Selling streetness as experience: Article on open access with the Sociological Review

"Selling streetness as experience: the role of street art tours in branding the creative city" is now free to access on the Sociological Review Journal website. Particularly relevant for anyone interested in Bourdieu, Becker and the sociology of art, and also in how the street art world becomes established as a part of the creative …

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Urban Walls book is out with Routledge

  Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces is out now with Routledge. The volume is edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm and contains an essay I wrote, alongside many brilliant contributions by scholars I so deeply admire!  Mubi Brighenti's first edited volume on walls, The Wall and the City, …

WEEKEND COURSE AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. Urban identities: art, architecture and the right to the city

I am teaching a weekend course on art, architecture and the right to the city at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London on 21-22 July 2018. The course is an introduction to the analysis of urban environments, urban creativity and how they have shaped the style and politics of the city. We examine …

To Occupy, to Inscribe, to Thicken: Spatial Politics and the Right to the Surface

My essay "To Occupy, to Inscribe, to Thicken: Spatial Politics and the Right to the Surface" was just published in the wonderful independent, free journal lo Squaderno. The essay is part of a special issue edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, which is dedicated to Surfaces & Materials. This publication is doing a lot to …

Competing Urbanisms Workshop in Melbourne

The graffiti research scene in Australia in general and Melbourne in particular has attracted my attention for a number of years, through the published work of Alison Young (and her co-authored papers with Mark Halsey), Kurt Iveson, Lachlan MacDowall, Kim Dovey (especially through his collaborative research on graffiti with Simon Wollan and Ian Woodcock - available here and …