Andrea Geyer


In the modern metropolis, the individual is reduced to a negligible quantity, wrote German sociologist Georg Simmel in 1903. “He becomes a single cog as over against the vast overwhelming organization of things and forces which gradually take out of his hands everything connected with progress, spirituality, and value.” Andrea Geyer’s installation Parallax, 2003, portrays a female flaneur in an American metropolis, specifically New York, a century later. Geyer’s protagonist explores public space, poses in front of familiar monuments, and enters courtrooms, museums, and libraries. She embodies the citizen trying to claim her civil rights, only to encounter at every corner a “vast overwhelming organization of things and forces.” Perhaps it takes a newcomer to compile such a comprehensive record of the state of the union. Geyer is a German artist based in New York. From September 2001 through

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