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Relief
A work by Nicholas Smith, Heidi Kawai Smith, Victor Burgin, Olivier Castell
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2014-01-01

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The theme of the second issue of Relief is Drift a rudimentary translation of the French term dérive popularised by Guy Debord and adopted by the Situationists to describe a way to experience the urban through unplanned drifts. This act traditionally signified a political gesture that strived to create friction in the world of capitalism, (or in the mind of the flâneur at least). Today such acts are perceived as privileged and dated, but the reason that I wanted to focus on this theme was because I believe that the Drift is an extremely prevalent practice within our lives, this process however has been internalised. Alot of what we used to experience outside, we now experience inside, so how we branch out into the world has changed. What does it mean to be in a city? Where is that city? How do we become public? Richard Senate, in his book The Fall of Public Man, announces that The Stage Tells a Story the Streets No Longer Tell, a statement made in 1977 which, seems to now have become inverted in the reflection of the dormant LED monitors that are installed in our workplaces, our homes, our journeys, our person. The Streets Tell a Story the Stage No Longer Tells – our journeys are virtual first and real second, they become real at the point that we choose to become public.

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