond the use of détournements or short-term tactics?….Perhaps, if there is to be a “revolutionary chance in the fight for the oppressed past” it may be through entering into a dialectic of possibility and impossibility.’
Written two years ago, but now the Olympic moment is upon is I thought I’d post it. Someone, somewhere, might find it useful.
The purpose of this dissertation is an investigation of the aesthetics and spatial unfolding of both explicitly capitalistic space, and the possibility of its refutation. These forms – one concrete, and one of possibility – frame the space of the city. The material analysis of this dissertation concerns London and is constellated around the site of the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games. The claim is that the constellation of the contemporary incarnation of the site, and moments of its eclipsed history, provide the two poles of spatial expression under investigation.
The thinker prominent here is Walter Benjamin. It should perhaps be taken as an investigation of Benjamin as much as through Benjamin. That we can derive a number of concepts from Benjamin’s work in an attempt to…
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