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Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies

Produced in the final year of his MA degree in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (London), Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies was conceived in response to Martins’ research on the theme of the metastization of the urban frontier and its impact on our understanding of the de-centred city.
‘If we’re no longer able to define what a city is, how are we to relate to it?’, asks Martins.
Produced almost entirely in peripheral regions in South-East China, Portugal and South Africa, Martins uses the ‘black hole’ in the landscape as a metaphor for reason at a point of exhaustion.
Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies highlights a point of resistance: resistance to the world of flux and flow that we live in; to a world haunted by mobility, intangibility and uncertainty.


Date: December 2002
ISBN: 978-09543957-0-0
Dimensions: 280mmx310mm
Pages: 119
Edition: 500
Embossed faux-leather hardcover with screen printed dust jacket
English & Portuguese
Essays by Angus Carlyle and Maria do Carmo Séren

About the Author
Edgar Martins is visual artist woking across different media. His work is represented in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A, RIBA, the Dallas Museum of Art; MAST , MUDAS, Modern Art Centre Lisbon, MAAT, Fondation Carmignac, amongst others. He has published over 16 books which were met with critical acclaim and exhibited internationally. He was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

About the Writers
Maria do Carmo Séren is a historian, photography critic, educator and author. Between 1997 and 2006 she was Director fo Studies at the Portuguese Centre of Photography. She is the author of numerous books.
Angus Carlyle has an educational background within the humanities, studying law as an undergraduate, earning a masters in political theory, focusing his doctorate on the conditions of vocalised political exchange. His subsequent theoretical trajectories engaged with cyberculture, photography and architecture then shifted towards its current pre-occupation with the sensory inhabitations of environments and their representations, with a particular emphasis on sound. For over a decade, he has worked with anthropologist Rupert Cox, co-creating films, installations and compositions – alongside academic texts – that seek to address the sonic experiences of living under civilian and military flight paths in situations where the echoes of history are palpable.

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