“Virtual Control – Security and the Urban Imagination” at RIBA, Max Colson interrogates security design in UK cities

This summer, The Practice Space at RIBA will host an exhibition of photography, video and installation by the artist Max Colson, interrogating privatised public space and security design.


'Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle' Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson

‘Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle’ Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson


Presented by the UCL Urban Laboratory, with support from The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Virtual Control’ 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 urban environments. (more…)