Ruedi Baur and Sébastien Thiérey, Civic City, Head Genève, EnsadLab (eds.)

Don’t Brand My Public Space!

On the Symbolic Poverty of the Representational Systems of Territorial Collectivities

Don’t Brand My Public Space! is a critical investigation of the visual strategies employed to identify and brand political spaces. Isn’t it about time to look at their often banal images as part of a crisis of political representation? In the context of a revival of xenophobic propaganda on the one hand and the degradation of places into pure marketing products on the other, it is possible to recognize an increasingly theatrical, unquestioned production of public signs and symbols. Contributions on the theme by political scientists, designers, and sociologists make reference to the three visual essays that are at the heart of the book: “The Noticeable Absence of a Flag of the Earth” by Ruedi Baur, “Sugar Dictatorship” by Great Nation (Christian Rau und Lukas Weber), and “Marketplace” by Maria Roszkowska. The publication is released in collaboration with Civic City (HEAD Genève) and the research program “Écrire la ville” (Ensadlab, Paris).

This book is also available in French

Edited by Ruedi Baur, Sébastien Thiéry, Civic City, Head Genève, EnsadLab, a project in the research series Design2context
With contributions by Ruedi Baur, Great Nation, Jean-Pierre Grunfeld, Luc Gwiazdzinski, Pierre-Damien Huyghe, Annick Lantenois, Maria Roszkowska, Sébastien Thiéry
Design: Ruedi Baur, Maria Roszkowska

16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in
288 pages, 1669 illustrations
paperback
2013, 978-3-03778-348-1, English
30,00 €