Beautifully frozen in time, the images invite pause and contemplation in a world marked by the spedding up of communications and information, prompting the observer to hypothesize the existence of a past while glimpsing at the present and future, and find romance, beauty, and poetry within them. Together, they showcase a busy world that, just like the nonplaces of our everyday urban environment, is not meant to stop moving—one that is never static or permanent but is instead continuously shaped by time and our passing through it.
Korschan’s inquiry into the way we relate to nonplaces doesn’t stop here. To accompany the book launch, Benjamin Merten and Simon Melchers have curated a tantalizing exhibition in Berlin titled ‘Könnte Auch Woanders Sein’ (German for ‘Could Be Any Place’). On the walls and floors of the ARTCO Gallery Berlin, outtakes from the publication—complemented by a site-specific installation and multiple video works—continued the artist’s path of exploration, encouraging reflection on the roles we assume as viewers and participants of our transient society.