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5.4.1997 - 3.6.1999 Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Potsdamer Platz
1997 - 1999
With up to two-year long exposures Michael Wesely documented the construction being done at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin between 1997 and 1999. The project was commissioned by DaimlerChrysler. The images were taken from five different camera positions and transform the chronological sequences of the construction activity into one simultaneous action, whereby an infinite number of individual moments overlap until they form a complex structure of fragments of reality. Before and after fuse together in that the previously, undeveloped horizon is still visible through the newly constructed buildings. This confuses our visual understanding. The massive constructions seem almost transparent, yet the rays of sun in the sky documenting the various seasonal positions of the sun, gain a surprising level of materiality.These fascinating and detailed documents of the events at Europes most prominent construction site were presented together with New York Verticals under the motto Iconografias Metropolitanas at the XXV. So Paulo Biennial in 2002.