ENTROPIC LANDSCAPE SERIES

October-December 2010. A free weekly exploring landscapes in decline, those running down, descending into chaos.

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The format of ELS is a push against web culture: produced completely without computers. Written on an Olivetti typewriter, it was xeroxed and hand numbered in a limited edition of 50 copies per issue.

PART ONE: CITY/WALL/MAP

October 14. From the Greek myth of Prometheus to the medieval maps of Matthew Paris, the first issue explores how human relationships to landscape and nature are manifested through our cities, walls and maps.

PART TWO: NATURE VERSUS TECHNOLOGY

October 21. The false dichotomy of nature versus technology is exposed. Using the 1956 film Forbidden Planet as a case study, our collective fears about the dangers of technology are examined. Recent human technological evolution is reframed in terms of Manual, Digital, Gestural and Notional Revolutions.

PART THREE: BECKTON

October 28. Photo edition. The surreal semi-urban landscapes of Beckton, including its gangs, immense slag-heaps and fake Swiss ski slopes, are documented through B+W photography.

PART FOUR: VECTOR LANDSCAPES

November 11. World War One is analysed as an entropic event, its territory one of human tectonics, vectors and velocites.

PART FIVE: SIGNS OF A CITY CENTRE

December 15. Part five challenges the preconception that cities are defined by their centres, and instead focuses on the limits of development and the meaning of urban sprawl. It draws on the Bicocca Quarter in Milan as a case study.