Experimental Ruins - West Edition Field Guide, 2012

Office of Experiments, Experimental Ruins West Edition Field Guide (cover)
Office of Experiments, Experimental Ruins West Edition Field Guide (open)
Office of Experiments, Experimental Ruins West Edition Field Guide (open)

A collaborative publication, Field Guide, documenting the Experimental Ruins West Edition workshops and critical excursions collated by Luce Choules

A participatory project to explore the Capital's uncharted places of scientific secrecy and technology.

Experimental Ruins: West Edition was a critical excursion and an artwork devised by Neal White of The Office of Experiments (OOE). It is part of a series of artworks by OOE which use a technique called Overt Research to explore the UK landscape as a multi-layered territory that can be interpreted through aesthetic, archaeological, geographical and techno-scientific interpretations. This participatory project focused attention on the history and geography of post-1945 scientific research, and the facilities and spaces created to house technological advances, that were developed around the periphery of London and especially the corridor to the west. Participants explored the often improbable, underground or unremarkable suburban settings in which scientific research institutions have pushed the frontiers of investigation.

Experimental Ruins is a long-term project lead by Office of Experiments' Neal White (NW) and Steve Rowell (SR).  Project activities include Experimental Ruins Workshop at UCL (NW / SR), Dark Places -  group show (NW&SR), the Secrecy and Technology Tour (NW & SR) all commissioned and curated in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst. Other related projects include independent tours and fieldwork; Secrets of Portland (NW), TelePort for the 2010 Falmouth Convention (SR) and two excursions into military and post-industrial terrains in the Northeast during Steve's 2010 HaSS Fellowship at Newcastle University.

Collaborators websites

Office of Experiments

Field Users Guide to Dark Places - South Edition

London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre

Supported by

Experimental Ruins: West Edition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.