Urban Night Project
Midnight Sun

06/06/21 to 12/06/21, Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm
What makes life in the vertical city so enticing, so seductive, yet also so heavily contested?
Featuring contributions by Rut Blees Luxemburg, Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, Adam Glibbery & Satu Streatfield, Felicity Hammond, Simone Mudde, Alisa Oleva, Michael Salu, Edu Torres. This project has been generously supported by Leverhulme Trust, Queen Mary University Of London, Royal College Of Art, Theatrum Mundi and University of East Anglia.

Midnight Sun samples how the vertical city is experienced, imagined and sustained through an intimate examination of its everynight spaces and the technologies of night.

In London real-estate speculation shapes the character of the built environment in ways that in recent years have taken on an intensely vertical form. Emblazoning the vertical fantasy and grounding it within an exhibition, Midnight Sun re-presents and re-configures the nocturnal city through photography, digital media and installations in dialogue with research materials that are drawn from the familiarly-strange encounters with verticality in everyday life. Midnight Sun is an experiment in reckoning with the entangled hi/stories of life in the nocturnal city.

Midnight Sun is initiated by the Urban Night Project—a research collaborative led by urban geographer Casper Laing Ebbensgaard and artist Rut Blees Luxemburg, and addresses current and future challenges of urban, nocturnal living. Midnight Sun has been conceptualised through The Dark Preview, an irregular series of pamphlet-posters that brings together writers and artists to think about and develop tactics for shaping more socially and atmospherically just futures in the nocturnal city.