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a place of their own is the art + spatial research practice of Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy. Through art and spatial practice, we interrogate and propose within entanglements of climate, capital, technology and politics. We operate as a collective, a couple, with our children, and through collaborations with others.


Border-Fictions Special Issue

Architecture and Culture

Call for Papers, live now

We are co-editing a special issue of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Architecture and Culture journal, Border Fictions which emerges from our work on the Eile Project.  Priviledged to co-edit with Nat Muller and Mohamad Hafeda.

The call is live now here, with a deadline of the 30th July 2022.

The call asks the following:
  • What becomes of fictioning as a resistant spatial practice when it engages with nation-state borders?
  • How can activist, anti-colonial, critical spatial art practices open new imaginaries of borders while acknowledging the often violent lived experiences that they impose?
  • Is there political potential in exploring expanded framings of various and opposing forms of ‘speculative design’ - from the making to the unmaking of borders?

Taking a broad and interdisciplinary approach for this Special Issue we hope to solicit experiences from:
  • Contemporary global spatial art and/or architecture practices working with fictions in border contexts, however they might be defined;
  • Contemporary spatial activist initiatives working with fictions in border contexts, however they might be defined;
  • Historical and counter-historical narratives that reimagine or re-narrate border experiences.