Over & Under København

Yasmin Maria Resendorf, Lauge Heebøll, Mathilde Høm Kristensen & Simone Bøgelund Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project is a study of the reasons and practices behind the culture of Urban Exploration (urbex), which is an alternative cultural practice of researching, gaining access to and documenting, forbidden, forgotten, and derelict plac es, including abandoned buildings, construction sites and infrastructural systems. The aim of the following project is three-fold: first, to research and investigate the ambivalences, paradocs and dilemmas that lies within the continuous transformation of Urban Exploration as a culture; second, to examine the culture in relation to the abandoned and produced spaces that can be seen as a result of capitalism and late modern society; and third, to interrogate how the culture can contribute to the debate and understanding of the right to the city.
We argue with this paper, that urbex can be seen in relation to a tendency in the late modern society - a tendency that reflects a self-identity culture, where people seek to stand out in a evermore normalised and standardized society. On the other hand urbex seems to challenge the same values, and even though definitely subscribing to the same trends, try to move away (or even flee) these tendencies. We have discovered that urbex is a immensely complex culture, that seems to have inherent potentials to create a ground for reflection of (and physically manifests) the right to the city. The inherent potentials the culture holds, do not seem to be (more or less consciously) used to their full potential as it is today. This project concludes that Urban Exploration is means of participating and intervening in the urban.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2018
Antal sider145
VejledereAslak Aamot Kjærulff


  • Urban exploration
  • autoethnography
  • controlled loss of control
  • psychogeography
  • non-places
  • vague spaces
  • monopolistic edge
  • monopoly rent