The Barricades Commission
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The initial drawing in this series was a response to the Auckland Architecture Association Urban Gaze 2006 competition, which invited spatial speculations on the city themed around the concept of the 'gift'. The work suggested, in line with Jacques Derrida's writing on gifts, that the truest gift was something without expectation of repayment, and that giving may overlap in strange ways with claiming. The drawing was awarded second prize. Along with two subsequent drawings, it became part of my research into barricading as a "redistribution of the sensible" (Rancière). The series won a contest on the high-profile website BLDGBLOG, and was published in Block, the newsletter of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.