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MAGIC, MYTHOLOGY AND THE NEW DARK AGE: Interview with curator James Bridle about the exhibition AGENCY

“An augmented reality app reveals an added text layer of email correspondence with personal subject lines like “mwwah” and “I wuv you”, which are not the usual diplomatic cable fare. Instead, the artist showcases the metanarrative of a workplace affair, another form of ‘revelation’ that lies, along with so many bigger secrets, among the 10,000+ documents. ”

MAGIC, MYTHOLOGY AND THE NEW DARK AGE: Interview with curator James Bridle about the exhibition AGENCY

“An augmented reality app reveals an added text layer of email correspondence with personal subject lines like “mwwah” and “I wuv you”, which are not the usual diplomatic cable fare. Instead, the artist showcases the metanarrative of a workplace affair, another form of ‘revelation’ that lies, along with so many bigger secrets, among the 10,000+ documents. ”

BERLIN SONIC PLACES: Book Review

“Cusak’s description of his own Hinterhof (courtyard), where the quotidian rhythms of neighbours-never-met ricochet off the walls will be familiar to residents and AirBnB guests alike. Describing Maybachufer’s bustling market, Udo Noll cites similarities in a 1929 Franz Hessel text about the same spot, revealing the capacity for soundscapes, and the human routine that informs them, to endure beyond their associated landscapes – even in this city.”

BERLIN SONIC PLACES: Book Review

“Cusak’s description of his own Hinterhof (courtyard), where the quotidian rhythms of neighbours-never-met ricochet off the walls will be familiar to residents and AirBnB guests alike. Describing Maybachufer’s bustling market, Udo Noll cites similarities in a 1929 Franz Hessel text about the same spot, revealing the capacity for soundscapes, and the human routine that informs them, to endure beyond their associated landscapes – even in this city.”

FROM LA TO KOLKATA, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME: text on two Art Basel Statements artists

“Both artists explore these inherent tensions against the backdrop of regeneration and consumerism in Kolkata and Los Angeles – two urban centres whose boundaries are continually rendered obsolete by the processes of sprawl and migration. […] In both projects, the architecture of the artists’ respective locations is heavily referenced, both in terms of their materiality and the imaginaries they serve.”

FROM LA TO KOLKATA, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME: text on two Art Basel Statements artists

“Both artists explore these inherent tensions against the backdrop of regeneration and consumerism in Kolkata and Los Angeles – two urban centres whose boundaries are continually rendered obsolete by the processes of sprawl and migration. […] In both projects, the architecture of the artists’ respective locations is heavily referenced, both in terms of their materiality and the imaginaries they serve.”

FROM ATHENS TO ANFIELD: The success of community-led regeneration, USR book extract

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell once sang. Located in the somewhat typecast “anarchist” Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia, Navarinou Park exemplifies something of a reverse scenario.”

FROM ATHENS TO ANFIELD: The success of community-led regeneration, USR book extract

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell once sang. Located in the somewhat typecast “anarchist” Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia, Navarinou Park exemplifies something of a reverse scenario.”

HOPE IN THE ERROR: Co-Machines book contribution

“It’s interesting to note too that the product interfaces of consumer techland often borrow the language of architecture in order to make sense of the ephemeral and abstract concepts upon which they are built/conceived to further/propagate. It does not however follow that we should borrow the sensibilities of the digital to when it comes to city making.”

HOPE IN THE ERROR: Co-Machines book contribution

“It’s interesting to note too that the product interfaces of consumer techland often borrow the language of architecture in order to make sense of the ephemeral and abstract concepts upon which they are built/conceived to further/propagate. It does not however follow that we should borrow the sensibilities of the digital to when it comes to city making.”

OUTRAGE: Potemkin buildings, developers’ hoardings and the myth of Berlin

“…just as their conservation-focused cousins seem content to co-opt and reconfigure idealisations of what has gone before, so too are new developments turning to specious Berlin narratives to preordain not just the use of space but also perceptions centred around it.”

OUTRAGE: Potemkin buildings, developers’ hoardings and the myth of Berlin

“…just as their conservation-focused cousins seem content to co-opt and reconfigure idealisations of what has gone before, so too are new developments turning to specious Berlin narratives to preordain not just the use of space but also perceptions centred around it.”

EXPLORATIONS IN URBAN PRACTICE: Urban School Ruhr Series publication

Explorations in Urban Practice, the first edition in the Urban School Ruhr Series, draws from and reflects upon USR’s experiences to date whilst also looking to the future of urban practice in contemporary cities.

EXPLORATIONS IN URBAN PRACTICE: Urban School Ruhr Series publication

Explorations in Urban Practice, the first edition in the Urban School Ruhr Series, draws from and reflects upon USR’s experiences to date whilst also looking to the future of urban practice in contemporary cities.