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Roughly half of all high-rise buildings were built after the start of the 21st century. This construction boom has made the high-rise an influential part of what is today’s most important collective world – the city. The scenography plays on the desire of modern high-rise cities to create an unmistakable skyline.
This exhibition addresses the condensed nature of high-rise cities and portrays them using shadow techniques borrowed from baroque theatre. Giant, abstracted shadows of imaginary building masses line up right into the depths of the exhibition space, creating a skyline in their own right and forming the exhibition walls, arranged to fit the room’s supporting pillars. Their backs face each other and are painted in four different colours. They represent the colourful interior lives of high-rise buildings, which often contrast with their monotone exteriors. This skyline provides a stage for high-rise models, artworks and of course our “actors”, the visitors to the exhibition.