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Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

Artistic Utopias of Revolt

Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, and the City of Sol

Authors: Ramírez Blanco, Julia

  • Examines expressions of utopian ideals by social activists in Western Europe since the late twentieth century
  • Analyses the aesthetic components of utopian space through a series of case studies
  • Argues that the fall of the Berlin wall has significantly impacted the political and cultural imagination of Western Europe
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About this book

This book analyses the aesthetic and utopian dimensions of various activist social movements in Western Europe since 1989. Through a series of case studies, it demonstrates how dreams of a better society have manifested themselves in contexts of political confrontation, and how artistic forms have provided a language to express the collective desire for social change.
The study begins with the 1993 occupation of Claremont Road in east London, an attempt to prevent the demolition of homes to make room for a new motorway. In a squatted row of houses, all available space was transformed and filled with elements that were both aesthetic and defensive – so when the authorities arrived to evict the protestors, sculptures were turned into barricades. At the end of the decade, this kind of performative celebration merged with the practices of the antiglobalisation movement, where activists staged spectacular parallel events alongside the global elite’s international meetings. As this book shows, social movements try to erase the distance that separates reality and political desire, turning ordinary people into creators of utopias. Squatted houses, carnivalesque street parties, counter-summits, and camps in central squares, all create a physical place of these utopian visions

About the authors

Julia Ramírez-Blanco is Lecturer at Barcelona University, Spain. Her work revolves around the relationships between art, utopia and activism. Researching in various institutions in Europe and the USA, her publications have appeared in English, French, Italian and Spanish in various co-authored books and journals.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Art as Language, Utopia as Discourse

    Ramírez Blanco, Julia

    Pages 1-8

  • Activism as a Place: The British Anti-Roads Movement and the Squatted Street of Claremont Road

    Ramírez Blanco, Julia

    Pages 9-40

  • The Reclaim the Streets Protest Parties in London

    Ramírez Blanco, Julia

    Pages 41-63

  • Interlude: The Globalization of the Aesthetics of Protest

    Ramírez Blanco, Julia

    Pages 65-115

  • Disobedience as an Urban Form: The Acampadasol in Madrid

    Ramírez Blanco, Julia

    Pages 117-157

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71422-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71421-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Artistic Utopias of Revolt
Book Subtitle
Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, and the City of Sol
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71422-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71422-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71421-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 187
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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