Urban memory and imagination recognises that a city is comprised of the thoughts, memories, aspirations and concerns of the people that live in it. In this final season, we draw together the findings from throughout the year to explore how people understand and value their cities, and how this relates to both their past experiences and their dreams for the future.
Urban Flâneur: Fashion and The City was a one night-only event by RMIT University Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) 3rd year students, presenting garments inspired by Victoria Harbour.
In this collaborative event, hosted by The Exchange and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, students presented their site-specific garments on models moving through and around the Knowledge Market space, accompanied by specially created soundscapes by RMIT Digital Media students.
This salon-style performance came from a studio led by Dr Tarryn Handcock and Dr Tassia Joannides and is situated in Victoria Harbour, where students designed garments in response to the environment and culture of the precinct.
As part of Melbourne Fashion Week, The Exchange presented Urban Flâneur: Fashion Reimagines the City, an exhibition of site-responsive fashion design highlighting relationships between fashion and flâneurie in urban memory and imagination. By walking the city and studying its inhabitants, the designers celebrated the vibrancy and flux of this area and its community.
The exhibition documented a live fashion event that responds to the culture and environment of Victoria Harbour. Runway footage was accompanied by fashion photography, a selection of innovative garments, unique soundscapes, and images of the places that inspired the work. Exhibition attendees were encouraged to follow in these designers’ footsteps using a map of key sites around Victoria Harbour and instructions for a dérive. By becoming flâneurs, we can all experience and appreciate the city in a different way.
The City of Children was a collaborative project between The Exchange at Knowledge Market and Gowrie Victoria Docklands. Following a series of walking excursions and making sessions, the children of Gowrie Victoria Docklands created work exploring themes such as waste, transport, waterways and the history of Melbourne. Photographs, drawings and sculpture came together in a large-scale art installation at Knowledge Market, uncovering children's valuable perspective of urban environments and the communities that exist within them.
The City of Children also had a dedicated making space at Knowledge Market, which was open for all children to come along and create their own city-inspired artworks.
Photo by Tobias Titz