Arne Schmitt
Die autogerechte Stadt

Arne Schmitt’s pho­to­graph­ic in­ter­est lies in urban space, spe­cif­ically, the ar­chi­tec­tural urban body as an “art of pos­si­bil­i­ty”. Through the pic­torial medium, he ex­am­ines the ideo­logical con­tent of urban re­con­struction in the post­war period, the struc­tural or­ga­ni­sa­tion of new urban habitats and the present sit­u­a­tion of West German ar­chi­tec­ture. His own photo­graphs are often juxtaposed against his­tor­ical doc­u­ments like rough sketches and designs, as well records of pro­jects which have been realised.

In his con­tri­bu­tion to “Vor Ort,” the artist has ad­dressed the concept of a “car-friendly city” and the con­se­quent pro­to­ty­p­i­cal urban plan for Senne­stadt, which en­sures, among other things, a perfect sym­biosis of car and pe­des­trian traffic. Schmitt’s photo­graphs, chosen texts and image ref­er­ences stand in con­trast to this concept. The artist’s in­di­vid­u­al motifs will be pre­sented on twelve large-format bill­boards, which are ar­ranged in four crystal-like tri­angular shapes on “the green meadow” of Reichow’s plan for the city. With his ar­chae­ol­ogical-photo­graphic pieces, and through a re­course of urban forms of com­muni­cation, the artist ex­plores dif­ferent views of Sennestadt, high­lighting the pe­des­tri­an per­spec­tive of the spirit of the foun­da­tional years of the city, as well as the sit­u­a­tion you see there now.