Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation: Art, Architecture and Change / Edition 1

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Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation explores one of the key issues of the present avant-gardes: how they challenge and change urban conditions. Comprehensive and insightful, this is a timely and much appreciated publication |o Iain Borden, University College London A timely rallying call. Miles shows how critical cultural practices can even now be agents of social transformation |o Paul Usherwood, Northumbria University Can art or architecture change the world? Is it possible, despite successive failures, to think of a new cultural avant-garde today? What would this mean? Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation attempts to contribute to debate on these questions, by looking back to past avant-gardes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, by examining the theoretical and critical terrain around avant-garde cultural interventions, and by profiling a range of contemporary cases of radical cultural practices. Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation brings together material from a wide range of disciplines to argue for cultural intervention as a means to radical change, while recognizing that most such efforts in the past have not delivered the dreams of their perpetrators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415266888
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Miles is Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth, author of Art, Space & the City and co-editor of The City Cultures Reader. He is also Editor of the European Journal of Higher Arts Education.

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Table of Contents

1. 1871: Spitting on Napoleon 2. 1912: Red Flags and Revolutionary Anthems 3. 1938: Graffiti at Cap-Martin 4. 1967: The End of Utopia 5. 1989: After the Wall 6. 1993 (i): In Memories of Dark Times 7. 1993 (ii): Participation and Provocation 8. 2001 (i): Sustainabilities 9. 2001 (ii): Cosmopolis

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