On Michael Webb's 'Sin Centre' and the Drawing of Mobility


  • 1pm

  • Adam House, Adam House Lecture Theatre
    3 Chambers Street
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1HT

Speaker: Prof Mark Dorrian

This talk will focus on the Sin Centre, the celebrated early project by Michael Webb, Archigram member and our 2017-18 Simpson Visiting Professor at ESALA.

While the Sin Centre is normally dated 1959–62, this chronology belies a much more complicated situation, to which Webb’s drawing practice is central. Situating the project in relation to the Pop fixations of the ICA Independent Group and the libidinal auto culture of the 50s and 60s that stretches from Reyner Banham through Richard Hamilton to JG Ballard, the seminar will reflect on the complex ways the period’s enthusiasms of mobility and expendability are refracted in Webb’s project and come to foreshadow contemporary theoretical articulations such as indeterminacy.

Part of the 2017/2018 ESALA Research Seminar Series. Free and open to all.