A Place For You To Dream, 2017
East India Quay, London
If distinguishing the private from the public was a central feature for architecture and design in the industrial age, these borders are now blurring and homes are increasingly designed to mirror computer generated images of hyper-clean buildings and urban spaces. Images of generically luxurious domestic spaces are everywhere around us, printed on the hoardings of construction sites, encouraging us to invest in a sleek, sanitized vision of the future city. These images are there to sell an impossible life of glamorous living that you can dream one day will be yours. Just imagine, going to work everyday in a flexible and high-tech working space, to then come back to your million pound one-bedroom flat in which every detail has been rendered to look like a glossy magazine image. A place for you to dream, and a life exclusively designed.
Set in an office tower in East India Quay currently undergoing redevelopment, ‘A Place For You To Dream’ will present work by four artists who question the dynamics at play at the intersection between digital rendering, marketing aesthetics and the tangible effects of these tendencies on domestic spaces and people’s lives.
PV, 14 February 2017, 6.30 pm: ‘Every Vacuum Sucks in its Own Filling’ (2017), performance by Laura Yuile
17 February 2017, throughout the day: Asset Arrest with Laura Yuile
Join Laura Yuile in viewing a property or development that you cannot afford to invest in and have no interest in buying. The viewings will focus on the Docklands and Canary Wharf area and the price bracket of £750,000 to £1,475,000. Get a glimpse inside the architectural assets and luxury lifestyles of London’s elite, whilst hearing first hand from a sales representative about the property developer’s intentions, plans and views on the local area.
Time slots and properties available:
10.30am – Horizons
12.30pm – The Madison
3pm – Providence Tower (penthouse apartment)
5pm – The Wardian
25 February, 2 – 3.30 pm: The Opaque Zone: Docklands and the Regeneration of Neoliberalism with Louis Moreno
‘The Opaque Zone’ is a walking tour led by Louis Moreno. It will explore the architectural landscape of Docklands, investigating how the crisis of Thatcherism and neoliberalism in the early nineties laid the foundations for the aggressive urbanism defining London today.
supported by Arts Council England and Goldsmiths Annual Fund
photos by Max Colson