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The Phase two publication "Rhizomatic Trajectories" 
draws together reflections nurtured
through Topographies’ contextualising platform
 from both invited scholars and artists who remain connected to the project.
 comprises of a range of descriptive, narrative and poetic texts which elucidate questions, contexts and methods that offer an alternative
historiography of postindustrial sites and situations."
ISBN 978-82-93801-01-6 Read the publication and download pdf at Bora

"Ashmolean papers" 2017

Draws together and extends proceedings from a symposium held at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford. It offers a broad range of interdisciplinary insights into issues surrounding the impact of deindustrialisation upon heritage, communities and landscapes, and urban renewal through art and culture led strategies. ISBN 978-82-690937-4-2 Download pdf
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Compilation of texts written by participants. Download pdf
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"Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" 

Compilation of artist texts. Download pdf
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"Topographies of the Obsolete Critical Texts, Dixon, Hauge, Shales" 

Texts by Steven Dixon, Øystein Hauge and Ezra Shales. Download pdf
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Performances by KELLY / MARHAUG at Spode original factory site documented by Bjarte Bjørkum.
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For information about purchase of printed copies, please contact:
Arild Våge Berge, research assistant: arild.berge(at)

THE TOPOGRAPHIES OF THE OBSOLETE LIBRARY COLLECTION AT The Art Academy -institute of contemporary art

See all the publications available in our Topographies of the Obsolete shelf at the library online! The reading list was compiled by suggestions from all of the participants in the Topographies of the Obsolete project.

List of Related theory

Andreassen, Elin/Bjerck, Hein B/ Olsen, Bjørnar. Persistent Memories: Pyramiden- A soviet "mining town in the high arctic. Tapir Academic Press, 2010

Auster, Paul. New York trilogy. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1990), ISBN-10: 0140131558.

Bachelard, Gaston. The poetics of space. Beacon Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 1994). ISBN-10: 0807064734

Beaumont, Mathew/ Dart, Gregory. Restless cities. Verso (May 4, 2010). ISBN-10: 1844674053.

Beckman, Karen, Ma, Jean. Still moving: Between cinema and photography. Duke University Press Books (September 17, 2008). ISBN-10: 0822341557.

Bennet, Arnold. Anna of the five towns. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform (11 April 2014). ISBN-10: 1499117507

Bennett, Arnold. Clayhanger. House of Stratus; New Edition edition (12 Jan 2008). ISBN-10: 0755115899

Berger, Alan. Drosscape: wasting land in urban America. Princeton Architectural Press (1 May 2007). ISBN-10: 1568987137

Berleant, Arnold/Carlson, Allen. The aesthetics of natural environments. Broadview Press Ltd (15 Feb 2004). ISBN-10: 1551114704.

Bishop, Claire. Artificail Hells: participatory art and the politics of spectatorship. Verso Books (30 July 2012). ISBN-10: 1844676900. ISBN-13: 978-1844676903.

Blauveit, Andrew. Worlds away: New suburban Landscapes. Walker Art center, (16th Feb 2008). ISBN 10:0935640908. ISBN13: 9780935640908

Boym, Svetlana. Ruinophilia: Appreciation of Ruins.

Brady, Emily. The aesthetics of the natural environment. Edinburgh University Press (17 Jan 2003). ISBN-10: 0748614389. ISBN-13: 978-0748614387.

Bridgewater, Emma, Rice, Mathew. The lost city of Stoke-on-Trent. Frances Lincoln (7 Oct 2010). ISBN-10: 0711231397. ISBN-13: 978-0711231399.

Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. Bantam USA; Bantam Trade Ed edition (1 Mar 1990). ISBN-10: 0553348477. ISBN-13: 978-0553348477.

Connolly, Maeve. The place of artists cinema space, site and screen. (May 2009). ISBN 9781841502465.

Davis, Mike. Dead cities: and other tales. (1 Jan 2002). ISBN-10: 1565848446. ISBN-13: 978-1565848443

Dean, Tacita. Place (Art Works). Thames & Hudson (11 April 2005). ISBN-10: 0500930074. ISBN-13: 978-0500930076.

Dickens, Charles. A plated article, With an introductory account of the historical Spode-Copeland china works to which it refers. ../stream/cu31924013473123/cu31924013473123_djvu.txt

Dillon, Brian (ed). Ruins. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (1 Aug 2011). ISBN-10: 085488193X. ISBN-13: 978-0854881932.

Doherty, Claire (ed). Situation. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (4 Sep 2009). ISBN-10: 0854881735. ISBN-13: 978-0854881734

Edwards, Mervyn. Memories of the Staffordshire potteries. Countryside Books (22 Oct 2009). ISBN-10: 1846741718. ISBN-13: 978-1846741715

Eikemo, Marit. Samtidsruinar.

Evans (ed). Appropriation. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (1 April 2009). ISBN-10: 0854881611. ISBN-13: 978-0854881611.

Fellowes, Jessica. The world of Downton Abbey. Collins; 1st Edition edition (15 Sep 2011). ISBN-10: 0007431783. ISBN-13: 978-0007431786.

Foster, Hal. The Return of the Real: Art and theory at the end of the century: Avant Guard at the end of the century.

Frazer, Sir James George, the illustrated golden bough.

Hermansen, Siri. Bipolar Horizon.

Hinderliter, Beth/ Maimon, Vered/  Mansoor, Jaleh / McCormick, Seth. Communities of sense- re thinking aesthetics and politics. Duke University Press. (oct 9th 2009). ISBN-10: 0822345137. ISBN-13: 978-0822345138.

Johnstone, Stephen (ed). The everyday. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (1 April 2008). ISBN-10: 085488159X. ISBN-13: 978-0854881598.

Kastner, Jeffery (ed). Nature. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (4 April 2012). ISBN-10: 0854881964. ISBN-13: 978-0854881963.

Kaye, Nick. Site specific art: performance, place and documentation.

Keiller, Patrick. The possibility of life's survival on the planet. Tate Publishing (16 Mar 2012). ISBN-10: 1849760721. ISBN-13: 978-1849760720

Kwon, Miwon. One place after another: site specific art and locational identity.

Leroy, Ellen. The anthropology of turquoise: reflections on desert, sea, stone and sky. Vintage Books; Reprint edition (July 2003). ISBN-10: 0375708138. ISBN-13: 978-0375708138

Macfarlane, Robert, The wild places. Publisher: Granta Books (7 July 2008). ISBN-10: 1847080189. ISBN-13: 978-1847080189.

Makarius, Marcus. Ruins. Flammarion (August 30, 2005). ISBN-10: 2080304690. ISBN-13: 978-2080304698.

Merewether, Charles (ed). Archive. Documents of contemporary art. Publisher: The MIT Press (December 6, 2006). ISBN-10: 0262633388. ISBN-13: 978-0262633383.

Morris, William. News from nowhere: or, an epoch of rest. Being some chapters form a utopian romance.

Moya, Cristian Gomez. Ruins.

Nobel, Richard (ed). Utopias. Documents of contemporary art. Whitechapel Art Gallery (4 Sep 2009). ISBN-10: 085488162X. ISBN-13: 978-0854881628.

Pall Jonsson, Olafur/Sigurjonsdottir, Æsa. Art ethics and environment: a free inquiry into the vulgarly received notion of nature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 Sep 2006). ISBN-10: 1847180396. ISBN-13: 978-1847180391.

Pensky, Max. Three kinds of Ruin: Heidegger, Benjamin, Sebald.

Perec, Georges. Species of spaces and other pieces.

Ranciere, Jacques. The emancipated Spectator.

Ranciere, Jacques. Staging the people: the proletarian and his double. Verso Books (20 Jun 2011). ISBN-10: 1844676978. ISBN-13: 978-1844676972.

Rugg, Judith. Exploring the site specific: issues of space and internationalism.

Ruin Memories: Materialities, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recemt past.

Sukhdev, Sandu. Night Haunts: a journey into the London night. Verso, 2010.

Sennet, Richard. The corrosion of character: personal consequences of work in the new capitalism. W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (13 Oct 1999). ISBN-10: 0393319873. ISBN-13: 978-0393319873.

Sennet, Richard. The Craftsman. Penguin (5 Feb 2009). ISBN-10: 0141022094. ISBN-13: 978-0141022093.

Shaw, Simeon. History of the Staffordshire Potteries: and the rise and progress of the manufacture of pottery and porcelain.

Smith, Steven. Spode and Copeland: over two hundred years of fine china and porcelain. Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (1 Mar 2005). ISBN-10: 0764321730. ISBN-13: 978-0764321733.

Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: a history of walking. Granta Books (1 May 2014). ISBN-10: 1783780398. ISBN-13: 978-1783780396.

Solnit, R.S. Storming the gates of Paradise. University of California Press; 1 edition (1 Jun 2007).

Symmons Roberts, Michael, Farely, Paul. Edgelands. Vintage (2 Feb 2012). ISBN-10: 0099539772. ISBN-13: 978-0099539773.

Thompson, N. Living as form: socially engaged art from 1991-2011. MIT Press (20 Mar 2012). ISBN-10: 0262017342. ISBN-13: 978-0262017343

Turkle, Sherry. Evocative objects: things we think with. MIT Press; Reprint edition (4 Oct 2011). ISBN-10: 0262516772. ISBN-13: 978-0262516778.

Wells, H.G. A Modern Utopia.

Wilkinson, Vega. Spode-Copeland-Spode: its works and people 1770-1970. Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan 1999). ISBN-10: 1851493646. ISBN-13: 978-1851493647.