the code generator…

  The basic premise of CODE as we understand it (draft – Nov 30th): – CODE is a mechanism to control and communicate. – CODES arise through people (who), desiring to control or communicate in some fashion (what), for a specific purpose (why). This can be pragmatic / beneficial / pejorative / selfish / selfless … Continue reading


Protection / Conservation: – The use of barriers, physical and non-physical, active and symbolic. – The implementation of barriers as a means of conserving vulnerable communities / fragile situations and to enable clandestine activities. Thresholds: – Specific behaviours relating to the crossing and controlling of thresholds – knocking, waiting, greeting, the doorbell [announcing / warning], … Continue reading

HS_field of codes

Social_ Behavioral_political_economical_ownership[territory]   A way in At the moment, there’s a cluster of loose threads of ideas in my head which I’m struggling to summaries into one paragraph…but the keywords that are jumping out at the moments are boundaries, temporality, transient, ownership, verticality and imagery… From our initial site visit, it was apparent that there … Continue reading

Lammas Day

Lammas Day Collage

Focussing on retrieving specific examples / ‘situations’ involving codes (social, conduct, legal, regulatory, etc) from our experience of visiting Hackney Wick and the surrounding area last week. This specific exploration looks at a historic event (Lammas Day, 1837) – that revealed a specific code about land use and human activity as directed by the temporal (in this … Continue reading

JH – field of code (29/11)

_social  _citizenship  _ownership  _behavioural  _leisure My interest is in both the gentrification and projected future of the area, at the same time taking reference from and valorising strands taken from the area’s past. Within the 5 broad themes, I’m focusing at the moment on the idea of surveillance, and ideas on boundaries and exclusion – … Continue reading


At this early stage, I am very interested in the habitus [Pierre Bourdieu] and how family/education/friends/media, play a substantial part in forging the way an individual acts, communicates, comprehends, and perceives, as well as influencing his/her tastes. As such it works in a doxic way (implicit and overlooked) to grant and maintain concomitant power within … Continue reading

BR – FIELD OF CODE (29/11)

I’m interested in looking at these 5 broad codes: 1. social        2. political        3. ethical        4. economic       5. work …..with a particular eye on the existing transient communities (artists, travellers and construction workers) and future transient communities eg.visitors to the olympics.

JM – Field of Code (29/11)

My (current) ‘field’ of code or interest is as follows. (I’m not entirely sure they are all codes as such; some might be effects or causes. Perhaps this is more of a field of thematic interest, but its a stepping stone at least!) fear + environment political citizenship ownership (+ social / behavioural / agency … Continue reading


The Theory of the Dérive: Guy Debord —– “One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons … Continue reading

Hackney Podcasts

The Hackney Podcasts give a wealth of fascinating stories about Hackney Wick, and the London Borough of Hackney in general… Most useful ones are; ‘Night’ / ‘Buses’ / ‘Water’ / ‘Coffeecast’ / ‘Olympic Park Tour’ / ‘Ian Sinclair’ / ‘Beyond the A12…’ / ‘Herbed Beans and Olympic Conspiracies’ Search for Hackney Podcasts in the iTunes store … Continue reading