Tue - Sat. 12 - 6pm
arebyte Gallery is pleased to launch its 2017 Gallery-Residency Programme with a residency by Max Colson.
The residency will elaborate on arebyte’s 2017 programme theme of ‘Control’ by speculating on how architecture, urban planning, and real estate development will influence the built environment and social relations in post-Brexit Britain.
The residency will focus on the construction of a new satellite town in the outer periphery of London, located between the pro-Remain centre and the outer ‘Leave’ boroughs. It will consider how historic town-planning templates and architectural designs might be modified by contemporary political attitudes, housing legislation and new technology. It will also provide a critical parallel to the government’s recently announced plans to build a series of ‘garden’ towns and villages across England, in response to the housing crisis.
By interviewing key figures involved in contemporary planning, architecture and urban design, the residency period will allow Max to research and produce a ‘live’ digital exhibition programme, which will consider different methods of building this new town on the edge of London.
In devising the final exhibition, Max will draw on previous experience of developing scripted narrative films on speculative architectural projects, demonstrated in his recent works A New Investment Vehicle (2015) and Construction Lines (2017).
As a whole, the exhibition and residency will consider how the form of the built environment is shaped, and by whom; and how architectural and data visualisation can be used to induce new ways of thinking about society.
Max Colson is a London-based artist using photography and 3D animation to explore hidden and unfamiliar urban architecture. Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination, his first solo exhibition, was hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects (2015). He has exhibited in group shows across Europe including Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam (2016), Noorderlicht Photogallery in Groningen (2015), After Projects in London (2015), and C/O Berlin (2014). Formerly he was a Leverhulme artist in residence at UCL Urban Laboratory (2014-15). He currently teaches on the MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins in London.