Urban Fabric: Greige

Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

July 09 2016 - July 10 2016

Urban Fabric: Greige is an installation of photographs of Melbourne’s mid-twentieth century curtain wall facades in which the latent image of Harris Tweed was exposed.

In photographs of Melbourne’s mid-twentieth century architecture, the latent image of Harris Tweed was exposed, calling to mind the nineteenth-century German architect & champion of the crafts, Gottfried Semper’s claim that walls were once originally woven. Urban Fabric: Greige celebrates the previously unforeseen legacy of the Hebridean weave in the globalised phenomenon of the curtain wall façade as it brings into focus the significance of the surface in our understanding & experience of place. In doing so, the project suggests that there is much to be learned from living heritages & their associated craft practices

The project recalls the surveys of industrial architecture by Bernd (1931-2007) & Hilla (1934-2015) Becher. Urban Fabric: Greige contributes to this lineage, but instead focuses on the mid-twentieth century curtain wall façade, & reveals in its modernist surfaces a time-honoured & culturally embedded craft. It features a performance of a waulking by Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh, a public lecture ‘Timely Surfaces’ by David Leatherbarrow & an illustrated artist’s talk, ‘The Lure of the Image’ by Peta Carlin. Featuring as part of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, Urban Fabric: Greige is generously supported by Bollinger + Grohmann & John Wardle Architects.