In this episode, Megan Eardley introduces Issue 7 by relating contemporary spatial practices to the literary detective story and present day political realities of surveillance, state violence, and justice work.

  • “For us working on the detection is always working on two surfaces; one is the surface being detected, and the second territory is the sensor itself.”

  • “It’s funny when I think about it because that was really just an instinctive response and a kind of moment of crisis.”

  • “The popular appeal of detection has challenged political and aesthetic theorists since the detective story emerged as a genre in the 19th century.”

  • “In the 20th century, more than one celebrated architect found that acting like a detective could go a long way to justify material preferences, programmatic choices, and questions of style”

  • “Does this focus foreclose alternative ways of thinking about detection? How do we best challenge the algorithmic; the automated logic if then that underwrites the architecture of predictive policing, biometric gatekeeping, and expanding forms of surveillance”


Ethan Curtis, Arianna Corradi, and Joseph Bedford

Issue Guest Editor
Megan Eardley

Senior Editors
Joseph Bedford and Curt Gambetta

Trudy Watt

Bryan Finoki