Graeme Gilloch is a Reader in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of three books (_Myth and Metropolis. Walter Benjamin and the City_ 1996, _Critical Constellations. Walter Benjamin_ 2002 and _Siegfried Kracauer, Our Companion in Misfortune_ 2015) and numerous articles on Critical Theory, cityscapes and visual culture.
Graeme a publié dans Les Cahiers
White plastic garden furniture stands on the street outside a cheap eatery. The forlorn facades of urban buildings – shopfronts, car showrooms, apartments, grand public offices – suggest sterile functionality, repetition and perhaps recent dereliction. Semiological complexes are formed by a montage of pedestrian crossings and by an entranceway to a multi-storey carpark. There is woodland too but it is eerie and ghostly. Overwhelmingly in washed out, leached out colours – white, beige, charcoal greys – but then an occasional intense scarlet or vivid blue; everything on the cusp of reversal into a photographic negative.