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PRINT Summer 1988

NOT THE PRESENCE OF DISTANCE: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM BY NIEK KEMPS

V.

‘This town is new to me.’

‘Do you like it?’

‘Steam oozing from the ground is always

an impressive sight.’

‘It changes the sidewalk we are walking

on into a matted glass roof.’

‘And it turns the sidewalk into the upper

level of a strange kind of life-machine.’

‘A bit old-fashioned, though.’

‘What did you say?’

‘It reminds me of steam-driven vehicles

from the beginning of this century.’

‘Their slow pace seems a far cry from

what the city promises.’

‘Dinky toys flashing by, people stumbling in haste?’

‘And most of all, the buildings soaring up into the sky

‘This is the most horizontal city I have ever seen.’

‘But what about all those skyscrapers?’

‘Once you’re in between there is no overview.

‘What you’re saying is that the streets

seem like tunnels and that the sky is

broken up in pieces by the skyscrapers.’

‘It is because the view is blocked that

the skyscrapers fall over, making you feel

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