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 artist 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.