Under the banner of Cultural Geographies, Globalisation and Nationalism this lecture critically examines the effects of the new neo-liberal world economic order.
Neoliberalism supports free markets, free trade, and decentralized decision-making. Broadly speaking, neoliberalism seeks to transfer control of the economy from state to the private sector. This is a particularly timely debate in light of the current global collapse of neoliberalism.
The meaning is not always clear it has something to do with the idea that we all live in one world, in what ways exactly, and is the idea valid?
Accepted that globalisation exists, the world has become financially and materially interdependent.
Debates are more likely to be about the form of globalisation, how it came into being and where it will lead.
Two major issues of globalisation are communication as the driving force of social change, and increasing dependence on mobility.
I will also deal with a few of the difficulties which appear in the course of the globalisation process and look at the accompanying discussions surrounding increasingly global cultural spaces as they concern artistic practice and the cultural industries.
I will consider the idea that the art world knows no synthetic boundaries; that it realises an actually existing globalisation and that art is the vehicle for the creolisation, hybridity and mixing of cultures that challenge the conventional in aesthetics and the hegemonic in politics.
I also want to consider the relevance of nationalism as the sites of contemporary art diversify away from the traditional metropolitan centres such as London, Berlin, or New York.