This paper represents a number of projects undertaken between 1986 and 2005 and were presented as a poster at the Cities and Media conference in Vadstena; Sweden in October 2006. In the context of a scientific conference; this ’corpus’ might appear to represent a concerted effort over two decades to build a significant body of research. The thematic that body addresses could then be described as an interest in exploring and understanding a set of problematics concerning life in the contemporary city. Although such a presupposition might be true in hindsight; in fact and in practice; the work this paper represents had more humble origins. This was a desire to produce aesthetic objects â€“ works of art. For a reader expecting a more conventional; scientifically oriented; and empirically objective project; this paper will beg a question about the nature of research. It also raises an age-old problem or question about what art really is. I hope the following paper will shed some light on these issues. I also hope to show how the projects I have undertaken over the last 20 years through a range of media might; and correctly should; have been considered as legitimate forms of research representing a concerted investigation into life in the contemporary city.