produced a kind of monotypical social environment.
Especially through the
car industry in the twentieth century, which meant wealth for
specific areas, and which influenced the economical growths
and decays of cities being dependent on this one market.
Through the tendencies of the big corporations being merged
to even bigger ones, being more and more disconnected from local
markets, the identification with the local work place has shifted.
Places wide apart might have a lot in common, however their
social structure is quite different or their geographical environment
is entirely unrelated.
This shifted sense for the reality of the
local and global circumstances is the topic of this exhibition
project. It tries to view one example of connected and disconnected
places. Between three cities, whose connection is basically
the economical relation, not directly, but through the situation
of a big corporation and its production.
three places we find Production of the corporation DaimlerChrysler
a small city south of Stuttgart, with its medieval center,
has probably not much in common with Detroit and Ulsan. But
there is the fact, that these cities got quite dependent on
the economical resources of automobile construction. Sindelfingen
has 60 000 inhabitants and DaimlerChrysler employs 40 000
workers in the plant. This situation produces a similar social
attitude as in Detroit, ... with different outlooks ... considering
the local situations. Detroit, the booming city of the 20’s
and 50’s, now decaying through the dependency on big corporations,
showing new developments with its decamped neighborhoods.
In both places we find the same corporation. Yet the far-eastern
places show a highly integrated intact structure.
Three urban situations, absolutely different, are depending
on the same contextual life conditions in a somehow physical
way . Both social contexts show different attitudes on one
level and the same circumstances on the other. Political structures
are involved as strategical economical strategies, which have
an immediate impact on the cultural situations.
A reason to initiate
a hypothetical comparison through an exhibition, an evaluation
of the social, cultural, economical similarities and dissimilarities.
The exhibition project
tries to connect and disconnect cultural situations; and it
tries to raise some of the very contemporary questions about
the social conditions within the local and global situation.