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Rewiring Brutalism

Architectural Futures Through Musique Concrète

An image that is an example of brutalist architecture

A presentation of brutalist architecture at the intersection of photography, text, sonic recordings and composition.

Brutalism represents a complex phase in the technological drive of modernity, but how is it relevant today? 

Join Photolanguage and sound artists and composers at the Langham Research Centre as they come together to explore questions about our present time, about the spaces we continue to inhabit collectively, and society’s response to them - through music.  

Building on the radical, brutalist architecture and avant-garde sound and music composition of Paris of the 1960s and 70s, we are transferred to London to intersect with the sounds and surfaces of the brutalist interior of the Barbican.

The project follows on from Photolanguage’s production of a Brutalist Map of Paris for Blue Crow Media (2016), and includes imagery and recordings from buildings by Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Renaudie and Renée Gailhoustet.


Photolanguage (Nigel Green & Robin Wilson) was established in 1998 as a collaborative art practice working across image and text. Their solo exhibitions include Transmodernity: Calais Reconstruction (Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Calais), Dark Season Botany (The Museum of Garden History, London), and La Revue Générale Brutaliste (Institut Français), London. They have shown work in the group shows in venues including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Copenhagen and The Museum of Sketches for Public Art, Lund, Sweden. They are authors of Calais Vu Par Nigel Green et Robin Wilson (Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, 2001) and created the Brutalist Map of Paris (Blue Crow Media, 2016). Their work has appeared in The Architects’ Journal, Architectural Design, Church Building, Icon, On Site Review, P.E.A.R. Magazine and the RIBA Journal.

Langham Research Centre - Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and Robert Worby 

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