Congratulations to ArtCenter Alum Josh Schaedel (Photo & Imaging 2014) for being featured in Aperture’s 2019 Summer Open: Delirious Cities. The show is currently on view in the Aperture Gallery in New York City until August 29th.
The city is an ever-changing landscape, a place of contested freedom, a laboratory of identity, a supermarket of desires. When the architect Rem Koolhaas first published his 1978 manifesto, Delirious New York, he wrote of density and ecstasy, of the epic visions of Manhattan skyscrapers and the otherworldliness of capitalist congestion. Through their photographs, videos, and lens-based installations, the twenty-three artists selected for the 2019 Aperture Summer Open propel Koolhaas’s curiosity into the present, defining the contours of metropolitan life in the twenty-first century—from the parks of Washington Heights to the bustling blocks of Luanda, Angola. They question the role of surveillance in Brussels, portray the opulent voguing scene in Amsterdam, saunter along the sidewalks of Istanbul, confront the specter of gun violence in Miami, and chronicle the dreams of Mumbai. Some apply bold colors to archival images, while others work beyond the city’s outskirts, in imaginative studios or mysterious environments. Together, they offer urgent statements about how images are shaping the contemporary city as an endless project, a delirious machine for living.