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Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions
In 1884, Edwin A Abbott created the two-dimensional world of Flatland, whose inhabitants consist of lines, points and polygons. Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions takes Abbott’s celebrated Victorian satire as an architectural research brief, concocting a series of physical assemblages based around twelve London locales. Each tale starts life as a flat sheet of paper and is then cut, inscribed, folded, and fused into a narrative, occupying a territory that is both real and surreal; cardboard cut-outs are spliced and woven into yarn replete with shadowy nuance. Using paper, carbon and glue as ingredients, and laced with a healthy dose of culture, myth and locational specificity, the stories construct a sequence of improbable marriages between place and fantasy. Like the artwork in Abbott’s Victorian satire, the short stories are ‘immoral, licentious, anarchical and unscientific’ yet, from an aesthetic point of view, ‘glorious’, ‘ravishing’ and ‘a pleasure to behold.’ Output: 12 Research Projects, 3 Book Chapters, 5 Journals, and Authored Book 'Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions' (Routledge, March 2011) ISBN 978-0-415-57358-0, 240pp; Co-author: Ed Liu
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