City-bound is a cross-disciplinary collective of writers, academics, curators and practising artists. With particular interest in the problems and possibilities of cities, we produce and occupy interstices between realities and fictions; between the practices of communities and individuals, and the spaces created for them. Simultaneously acknowledging our fascination and frustration with everyday urban space, our work aims to reveal how cities both create and restrict social and spatial potentialities.
Through, and determined by, a simple curiosity in our surroundings, City-bound produce theoretically grounded projects that are presented in innovative or experimental ways. Oscillating between the fields of urban studies, critical spatial theory and visual cultures, our projects are materialised as live events, talks and exhibitions which openly acknowledge the collaborative nature of research and knowledge production. As such, our projects aim to dissolve the professional and epistemological distinctions between people involved or interested in the configuration of urban space and its aesthetic, cultural and social affects.
Central to City-bound’s ambition is a desire to ignite and, to a certain extent, despecialise theory as an epistemological category. To us, theory is not merely a vehicle for articulating complex ideas; it offers opportunities for difference, experimentation and play that challenge the categories and claustrophobic conventions of everyday life in capitalist society. In this way, our work can be seen to destabilise the rhetoric of regeneration and debunk the myths of the global economy, by facilitating projects and events that test the givens of urban space and the needs and desires of those who use it.