DAM BANKSY! Street Art’s Commercialization and Objectification

Last week my colleague Simon Lindgren and I were in Amsterdam for a workshop dedicated to questions of materiality within the context of social movements’ use of digital media. The workshop, which I organised with Thomas Poell of the University of Amsterdam and Anastasia Kavada of the University of Westminster, involved loads of really interesting … More DAM BANKSY! Street Art’s Commercialization and Objectification

Perpetual Uncertainty – Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene at Umeå’s Bildmuseet

Last weekend I attended the opening of the Perpetual Uncertainty – Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene exhibition that has been curated by Ele Carpenter of Goldsmiths University at Umeå’s Bildmusset. The exhibition which accompanies Carpenter’s new edited book, The Nuclear Culture Source Book, brings together the works of artists from all over the world … More Perpetual Uncertainty – Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene at Umeå’s Bildmuseet

New Publication: Reviewing the Cultural Histories and Geographies of Public Transport in Berlin

As one grows older the years seem to get shorter, which may explain why I am already able to announce the arrival of my first publication for 2017! A while back I was contacted by the editors of Mobility in History – the yearbook of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and … More New Publication: Reviewing the Cultural Histories and Geographies of Public Transport in Berlin

New Publications: Global Undergrounds

A compendium of research dedicated to subterranean spaces across the world, edited by Paul Dobraszczyk, Carlos López Galviz and Bradley Garrett, has just been published by Reaktion and I am proud to say I have contributed three essays to it! Entitled Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within, the book contains 80 essays written by a host … More New Publications: Global Undergrounds

Social Media and the Death of Serendipity (or on experiencing the ‘pre-bump’ for the first time)

As I start to write this post I am sitting at a departure gate in Stockholm’s Arlanda airport waiting for the late night flight north to Umeå. I am on my way back from Moscow where, for the last few days, I have been taking part in a conference at the Higher School of Economics’ … More Social Media and the Death of Serendipity (or on experiencing the ‘pre-bump’ for the first time)

New Publication: Book Review in Media, Culture and Society

Another month, another book review. I find that these are a good way to keep your critical eye in  when working on a larger time consuming publication or  acclimatising to a new discipline and research project. In this case it seems the upturn in my reviewing activity is linked to my move to Umeå and … More New Publication: Book Review in Media, Culture and Society

SNOW: Musing on my first (full) Cold Swedish Winter

I think I am now safe in saying I have survived my first (full) Cold Swedish Winter. This morning we threw open all the windows and spring-cleaned the flat, while the snow has finally receded far enough to consider going out in normal footwear. It is probably because of this sense that the season is … More SNOW: Musing on my first (full) Cold Swedish Winter