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The global art city


Ooi, CS, The global art city, The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies, SAGE Publications Inc, J Hannigan and G Richards (ed), United States, pp. 207-216. ISBN 9781412912655 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2017 Introduction and editorial arrangement, John Hannigan & Greg Richards; individual chapters, the contributors

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There is an affinity between the dynamics of the art world and the dynamics of the city. The arts are used by policy makers, businesses and communities to position their cities, so as to attract investments, visitors and skilled workers. And in turn the city is conducive for artists to practice and sell their craft. The symbiotic and intertwined relations between the city and the arts have led Jean Baudrillard, a philosopher well regarded by art theorists and critics, to consider art a ‘conspiracy’ (Baudrillard and Lotringer, 2005). He was angry with the exploitation of the arts for non-art purposes. He took a skeptical and critical view of the arts, and was peeved that the arts have become more about big business and extravagant shows organized by multinational corporations. He was similarly angered that these profit-focused art activities demand to be treated with reverence and awe. Society’s relationship with the arts has evolved over the centuries (Boll, 2011; Cuno, 2006; Edwards, 1999; Ivey, 2008; Weintraub, 2003). Art is now about more than aesthetics and beauty, it is also about politics, business and society. The art world thrives in the urban milieu and, at the same time, the art world is incorporated into city-making and urban development policies. The art city evolves from a mixture of policy, circumstances and deliberate promotion. This chapter looks at this mixture.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:global art city, cultural development, city branding, urban planning, creative industries
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:121460
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-09-29
Last Modified:2018-04-13

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