Thursday, December 06, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Robin de Goede, Ruin Value

RUIN VALUE from robindegoede on Vimeo.

Thanks to John Armitage for spotting this.

Isao Hashimoto, Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

Thanks to Ian Thompson for this one.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newcastle University Architecture, Planning and Landscape Lecture Series

Watch the lectures on vimeo.

David Schlosberg
William Rees
Eric Parry
Tony King
Anna Minton
Owen Hatherley
Matthew Gandy
Ian Boal
Ananya Roy
Nezar Alsayyad

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cosmic Futures

Gregory Benford website
David Brin website
John Smart website
Steven J. Dick and Mark L. Lupisella, eds., Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context (NASA 2009) [PDF]

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

J.D. Bernal, The World, the Flesh and the Devil: An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul (1929)

Bannerman's Castle

Bannerman's Castle is an abandoned milary surplus warehouse on the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City and easily spotted from the commuter train from Poughkeepsie. Like a future ruin of West Point, also to be seen on this route.

BLDGBLOG: Bannerman's Island
Shaun O'Boyle
Bannerman Castle Trust

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hashima Island

Article in Cabinet magazine.
'Battleship Island' from Vice magazine.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Art of Dissent

Your companion to the closing ceremony.
The Art of Dissent website

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9

Kelly Richardson website

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Swandown Artefacts
Swandown website

London -- The Modern Babylon

On July 16th 2012 the BBC decided not to screen Julien Temple’s latest documentary, London - The Modern Babylon, which had been scheduled as part of a season of films about the capital in the run up to the Olympic Games. The film, pieced together from footage from the British Film Institute archives, is an attempt to articulate a century of London life up to and including the 2011 riots. One scene culled from British gangster film The Long Good Friday (1980) imagines a UK Olympic bid for the derelict Docklands area. Whether the BBC decided that images of looting and street-fighting were not the best way to represent London days before the Olympic torch reached the city is unclear, though the broadcaster might have blanched after British Airways thought using The Clash’s London Calling for the soundtrack to an upbeat Olympic themed TV commercial was a good idea: ice age, heat death, famine, nuclear error, zombies of death. Here the apocalyptic punk imaginary returns to haunt an affirmative display of corporate engineering designed, presumably, to celebrate British efficiency and London as a global destination. The sheer wrongness of the soundtrack is a thrilling act of self-immolation at least as pointed as anything Temple has assembled and also opens up a dream-space where punk nostalgia refuses to capitulate to the restorative logic of the heritage sector and insinuates itself instead into the marketing DNA of the corporation as a mode of auto-détournement.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is This a Joke?

It's all gone quiet regarding the actual content of Boyle's opening ceremony, overshadowed as it is by the cock-ups over security. Recent aerial photographs show a scene that looks like the opening of Eastenders. Still, the question remains: is it a joke or is it really that bad?

Simon Jenkins in The Guardian smelled a rat.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dr Feelgood

Carl Sagan, Terraformer

The Cold Coast Archive

Signe Lidén (Norway), Annesofie Norn (Denmark), and Steve Rowell (USA). Information at the Center for Postnatural History

Trevor Paglen, The Last Pictures

See the Creative Time press release.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Brian Holmes

There was a video here but I can't remember what it was.

Brian Holmes' blog

Monday, July 09, 2012

Robert Macfarlane on Orford Ness

Will Self and Macfarlane on Orford Ness in The Big Issue. Will it never end?

Friday, July 06, 2012

Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Videograms of a Revolution

The overthrow of Ceausescu in 1989: over 125 hours of footage compiled by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica.

Stanley Fish on GeoHumanities

From the New York Times
Routledge: GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Ian Nairn

Monday, July 02, 2012

Test Site

Test Site - trailer from Solarisfilm on Vimeo.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Allan Sekula

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead

Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Mona Hatoum

Monday, April 30, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ice Cube Loves LA

There was a video for this but it's gone.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson, UK: “Petrolia” (Still), 16mm film, 2005

Monday, March 26, 2012



Go to the Internet Archive.

It Happened Here

Ghost Ship

A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bashir Makhoul

Shai Kremer

Mark Ruwedel

Small Wars

Steichen at War

Virtuous War

Trailer for 'Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial Media Entertainment Network' by James Der Derian.

Disastrous Horizons

This video connects the parrallel developments of networked warfare, post-industrialization and virtual accidents. The title "Disastrous Horizons" is inspired by Paul Virilio's 'Museum of Accidents' and the video was presented at the symposium exploring the work of Paul Virilio,'Trajectories of the Catastrophic', on Friday, Oct. 24th 2008 at City Lights in San Francisco. The video is written and directed by: Phillip Gara and James Der Derian

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Campbell's Factory Demolition

Must be the time of the season for getting rid of iconic East Anglian landmarks.

The empty Campbell’s factory in King's Lynn is currently being demolished with its iconic tower due to be taken down next month to make way for a business complex including a new Tesco Extra store.

Monday, January 09, 2012

On the Jetty

Eastern Daily Press story Monday 9 Jan 2012

The demolition of the jetty used by Nelson in Great Yarmouth is now underway.

John Constable, Yarmouth Jetty (after 1823)
John Crome the Elder, Yarmouth Jetty