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Short Stories: London in Two-and-a-half Dimensions
Date Published: Feb 2011
Stock Code: 74108
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Combining place and fiction in an imaginative interpretation of 10 sites in the city of London, CJ Lim takes well-known institutions, epochs and lifestyles in the British capital and renders them fantastic in a string of architectural short stories.
The medium is an intersection of paper assemblages with short stories. The stories have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum but are collected for the first time in a single volume, laid out as they were designed to be seen as one phantasmogoric city vision.
Painstakingly constructed, the stories assemble a sequence of improbable marriages between architecture and story, encompassing a retelling of the Three Little Pigs at Smithfield, a dating agency at Battersea, and a ringed transport system manifesting as a celestial river over the great metropolis. Drawing on a wealth of literary symbolism from Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and imbued with humour and irony, the book builds on London’s rich mix of extravagance and fictive tradition.
Enthralling, inspirational and entertaining, this cabinet of curiosity and wonder depicts a vision of the city that is immoral, anarchic, and unscientific and at the same time glorious, ravishing and a pleasure to behold.
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