Urban Islands Retrospective 2006-2016
Exhibition Design / 2016
Designed with Tom Rivard with assistance from the Tin Sheds Gallery, this exhibition looks back at 10 years of the Urban Islands Masters Studio program, while showing works by Shaun Murray (UK), Jill Stoner (Canada) and MAP Office (HK) and their studnets.
Sea levels rise, promising the removal of man-made constructs by forces of nature, and the consequent sedimentation of matter somewhere else. This may be prompted by collective human inaction.
Floods of migrants wash across the globe, resisted by nation states with the same logic that prompts the sea wall in defense of climate change. These diasporas are set in motion by collective human action.
Every Island is a bounded destination, with a fluid threshold promising entry and defying definition. Within these loosely marked (and continuously shifting) territories, there is also the promise of vacancy, not necessarily the poignancy of the empty, but rather the latency inherent in the mythological idea of the Island as a place of refuge.
Vacancy/No Vacancy? poses an elemental question: as the world grows smaller, what do we leave room for?
All photos courtesy of Tin Sheds Gallery