Untitled and Undocumented: Fragments of Life in the Global City

John Grech
Department of International Communications, Macquarie University, Australia

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Ingår i: The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 20:16, s. 149–168

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Publicerad: 2007-03-06


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper represents a number of projects undertaken between 1986 and 2005 and were presented as a poster at the Cities and Media conference in Vadstena; Sweden in October 2006. In the context of a scientific conference; this ’corpus’ might appear to represent a concerted effort over two decades to build a significant body of research. The thematic that body addresses could then be described as an interest in exploring and understanding a set of problematics concerning life in the contemporary city. Although such a presupposition might be true in hindsight; in fact and in practice; the work this paper represents had more humble origins. This was a desire to produce aesthetic objects – works of art. For a reader expecting a more conventional; scientifically oriented; and empirically objective project; this paper will beg a question about the nature of research. It also raises an age-old problem or question about what art really is. I hope the following paper will shed some light on these issues. I also hope to show how the projects I have undertaken over the last 20 years through a range of media might; and correctly should; have been considered as legitimate forms of research representing a concerted investigation into life in the contemporary city.


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