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The Invisible City - catalogue

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1990
Published by: London Project II/The Photographers’ Gallery
Year published: 1990

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The Invisible City was an exhibition that took place at The Photographers’ Gallery, in late 1990. It featured contributions by Alison Marchant, Sonia Boyce, Lea Andrews, Simon Crump, and Crispin Hughes & Chris Boot. It was the second London Project exhibition, and was referred to as London Project II. The exhibition was curated by David Chandler, who provided the catalogue’s Introduction essay. Wrote Chandler, “The contemporary  city has become a coagulation of vast indexes of images and information, both mental and electronic, each with a different emphasis, a different code of reference. As Paul Virilio has said, ‘ the way one gains access to the city is no longer through a gate, an arch of triumph, but rather through an electronic audiencing system, whose users are not so much inhabitants or privileged residents, as they are interlocutors in permanent transit.”

It is from this ‘shifting perceptual field’ that this exhibition sets out to revisit what Jonathan Raban once called ‘the soft city’ - a city made from complex network of human relationships and individual experiences, a city built around the physical and psychological terrains mapped out by its inhabitants. This is ‘the city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare… as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate  on maps, in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.’ “

The exhibition’s catalogue was in a large, oversize square format, and was unpaginated.In addition to Chandler’s essay, the catalogue contained a subsequent text by University of Sussex art historian, David Mellor. Mellor’s text was titled The Darker Side of the Cityscape.

Contents as follows:

Introduction, David Chandler

The Darker Side of the Cityscape, David Mellor

Double page spreads of images relating to each artists’ practice

Brief artists’ CVs.

Related people + view all 8

»  Chris Boot

Born, 1960 in Telford

»  Sonia Boyce MBE OBE RA

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Simon Crump

Born, 1960 in Loughborough

»  Crispin Hughes

Born, 1959 in London

»  Alison Marchant

Born, 1959 in Loughton, Essex

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  The Photographers’ Gallery

London, United Kingdom