When I started gathering bits and pieces for this theme, I wasn’t sure which direction I would go in, but I soon found a route-map through the ‘URBAN’ landscape.
Having recently returned from a trip to New York, I know first hand just how manic, busy and fast-paced urban environments can be.
Colours and lights and skyscrapers and buildings and people and buzz and rushing around to meet deadlines and communicate through time zones.
Time is precious and seems always to be in short supply in the urban landscape.
The edges can become frayed between reality and fantasy, and when I read about Skignz, it reiterated to me how technology and the invisible ‘noise’ of data connections are infiltrating every area of life, augmenting our own personal reality and the visual space around us, a la Minority Report.
The image above conjures the idea of ‘all the world being a stage’, of places and spaces having a voice, of desertion and diaspora.
I love the empty windows that appear derelict, the statues and horses posed in stone, almost caught mid-sentence yet preserved forever, through art and as art.
Cities and urban environments are places where information and knowledge is stored.
They are financial centres of the world.
They become the hearts that send pulses of knowledge rippling out to other hearts, other centres.
They are LOUD with the voices and accents of a thousand languages, and yet the universal language of the world can be navigated through recognisable brands like Coca Cola.
‘COOL GEOMETRY’ was a fashion trend I designed a collection around at college, circa 2001. Read more