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224 pages
Paperback with flaps
171 illustrations, 1 in colour
01 Sep 1996
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Some Cities Victor Burgin

‘Our relations with cities are like our relations with people. We love them, hate them, or are indifferent toward them. On our first day in a city that is new to us, we go looking for the city. We go down this street, around that corner. We are aware of the faces of passers-by. But the city eludes us, and we become uncertain whether we are looking for a city, or for a person.’

Victor Burgin recalls some of the cities he has known in a way familiar to all who have travelled, by showing photographs and telling anecdotes. Some Cities gathers places and moments along a life route that the author has taken from the north of England to his present home in northern California. Stops on the way include such disparate sites as London, Berlin and Warsaw; Singapore, Woomera and Tokyo; New York and San Francisco; and the islands of Stromboli and Tobago.

Some Cities is unlike anything Burgin has ever done before, although it explores characteristic themes of his earlier theoretical and visual works, such as the dimensions of politics and sexuality in everyday life.

‘Burgin traces his life’s route from the north of England through such metropolises as London, Berlin, Singapore, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco in brilliant black and white photographs and in anecdotes presented in immaculate prose.’ – Guardian

‘A witty, poignant and evocative personal travelogue.’ – The Independent on Sunday

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Victor Burgin is Professor in the Board of Studies in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include works such as In/Different Spaces (1996), The End of Art Theory (1986) and The Remembered Film (Reaktion, 2004) and collections of his art works such as Between (1986).

He has exhibited his photographic and video works world wide and has works in many public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.