Did Someone Say Participate?: An Atlas of Spatial Practice : a Report from the Front Lines of Cultural Activism Looks at Spatial Practitioners who Actively Trespass Into Neighbouring Or Alien Fields of Knowledge

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Markus Miessen, Shumon Basar
MIT Press, 2006 - Architecture - 331 pages
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Did someone say we need yet another anthology of essays? According to the editors of Did Someone Say Participate?, the answer is an emphatic--or hysterical--"YES!" In fact, they'd go further and argue that the shifts that have taken place in the practice and pedagogy of architecture have been mirrored in other fields, and that this has happened to such an extent that an emerging generation of artists, activists, economists, curators, policy makers, photographers, editors (and, of course, architects) is reshaping how we look at contemporary social and political reality. Despite their apparent disciplinary differences, these professionals are all spatial practitioners. What was once seen as the defensive preserve of architects--mapping, making, or manipulating spaces--has become a new "culture of space" situated in the global market and media arena. Did Someone Say Participate? showcases a range of forward-thinking practitioners and theorists who actively trespass into neighboring or alien fields of knowledge in activities that range from collaborative forms of interdisciplinary practice to identifying practices of ethical terror. For the first time, architecture is here presented as the architecture of knowledge. Participation--social, political or personal--is once again at the forefront of research. Together, the contributions form an atlas of spatial practices resembling the early medieval maps that attempt to show the entire known world. Did Someone Say Participate? will be essential reading not only for those involved in the future of architectural research and practice, but for anyone interested in navigating through current forms of cultural inquiry and debate.Contributors:Åbäke, Shumon Basar, Johanna Billing, Celine Condorelli & Beatrice Gibson, Keller Easterling, Francesca Ferguson, Justin Frewen, Stephen Graham, Joseph Grima, Mauricio Guillen, Michael Hirsch, Bernd Kniess & Meyer Voggenreiter, Armin Linke, Brendan McGetrick, John McSweeney, Markus Miessen, Matthew Murphy, Lucy Musgrave & Clare Cumberlidge, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Bas Princen, Wendy Pullan, Frank van der Salm, Luke Skrebowski, R&Sie(n) with Pierre Huyghe, Peter Weibel, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss and Eyal Weizman.Not for sale in the UK and Europe.

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Shumon Basar is a writer, curator, and educator. He cofounded the independent publishing/event collective sexymachinery, is the architecture editor of Tank magazine, codirects the curatorial/design group Newbetter, and writes for several art and architecture periodicals. He teaches at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art and is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths Centre for ResearchArchitecture, London.

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