A 40-hectare area in Munich’s northern district of Parkstadt Schwabing was redesigned in the 1990s in line with the spirit of neoliberalism. It consists of office blocks, a number of residential buildings, and a strip of green space. Arne Schmitt refrains from photographing the area in a descriptive mode, preferring instead to condense its functionality and semantics into black-and-white photographs of thirty-four signs and logos. To this end, he took pictures of fourteen street signs named after figures from the Bauhaus, who in turn have a questionable relationship to the urban environment around them. This compact constellation of signs provides the framework for Schmitt’s work. Short texts chronicling the planning and economic background complete this stocktaking of an ahistorical area, whose more recent history also includes the long-running photographic project Areal by photographer Joachim Brohm.
48 pages, 21.9 x 27.8 cm, thread-sewn softcover, Spector Books (Leipzig).