Ecumenopolis sets the departure point for our practice as well as for the exhibition METASITU: Ecumenopolis - The Whole World Is One City curated by Eszter Szakacs (tranzit.hu 4th November -9th December 2016), where we explored examples of metamodernist ”global authenticity” within the context of this city, one of planetary dimensions and only walled by the stratosphere. We identify situations that, although seemingly embedded within a local context, could easily be extrapolated to different territories and scales.
By bringing forward a theoretical framework that suggests that the whole world is urban, we are also raising many questions about its implications. How can we talk and dissect this urban carpet of a scale so colossal that we have not been able to even see it until just recently? How can we, as humans, reframe our existence within this world? What are the channels through which urban practices are distributed? Does Ecumenopolis have a conscience?
At this transitional stage in our urban world, we find that it is more important to raise these questions than to necessarily answer them. With METASITU: Ecumenopolis - The Whole World Is One City we wanted to create a viewpoint that could allow us to look back at the city and understand it as an absolute body—a seamless territory, an infrastructurally connected entity, and series of daily routines.
***This text first appeared on the exhibition catalogue, and was edited by Eszter Szakacs and Nick Axel.
*** ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit
Photos by Ljosha Chashchyn and Virág Lödi
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