DOXA Collective, a London-based artist and research group dedicated to the interaction of space and art, has been in collaboration with artists and theorists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea etc. to explore the spatial plight apparent in East Asian cities, as a result of the upsurge of the neoliberal discourse, only but aggravated by the gradual transformation of art and design into gentrifying devices by capitalism, which constantly re-creates styles of living and hence crises of aesthetics. This publication serves as a document of these research findings, and suggests in what roles art could play in the process of resistance. It also details how artists are involved in spatial resistance by remaking space in unprecedented ways, advocates a kind of 'creative space' as counter to space as conceptualised in conventional theoretical discourse, and links together the multi-dimensional resistance campaigns across East Asia.
The first part of the book, 'MAP', outlines the problematics brought by urbanisation and gentrification, and analyses the roles art plays from a theoretical perspective. The second part, 'TERRITORY', provides a list of resistant events and instances from different regions in East Asia, underscores different strategies of resisting, and the internal conflicts these resistances have inherited.
Includes contributors' biographies.