UCL Urban Laboratory


Virtual Control exhibition at RIBA extended until Sunday 27 September

27 July 2015

Virtual Control exhibition

Virtual Control, produced by UCL Urban Laboratory with artist and photographer Max Colson, will now be exhibited at RIBA until Sunday 27 September 2015.

The exhibition of photography, video and installation by Urban Lab artist-in-residence Max Colson, exploring privatised urban public space and security design, was originally due to end on 25 August.

Presented by the UCL Urban Laboratory and The Leverhulme Trust, 'Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination' focuses on urban environments that are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. Elements of the exhibition explore how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas, and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour, whilst other sections repurpose 'photorealistic' imagery, marketing material and 3D animation techniques used to present idealised versions of these urban environments. 

The exhibition opened on Thursday 9 July. Virtual Control is free to enter. A privatised public space workshop will be announced soon, following a panel discussion on Defining Forms of Control in the Contemporary City with James Bridle, Nathan Moore, and Clare Melhuish.