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Concept — Solo Works

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in_transit #1 (2020)

Format 1: 122 x 240 cm / 48 x 94.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 61 x 120 cm / 24 x 47.2 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, welded aluminium frame

Places of transit are emblematic of our present time. We are living in an age of the in-between, the borderless, the transitory. The whole process of globalisation would be unthinkable without places of transit which have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. The atmosphere of railway platforms, hotel rooms, ports and airport terminals is a restless mix of variety and monotony, contact and anonymity, bustle and standstill. We enter highly complex networking spatial structures and surrender ourselves up to them. Familiar structures of space and time are disrupted and fractured in transit as we seek to overcome physical distance.

The work “in_transit #1” portrays the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The architecture of the airport visualises the fundamental parameters of a place of transit. Two floating poles of broadly similar structure connect up the hyper-modernist transit hub forming a kind of worm hole in which we pass through time and space. We leave our familiar complex networking order behind us to enter a subspace which physically accelerates us and releases us on the other side into the self-same order. Such is the paradox of our globalised digital existence.

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highrise | hongkong (2020)

Format: 212 x 160 cm / 83.5 x 63 in, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

By 2050 two thirds of humankind will be living in cities. Many of today’s megacities will grow into gigacities of over one hundred million inhabitants. The scale and speed of urbanisation across the developing world today are unprecedented. Cumulative growth of our megacities is set to usher in a new era of city life, changing the face of the planet. Rapid growth of density in the megacities has a massive impact on the daily lives of citizens and their social structures. Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city of 7.4 million people, is probably the city of the greatest inequality anywhere on earth. There are more than 10,0000 extremely narrow, illegally subdivided, apartments housing more than 200,000 people in the former British colony. Some are so small they are called cages or coffins. This new type of extremely small apartments could be a glimpse into the future of human urban existence.

The artwork "highrise | hong kong" pictures apartment blocks at night in Hong Kong from an undefined standpoint. The work emphasizes growing urban density in our megacities and the loss of decent living space. A spine-like floating structure crosses the image vertically, pulling viewers into its depths. The small parabolic antenna on top refers to the electronic topography of our daily lives. Several small illuminated windows in the background indicate a human presence behind the massive vertical walls. The artwork is linked to Michael Najjar´s “netropolis“ series in which the city is viewed from a panoramic macro-perspective, though "high-rise | hong kong" takes viewers into a megacity’s micro-structures. Ridley Scott‘s dystopian cyberpunk vision “Blade Runner” (1982) – where humans are crushed by the density of an overpopulated futuristic megacity – has become present-day reality.

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shanghai | highrise (2018)

Format: 180 x 120 cm / 70.9 x 47.2 in, unique
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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liquid city_tokyo #1 (2010)

Format: 180 x 120 cm / 70.9 x 47.2 in, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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liquid city_tokyo #2 (2010)

Format: 180 x 120 cm / 70.9 x 47.2 in, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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liquid city_tokyo #3 (2010)

Format: 180 x 120 cm / 70.9 x 47.2 in, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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jin mao I (2007)

Format: 90 x 60 cm / 35.4 x 23.6 in, unique piece
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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jin mao II (2007)

Format: 90 x 60 cm / 35.4 x 23.6 in, unique piece
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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jin mao III (2007)

Format 1: 90 x 60 cm / 35.4 x 23.6 in, unique piece
Format 2: 300 x 180 cm / 118.1 x 79.9 in, unique piece
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

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interplanetary landscape | KB2016 (2016)

Format: 71,6 x 5016 cm / 28.2 x 1975 in, unique piece
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom made aluminium frame

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