constant in gedachte
Constant in gedachte 2016 – with Constant in mind 2016
With similar materials with which Constant Nieuwenhuys constructed models for a new city and an utopian world, this hanging installation was made for the exhibition “The New City”.
The exhibition was a collaboration with the artists of the artists’ initiative “Fenix” in the last months before the demolition of their studios. A new housing project has since been built in this area of Amsterdam.
Constant Nieuwenhuys § New Babylon
New Babylon is an anti-capitalist city perceived and designed in 1959-74 as a future potentiality by visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys.
Constant’s New Babylon was to be a series of linked transformable structures, some of which were themselves the size of a small city; what architects call a megastructure. Perched above ground, Constant’s megastructures would literally leave the bourgeois metropolis below and would be populated by homo ludens–man at play.
Read more or watch a short video about Constant’s ideas at ARTtube
More information about Setnet at the artists run space Fenix.