MEGALOPOLIS is not a specific, but a metaphorical place. The scene is the city under the impact of globalism. The city is characterized by the illegibility of today’s megacities, born into chaos. Its features are unbridled growth, decay and endless disbandment. The city’s density and tightness dissolve the borderline between private and public sphere, it almost disappears. At the same time, this boundlessness forces us to perceive the city as collage which consists of countless biographical scraps. The fight of two street vendors for the best spot is an existential confrontation today – but will be forgotten tomorrow. Megacities are a paradigm for spaces in which people live without knowing each other. The ever present surveillance system not only constantly creates supervised beings; it also produces a new form of self-perception. Thus, a person’s body transforms into an expressive device that creates as well as destroys systems and rules. Which correlations are still valid here? Will the urban development follow principles unknown to us? Is the discernable decay of social relations a cause or an effect of our cities‘ apparent deterioration? MEGALOPOLIS is a promise and a curse. MEGALOPOLIS is a beaming city. MEGALOPOLIS is an uncontrollable construct, constantly in motion.
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