Dark Modernism : the forgotten story of an abandoned Jewish boarding school

The premises of an groundbreaking Jewish boarding school played an active role in both WW1 and WW2, and hide some rarely seen Modernist architecture – but also dark stories of child abuse. The country south of Oxford is simply beautiful, in a typical English way. Gently rolling hills and endless green pastures give way to… Read More

The Pantheon of Energy : mythology and symbolism in Chernobyl

“Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.” Cormac McCarthy, The Road There were no other cars but ours on the long, abandoned motorway to Pripyat. The last living souls we’d seen were the last chance saloon keepers and armed guards at the Exclusion Zone Border about 15 miles ago.… Read More

Lethe : of ancient legends that battle with oblivion in Greece

“..And I, stepping from this skin, Of old bandages, boredoms, old faces, Step up to you from the black car of Lethe, Pure as a baby.”  Sylvia Plath, Ariel, November 1962 It’s unthinkable, although not impossible, to knowingly bypass antiquity when it comes to Greece. Whether it’s a quick visit or an extended trip, the… Read More

To catch a Gotha : Exploring a forgotten air raid warning technology on the English coast

In this era of satellite imaging, drone strikes and stealth bombers, it’s hard to imagine an air war the way it was experienced a century ago. I remember myself sitting in front of a TV in the comfort of my living room in January 1991, watching explosion flashes in an eerie green hue – the… Read More

Domein Hofstade : The beautiful ghost of a public swimming pool in Flanders

The Hofstad Swimming Pool is one of the most strangely alluring abandoned places I’ve ever been : this is because it was never really supposed to be there by design, but also because after a short but vibrant participation in the history of social recreation, it is currently returning back to oblivion – almost as… Read More

Concentration City : exploring the human dimension of post-industrial decay in Patras, Greece.

“In the night air they passed the shells of concrete towers, blockhouses half buried in rubble, giant conduits filled with tyres, overhead causeways crossing broken roads [….] In the suburbs of Hell, Travis walked in the flaring light of the petrochemical plants” J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition Across the impressive new port of Patras in… Read More