THE SHOW: CITY (1988-2005)

Public space, in an electronic age, is space on the run. Public space is not space in the city but the city itself. Not nodes but circulation routes; not buildings and plazas, but roads and bridges. Public space is leaving home, and giving up all the comforts of the cluster-places that substitute for the home.

Space on the run is life on the loose. There's no time to talk; there's no need for talk, since you have all the information you need on the radio you carry with you. There's no need for a person-to-person relationship, since you already have multiple relationships with voices on your radio, with images of persons in store windows and on billboards; there's no time to stop and have a relationship, which would be a denial of all those other bodies you're side-by-side with on the street, one different body after another, one body replacing another. There's no time and no need and no way to have 'deep sex': in a plague year, in a time of AIDS, bodies mix while dressed in condoms and armoured with vaginal shields - the body takes its own housing with it wherever it goes, it doesn't come out of its shell.

The electronic age and the age of AIDS become intermixed in an age of virus, whether that virus is information or disease. Each person becomes too infected, either with information or with disease, to be with another. You come to visit, not to stay.

 

Image credits:

Acconci Studio (Vito Acconci, Peter Dorsey, Dario Nunez, Eduardo Marques, Sehzat Oner)
Conceptual Proposal for New Street Square, London 2004

Façade for West 8th Street Subway Station

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