Immy Haskey

Urban Impermanence

Imogen Haskey is a final year Fine Art student. Her project takes a unique approach to showcasing the negative sides of a cityscape.

Fine Art - BA (Hons)

Give us a brief overview of your project

Living in Birmingham, I am surrounded by construction sites. A reminder that architectural design is becoming more adaptable to fast-paced environments, my work comments on the negative aftermath of cut-and-paste cities.

Why did you choose this concept?

I chose this as my project because the multi-layered environment has inspired me to explore psychogeography and site-specific art in the importance of location, and the realities of impermanent cities. Creating art that comments on this is something that encourages the audience to think about their surroundings.

What processes have you been using?

I photograph derelict scenes and apply projections against surfaces to obscure scale and transform the space. Making models introduces my own city, contrasting common urban plans. Cardboard laser-cut models emphasize the fragility of what surrounds us, with everything being a façade.

What do you hope to achieve with your project?

I hope to bring the audience a new perspective, twisting understandings of urban planning and the city. The varied and dynamic project is something that feels open, giving me a chance to delve further into ideas of renewal and transformation.

How has your course helped you to prepare for working on your project?

Throughout my project, I have had open conversations with lecturers and other students to gain perspectives that differ from my own. It is important to me to take on other ideas to help support my work in new and compelling ways.