Creativity is fancy, glamorous and desirable. Who can be against creativity? At the same time it is used selectively for economic purposes and consists of precarious and hard work.
In this film, the search for creativity is linked to existential struggles for affordable housing and working space in Amsterdam, such as temporary accommodation, squatting, anti-squatting and some institutional synthesis: "breeding places" Amsterdam.
This film is more than a local documentary on Amsterdam. It explores the dominant urban re-/development pattern in the name of creativity. The hype around the creative city began already a decade ago, it is global in scope and about to reach its peak. It is the latest strategy for urban renewal in advanced Western capitalist cities. After Richard Florida's influential book "The Rise of the Creative Class" (2002) creativity has advanced to be the role model of urban regeneration: The New American Dream. What is new about this dream? What happens when the hype is over? Housing as a job or the Right to the City?
featuring economic geographer Jamie Peck
directed by: Tino Buchholz
edited by: Dominik Wulf
director of photography: Benjamin Bischof
music by: Toralf Kampe aka modal.
cover design by: Anne Büttner
web design by: Stefan Baier