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Transparency and the City: Public Spaces or Forgotten Places?

As a part of their program of events for the London Festival of Architecture 2010, the gallery at Alan Baxter is hosting a group exhibition that explores different conceptions of private and public space, and in particular the areas of city life where they overlap.

Multiple exposure photographs are used to present a perspective on the city that brings to mind the liberating anonymity as well as the isolation that is unique to life in the city. This individual sense of privacy is extended into the political, as lost architectural icons such as Paxton's Crystal Palace are invoked to discuss the democratic ideal of transparency and it's effect on public life. Bandstands, fading sentinels of communal space, illustrate the presence of history and memory in the life of the city, while raising questions about the changes in what community means for contemporary urban society. The co-extensive boundaries of private and public space; of interior and exterior; of the personal and the political; and of the past, present and future, result in a multivalent territory that is charged with both tensions and possibilities.

Private view on Monday 21st June 18.00 - 20.30
Public view - Saturday 26th June 10.00 - 18.00

Other viewings by appointment throughout the Festival (22nd June to Friday 2nd July), please contact Jon Spencer tel. 07967 079150 /

Take a look at the Urban Orienteer for more details....


  1. Hi guys,

    Many thanks for blogging my event.

    Hope you enjoy the festival.