Urban Explorers: Quests for Myth, Mystery and Meaning

Urban Explorers, Quests for Myth, Mystery and Meaning by Bradley L. Garrett is a video article that has just been released in the journal Geography Compass (Volume 4, Issue 10, pages 1448–1461, October 2010).

Urban Explorers: Quests for Myth, Mystery and Meaning fromBradley L. Garrett on Vimeo.

Bradley has kindly allowed me to post the video on this blog but do check out its accompanying article that can be read online at Geography Compass:


This article is about urban exploration, a cultural practice of exploring derelict, closed and normally inaccessible built environments. The article is, in a sense, an experiment in research, learning and representation and is as much about the way the information is presented as it is about the topic itself. It consists of two parts. The first component is a video article that can be viewed online at http://www.geography-compass.com. The second is this document, an annotated script and short article meant to support the videographic document. This piece, as a whole, is a review of the work of five scholars (Alastair Bonnett, Tim Edensor, Caitlin DeSilvey, Hayden Lorimer and David Pinder) who have studied the theories and practices behind contemporary urban exploration from a number of different perspectives. I include video footage of my own ethnographic research on the topic, though I allow discussion of previous work to contextualize those images to establish what might be considered a videographic literature review.

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