Publisher:Hatje Cantz
Date:March 2010
Dimensions:10 x 7 x 4 in.
Editor:Wolfgang Scheppe
Format:2 hardcover volumes in slip
Pages:1,344
ISBN:9783775724852

Migropolis: Venice /Atlas of a Global Situation

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In winter 2006, under the stewardship of philosopher Wolfgang Scheppe, a collective of students from the IUAV University in Venice fanned out to subject their city to a forensic structural mapping. Out of this fieldwork, conducted in the Situationist psychogeography tradition, there developed a three-year urban project that produced an enormous archive comprising tens of thousands of photographs, case studies, movement profiles and statistic data. From this archive, Venice, sited as it is at the junction of three migration corridors, emerges as a classic instance of the increasingly globalized city in which a decimated inner-city population meets armies of tourists and a parallel economy supported by illegal immigrants. In a map that cleverly branches out into visual essays, written essays, data maps and interviews, the globalized territory of Venice is microscopically dissected and defined as an urban metaphor, the city becoming an "atlas of a global situation."

 


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