Yes, why do artists tend to congregate in working class places? Is it because of cheap (that is, free) studios and accommodation? Is it because they are poor and will use any place, anywhere. I’ve been thinking about this on and off over the last few weeks, especially after returning to read some of Negri’s material on workerism (operaismo). For Negri, the real creativity and innovation happens with workers, to which capital and power respond. So how about art? Perhaps this is why artists end up so often in working class towns, like my home town. That would put paid to the elitism of the artsy fartsy crowd, which likes to think that their refined sensibilities are the key to artistic creativity, and to those deluded wannabe artists who believe that fripperies such as ‘bohemian culture’ are a must.

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