Exhibitions & Events



Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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© 2024 Steve Rowell


Steve Rowell

Overt Research and Dark Places


In collaboration with Neal White and the Office of Experiments.

Working with the Office of Experiments, I developed a database of military/intelligence/research & development sites hidden in plain sight across the English countryside. This culminated in an exhibition, Dark Places, for John Hansard Gallery, commissioned by Arts Catalyst and SCAN. November 2009 - January 2010. In addition to a bus tour and docuemntation, the exhibit featured work from Steve Beard and Victoria Halfor, Beatriz da Costa and myself (Ultimate High Ground).

Dark Places Catalogue is available from John Hansard Gallery. Essay by Sally O'Reilly

Atthe heart of the exhibition lies a field guide to Dark Places - South Edition, a database created by The Office of Experiments. The project uses experimental techniques, fieldworks and GPS technology to create a database that maps secret and intelligence space in the UK (Dark Places), and that that visually documents them on the ground (photographs), turning the technology and the gaze back on its developers. Working with Steve Rowell (CLUI) in the field, and supported by Lisa Haskell (technical developer), this is the first of a UK wide project actively documenting spaces through 'overt' techniques. To probe places in which knowledge as intelligence, research or experimentation / testing occurs entails extensive experimental fieldwork, means we are both open to and under scrutiny from the culture we are observing and examining. The database will be launched later this year. The Overt Research Project including the future 'Experimental Ruins' based in Greater London is supported by UCL Department of Geography, and Arts Catalyst.

More at the OOE


A selection of sites from the Dark Places online database with labels.