The piece first appeared in 1995 in the first outing of the journal Inventory, published by the collective by the same name comprising of members across the arts. Alongside written form, the group produced performance in open spaces, fly-posting and place-based research and mapping. Parallels of their work and working methods have led comparison and influence from the Situationist International art movement.
The essay was brought to a wider audience in 2003 in the anthology on architecture and the city, “Untitled (Experience of Place),” edited by Gregor Neuerer and published by Koenig Books, London. Essay contributions by leading academics, theorists, artists and spatial practitioners including Steven Jacobs, Tacita Dean, Luisa Lambri, Liisa Roberts, with an introduction by Jan Verwoert.