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Slab City - Dispatches from the Last Free Place (Hardcover): Charlie Hailey, Donovan Wylie Slab City - Dispatches from the Last Free Place (Hardcover)
Charlie Hailey, Donovan Wylie
R630 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R142 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An architect and a photographer explore a community of squatters, artists, snowbirds, migrants, and survivalists inhabiting a former military base in the California desert. Under the unforgiving sun of southern California's Colorado Desert lies Slab City, a community of squatters, artists, snowbirds, migrants, survivalists, and homeless people. Called by some "the last free place" and by others "an enclave of anarchy," Slab City is also the end of the road for many. Without official electricity, running water, sewers, or trash pickup, Slab City dwellers also live without law enforcement, taxation, or administration. Built on the concrete slabs of Camp Dunlap, an abandoned Marine training base, the settlement maintains its off-grid aspirations within the site's residual military perimeters and gridded street layout; off-grid is really in-grid. In this book, architect Charlie Hailey and photographer Donovan Wylie explore the contradictions of Slab City. In a series of insightful texts and striking color photographs, Hailey and Wylie capture the texture of life in Slab City. They show us Slab Mart, a conflation of rubbish heap and recycling center; signs that declare Welcome to Slab City, T'ai Chi on the Slabs Every morning, and Don't fuck around; RVs in conditions ranging from luxuriously roadworthy to immobile; shelters cloaked in pallets and palm fronds; and the alarmingly opaque water of the hot springs. At Camp Dunlap in the 1940s, Marines learned how to fight a war. In Slab City, civilians resort to their own wartime survival tactics. Is the current encampment an outpost of freedom, a new "city on a hill" built by the self-chosen, an inversion of Manifest Destiny, or is it a last vestige of freedom, tended by society's dispossessed? Officially, it is a town that doesn't exist. Research for this project was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

After the Agreement - Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland (Paperback): Sarah Tuck After the Agreement - Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland (Paperback)
Sarah Tuck; Illustrated by John Duncan, Mary McIntyre, Donovan Wylie
R475 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R25 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book draws on a series of practitioner-led talks by the photographers John Duncan, Mary McIntyre, Donovan Wylvie, Paul Seawright, Kai Olaf Hesse and David Farrell, providing a discursive space that is part academy, part community activism and part cultural practice. These were intended to enable an exploration of contemporary photography in analytical proximity to what is going on currently across a range of disciplines: urbanism and the regeneration of the city, curatorial practices, the arts academy, community activism and photographic practice. Through placing contemporary photography in dialogue with other disciplines and the contested histories of the city, the series explored the centrality and complexity of meaning as an intersection of the social, political and aesthetic. After the Agreement makes public the critical conversations that systematically explore photography as civic negotiation and includes reproductions of a selection of photographs from the participating photographers: Paul Seawright's Conflicting Account, 2009; John Duncan's We Were Here, 2006, and Trees From Germany, 2003; Mary McIntyre's Interior Series, 1998 - 2000; David Farrell's Innocent Landscapes, 2001, and The Revisits, 2003; Donovan Wylvie's The Maze, 2004; and Kai Olaf Hesse's Topography of the Titantic, 2003.

Donovan Wylie: Housing Plans for the Future (Hardcover): Donovan Wylie Donovan Wylie: Housing Plans for the Future (Hardcover)
Donovan Wylie
R698 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R168 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Donovan Wylie - North Warning System (Hardcover): Donovan Wylie Donovan Wylie - North Warning System (Hardcover)
Donovan Wylie
R666 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R150 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"North Warning System" is Donovan Wylie's third and final book of photographs on the themes of vision and power in military architecture, and draws a close to his "Tower Series." Surveying a radar station just inside the Canadian Arctic, Wylie examines the detection of invisible threats through unmanned observation posts in remote regions. The development of long-range bombers and missiles after the Second World War made Canada's arctic frontier vulnerable to attack from the air. This forced Canada and the United States to jointly construct a matrix of short and long-range radar stations in the 1950s. Known as the Distant Early Warning Line, these stations provided electronic observation and surveillance capability across Canada's northern frontier throughout the Cold War. In the 1990s, these stations were upgraded to form the North Warning System (NWS) which is increasingly active-as international maritime traffic develops throughout the north, so does military presence. In "North Warning System," whiteness takes on the quality of a blank canvas, a metaphor for the sweep of history.

Donovan Wylie - The Tower Series (Hardcover): Donovan Wylie Donovan Wylie - The Tower Series (Hardcover)
Donovan Wylie
R1,452 R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Save R434 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Donovan Wylie's "The Tower Series," now available as a complete set in a custom cardboard box, reveals the repetitive character of military conflict across diverse geographies and histories. The first book in the series is "British Watchtowers" (2007), which studies the lines of sight from surveillance posts along the Irish border, and reveals a kind of virtual environment that enveloped the border region of Northern Ireland. These towers, constructed in the mid-1980s primarily in the mountainous border region of South Armagh, were landmarks in a 30-year conflict in and over Northern Ireland. The second book, "Outposts" (2011), charts NATO observation posts in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Built on natural promontories with multiple lines of sight, these outposts formed a protective visual architecture and were frequently positioned on defense locations established during earlier conflicts. "North Warning System" draws a close to his "Tower Series." Surveying a radar station just inside the Canadian Arctic, Wylie examines the detection of invisible threats through unmanned observation posts in remote regions.

Album (Paperback): Donovan Wylie Album (Paperback)
Donovan Wylie
R561 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R125 (22%) Special order

Album tells the story of how, through entering into one's own history, personal questions of identity, faith and commitment can become unavoidable hurdles.

Maze (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Donovan Wylie Maze (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Donovan Wylie
R721 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R156 (22%) Special order

For nearly 30 years, the Maze prison, 10 miles outside Belfast, played a unique role in the Northern Ireland Troubles. Built in 1976 to house terrorist prisoners, political segregation was so fierce it led to scenes of violent protests, hunger strikes, mass escapes, and deaths of both inmates and prison staff. At its peak capacity in the 1980s, the Maze housed more than 1,700 prisoners. In September 2000, under the terms of the Good Friday agreement, the prison was closed and the last four inmates were transferred to other prisons in Northern Ireland. Now, a handful of prison officers man the empty complex while the future of the site is debated. The prison's current state of limbo and the unanswered questions regarding its fate seem to reflect Northern Ireland's unsteady progress in grappling with its recent history. Last year, the Northern Ireland Prison Service gave Donovan Wylie exclusive and unprecedented permission to photograph the entire prison complex without supervision. The result is a book which not only documents the physical structure but manages to communicate some experience of the psychological impact of being inside the Maze. With a text by Louise Purbrick, Senior Lecturer in History and Design at Brighton University, and a timeline history of the prison and its prisoners as they relate to the history of the Troubles, this book records and preserves a unique physical structure that has played an important role in our recent history.

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