Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination

Exhibition by artist/photographer Max Colson explores the hidden nature of security and control within contemporary urban space. 

Date

July 9 2015 • 10.00am
to
September 27 2015 • 5.00pm

Contact

RIBA Public Programmes 020 7307 3699 exhibitions@riba.org

venue

The Practice Space, RIBA 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD

Tickets

FREE OF CHARGE - OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY 10AM TO 5PM, TUESDAYS 10AM TO 8PM.

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Tickets

FREE OF CHARGE - OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY 10AM TO 5PM, TUESDAYS 10AM TO 8PM.

Playfully walking between urban facts and fictions, this exhibition by artist/photographer Max Colson presents a series of investigations on controlled urban areas.

The focus is privatised public space – urban environments which are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. The images on display explore how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour. Other parts of the exhibition look at how these spaces are marketed and present an idealised version of urban environments.

Whether documenting the networks of sensors designed to 'track' suspect individuals or exploring how plants are used to disguise security architecture, this exhibition suggests how paranoia intrudes upon the urban imagination and also features a specially commissioned new installation by Ollie Palmer. Virtual Control was sponsored by UCL Urban Laboratory and curated by Sunil Shah. 

About THE Artist

Max Colson is a British photographer and was artist-in-residence at the UCL Urban Laboratory between September 2014 and June 2015, funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust.  His photography based practice is interested in repurposing techniques used to market and visualise controlled urban environments. His work also speculatively documents the covert nature of contemporary security design.
www.maxcolson.com - www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab - www.leverhulme.ac.uk

THE PRACTICE SPACE

The Practice Space is dedicated to presenting contemporary ideas and professional knowledge about architecture in all its forms.Through an annual programme of temporary displays it celebrates outstanding national and international projects by emerging and established architects and showcases new research into architectural practice and processes. Proudly supported by Ruskin Air Management.

For more information contact us at exhibitions@riba.org

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