Superstructural Berlin is an experimental sociology of the city of Berlin. A mix of pamphlet-polemic, cultural critique, and weird colourful mapping enterprise. It tries to investigate the city as a series of infrastructures: drugs, nightclubs, arts, new economy and tourism.
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“A cooled down and at the same time accelerated version of a mix of Gramsci, Walter Benjamin, Kracauer, and Zitty. Hats off!” ~ Dirk Baecker, sociologist, chair for cultural theory and management at the University of Witten/ Herdecke Germany
"The book amalgamates poetry, cultural critique, narrative and art into a strange and unsettling medley, putting the reader in the bizarre position of ‘confused investigator’ whilst also giving them an alternate way to read and respond to the streets of Berlin. (...) affective, in the properly Freudian sense of operating on the reader and affecting the boundaries between the individual and the outside world. Whether I am convinced by the arguments and political positions of the book seems immaterial: the book is the start of a discussion and not the end of one, and stimulate thought it certainly does. I see the book as a Benjamin-inspired literary art experiment rather than a contribution to cultural and literary studies of the city." ~ Alfie Brown , Hong Kong Review of Books
"This brief text ultimately justifies its dramatic demands for “historical responsibility”: it serves as a reminder that the signs and aesthetics of transgression, radicalism and subversion may prevail precisely in those cultural environments in which such concepts are most threatened." ~ Sam Wiseman, Glasgow Review of Books
"Performing a "blackmagical masculine form of clairvoyance/sorcery" with strong reminiscences of a beat-generation-inflected schizogeography –what he, in other words, calls 'Sociology'– "Superstructural Berlin: A Tourist Guide for the Visitor and the New Resident" is a text that looks at Berlin's hype with the perplexity with which a psychologist would observe a monkey, exploring the darker side of Berlin's happy promises, desiring alleys and existentially-captured population, as well as the overflowing of Berlin's culture in a process, he calls the 'Berlinification of Europe'. Exquisitely written, illustrated, and full of serious humour, this book is truly worth a read."
Martin Savranksy, Lecturer Goldsmiths University of London, Director' of the Sociology dept's Unit of Play ~ Dec 1, 2015, Martin Savransky
"(...)confronté à un titre pareil, je ne pouvais que subodorer une énorme branlerie de hipster en pleine montée, ce qui s'est avéré vrai au-delà de mes espérances."
("Confronted with a similar title, I could not help but expecting some enormous Hipster wankery in full gear, which proved true beyond my expectations.") ~ Nébulose Mécanique Berlin Blog, http://kosmospalast.typepad.com/
“Superstructural Berlin is a high-octane flight through a mixture of the flexible and the sclerotic, Prussian order alongside anarcho-punk chaos. Dreams, desires memories, and drug-induced hallucinations reveal a highly intoxicating but dangerous mix.” ~ Michael Dutton, Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths University of London, author of Another China