City Life by Witold Rybczynski

By Witold Rybczynski

In urban existence, Witold Rybczynski seems to be at what we'd like from towns, how they've got developed, and what money owed for his or her detailed identities. during this shiny description of every thing from the early colonial settlements to the arrival of the skyscraper to the alterations wrought by means of the car, the phone, the plane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski finds how our city areas were formed by way of the landscapes and life of the recent global.

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On one level, the decision to take this approach proceeds from an intense engagement with the subject matter. On another level – among others which could also be put forward - it marks out a longer duration for the development of the project, whose final form the artist cannot or does not want to define at the outset. This longer duration is due to the inclusion of the public, select groups of people, neighborhoods affected by the project, political representatives, and people animated to participate through electronic or print media.

Zum bequemen Upgraden wird es und kann es nicht kommen, Denkprozesse einzuleiten und Kommunikation unter den Bewohnerinnen und Bewohnern herzustellen ist jedoch im Bereich des Möglichen. Da sich aber die Siedlungsstrukturen und das jeweilige soziale Gefüge stark voneinander unterscheiden, sind unterschiedliche Methoden der von den Künstlerinnen und Künstlern eingeleiteten Prozesse notwendig und zu erwarten. Projekte dieser Art tragen – wenn schon nicht ausgesprochen, so doch in einem reflektierenden Bewusstsein verankert – das Risiko des Scheiterns in sich.

Proceeding from the fact that only a small section of the political public takes note of people with an immigrant background or recognizes their services, Croatian artist Kristina Leko designed and carried out a project called Missing Monuments in 2007 at the invitation of the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria. Responding to the status quo in Graz, where parks have more than their share of monuments, particularly busts, honoring the great sons of the city (and only in exceptional cases its esteemed daughters), Leko broke with tradition and turned the spotlight on people who had immigrated to Graz and were still alive.

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