About the City
Cities are perfect
examples for the accumulation of the unseen. Between the buildings urban space develops, where culture and everyday life is created, and therefore fields of meaning, signs, anecdotes and history generate the purlieus of the city. These interactions and the synchronism of the various interpretations are the nature
of the city. Complexity and concentration
force a selective perception out of the users as it were. To orient
oneself, to find a way through the forest of signs and meanings, one has to
choose, suppress and therefore make invisible.
is a special form of invisibility. Archives save, as an image of a city, a
multitude of references and intersections to the real city. At the same
time they are a storage area of a collective memory, that stores its
unconscious and subconscious there.
and exhibition’s aim is to affect the window of attention of every city
user within the perceptual field between the visible and invisible, the
conscious and unconscious. The project does not pursue scandal, but rather
exposes evidence via the overtly trivial for the fascinating complexity and
concentration of the urban – as well as the provincial -. Deliberately
chosen excerpts and photographic details allow one to delve into the
object; they evoke questions, which lead farther into the texts.
It is probably a particularly European perspective, which often
roots its identity within the individual complexity and historicity of its
buildings and urban space. This rootedness and these references have often
been abused in politics and ideology. In our society one’s own access to a
deepened perception and to history is left open.