Concept collage for the National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow by WAI Think Tank
I. M. Pei, Dallas City Hall (1984)
Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
"With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else."
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972)
Mixtum Compositum. Kilian Bannwart in Emmenbrücke Genius Loci Newspaper (2012).
Josef Albers, Color sheets and layout of the Never Before series, 1976. Metropolitan Museum.
Adventure Playground, Colonial Kowloon, 1969
Whose Utopia (2006) centers on the lives of workers at the Osram lighting factory in China’s Pearl River Delta region, an area outside Hong Kong that is a site of nationwide migration by people seeking expanded work opportunities in the country’s blossoming economy. Over the course of six months, Cao Fei filmed daily life at the factory, highlighting the mechanized tasks performed by employees, while also interviewing them about their motivations for working there. Based on their responses, she then collaborated with the workers to develop the performances that comprise the central section of the video. In costumes or street clothes, these anonymous figures dance and play music while other employees, unnoticing, continue to work around them. The poetic, dreamlike vision of individualism within the constraints of industrialization illuminates the otherwise invisible emotions, desires, and dreams that permeate the lives of an entire populace in contemporary Chinese society.
- Nat Trotman (http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artwork/22047)