Hyperlocal Infrastructure


Frustrated with the lack of conversation around digital works, Fraser Morrison instigated the ‘We Aren’t a Gallery’ project, evolved from a belief that, if Instagram is the visual language for architectural ideas and trends, there should be a way of using it to spark deeper engagement with bigger issues. He took his own living room and paired it with Instagram to create an exhibition in a physical space where anyone could see work submitted to an open call focused around the tagline ‘We Aren’t Sustainable’.

The brief asked contributors to respond through any medium in any way they saw fit. Within two weeks, Fraser had more than 50 submissions from as far afield as Brazil and Australia. The projects spoke of social infrastructures for minority ethnic groups, of new systems of living, of futures in which we find a way out of climate crisis, of hope. Read more about Fraser’s curatorial process and the reason he instigated the idea in his essay here.

Emilio Sullivan, Greece

With the focus on its financial crisis, Greece has put the issue of waste on the backburner. But the problem has reached crisis point. The landfill serving Athens has reached capacity with fissures causing complete shutdown. This proposal imagines the conversion of vacant corner-units in Athens’ polykatoikia – concrete-frame housing blocks – into hubs for micro-industry and recycling; a visible manifestation of local government’s investment in residents’ lives.

Hyperlocal Infrastructure

See the other projects featured in ‘We Aren’t Sustainable’ below: