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Utopic Critique
This is an on-going research concern initiated after the conclusion of my PhD that evolves a contribution to utopian theory through its application within works of criticism, in response to diverse forms of cultural production, contemporary and historic. Whilst often taking the form of theorised essays, the aim of utopic critique is also to apply the method within non-academic contexts of art and architecture criticism, and through art practice-based methods of research. Core examples of the theoretical method, such as the work of Louis Marin on ‘utopics’ and Fredric Jameson on the ‘utopian impulse’ and the ‘political unconscious’, are also discussed and explored through my teaching on the History and Theory component of the Bartlett’s MArch Part II Architecture Programme in my seminar ‘U-topographics: Utopic Journeys into Post Modern Culture’; and within my MA: Architectural History module, ‘Practices of Criticism’. Research output includes: “Dwelling in the Image: Representations of Lacaton & Vassal’s ‘Double Space’” in Matthew Butcher and Megan O’Shea (eds) P.E.A.R. (UCL Press, forthcoming 2020); ‘Figures of the Debâcle: The Utopics of Whistler’s Wapping’. A paper given at the symposium, Unmoored Cities: Radical Urban Futures and Climate Catastrophes, 25|05|18; A Collaborative Utopian Practice’, foreword to Jonathan Mosley, Sophie Warren and Brandon Labelle (eds) Beyond Utopia: Surface Tension no.4 (Los Angeles/Berlin, Errant Bodies Publications, 2012); ‘Of Mediation and a Space of Experience: A Utopian Project in the work of Mike Marshall’, in Mike Marshall Open Space (Stour Valley Arts, 2011); ‘OSH House by Toh Shimazaki’, The Architects’ Journal (12|04|07), pp. 24-35.
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