Culture Class: Art, Creativity, Urbanism — Martha Rosler
e-flux, Issues 21, 23, 25 (2010-2011)
A highly influential artist known for her pioneering work in video, photography, installation and performance, Martha Rosler’s practice has often focused on aspects of daily life and the public sphere, among her many interests. Her seminal photo-text work, “The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems” (1974-75), appropriated conventions from documentary photography in order to critique popular representations of the run-down neighbourhood in Manhattan. Her writing has been equally significant, and in her collection of essays for e-flux, “Culture Class,” Rosler explores the cultural and socioeconomic conditions that have contributed to our changing urban fabric and its harnessing of culture for capital.