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Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism

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A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking
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Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Melville House
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David
This is a primarily artistic, pretty loose, and fascinating approach to geography. Most of the work in the book (presented like an exhibition catalog to a gallery show) is conceptual and quite intellectual revolving around humanity's relationship to space and how we are defined and how we actively can redefine our habitats.

The book was full of inspiring concepts of how to reconfigure our perceptions of locations. One group presented makes awesome diagrams of the production of an iPod accompanied
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Dec 03, 2011 Monster rated it liked it
Apparently too art-po-mo for my blood. I found the book flashy and lacking in substance; I don't want to insinuate that the artists/authors are not critical, thinking people, but I was repeatedly distracted by this over-indulgent presentation that seems to portend unselfconscious privilege.
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Mar 09, 2009 Mathew rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
Incoherent and wildly disparate collection filled with vague descriptions/depictions of "space" and "place-ness" and the pseudo importance thereof. Yearning to gaze at something but can't find your navel? This book should help.
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Jul 24, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
informative, recommended overview of artists interacting with geography.
stephen
very interesting and purty too.
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