UCL Urban Laboratory


Venturing Beyond exhibition at Somerset House closes this weekend

28 April 2016

Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street

Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street, supported by UCL Urban Laboratory and hosted at Somerset House, closes on the Early May bank holiday (2 May 2016).

Produced by Approved by Pablo and curated by Urban Laboratory Steering Committee member Rafael Schacter, the exhibition explores unsanctioned public art - or graffiti - as an intrinsically utopian practice. Artists participating include Shepard Fairey, Swoon, REVOK, Eltono and Filippo Minelli.

Following a successful start in early March, the exhibition hosted two artist residencies from Antwan Horfée and Russell Maurice, from 13 - 20 April, in the Courtyard Rooms of Somerset House, providing visitors with an insight into the processes of the practice.

Urban Laboratory initiated events have included an enjoyable utopian-themed music night - Stadtklang - and utopian discourses on topics such as the city's representation in utopian ficton and how the contemporary can be explored in the imagined futures of both fictional utopias and dystopias.

Positive press feedback on Venturing Beyond came from outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, Reuters, uncube, and many more.

If you are unable to attend the exhibition, you can view the works online in a digital preview.

The exhibition has been part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.