Återbrukets kulturella ekonomi

Tidsperiod: 2014-01-01 till 2015-12-31

Projektledare: Per Strömberg

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 1 120 000 SEK

This serial case study aims to explore the practices of reuse (of buildings) as part of a cultural economy in which reuse value is created, staged and traded as a cultural capital. During the last decades, disengaged waterfronts, vacant factories, warehouses and even bunkers have become desirable urban spaces in the West. They have become the new temples of culture, creating space for art, cultural events, and commercial events. The principle of this transformation act is based on appropriation, a well-established art practice of making new uses for and changing the meaning of the objects. What are the features and values of reuse in the post-industrial society? More specifically, what does this cultural alchemy of appropriation consist of? Since art is a fundamental part of aesthetization processes in society, art theory might be useful as a tool for the investigation in order to give us a greater understanding of this cultural phenomenon. With culture analysis as the primary research method, the goal is to explore the theoretical connection between arts, consumption and reuse, and to generate new knowledge about the nature of aestheticization processes and the way cultural heritage is re-appropriated in consumer society. Such an interdisciplinary discussion would help us to understand the role of and the ideological interests in post-industrial reuse in relation to urban redevelopment and the growing concern for environmental and cultural sustainability.