LANDING | The year begins …

January 20, 2022


The first full moon of 2022 is waning. It’s useful to let the year roll on a bit before making grand statements about one’s plans and aspirations. I find the rush to cement resolutions for new year misguided. Last year was gruelling and I was so tired by the end of it that thinking ahead […]

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PROJECT | A history of a city through infrastructure

April 2, 2021


Hello placeblog and placing. It’s been a while … With the PhD completed, I am turning my hand to other types of writing about and exploration of cities and infrastructure. I’ve been interested in infrastructure histories and geographies for a while. I recently looked at Timothy Moss’s book, Remaking Berlin: A History of the City […]

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BOOKS | Long Time, No See? Project Artist Books / Field Books

April 13, 2019


Long Time, No See? is developed by an interdisciplinary team of artists, urban practitioners, designers and web developers. Because Long Time, No See? is a multi-platform work, a framework and an artwork, we have been able to work with it in quite innovative and experimental ways, encouraging others to use it as a starting point in their own […]

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SCAN | Feminist infrastructures

September 17, 2017


My PhD research examines sustainable infrastructure (socio-technical) transitions. When I started it, it seemed about as far away from arts and cultural writing that I could get. However, the infrastructural focus does lend itself to thinking and writing about technoculture and socio-technological dynamics in motile and multi-scalar ways – shifting from the local to the […]

THOUGHTS| Pathways, art and development

August 28, 2017


Several artist colleagues are participating in projects and residencies in developing countries. My conversations with them have triggered some thinking about the ethical and political role they play in charting futures and opportunities to transform poverty and social justice, environmental sustainability and socio-technical processes. At the STEPS Summer School (University of Sussex, UK), which I […]

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WALK | Ways of walking, ways of learning

June 26, 2017


In my initial post about my experience of the STEPS Summer School, I reflected on locational and embodied experiences. Questions of place and age seemed to weigh heavily as I regained my footing at home, returning to the pace of life and getting in step. This body in this place. One of the attractions of […]

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SCHOOL | Orientation and orienting

May 29, 2017


It’s important to start, rather than just play chicken with intentions, and this start, while tentative, endeavours to gather some threads and fragments. I arrive in Brighton in mid May to attend the STEPS Pathways to Sustainability Summer School at the University of Sussex. One of 40 or so other participants drawn from higher degree […]

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EMERGE | Writing Infrastructure

June 10, 2015


It’s taken a while to return to this site, to pick up some threads and write with them. Much has emerged from these projects, especially Fieldworking, and it is yet to settle. A new project is taking shape, triggered by thoughts and connections springing from the lines and mesh of Fieldworking, but also referring to […]

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POST | The Legacy of Bernardi Secchi

December 17, 2014


I am sharing this post from the Society and Space website. It explores the legacy of Bernardo Secchi and raises a couple of things I have never heard before. Apparently, he write considerably on the still fundamental issue of ‘comment vivre ensemble’ (how to live together), which strongly relates to the threads woven through Placing […]

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REPORT |Projects: Fieldworking and Long Time, No See?

October 16, 2014


This week I completed, to full draft, the Fieldworking project, which was funded by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Fieldworking was intended as a year-long art writing project that would topologically and topographically examine public art and cultural space. In a general sense, this is what I am referring to by the […]