10
Mar
11

Michael Najjar : ‘Netropolis’ (Hybrid Photography)

hong kong
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

new york
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

são paulo
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

peking
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

berlin
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

dubai
‘netropolis’
lightjet-print
48 x 70 inches

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The series ‘Netropolis’ [2003 - 2006] is an exploration of the way global cities will develop in the future. In 1926 director Fritz Lang created the vision of a futuristic 21st Century megacity in his film ‘Metropolis’. Now that we’ve crossed the threshold of the 21st Century new sets of factors unthought of by Lang move to shape the future of our urban species. Of similar magnitude to the impact of the industrial revolution in the late 19th Century, it is now computer networks and the information society based on them which are the main vehicles for change, the key elements transforming the face of our urban living spaces. The complexity of a huge megacity is to be considered as material embodiment of information density. Telematic space endows the urban environment with a new form of structure, intermingling with it and giving birth to a completely unprecedented form of urban space.

The panoramic view transforms the reality of urban spacial structure into landscape. The digital fusion of panoramic views taken from different angles transforms the landscape into a woven fabric of relationships which is abstract and multi-layered yet still underpinned by a geographic reference point. Viewing the city from a distance inverses the perceptual order of objects viewed in close up. The view from afar is orientated on what is clearly visible from a distance and provides a context for objects which appear too close when viewed close up and thus retain their strangeness. In virtual space, however, distance and proximity lie on the selfsame level. The different cities and relationship strands need first to be combined and interwoven before they can give rise to a completely unprecedented and imaginary form of urbanity – the telematic netropolis. [michael najjar : series description]

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Michael Najjar : Website

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