Münster, Germany

“Sculpture Projects in Münster”

Various Venues

When Tony Smith famously attempted in 1966 to come to terms with the radical changes imminent in sculptural production and perception, he pointed to two seemingly unrelated examples of highly overdetermined social spaces: one a site of the future, a strip of the then-unfinished New Jersey Turnpike, the other a ruin of recent history, the infamous Nürnberg Stadium built by the Nazi government for its Reichsparteitag. What linked the two in Smith’s statement was—we realize in hindsight—the recognition of a crucial moment in the transformation of public space. New technologies of mass organization and transportation altered the conventions of spatial perception and generated radically different forms of social space: on the one hand a totalitarian public sphere in both its fascist and state-socialist formations, on the other, a systematically planned and enforced capitalist consumer culture

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