Episode 14: Negative Spaces

Justin ArmstrongAlana talks with anthropologist and artist Justin Armstrong about isolated and abandoned places.

Justin is fascinated by islands, draws inspiration from the French art movement Situationism, and advises that if you’re going to explore ghost towns in Saskatchewan or Wyoming, you should really keep an eye out for unstable floors, people with guns, meth labs, and kittens. He regrets that he cannot draw you a horse.


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Image Gallery

 View imagesimage #2 image #3image #4 from ghost towns in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

About Our Guest

Justin is a cultural anthropologist and human geographer. He currently teaches writing at Wellesley College. His research examines the visual, narrative and material culture of isolated and abandoned settlements throughout North America. His work has been published in Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies, Version, and AmeriQuests.

Justin also produces experimental electronic music under the names kimonophonic and Wooden Teeth, and is a sometimes drawing-maker, printmaker, filmmaker, and photographer. Justin enjoys analog synthesizers, maps, one-person towns, and islands. He was born in Saskatchewan, raised in Northern Ontario, and lives in Boston.


Justin’s Articles

—, 2010. Five Ethnographic Fragments from the High Plains. V.:012610.

—, 2010. EVERYDAY AFTERLIFE — Walter Benjamin and the politics of abandonment in Saskatchewan, Canada. Cultural Studies (Informaworld First):1-21.

—, 2010. On the Possibility of Spectral Ethnography. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 10(3): 243-250.

—, 2008. Ethnography in the Spaces Between Footsteps. Anthropology News 47(5): 10-11.

—, 2005. The Contested Gallery: Street Art, Ethnography and the Search for Urban Understandings. AmeriQuests 2(1).

Sights & Sounds

Justin produces experimental electronic music under the names kimonophonic and Wooden Teeth; he has been interviewed about his music by the Ithaca Times. You can also find his drawings at Analogue Mountain. 


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