Canopy Insight's Victoria Gerstman caught up with the Inside Outside team to discuss some of the things we do and how we do it.
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If the digital and post-digital tech revolutions of recent decades have had one desire at their core, it’s the desire to make everything faster. Instantaneity and speed have become the markers of modern progress - bringing the future to us ever quicker than before.
It’s summer holiday season and we’ve been decoding what it means to escape in contemporary culture.
Our understanding of the world tends to be, at its core, habitual. That is, common sense and tradition give us our definitions of cultural phenomena. For example, ask for a definition of ‘escape’, and most people will give something close to a dictionary definition, to do with being removed from a state of confinement. The list of products with marketing underpinned by this broad definition is endless: novels, package holidays, gym memberships, bubble bath, VR headsets, to name a few at random.
London has long been associated with conspicuous luxury and exclusivity. From the Monopoly board’s hierarchy of affluence (somewhat out of date nowadays) to high-end furniture collections named after the poshest of London neighbourhoods, the UK capital’s history at the centre of empire, trade and finance has inevitably made it synonymous with prestigious spaces and prohibitive prices. But this age-old association is being reframed of late, making the coding of exclusivity in the city both more complex and easier to miss. Where exclusive spaces in London have typically been marked – as we’d expect – by actual signs, increasingly they are defined precisely by a lack of signalling and a shortage of information.