Urban seam

the making of a cambodian city

ENSCI–Les Ateliers | Paris | November 7 - 21, 2018 • Currents | Phnom Penh | March 21 - 31, 2019

#65, Street 446, Sangkat Toul Tom Poung I, Phnom Penh


The Story

With Urban SeamPrimary Voice introduces the everyday life of Cambodian factory workers and the global forces that shape their lives. Visitors are engaged through the gestures and actions of workers via immersive workstations to become part of the daily life in an industrial economy.  

In collaboration with filmmaker Sok Chan Rado, technologist Mathieu Eymeoud, and designer Jean-Alex Quach, Primary Voice presents Urban Seam: the Making of a Cambodian City.


The Machines

Urban Seam will not simply show you Phnom Penh, you will be in it. Like the factory workers, you will understand the process of the city’s development through their work. While you hammer, glue and sew—repeating the same gestures as the factory workers—documentary video footage is activated on the screen in front of you. Thanks to a little coding and some imagination, you explore a new everyday in a rapidly growing city. 


The Exhibition

Urban Seam delves further by exploring the hidden social and urban connections that fuel one of the worlds fastest developing industrial economies. While unpacking over 150 years of international history related to industrial development—beginning with the establishment of a French protectorate in 1853 and tracing evolution of international investment including essential U.S. Government aid funded national infrastructure—Primary Voice reveals the capital city of Cambodia and the lives of its citizens through an urban lens. 


To continue this exploration, join us for the Urban Seam Workshop March 23, 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!


Our Partners + Sponsors

Many thanks to our crowdfunding supporters. especially to Mike Hash + Buck Waller, Jason Johnson + Nataly Gattegno, Hank + Julie Koning, the Eyméoud Family and the Kvan Family.