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Max Colson

London Knowledge - Oxford Street and Argyle Street, London

Fine  art digital c-type print on Canson Platine Rag art paper
11.7 × 16.5 in
30 × 42 cm

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The  ‘Knowledge of London’ is the in-depth study of over 300 London street routes  and thousands of places of interest. These must be completely memorized by  any aspiring driver who wants a license to operate in London’s black taxi cab  profession.

These prints from Max Colson's series 'London Knowledge' are of 3D Lidar  laser scans of London’s streets made after interviews with London taxi  drivers who recounted their experience of ‘doing the Knowledge’. Lidar is a  laser-based 3D mapping technology used by self-driving cars to see and  navigate. The scans pinpoint locations and routes from the drivers’ studies.  The 3D scans from this project use a variety of colour spectrums to  categorise the journey information recorded.

These scans journey through London streets and through the memories of  black taxi cab drivers. As a whole, this work explores changes new technology  is making to how we understand the urban environment, as well as hinting at  the kinds of human knowledge and memory that may be lost. The artist has also  produced a short film animating these scans which is voiced by the interviews  with these drivers.

Further details about the work:

Max was born in 1985 and began his practice in 2013, after four years of working in the British advertising industry. He has had two UK solo exhibitions: the Royal Institute of British Architects, London; Arebyte, London. His work has been shown at many galleries and film festivals, predominantly in the UK and Europe. These include: Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Watermans, London; The Royal Academy, London; Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle; SPACE, London; Vitrine, London; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen; C/O Berlin; DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, 2020, 2019, 2018. His films are collected by the British Film Institute and are the winner of awards such as the Tenderflix Artist Video Prize. He teaches on the MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, London.


2011 - 2013 London College of Communication, MA Documentary Photography & Photojournalism (Distinction)
2004 - 2007 University College London, BA English

Solo exhibitions:

2017 Arebyte, ‘The Green and Pleasant Land’, London, UK
2015 RIBA, ‘Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination’, London, UK

Selected group exhibitions:

2020 Nunnery Gallery, ‘Visions in the Nunnery’, London
2020 Watermans, London
2020 Fotomuseum Winterthur, ‘Plat(t)form 2020’, Winterthur
2019 Brighton Digital Festival, ‘Desire Lines’, Brighton
2019 Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2018 La Condition Publique, ‘Habitarium’, Roubaix
2018 SPACE, ‘SPACE Art and Technology Programme Outcome Exhibition’, London
2017 The Wrong Biennale, ‘Life 2.0’, online
2016 Showroom MAMA, ‘BoTu: Back and Forth’, Rotterdam
2015 Noorderlicht Gallery, ‘Data Rush’, Groningen
2013 C/O Berlin, ‘My Secret Life’, Berlin

Selected film screenings:

2020 Akademie der Künste, ‘The Eccentric City’, Berlin
2020 DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig
2019 Vitrine gallery, London
2019 The Royal Academy, ‘Picturing the City’, London
2019 Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, ‘Videorama’, Halle
2019 DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, ‘Animation Perspectives’, Leipzig
2019 Cairo Video Festival, Medrar, Cairo
2019 B3 Bienniale, Frankfurt
2019 Arebyte, ‘Arebyte on Screen’, London
2019 Shortwaves Film Festival, ‘Urban View Competition’, Poznań
2018 DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation, Leipzig
2018 Apexart, ‘Rendered Cities’, New York
2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
2018 Sheffield Doc Fest, ‘New UK Shorts’, Sheffield
2018 World Architecture Festival, Amsterdam
2018 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2018 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg
2018 Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago
2018 Bolton International Film Festival, Bolton
2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
2017 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2017 Architecture Film Festival London, London
2017 Kasseller Dokfest, Kassel


2020 Jarman Award, Nominated
2020 Lumen Prize, Moving Image Shortlist
2019 Lumen Prize, Still Image Shortlist
2019 Loop Discover Award Shortlist
2017 Tenderflix Artist Video Prize Winner
2017 Architecture Film Festival London, Short Fiction Category Winner


2019-2020 Film London FLAMIN Fellowship, London
2018-2019 SPACE Art and Technology Residency, SPACE, London
2016 Showroom MAMA ‘Rookies MA’ Residency Programme, Rotterdam
2014-2015 Leverhulme Artist in Residence, UCL Urban Laboratory / Bartlett School of Architecture, London


BFI Archive (the British Film Institute)

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