Care of the City
Ruination, Abandon, and Hospitality in Contemporary Practice
256 pp., 5 x 7 in, 35 color illus.
- Published: February 6, 2024
A set of innovative readings in critical theory at the intersection of spatial and social practices through the work of practitioners and poets.
Care of the City is a set of innovative readings in critical theory at the intersection of spatial and social practices. Everywhere the political condition is marked by retreat, collapse, withdrawal—treaties, systems, values, social compacts—and no country or region is spared, not even the most privileged, which can often be the most hysterical. In a fundamental sense, the radical anxiety produced by retreat and collapse of social compacts and values has produced an equally radical awareness of mutual interconnectedness with environments, nature, and peoples. Care is the name for this exposure, and the subject across a set of approaches in social / spatial practices / and the poetics of the city.
Care of the City offers a sustained reflection on this condition of radical exposure through the work of practitioners and poets—Paul Chan with Beckett, Rilke and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, John Akomfrah with Homer's Odyssey, Theaster Gates with Auden on the need to “rebuild our cities not dream of islands,” Jim Gustafson and Paul Valéry in Detroit with Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project and Scott Hocking's ephemeral structures marking sites of erasure, and Alfredo Jaar and Chantal Akerman with Guy Debord in the re-thinking of boundaries / immigration / emergencies.
Care of the City was supported by a major grant from the Warhol Foundation.