Examining the impact of his fictional celebrity persona on recent global events, Kelly McGee explores how Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s presidency brings new considerations to the forefront of celebrity and media studies.
Merve Ünsal explores the neighborhood of Kagithane (House of Paper) in Istanbul, Turkey, which was formerly a hub of paper production. Ünsal examines the paper supply crisis in Turkey through the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, which is home to the Ottoman state archives.
In the first installment of a dossier on scarcity and the supply chain crisis, Tyler Klatt explores how the media industries have been affected by the global computer chip shortage related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global pandemic has exposed fissures of race and class in Washington DC. Brandi Summers examines how the aesthetics of blackness have been co-opted in the gentrifying city during a period of crisis.
Christoph Lindner introduces a six-part dossier on Lockdown Aesthetics and Gentrification. In this opening post, he argues that gentrification has accelerated in London under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aesthetics of vacancy.
How have bike delivery services changed the aesthetics and politics of the cityscape during lockdown? Daan Wesselman discusses mobility-by-proxy, visual branding, and "gentrification on wheels" in Amsterdam.
COVID-19 has created new challenges for community activism in Los Angeles. Jonathan Jae-an Crisman discusses gains and setbacks for Little Tokyo's anti-gentrification arts activists during the pandemic.