Selling Bricks. Urban video clips, built environment and spatial politics is a research project that investigates the spatial issues and architectural implications rendered by the urban video clip in Europe from 2013. It arises from the analysis of more than 200 references of urban music video clips in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It is part of the For The Record residency at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum.

Selling Bricks is a long-term research project, by Bartlebooth, that investigates the built object and the space represented in the urban video clip. Previously, it took the form of a namesake photobook (Bartlebooth, 2019) and audiovisual installation as part of Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales, curated by Ethel Baraona in Matadero (Madrid) between 2020 and 2021.

Thanks to the Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision for the incomparable framework; to Katia Truijen, Erick Fowler, and Christel Leenen for the kind accompaniment; and to Pol Esteve Castelló and Léa-Catherine Szacka, and their students at the Architectural Association and The Berlage, respectively, for allowing us to share and discuss preliminary outcomes of the process. Special thanks to Alberto de Miguel aka horror.vacui for translating his visual and musical inner world and to Aurora Saseta for the magic on the code and infinite patience.

Every effort has been made to correctly acknowledge all material and sources provided in this digital archive. Please feel free to contact us if you find any mistakes or wrong sources, any error or omission will be corrected.

Idea and research: Antonio Giráldez López and Pablo Ibáñez Ferrera (Bartlebooth)

Video edit and music: Alberto de Miguel (horror.vacui)

Code and design: Aurora Saseta

Original videos, texts and images: their authors, accredited in each chapter.


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In de buurt, ik ben the same, nog steeds met alle OG’s

GLAIVE, Booba (2019). Dir: Chris Macari

Nuova Registrazione 402 (prod. tha Supreme), Mara Sattei (2019). Dir: Enea Colombi

Money like we, Sevn Alias, Kevin, Josylvio & Kempi (2017). Dir: Bruno Rozet

Nothing Like Yours, Slewdem Mafia (2017)

Brand New Style, Smiler (2013). Dir: Jak FrSH

Gimme the plaque, Emporio (2020). Dir: Twam

Give Dem ft. Chivv (prod. Spanker), Frenna (2019). Dir: Azad Wastara

Freestyle Session #13 (Prod. Nahuel The Coach), Zaramay ft Natos y Waor (2020). Dir: Lucas González

Hambre, Damaco (2019). Dir: Outerspace