Dark Matters – A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City

Nick Dunn

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  • Zero Books
  • 2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-78279-748-7
  • 120 pages
  • Softcover
  • 27.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm

Dark Matters explores the city at night as a place and time within which escape from the confines of the daytime is possible. More specifically, it is a state of being.

There is a long history of nightwalking, often integral to shady worlds of miscreants, shift workers and transgressors. Yet the night offers much to be enjoyed beyond vice. Night by definition contrasts day, summoning notions of darkness and fear. But another night exists out there.

Liberation and exhilaration in the urban landscape is increasingly rare when so much of our attention and actions are controlled. Rather than consider darkness as negative, opposed to illumination and enlightenment, this book explores the rich potential of the dark for our senses. The question may no longer be about what spaces we wish to engage with but when we do?

A brilliant book. Dark Matters is an adventure into the heart of the city at night – the time when the true nature of the beast reveals itself. ~ John Robb, Louder Than War

A must read for anyone who’s starting with hauntology, dérive or urbanism in general. It’s short, urgent and written with poetic sensibility. ~ Nicolas Diaz, NetGalley