This excellent post on weburbanist reminded me of an early photographic project of mine: “Signal Lost: the Space Beneath”. It was conceived during a major replacement of early Victorian water pipes on the eve of the Olympics.
As the visual research proceeded, it showed in more details (or better, hinted at) the intricate networks of pipes, cables, and wires that constitute the urban space beneath. Partly exposed by major roadworks and delays caused to daily commuting, this amazing and colourful “spray painted slang” is part of the everyday city life. And yet it is a code which belongs to experts and technicians (partly explained in this BBC post and in the aforementioned one on the weburbanist, also see this project, similar and quite different at the same time).
Where do all these links connect? To what extent can we still demarcate the boundaries of our private space of the home? What kind of embodied practice is embedded in the everyday use of utilities? The project exposes somehow the entrenched materiality of the Internet as local utility, rather than its digital data flow across the globe.
Out on Visual Studies (Routledge) my review of: Underberg, Natalie M. Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.
In October I walked for the second year with undergraduate Sociology students at Goldsmiths as part of our course “London”, [...]
My walking film of Southall Broadway, London UB1, has been projected (no audio) on the wall of Glimpses Festival, in Delhi. [...]
Led by Dough Harper, our task was to produce 5 photographs from a walk in London [...]
My review of ‘Eyes on Labor’, in Visual Studies, vol. 28, issue 3, 2013, pages 290-291. Published online: 04 Oct 2013. ((C. Quirke, ‘Eyes on Labor’, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 376 pages ISBN: 0-199-76823-4))
“In her detailed analysis of the US visual imagery of labour, [...]
It was meant to come out exactly on my birthday, then only a week later or so, here it is: my book review is on Visual Studies. Inbox me if you can’t access it here:
I have scraped Twitter for the #IVSA2013 conference at Goldsmiths with this macro (Free and Open Source tool). During the 3 day conference [...]
Follow the development of our new OCTV for the forthcoming International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) annual conference due at Goldsmiths, University of London, from 8 to 10 of July. [...]