London Made – a film and exhibition commissioned specially for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism – celebrates the people, processes and places that make London a productive city.
The exhibition looks behind the stage to explore the ‘back of house’ supply threads of the Barbican, one of London’s most distinctive cultural venues. London Made follows a series of threads that lead out of the Barbican to uncover production activities and networks of supply that support and sustain the venue.
This exploration spans Greater London, uncovering layers of supply, from raw materials to final-stage installation and display. As well as cultural production processes such as set-design, costume production and audio-visual services, the threads featured in the film illustrate wider industrial activities like urban logistics, high-tech manufacturing and food and drink production, which are crucial to keep the city thriving.
Through a series of interviews, London Made draws on the city’s wealth of existing intelligence and expertise to explore what is being done, propositionally and strategically, to support London as a productive city.
Working in partnership, the Mayor of London, the British Council, New London Architecture and SEGRO, have appointed We Made That to curate London’s exhibition.