Roadshow | Hubert Blanz
The work of the Vienna-based photographer and visual artist Hubert Blanz is mostly focused on architecture and urban spaces. The structure of these photographs resemble a giant a modern urban space, a digital landscape in a world of global networking. Varnelis writes in The Infrastructural City that “Infrastructure is no longer a solution” and Blanz seems to call our attention over that issue with this photo-set called roadshow.
Roadshow is a series of images formed and built up from the digital recordings of pre-existing freeways networks, roads, bridges, and intersections. The images are both documentations of actual builts spaces and the imaginary re-creation of potential new cities.
Florian Rötzer says about Blanz work: “As in his earlier work, the photographer here becomes an architect of a simultaneously imaginary and documentary space of “real” iconic elements that are represented from above, but are also tipped over, turned, and intersected with one another. The urban circuits on which the bits or bytes still disturbingly seem to circulate in the form of frozen vehicles that at some point actually moved connect nothing, the data highways become urban architecture in which time stands still, we lose our orientation, and the busy transport of information is frozen. Here, photography recalls its original act: killing the living by shooting it, while at the same time attesting that something was there.”
The aerial tours of the transportation networks follow a linear pathway from the air, and make us think about the No Stop City by Archizoom or the New Babylon by Constant. But with the difference that it seems like we’re following the wrong way. This out-of-control networks are growing without limits and without any cotrol and looks like they had ceased to support urban plans to became just as important as cities themselves.