Academic Profile

Bradley L Garrett joined the Technological Natures research cluster in October 2012. He holds a BSc in Anthropology and a BA in History from the University of California Riverside (2003) and an MA in Maritime Archaeology from James Cook University, Australia (2005). Brad completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in April 2012. His doctoral research was a visual ethnography with urban explorers, people who trespass into, and often photograph, off-limits urban spaces. The research was one of the first multimedia theses in geography, being comprised of text, photography and video. Prior to 2008, Brad worked for several years as a heritage consultant and archaeologist for the United States Bureau of Land Management and several Native American tribes.

Brad's research interests revolve around ruins and waste, material culture, heritage, urban life, place-making practices, spatial politics, ethnography and digital media methodologies. All of Brad's past, current and future projects work to reveal, through embodied engagement, hidden, overlooked and forgotten environments, places and histories. He has written for Domus, Financial Times, Photoworks, Times Higher Education, Dazed and Confused Magazine and Asymptote Journal.

Current Research

Brad's first monograph, Explore everything: place-hacking the city (Verso Books, 2013) will be released in paperback in September 2014 and will be translated into Korean by Medeci Media and Japanese by Seidosha in 2015. His second book, Subterranean London: cracking the capital, a collaborative photobook, will be released by Prestel Publishing (Random House) in September 2014. He has also just been contracted by Reaktion to compile an edited collection entitled Undergrounds: Exploring our cities within with Dr Carlos López Galviz and Dr Paul Dobraszczyk.

Brad is currently developing a new research project exploring the ways in which technologies and changing political and economic imperatives are transforming human relationships to outer space.


Selected Publications

Publications are those that were listed on the old website. Publications database integration forthcoming.

Selected Media Appearances

Conference and Workshop Presentations

  • 2014 (forthcoming) Hacking Cities, Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago, Illinois, 13th October 2014.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Trespass is good for cities, TEDxVienna CITYx 'Brave New Space' panel, 25th September.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Move along: engineering architectural exclusion, Middlesex University, 18th-19th September.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) When less security means more creativity, Google Zeitgeist annual summit, Phoenix, Arizona, 15th-17th September.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Tales of urban exploration, Inspire: Exploration panel, Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, Australia, 6th September.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Living dangerously (panel discussion with Lydia Cacho and Masha Gessen), Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 31st August 3:45-4:45pm.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Place-hack your city, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 30th August.
  • 2014 (forthcoming) Place hacking the city, Melbourne Writer's Festival, Melbourne, 29th August, 7:30pm.
  • 2014 - Out of the dock, Trespassing in Fieldwork symposium, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, 3rd June.
  • 2014 - Art and activism in urban exploration, University of Swansea, 24th March.
  • 2014 - Psychogeography guest lecture for Will Self, Brunel, University of London, 10th March.
  • 2014 - Urban Edges, Charity lecture for St Christopher's Hospice with Neil Gresham and Sebastian Foucan, The House of St. Barnabus, 4th March.
  • 2014 - (Re)locating the hidden city: Infiltrating off-limits heritage spaces, University of Nottingham, 27th February.
  • 2014 - Place-hacking architecture: under, over and in-between everyday space, Canterbury School of Architecture, 10th February.
  • 2013 - Subterranean Cities with Stephen Walter, Liverpool International Gothic Festival, 18th November.
  • 2013 - New images of exploration, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 28th October.
  • 2013 - Memory and architecture discussion (with Edward Hollis), Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, Edinburgh, 27th October.
  • 2013 - Explore Everything: talk and film screening, Komedia Club, Brighton (with the Old Reading Room), 23rd October.
  • 2013 - Place-hacking the city: in conversation (with Iain Borden), Tate Modern, 31st October 2013.
  • 2013 - Taking back the City, Westway Urban Edge: Speakers, Images, Action! at the Portobello Pop-Up cinema, Westway Urban Edge Festival, 20th October.
  • 2013 - Glorious backfires in digital ethnography: becoming an urban explorer, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, 14th October.
  • 2013 - Megacities: Built for the people, by the people, Cheltenham Literature Festival Panel Discussion (with Leo Hollis) and Jonathan Glancy, Cheltenham, UK 8th October.
  • 2013 - Encountering the city through urban interventions, Visual Urbanisms 2013: Perceptions of the Material Landscape, British Library, London, 7th October.
  • 2013 - Explore Everything, Place-Hacking the City, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, 3rd October.
  • 2013 - Kiss the sky: in conversation with Will Self, Barbican, London 2nd October.
  • 2013 - Track running: Heritage and security implications in disused infrastructure, University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit Seminar, 27th February, Oxford.
  • 2013 - Adventure under your feet, Night of Adventure charity event for Hopes and Homes for Children, March 11th, Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
  • 2013 - The force of images: creating imaginative space through photography of the hidden city, King's College London Cities Seminar, 7th March, London.
  • 2013 - Secrets of the hidden city, Oxford School of Geography and the Environment Technological Natures Seminar, 13th March, Oxford.
  • 2012 - Getting a grip on time slip: decay fetishism in an age of austerity, Ruins and Radiation workshop, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 28th November, Manchester.
  • 2012 - Recoding urban space through place hacking, Taking Place, CRASSH Graduate Research Group, University of Cambridge, 29th October, Cambridge.
  • 2012 - Capital striation, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK 24th October 2012.
  • 2012 - Recoding urban space through place hacking, Taking Place, CRASSH Graduate Research Group, University of Cambridge, 29th October, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2012 - Spatio/temporal collapse factors, Ruins and Radiation workshop, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 28th November.
  • 2012 - Emotion dump, Stichting Idee-fixe (IDFX), Breda, Netherlands, 13th September 2012.
  • 2012 - Exploring the uncanny, The Stone Tapes I, CTM.12: Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, Berlin, Germany, 3rd February 2012.
  • 2010 - Place hacking - tales of urban exploration, Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, 1st - 3rd September 2010, London, UK.
  • 2010 - Transgressive mobilities and place hacking: embodied experiences of urban exploration, American Association of Geographers annual conference, Washington D.C., USA 14th-18th April 2010.
  • 2009 - I think it's unlocked: exploring remnants of industry, 2009 Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference, Durham, UK, 17th-19th December 2009.
  • 2009 - Bring your own torch: an ethnography of urban exploration, Royal Geographic Society annual conference, London, UK, 26th-28th August 2009.
  • 2009 - Submerged tribal memory: the case of the Winnemem Wintu, American Association of Geographers annual conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 22nd-27th March 2009.

Selected Conference Session Convening

  • 2011 - Sensing the City session organized with Sue Ball and Bob Levene, Compass Festival of Live Art, Leeds, 25th-27th November.
  • 2011 - Moving geographies: film and video as research method with Katherine Brickell and Jessica Jacobs, RGS-IBG Annual Meeting, 31st August - 2nd September 2011.
  • 2010 - Video as method in geography symposium (chair) at Royal Holloway, University of London Landscape Surgery, 9th December, London, UK.
  • 2010 - Urban subversions: conceptualising alternative urban pastimes in the modern world city, Session organizer (3 sessions with Oli Mould), Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, 1st - 3rd September, London, UK.