Beate Gütschow S Series
Cities grow, and in doing so they occupy increasingly large amounts of space – the built environment is the greedy counterpart of the natural realm. A space is defined only by differentiation from another space, for which it needs walls that serve as barriers or borders. These are mainly conceived and put in place by man.
The walls and virtual boundaries around spaces usually have some form of opening that define one’s own position and allow one to enter a different space. Georges Perec describes this perfectly in his book Species of Spaces: To live is to pass from one space to another, while doing your very best not to bump yourself.
In the S Series I investigate urban space, whereby I am particularly interested in architecture as a representation of ideology and in the international equality of built structures. My photographs present cities that do not exist in reality. I use computer software to assemble new cityscapes from buildings I have photographed all over the world. The resulting images are visual utopias that reflect modernist thinking, its desire for structure and its idealism. A key characteristic of modernity was an unshakable belief in progress – the idea of a process of sustained growth that would ultimately lead to a perfect society. In terms of its clarity and functionality, modernist architecture symbolises this faith in rationality. In my images, these very structures are shown to be crumbling; their substance is rotten.
About the author
1970 Mainz, Germany
Berlin and Cologne, Germany
Beate Gütschow studied at Hochschule fur bildende Künste, Hamburg with Bernhard Johannes Blume and Wolfgang Tillmans, experimenting with painting and video as well as photography. Her most recent exhibitions include The future will never arrive at Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College (New York) and Gärten der Welt, Museum Rietberg, Zurich. Her works are in the collections of Berlinische Galerie, Guggenheim New York, Kunsthaus Zürich, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Prizes, awards and residencies include Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn (2011), Nirox Foundation Johannesburg (2008), Ars Viva, Berlin (2006) and Stipendium Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2001).
Richard Mosse, Heat Maps, 2016
Mandy Barker, Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, 2015
Saskia Groneberg, Büropflanze, 2012
Beate Gütschow, S Series, 2004-2009
Benny Lam, Subdivided Flats, 2012
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression, 2008-2010
Munem Wasif, Land of Undefined Territory, 2014-2015
Pavel Wolberg, Barricades, 2009-2014
Rinko Kawauchi, Ametsuchi, 2012
Sergey Ponomarev, Europe Migration Crisis, 2015
Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map, 2010-2016
Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s, 2013