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View from luxury apartment in Guangzhou 2019 © Laura Yuile.

Laura Yuile
PhD Researcher, Northumbria University

My PhD is examining the material, technological and economic infrastructure that is tied in with the shift towards financialized forms of housing; the move from “homes” to real estate; and the performance of community. I have been exploring how developments in technology, and developments in housing prompted by the strive towards globalization and the motives of profit, have impacted the meaning of ‘community’, and the ways in which communities form. By examining a number of financialized housing models, and the aesthetic of what I term 'global blanding', I have been building a body of research that embeds itself within these spaces through my project and podcast series ASSET ARREST. For each episode of ASSET ARREST, I invite a different guest to view a different residential property with me, with us both posing as potential buyers. This methodology has enabled me to gain knowledge of these properties from the inside; accessing what are otherwise perceived as exclusive spaces accessed only by those with enough wealth. I extend this strategy to the examination of art practices that intervene in the spaces of finance and real estate; proposing that they might contribute to an 'ungating' of these exclusionary spaces.

Thesis Title:
Infrastructural Cosiness: Financialized Housing and the Performance of Community.

Projected Award Date: 01/09/2021

Principal Supervisor: Professor David Campbell

Second Supervisor: Professor Andrea Phillips
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