Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the 'Creative Industries'
Edited by Gerald Raunig, Gene Ray and Ulf Wuggenig, MayFly Books, London, 2011, 216 pp., ISBN: 978-1906948139
The essays collected in this newly published book analyze complex resurgence of creation myths and formulate a contemporary critique of creativity. In the introduction, the editors emphasize that: "In the hype of the ‘creative class' and the high flights of the digital bohemians, the renaissance of ‘the creatives' is visibly enacted. Creativity is astir: reborn, re-conjured, re-branded, and resurgent. The old myths of creation and creators – the hallowed labours and privileged agencies of demiurges and prime movers, of Biblical world-makers and self-fashioning artist-geniuses – are back underway, producing effects, circulating appeals. Much as the Catholic Church dresses the old creationism in the new gowns of 'intelligent design', the Creative Industries sound the clarion call to the Cultural Entrepreneurs".
Authors of published essays are Brigitta Kuster, Maurizio Lazzarato, Esther Leslie, Isabell Lorey, Angela McRobbie, Raimund Minichbauer, Monika Mokre, Stefan Nowotny, Marion von Osten, Gerald Raunig, Gene Ray, Suely Rolnik, Vassilis Tsianos, Paolo Virno, Ulf Wuggenig
The book is available online at: mayflybooks.org/?page_id=74
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