Critical perspectives at the intersection between contemporary art and geography


Silvie Jacobi

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Arts and culture - once minor concerns for urban development compared to crime, education or transportation - now provide a complex and often contradictory grammar for urban policies. While artists contribute to urban economic vitality of a neighbourhood or city through their lifestyle and cultural output, it is their aesthetic and cultural capital that is exploited at the expense of artists' survival. My research aims to uncover the hidden value of artists' practices in close reading with the politics between art and space, while also highlighting the geography of the art world through the lens of the artist. I am interested in illustrating how artistic and cultural activity concentrates in specific cities, and how this can be nurtured through "home-growing" artists for example in art schools.


Selected projects

Art schools and place, PhD Research at King's College London with Humboldt University Berlin (2015 to date)

Painting and the Regional, Literature review for Manchester School of Art, Manchaster Metropolitan University (2016)

Developing London School of Mosaic (2015 to date)

Kultur | Standort.Bestimmung conference,  Leipzig + Kultur e.V.  (2015)

"Beyond the Campus" research initiative, King's College London with Dr. Roberta Comunian (2014)

Leipzig's visual artists as actors of urban change, MSc Thesis at King's College London (2013 – 2014)


Image: Tate Modern London under construction by metrocentric