is a photographic portrait of a city, based on the grid of a city
map. All the intersection points of the grid on the North-South
axis and the East-West axis are then located in the actual city,
from centre to outskirts. Photographs are made in all four directions
at each location. These photgraphs are then presented in the form
of a slide-projection, juxtaposing the four views of each location.
Recently, the CITYSCAPES are accompanied by a CITY SONG, a composition
of sounds recorded on site.
It results in a cross-section of a city. It is an objective method,
free of interpretation. A CITYSCAPE is not a representation of a
city, like the image a city projects of itself; instead it shows
what a city actually is.
The method originates in the projects for the public space. It
is a system for investigating the conditions of a place and the
nature of its public space. Showing the structure of a city and
the way that the public space functions makes the culture of a country
The CITYSCAPES are also presented in the context of exhibitions.
Previously artists used to stay in their studios where they produced
their work. Now they go everywhere like nomads to make exhibitions
in different places, in different cities. In the CITY-SCAPES this
condition is integrated. The most current city map is used, the
one every tourist has. The exhibition space is the central point
of the map.
The CITYSCAPE of London was made prior to the exhibition LONDON
SONG. The image of London is that it is the city of Big Ben and
Piccadilly Circus. In reality it is a vast city of 40 x 30 kilometres
consisting of a series of loosely connected garden cities. It is
a metropolis without any big-city character. There is no highrise,
only houses with gardens. Poor and rich districts are the same -
everywhere you find the same porches with front doors, balconies
and ornamental eaves. The only difference is the size. Even the
new developments are no different from houses built at the beginning
of the twentieth century. The CITYSCAPE also shows a mentality,
namely the bourgeois notion of domestic life. You suddenly understand
the revolt of a younger generation and what they want to escape
from - middle class embarrassment.
There are CITYSCAPES of a number of cities such as Zwolle, Paris,
Munich, London, Valenciennes, Rotterdam and Hamburg. It is a project
that runs parallel to the art works and the projects for the public
space. It is a reservoir that accumulates. An ongoing study of the
image of urban culture. And whether its subject is art, the public
space or architecture, the work always defines the border between
things rooted in the self-evidence of existing needs, and others
that are thought up, that are inventions. What interests me is to
make this border visible and in so doing to give a place back its