The Persistence of Light and Sound: An Archaeology of Atmospheres by Rupert Griffiths

OCAT Institute, Beijing In the mid-1990s, the photographer Uri Gersht made a series of photographs entitled Rear Window, each taken from the bedroom window of his high-rise apartment in south London. They show the London night sky, with a thin sliver of the urban skyline barely scratching the bottom of each frame. In London, as … More The Persistence of Light and Sound: An Archaeology of Atmospheres by Rupert Griffiths

Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

The way people celebrate Christmas conjures, what Jennifer Mason and Stuart Muir call, a ‘social atmosphere’. The city comes to life differently at this time of year.  Even the style of gift giving can be imbued with, and shaped by, subtle associations with social class, ethnicity and urban social divisions. The festive glow of the … More Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

‘Britain needs to remember that it is an emigration nation as much as it is an immigration nation’ says Michaela Benson in this month’s edition of Street Signs podcast.  She talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and the experience of UK citizens living in the EU.  Michaela’s original and thoughtful perspective offers … More Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

‘Mulberry’: new book launch by Peter Coles

In his new book, Mulberry, Peter Coles, CUCR Visiting Fellow and tutor on the Photography and Urban Cultures (PUC) MA degree course, shares his passion for this humble tree. As the sole food for the silkworm, the mulberry is the (often silent) partner in a multi-billion, global silk industry, accompanying the secret of silk-making on … More ‘Mulberry’: new book launch by Peter Coles

Infinite content and interrupted listening: The impact of smartphones, streaming and music ‘superabundance’ on everyday personal music listening behaviour by Ellen Moore

Since childhood I have been a devoted music listener. Like many people music is my daily escape from reality. First, I carried around a tape player, tapes and headphones that hurt my ears. Now my noise cancelling headphones, plugged into an iPhone and an everlasting Spotify music library keep me company and feed my love … More Infinite content and interrupted listening: The impact of smartphones, streaming and music ‘superabundance’ on everyday personal music listening behaviour by Ellen Moore

CUCR launches its Evaluation of the Fellowship Inn Project for Phoenix Community Housing by Les Back and Paul Stoneman

South London is losing its pubs. It is losing them to fire, property speculation and re-development. Some say these institutions of Old London are being run down on purpose because there are more profitable ways to use the land.  With every closure a part of the urban social ecology of the urban environment changes.  This … More CUCR launches its Evaluation of the Fellowship Inn Project for Phoenix Community Housing by Les Back and Paul Stoneman

“Music was the love of my life” by Anita Strasser

This is another postcard from the research edge: part of Anita’s PhD which researches how local residents experience life and regeneration in Deptford/New Cross. This is about Bernard, a pensioner living in Austin House on Achilles Street who grew up in New Cross in the 70’s and 80’s and moved back in 2005. His story … More “Music was the love of my life” by Anita Strasser