Shelf is an algorithmic art project that shows how derivative is intellectual work. It simply juxtaposes the work I have done since kiddingthecity started (2007) with a clever wordpress plugin, Zotpress. This  uses an Application Programming Interface (API) to connect kiddingthecity, in real time, to an evolving Zotero database.

Zotero is a Free and Open Source, cross-platform, reference manager that integrates with your browser and word processor—here intended as an approximation to knowledge in the age of ‘smart’ technology, ranking and metrics →→→ see the sidebar ‘What I have been reading’ →→→ see my entire Zotero library, linked to a number of digital devices of mine.


Screenshot of my Zotero (ZSA)

Shelf is a ‘smart’ academic dashboard, informing on my readings and publishing performance. It is also a mild form of self-surveillance and disclosure—the great thing is that the process is automated, no need to type anything.

Academic sources are extracted in real time by Zotpress. Conversely, these are stored in Zotero because of the sociological imagination I want to deliver through my papers. Shelf wants to highlight this dynamic relationship which is other than, say, a Publication List.

Through Shelf, kiddingthecity has been providing Open Access since 2007, under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike  →→→ feel free to download my papers, articles, and photobooks →→→ see my profile at Goldsmiths Research Online.


Creative Commons License

see my list of publications as a Zotpress collection

Articles and Papers

  • (in press 2016, book chapter) Urban change and the mesh: an ethnography of Deptford’s Open Wireless Network in: Aiello, G., Tarartino, M., Oakleys, K., Communicating the City, Peter Lang
  • (2016, article accepted) Gentrification in the mesh? An ethnography of Open Wireless Network (OWN) in Deptford, City, Routledge
  • (2016, article under review) CCTV Oddity: Archaeology and Aesthetics of Video Surveillance, Visual Studies, Routledge
  • (forthcoming 2017, book chapter) CCTV oddity: playing up video surveillance, in: CAST University of Copenhagen, Visual Aspect of Security, Routledge
  • (2015, working paper) Tweaking the wireless space: Place Hacking by far away? BSA Symposium University of Liverpool
  • (2015, article) ‘Hacking Multitude’ and Big Data: some insights from the Turkish ‘Digital Coup’, Big Data & Society, SAGE; DOI: 10.1177/2053951715580599
  • (2015, working paper) Earthquake in the city: the people yet to come, co-authored with Prof. M. Russo, University of Modena, DEMB Working Paper Series N. 63
  • (2014, article) Sniffing the city: issues of sousveillance in innercity London, Visual Studies 29.3, Routledge; DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2014.941550 →→→ see final draft.

Book Reviews


Edited Collections

  • (2014) Cardullo, P., Gupta, R., Hakim, J. (eds.) London: City of Paradox, N. 3 CMRB online series
  • (2014) Cardullo, P., Gupta, R., Hakim, J. (eds.)  Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting: A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis, N. 2 CMRB online series



Art Installations

  • (2013) #OCTV in collaboration with James Stevens @ spc, at the International Visual Sociology Association annual conference, Goldsmiths University of London

Short Films

  • (2009) Trail of Images — using hacked CCTV footages, Deptford TV collective
  • (2008) Lewisham77 — commemoration of the Battle of Lewisham, Deptford TV collective

Photo Competitions (shortlisted)

  • Migration, COMPAS Oxford 2011 & 2012
  • Dignity, Human Rights Centre at Essex University, 2011
  • What is Crime? at 198 Gallery London, 2009
  • Cycle photo-diary, Greenwich Council, 2007

see my list of publications as a Zotpress collection

Comments are closed