Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer
research and writings on art, architecture and politics


RESEARCH


OTHER MARKETS
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Mapping typologies and conditions of informality:
How informal markets intersect with global governance



NETWORKED CULTURES
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The struggle for new forms of artistic practice in an era of global deregulation



WORLD OF MATTER
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An ecological view on resource politics



SEA OF MARBLE
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Looking out to the sea: A navigational convergence on the imaginary and the realities of the sea




EXHIBITIONS

World of Matter
@ HMKV Dortmund
@ James Gallery New York
@ Ellen Gallery Montreal


Networked Cultures -
documentary


Gunners & Runners


Trading Places


Networked Cultures


Gone City


Temporary Zones


Operation Desert


You'll Never Walk Alone





MONU

#05
July 2006
ISSN: 1860-3211

Brutal Urbanism

with contributions by


Loïc Wacquant, Michael Zinganel, Eyal Weizman, STAR, Austin Arensberg, Baruch Bruce Gottlieb, Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer, UAS, Marc Schuilenburg, Lukas Feireiss, Philipp Misselwitz & Tim Rieniets, John Comazzi, Alex Schafran and Michael J. Thompson



PDF
Happy Slapping - Urban Violence in the Age of Camera Phones
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer



Editorial

Roughness, violence, brutality, seediness, ghettoization – all these are words that we associate much more readily with the city than with a suburb or the bucolic countryside. It seems even drug related crime develops a different character depending on whether it is in the city or the suburb. As the NYTimes reported in early July, identity theft is the crime of choice for meth addicts and both are flourishing in suburban regions of the US. In contrast crack cocaine or heroin dealers, are supported by heavily armed gangs usually set up in higher density urban zones. These high density areas are suited to ‘urban’ crimes like, prostitution, carjacking and robbery. So the suburban habitat seems perfectly suited for the sleepless meth-addict roaming through the internet, garbage cans and outdoor mailboxes in a quest to gather identities, while the density and proximity of a city is more fertile soil for the impulsiveness and raw brutally that is typical for crack and cocaine criminality. In a similar direction one of the directors of the World Cup 2006 security in our interview echoed some thoughts that also show the relationships between spatial configuration and the art of preventing urban brutality. These are just some of the topics that this issue of Monu presents: Media representation and context of brutality is one key aspect as our contributors show. Be it the possibility to easily record and distribute via cell-phone cameras as Peter Moertenboek and Helge Mooshammer describe in their article. Or the impossibility to censor images of resistance as Austin Arensberg describes. In our leading article Loic Wacquant analyzes the intensifying of structural brutality in the city: economic, social and political exclusion and the backlashes that inevitably follow. But brutality can also be an almost integral part of the history of development, in some cities as articles about places as different as Jerusalem and Seoul by Tim Rieniets and Baruch Gottlieb respectively show.




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BOOKS

VISUAL
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AS
OPPORTUNITY
INFORMAL
MARKET
WORLDS

Atlas

INFORMAL
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Reader

OCCUPY:
Räume des Protests
Space (Re)Solutions:
Intervention and Research in Visual Culture
Netzwerk Kultur:
Die Kunst der Verbindung in einer globalisierten Welt
Zwischen Architektur und Psychoanalyse
Networked Cultures:
Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space
Cruising:
Architektur, Psychoanalyse und Queer Cultures
Visuelle Kultur:
körper, räume, medien
Die virtuelle Dimension:
Architektur, Subjektivität und Cyberspace