Issue 13: The Split Wall

Laura Burocco

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Gentrification in the South: the Neocolonialism of Cognitive Capitalism

From the cases of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, Laura Burocco analyzes the impact that as knowledge workers we exercise on our urban environment through gentrification processes anchored to a colonial logic.

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  1. My observations are the result of institutional theoretical research (in the form of a master’s and doctoral degree) combined with transdisciplinary artistic practices: video interviews, photographic and cartographic mapping, derives, and debates held among local communities in the two cities, as well as in Milan, Italy, where I am from.

  2. Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class (New York: Basic Book, 2000).

  3. Peter F. Drucker, The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society (Heinemann London; 1969).

  4. [http://gentrilogy.com/en/gentrification-trilogy/].

  5. The project will be presented in an exhibition that explores my analysis of all three cities in the Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica in Rio de Janeiro.

  6. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg (USA: University of Illinois, 1988).

  7. Michel Foucault, Nascimento da Biopolitica (São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2008).

  8. YouTube, Gentrification at the Athens Biennale? “Are Artists Used as Vacuum Cleaners?” Thierry Geofroy’s channel. Accessed on October 21, 2018.

  9. George Yúdice, A conveniência da cultura: usos da cultura na era global (Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2006).

  10. Vladimir Sibylla Pires, Metrópole Cultura e breves reflexões sobre os novos museus cariocas. (São Paulo: Revista Lugar Comum – Estudos de Mídia, Cultura e Democracia, No. 35) p. 19–196. Accessed on January, 2018: [http://uninomade.net/lugarcomum/35-36-2/].

  11. John Howkin, The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas (London: Penguin, 2001).

  12. See Antonio Negri and Maurizio Lazzarato, Trabalho Imaterial: formas de vida e produção de subjetividade (Rio de Janeiro: DP&A, 2001), 112; Maurizio Lazzarato, “Trabalho e capital na produçao dos conhecimentos: uma lectura atraves da obra de Gabriel Tarde,” in Capitalismo Cognitivo, trabalho, redes e inovação, orgs. Giuseppe Cocco, Alexander Patez Galvao, Gerardo Silva, (Rio de Janeiro: DP&A Editora, 2003), 61–82; Manuel Castells, La città delle reti (Italia: Marsilio Editore, 2004).

  13. Neil Smith, “Towards a theory of gentrification: a back to the city movement by capital not people”, Journal of the American Planning Association, No. 45, 1979, p. 538–548.

  14. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (New York: Public Affairs; 2004).

  15. Laura Burocco, “Designing Politics: Designing Respect – poder e alteridades dentro de parcerias cultuais internacionais” in Ciências Sociais Unisinos 53, No. 3 (September 2017 ), 400–412.

  16. Anibal Quijano, “Colonialidad del poder y clasificación social” in Journal of World Systems Research 6, no. 2 (2000), 342–386.

  17. [https://circuitofuturistico.tumblr.com].

  18. Street wallpaper

  19. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (United Kingdom: Pluto Press; 1986).

  20. Leslie Sklair, The Transnational Capitalist Class (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001).

  21. Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony (USA: University of California Press, 2001); Achille Mbembe, Necropolitics (Duke University Press: Public Culture, V. 15, No. 1, Winter 2003), pp. 11–40. Accesed on March 2018: [https://read.dukeupress.edu/public-culture/articlepdf/15/1/11/510260/pc15.1-02mbembe.pdf].


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