Stephen Luis Vilaseca draws together some interesting threads on the disruptive potential of artistic practice in this post. Some of what Vilaseca offers here resonates with I’m writing for my dissertation, specifically my Chapter Five on how artists, writers, and contemporary activists may denaturalize the inherited spatiality of young people’s politics in Mexico City after 1968.
Autonomist Marxists refer to our present situation as post-political (e.g., Lotringer, Marazzi and Bowman). Within this post-political context, Santiago López Petit, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, argues that the often repeated question “who has the right to the city?” (Lefebvre 1968: reformulated in Mitchell 2003) no longer makes sense:
[…] en la medida en que la afirmación “el espacio es político” se hace problemática…la propia lucha en el marco del derecho—en nuestro caso “el derecho a la ciudad”—se hace también problemática. (“Espacio público o espacios del anonimato”)
[[…] in the extent to which the assertion “space is political” becomes problematic…the very struggle within the framework of rights—in our case “the right to the city”—also becomes problematic.]
The urban movements that attempt to fight for certain rights in the public space of cognitive capitalism, like the fight…
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