||The Scalene project takes the three cities
of Manchester, Montreal and Melbourne as its geographical trio of urban
contexts and then looks at producing a project that takes 3 sets of 3
practitioners from each city who collaborate with each other. The 3 outcomes
of this project will be a double CD Rom (sound and video), a world tour
of the project and the web site.
Scalene requires sound, video and graphic artists to produce work that
will be remixed by their counterparts in the other cities. The remixed
videos, sounds and images/designs will give voice to the recognition that
super-modern cities are moving. Moving in different ways that Archigram
imagined in their architectural drawings of the 60's but transitory nonetheless.
The transient nature of those who inhabit urban centres means that the
identities of cities are going to become more complex and ultimately more
mixed and remixed according to those who dwell and pass through them and
the rate at which they do so. This changing identity of cities is synonymous
with the changing face of Capitalism, as it requires large work forces
to be able to move according to shifts in political, economic and geographical
climates. Given that Super-modernism requires a huge transient global
working class who will move according to available work (Mexican workers
moving into the USA in huge numbers is a good example) it means the cultures
of cities are likely to change at an increasingly faster rate. With this
phenomenon in full effect the work produced for Scalene looks at ideas
of moving cities and more specifically at escape architectures.