BRUT BOREDOM. HIGH-RISES, EMPTINESS AND PLAY by Marija Nemčenko and Anna Tudos

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BRUT BOREDOM. HIGH-RISES, EMPTINESS AND PLAY by Marija Nemčenko and Anna Tudos

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Self-published

140mm x 190mm, 90 pages, two colour risograph printed with full colour pages interspersed, includes a double sided fold out poster, hardcover with open binding, 2019

‘BRUT Boredom. High-rises, emptiness and play delves into the complexities of brutalist architecture, housing solutions and public spaces as they exist in different cities across Europe. The four writers address the aspects of architectural heritage, preservation, progress, gentrification and exotification of the concrete colonies through their written works, which follow each other as a dialogue, each having a connecting link to the previous text.

In the title, ‘boredom’ is used in a broader context. We understand boredom as a productive, creative state connected to play and experimentation but also to leisure and to emptiness. This boredom hints towards the feeling often present in high-rise districts, sadly due to a common lack of social and cultural facilities. Yet It is also a memory of being in the yard from morning to night with nothing to do, spitting sunflower seeds and talking about ‘life’. One of those mundane yet positive moments.

Contributing writers: Hussein Mitha, Marija Nemčenko, Anna Tudos and Edward Hollis. Special poster introductions by: Owen Hatherley and Chris Leslie.’

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