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Opening Reception: Rendered Cities

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291 Church Street

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Rendered Cities
organized by ANGL Collective
January 18 - March 17, 2018

An Open Call exhibition featuring work by:
Felicity Hammond, Lawrence Lek, and Laura Yuile

In a society obsessed with the visual, there is an increasing tendency to mistake good images with good architecture. Perfect renderings printed on glossy billboards have not only colonized global cities, but are also used to approve, evaluate and sell new construction projects. These digitally constructed, imagined landscapes become real before reality: their shiny presence merges with the existing urban environment, masking the raw construction sites they overlook and forming a representation of a future city in citizens' minds. And when construction terminates, finished buildings imitate the aesthetics of digital architecture, leading to a hyper-real experience of physical space, as well as a fixed idea of what life in the city should look like. Rendered Cities presents newly commissioned works that address the future of our cities in light of these digital aesthetics, and investigate the political, economic, and ideological forces behind their proliferation.

ANGL is a curatorial collaboration based in London comprised of Luís Manuel Araújo, Brenda Guesnet, and Giulia Pistone. Active as a collective since December 2015, they curate exhibitions and pursue independent research in the fields of architecture, public space, and technology. Recent projects include Urban Methodologies (London, 2016), a live installation by Joonhong Min presented at RIBA; Supporting Act (Edinburgh, 2016), with Baha Görkem Yalim and Petter Yxell for Edinburgh Art Festival; and the exhibition A Place For You To Dream (London, 2017), with artists Max Colson, Katy Connor, Felicity Hammond, and Laura Yuile at Republic Gallery, a temporary project space inside an office block.

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