Prada Marfa

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On July 13, 2005, 22 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border, patrol agents from the Marfa Sector of the United States Border Patrol surrounded five people traveling through the Chihuahua Desert in West… Continue reading

Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, 1981

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Controversial intervention in Federal Plaza, New York City. Installed in 1981, the 10-foot-high, 120-foot-long curved wall of Cor-Ten self-rusting steel that curved across the square instantly became a magnet for criticism.  The work… Continue reading

Santa’s Grotto- a festive mall must-have

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Mallrats- Subversion of Control

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Mallrats (1995)- The shopping mall as the System to be undermined and subverted.

Mind Control at the Malls

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The link below is a clip showing Derren Brown controlling visitors to an American mall though subconscious messages. Not entirely sure I believe this is possible, but an interesting insight to how we… Continue reading

The mall as battleground

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George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978)- a satirical look at consumerism. ‘It is difficult to comprehend the radical import of Dawn of the Deadwithout briefly considering the significance and history of its setting… Continue reading

Brawls at the Malls

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Invasion of Paradise

A Top 10 of the World’s largest shopping malls

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Favourite has to be number 6, West Edmonton Mall, with its model whale in a pool.

St John’s shopping centre Liverpool

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Importance of water features

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Water features are calming and set the scene for shopping among pastiched neo-classical surroundings. The mood is one of reflection and high culture, elevating the shopping mall- in this case the Trafford Centre… Continue reading

The Orient

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The Trafford Centre is popularly known for its vivid and quirky resemblance to a rococo/late baroque architectural style. The centre is the sixth largest shopping centre in the UK by retail size and… Continue reading

Maximum Visual Impact – Oliver Herbert 2010

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Filmed at The Friary shopping centre in Guildford, 2010.

The quest for symmetry

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Confusion of space in Lego Escher

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Control and the loss of the ‘narrative stroll’

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‘Now I want to say a few words about escalators and elevators. Given their very real pleasures in Portman’s architecture – particularly these last, which the artist has termed ‘gigantic kinetic sculptures’ and… Continue reading

Bonaventure Hotel, LA

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Model pyramid

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The Conversation (1974)

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Body Double (1984)

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JG Ballard, High Rise

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