To mark the opening of Creativity, Collectivity, Convergence! New York Party Culture, 1970-83, the Red Gallery is hosting a panel conversation that will discuss cultural creativity then and now. It will reflect on the NYC cultural renaissance of the 1970s and early 1980s before discussing the impact of neoliberalism and corporate encroachment on the creative economy and specific neighbourhoods.
This evening of talk and debate aims to re-ignite discussion about cities and their rich music, fashion and style subcultures. The historical analysis of Tim Lawrence, one of the speakers and co-curator of the exhibition, enables us to consider how such formations can stave off processes of co-option and commodification.
We will then ask our other speakers to give an account of their observations, experiences and critical insight into the both the seemingly inexorable transformations wrought by neoliberalism in city neighbourhoods and the possibilities of cultural activities to forestall and counter these forces.
Chair Prof. Angela McRobbie Goldsmiths Uni. Of London and author of Be Creative 2015 (Sage)
Dr Tim Lawrence University of East London, author of Love Saves the Day, Hold on to Your Dreams, and Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor (Duke)
- Dr Monique Charles University of West London author of Generation Grime 2017 (Lawrence and Wishart)
- Dr Josephine Berry Goldsmiths Uni. Of London co-editor Mute and author of Art and (Bare) Life forthcoming (Sternberg)
- Ernesto Leal Founder and Director Red Gallery Shoreditch London