The Artist Pioneer

This article was published by 3:AM magazine in October 2014, and is republished with kind permission from 3:AM. ______________________________________________________   ‘Our contemporary stripped-pine pioneers have recreated a pattern of street life that originally belonged to the old working-class East End […] Their crescents and squares are turning into one-class communities of neighbours […] The easiest… Continue reading The Artist Pioneer

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The Necessity of Disorder in a Soft City: De Certeau vs Foucault

Here is a short article published in two parts by The Society Pages (September, 2014):Part I“For better or worse, [the city] invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in.”In his novel Soft City, written in 1974, Jonathan Raban eloquently drew out a vision of London as a fluid city.… Continue reading The Necessity of Disorder in a Soft City: De Certeau vs Foucault

Review: The View from the Train by Patrick Keiller

Patrick Keiller’s film London (1994) has haunted and intrigued me since I first saw it nearly five years ago. The film, a blend of documentary and fiction, presents a year in London as seen through the eyes of an imaginary protagonist, Robinson, whose thoughts and insights are related by an unnamed narrator. Keiller, through Robinson, seeks to… Continue reading Review: The View from the Train by Patrick Keiller