David Bell


David Bell was born in Wolverhampton in 1985 and has been wondering how the world could be otherwise ever since. He now lives in Nottingham where he studies for a PhD in the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham.

In his thesis he draws on anarchist, open Marxist and poststructuralist philosophy; musicology; contemporary art; and utopian literature to offer new ways of thinking about utopian spaces. He develops- and argues for- a 'nomadic utopianism', in which a space is utopian only to the extent that it remains immanently open to the future; and argues that in order to do this a space must be constituted by nonhierarchical social relations.

He is interested in developing artistic, musical and educational practices which create nomadic utopias, and views his work in education and as an improvising musician in this light. His Eastside Island Utopia Project, meanwhile, creates a space to collectively imagine a larger scale 'nomadic utopia' on a piece of wasteland in Nottingham: the same piece of wasteland that he is involved with as part of Wasteland Twinning.

David is co-founder of the Creative Commons record label Records on Ribs and is currently writing a book on music and utopia entitled 'The Shape of Utopia to Come' for Zer0 Books.




Blog Entries

Wasted Common: a reading/viewing/listening list

24 Jun 2014 | David Bell

There were a lot of inspirations for Wasted Common, and I drew on a lot of peoples' research and ideas in making the...

Wasted Common on Resonance FM, June 24th/25th

05 Jun 2014 | David Bell

  At 8pm on Tuesday June 24th (and repeated the following morning at 9am) Resonance FM will be broadcasting 'Wasted...

Voices in a Field

16 Apr 2014 | David Bell

Commissioned by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham, Matthias Kispert's Voices in a Field is a collective vocal work...

Recreation Ground Exhibition: An Overview

23 Jan 2014 | David Bell

Recreation Ground was an exhibition curated by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham. It ran at Attic Gallery, One Thoresby...

Voices in a Field - Participants Needed!

18 Sep 2013 | David Bell

Wasteland Twinning Nottingham has commissioned composer and sound artist Matthias Kispert to write a vocal work to be...

Recreation Ground Amsterdam

30 Aug 2013 | David Bell

Following the success of Artist's Impression in Nottingham earlier in the year, and the realisation of the same...

HS2 = Future Wastelands?

22 Apr 2013 | David Bell

As I've argued in recent posts, wastelands aren't simply made by accident - they're produced by political economy. This...

Creativity, Capital and Commons in the Contemporary City, Part 2

21 Apr 2013 | David Bell

This is the second part of a (slightly) edited version of a talk I gave to the Centre for the Study of Social and Global...

Creativity Capital and Commons in the Contemporary City: The Eastside Island, Pt. 1

15 Apr 2013 | David Bell

This is a very slightly edited version of a talk I gave to the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice's...

Artist's Impression: Wasteland Twinning Nottingham Needs You!

31 Mar 2013 | David Bell

Wasteland Twinning Nottingham NeedsYou! On Saturday 27th April, Wasteland Twinning Nottingham is producing an...

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