Carlo Vercellone and Matteo Pasquinelli on the Art of Rent

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"This is a recording of the seminar on February 29th with Carlo Vercellone and Matteo Pasquinelli. Session chaired by Emma Dowling. Recorded by Stevphen Shukaitis.

The Art of Rent: Spring 2008 University of London, Queen Mary [1]

As part of an ongoing collective project, the organisers of this seminar series seek to promote a discussion on the rise of rent as a form of capitalist appropriation and the way that new levels of association in the arts and culture, in information and communication, in public taste and ambience have made this rise possible, and from the perspective of private accumulation, necessary. To this end, the seminar brings together various perspectives on the Art of Rent taking in analysis of cognitive capitalism, of the financialisation of the quotidian and the bodily, of gentrification and the metroversity, of new international division of labour and of governance. The seminar will conclude with a special two-day event in September on the cultural industries.

Behind this series is the sense that the Art of Rent is a reaction to a new collective power among bodies assembled to labour and a capacity for ensemble in the social individual, all provoked by the migrations of work into culture, language, and affect and the work of migrations into these registers of life. For those who work in the university, in the arts, and in politics long seeking to subvert the relationship between innovation and wage, the rise of the relationship between innovation and rent calls not for subversion but sabotage of the creative process." (