Urban Installation:

Hidden City: A Mobile Cemara Obscura




22-23 Mar 2017


Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased.
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, 1972, p. 87

Drawing is symbolized and coded. It exposes you yet the truth remains concealed in the strokes. Old masters used the camera obscura to create realistic landscape pictures. We invite people in The Hague to look at the city through this technique in a mobile structure travelling from the Koekamp to Scheveningen. Light enters the dark chamber through a small hole and an inverted image of the outside is projected inside. The skyline becomes an eye-level encountering. Another end of the urban landscape is presented.


The city is always pre-fabricated. Our unique images and feelings about a city come along later than the existence of city, which can only end up being hushed down or overlooked by ourselves. As Italo Calvino writes in his Invisible Cities, “For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is the city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return. Each deserves a different name.”


As the darkness resolves and the shades of color return… This is a city you only see when recognition grows from dear memories.

Team members: Mila Baumann, Joyce Edel, Bart Krijen


        城市总是预先计划好的。我们对城市的独特的认知和感受往往形成晚于城市的规划,而城市对我们的独特意义最终只会被我们自己慢慢遗忘在日常生活中。正如伊塔洛·卡尔维诺(Italo Calvino)在他的《看不见的城市》(Invisible Cities)中所写的那样,“对于那些没有进入城市的人来说,城市是一回事;那些被它困住但永远不会离开的人是另一个回事。这是你第一次来到这个城市;还有另一个你永远不会回来的城市。每个城市都应该有一个不同的名字。“

​团队成员:Mila Baumann, Joyce Edel, Bart Krijen

The interpreted urban landscape of The Hague, 

Collage of the received 56 drawings by Mila Baumann

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