While in Europe the future of cities is discussed with controversy, in Asia they grow at a terrific pace. In the last 30 years many East Asian Metropolis grew as fast as some European cities did in the last three centuries. When Ridley Scott wrote his science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner” he was criticised for his futuristic vision of cities. Since then Blade Runner has become reality in Hong Kong and Bangkok: Skyscrapers with 80 floors, Highways crossing over the roofs of houses and baseball fields, in between malls and flats. Their inhabitants don’t necessarily have to touch the ground on their way to work. Peter Bialobrzeski has captured the vertical face of these megapolis in the twilight where daylight and the neon lights merge to a post modern fluorescent dream-like mix.
This exhibition features photographs by the Germany based artist Peter Bialobrzeski taken inside the "Tiger Cities," the name given to Asia's rapidly growing metropolises: Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur. These are pictures of a high-rise, high- density megalopolis, where architecture is in constant metamorphosis, and where its residents truly are living in the fast lane.
Bialobrzeski sets out at a snail's pace with a traditional tripod-mounted view camera to record what he sees as a hypermodern fantasy world. In stark departure from the soberness of the "Dusseldorf" school, Bialobrzeski forces us, through a seductive and romantic palette, to understand that these futuristic, almost utopian downtown scenes are quite real and very much part of a daily routine for the millions of people who reside in these dense cities.
If you are in Hamburg it is worth checking out - for those who can't make it you can look at some of his works and buy his book with all incredible "Tigers" works in it.
Insomnia48 is a non-stop 48-hour event of performance, clubbing, music, videos, installations, ateliers, workshops, happenings and social interactions.
The House of Natural Fiber from Jogjakarta
Singapore’s KYTV (Kill Your Television)
Joei Apichatpong Focus, winner of 2004’s Cannes Special Jury Prize
Chiangmai’s Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Ballroom Dancing classes
INSOMNIA48 is the opening event of SENI and is on from 1 October 2004 at 8pm to 3 October 2004 at The Arts House at Old Parliament.
For more information and to register for the workshops, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sky Ear is a one-night event in which a glowing "cloud" of mobile phones and helium balloons is released into the air so that people can dial into the cloud and listen to the sounds of the sky.
Some frequently asked questions
Who answers the phones?
The phones are set to auto-answer and are strapped into the electronics.
What numbers do I call?
The numbers will be released on the night of the event in co-ordination with the launch; this way, as the numbers are phased in, only parts of the cloud will be responding to the mobile calls.
What started this project?
I was wandering around a park trying to find good signal on my mobile phone. I started to imagine the undulating qualities of an invisible topography that surrounded me: the varying electromagnetic fields (EMF) that are present everywhere and that guided me to certain parts of the space in much the same way that traditional architectural elements do. In Sky Ear, I wanted to give form to this space, to make visible the invisible.
$Prized examples from cities renowned for their sticker art, including San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo and Amsterdam, alongside choice finds from locations off the beaten track, including Stockholm, Antwerp, Manchester, Paris, Reykjavik, Melbourne and Berlin:purchased>
DISEASE//cut: Chek these photos by Dresden born photographer Loretta Lux/ striking and somewhatdisturbing in some kind of way but you just can't put your finger on why that is... maybe it's the soft washes of colour or maybe the silence in there... all along you can't help thinking maybe it's the kids themselves>