Art: Universal Everything's video homage to 1960s utopian visionaries

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Archigram was an avant-garde architectural group and magazine formed in the 1960s which sought to stop modernist ideas becoming safe and sterile. Its members continuously pushed the boundaries of their practice in fun and unusual directions, and did so by working only on hypothetical projects; things that would or could never be. The group’s ideas were also the starting point for this blisteringly good piece by Universal Everything. Matt Pyke and his team were inspired by the “utopian visions” of the Archigram adherents, and so created Walking City, a seven-and-a-half-minute video study of modernistic evolution.

“The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters,” Matt explains. And as you’d expect, these interesting ideas are executed with the high-quality production values and beautiful imagery on which Universal Everything has built its reputation.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.