More than six years of planning and site work have passed since the competition for the construction of Lingang New City near Shanghai in 2002. The new city will eventually be home to 800,000 inhabitants. Already completed are the lake (a key feature of the city centre), parts of the lakeshore promenade, streets and parks, and the first public buildings such as the city hall and the Maritime Museum.
Whereas previous exhibitions – Luchao. Born from a Drop (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 2003) and Ideal City, Real Projects (Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2005) – addressed the conceptual, theoretical aspects, it is now the turn of the visual side.
Photographer Ulrich Schwedes went to China to record the development of the city at a moment in time. Using a camera obscura in the form of a biscuit tin, he takes the foundation of the city as a starting point for capturing the structural elements of the design in lines and street perspectives, light and shade. His terrain is the frontier zone between reality and abstraction. The texture of the printed fabric banners and the contrast with the architects’ sketches make his pictures particularly expressive. Julia Ackermann has endeavored to capture the absurdities of a situation that doesn’t yet exist but soon will. Her specialty is the zone between the real and the surreal. Marcus Bredt’s approach to the developing city with his camera is to treat it as an arena of harmony and disharmony.