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Experimental Geography

Experimental Geography

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“Living in cities, we need a new way to think about how we move and what we notice… This strange, exciting book offers just that—a new way to notice public space. It is the brainchild of Nato Thompson: the results of his fascinations with urban planning post-Katrina, abandoned or unnoticed urban landscapes and public art.”
—Susan Salter Reynold, Los Angeles Times

“What could be more delightful- and unsettling- than turning loose a group of contemporary surrealists, disguised as vagabonds and artists, in the ripe fields of the hyper-real? Experimental Geography isn’t about space; it is about terminal strangeness.”
-MIKE DAVIS, author of Ecology of Fear and City of Quartz

“Another step in the ongoing quest for social energies not yet recognized as art, Experimental Geography brings together a significant group of artists and collectives looking seriously at land use- urban and rural, local and global. Leaving behind the earthworks of the past, and reviving the line-blurring process that defined art and lived experience in 1960s conceptualism, much of this work is not about geography but exists within geography, exploring the politics and infrastructures that can either change or stall the world.”
-LUCY LIPPARD, author of The Lure of the Local

Thompson, Nato Experimental Geography, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Melville House, Brooklyn, 2008. 168 pages, 91 color and 5 black-and-white illustrations. 8.5 x 11 in., softcover. ISBN: 978-0-09-163658-6. OUT OF PRINT.

Essays by Nato Thompson, Jeffrey Kastner and Trevor Paglen, with contributions from Matthew Coolidge, Iain Kerr, Lize Mogel and Damon Rich.