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Rurality Re-Imagined

Villagers, Farmers, Wanderers and Wild Things


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SpecificationsSKU: 90682Size: 8 x 10″ Portrait Pages: 284pp Binding: softbound ISBN: 978-1-940743-34-9 Rights World: Available

Rurality Re-imagined is divided into four loosely themed sections: Villagers, Farmers, Wanderers, and Wild Things with each comprised of six diverse chapters.

In the Villagers section, rural communities are considered as assemblages and spaces of vernacularity, as dark settings for TV dramas, new wave photography, and as sites for community arts projects. The Farmers section critically re-invigorates art’s historical fascination with peasantry and farming through essays, painting, and photography that critique the agency of the artist as much as images of agricultural space and people. Stereotypically, the word Wanderers typically conjures images of gypsy caravans, or country ramblers, but Rurality Re-imagined stretches its scope to mean not only traditional migrations of reindeer herds, or even those of motorway drivers, but also the territorial movements and mutations of cultural forms, such as that of hip hop music as exported from New York housing projects to the fields of rural Devon. In the essays and images about Wild Things, wilderness emerges as a highly contested cultural terrain far from any state of unadulterated purity as it manifests itself in the behaviour of people, flora, and fauna in cultivated and uncultivated landscapes, parks and artists’ studios.

Ben Stringer teaches architecture design and history and theory at the University of Westminster, London.



Katy Beinart (artist, writer and lecturer) Brighton UK

John Brennan (architect, lecturer) Edinburgh UK

Kate Corder (artist, lecturer) Reading UK

Julie Crawshaw (fine arts researcher) Newcastle UK

Adam Evans (architect, historian) Preston UK

Anna Fox (photographer, professor) Farnham UK

Kate Genever (farmer, artist) Uffington UK

Rupert Griffiths / Lia Wei (geographer / archaeologist, artist) London UK

Sigrid Holmwood (artist) London UK

Jessica Lee (journalist) London UK

Christine Mackey (artist) Manorhamilton, Ireland

Jane McAllister (architect, lecturer) London UK

Lala Meredith-Vula (photographer, lecturer) Leicester UK

Malcolm Miles (art historian) Totnes UK

Jonathan Mosley / Sophie Warren (architect, lecturer / artist)

Rosemary McGoldrick (artist, lecturer) London UK

Dierdre O’Mahoney (artist, academic)

Esther Peeren (media studies lecturer) Amsterdam Netherlands

Ben Pitcher (sociologist, lecturer) London UK

Wood Roberdeau (lecturer in visual culture) London UK

Sara Serrão (artist) Portugal

Rosemary Shirley (art historian) Manchester UK

Ben Stringer (lecturer in architecture) London

Kjerstin Uhre (architect, lecturer) Oslo Norway

Marcel Vellinga (anthropologist) Oxford UK

Michael Woods (geographer, professor) Aberystwyth UK


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