This London Transport fabric (a historical reproduction) is one of the more subtle elements of the design-integration of the whole urban space touched by LT/TfL’s institutional force.



“Very specific assemblages of power impose significance and subjectification as their determinate form of expression, in reciprocal presupposition with new contents: there is no significance without a despotic assemblage, no subjectification without an authoritarian assemblage, and no mixture between the two without assemblages of power that act through signifiers and act upon souls and subjects.”
Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, Year Zero: Faciality, (p200).


“Movement is a constitutional element of our understanding of the environment we find ourselves within. Walking, cycling, driving, running and strolling through different environments changes the way in which we engage with these places. They become three-dimensional and active, and in direct relation to us a reciprocal communication and influence takes place between us and them. It is this relationship that I am interested in, namely the importance of movement concerning how we engage with the world around us.”

Movement and Participation: Journeys within Everyday Environments
Johanna Hällsten

Contemporary Aesthetics
vol. spec, no. 1, 2005

Private Profit – Public Cost: Kensington Enclosures

Anish Kapoor’s installations in Kensington Palace Gardens are another mode of enclosure.  They are isolated from the rest of the park, guarded & fenced off.  Indeed the need to regulate access to the works has necessitated the installation of a temporary path to create a directed flow around the work which further emphasises its spatial separation.  This is not public art because it is carefully enclosed and removed from the public by the intrusion of the rules and regulations of the gallery into the space of the park.

The truck primed to disgorge its load on to Kensington High Street is more a work of public art than Kapoor’s installations even though it is not intentionally so.  This evanescent enclosure is still the private domination of public space at the behest of capital but at least it does not take part in the carceral practices of the art in the Gardens.

Pragmatics, society and the ‘action-orientation’ of discourse.

“”Behind” statements and semioticizations there are only machines, assemblages, and movements of deterritorialization that cut across the stratification of the various systems and elude both the coordinates of language and of existence. This is why pragmatics is not a complement to logic, syntax, or semantics; on the contrary, it is the fundamental element upon which all the rest depend.”
Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 587BC – 70AD: On Several Regimes of Signs, p163-4.