Fault Line

Our own human species appeared around 200,000 years ago. Early human habitats were caves used as protection from elements and predators. The ability to adapt, work under stress and innovate are considered intrinsic to modern humans. Explaining why we are the only remaining species from the homo genus surviving through centuries of climate change. Modern cities are unparalleled in their complexity. Unprecedented regions of mass population, with subterranean tunnels, communication infrastructure and high rise towers for residential, commercial and industrial use. The climate change signals suggest future cities will need to adapt at a similar rate to the accelerated decay of the biosphere, where they become living ecosystems with more efficient food growth and distribution models.

Cottage, C-type Print, 80 x 100 cm, Edition of 9, 2015

Cottage, C-type Print, 80 x 100 cm, Edition of 9, 2015

In the early to mid 20th Century, as population growth rates accelerated rapidly, global populations rose from 1.6 billion 6 billion. The idea of protecting and fortifying human biology (physiology) and mental functioning (psychology) through regular rejuvenation was explored by architects such as Corbusier, Goldfinger, Peter and Alison Smithson. The French intellectual Georges Bataille likened the domestic interior to human biology, specifically a liver. Which, when healthy, purifies the blood and removes toxins, allowing the person to go about their daily activities before retiring to be revitalised once again.

Landscape , C-type Print, 80 x 100 cm, Edition of 9, 2015

Woman, C-type Print, 80 x 100 cm, Edition of 9, 2015

Considering wild land and urban environments, Fault Line questions the physiological and psychological state of disturbed habitats and the circumstances that precede them. It weaves across geographic locations, exploring a range of unstable environments. For example, the earthquakes in the city Christchurch, New Zealand were nondemocratic and abrupt.  In contrast, the refurbishment, decanting or demolition of social housing in London, England is gradual and systematic. These events leave the effected population in a state of anxiety, apprehensive about the future.

Fault Line comprises of 30 photographs shot across four different countries, including Singapore, New Zealand, France, USA and England. For further information on the project please contact studio@alan-mcfetridge.com