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Peter Lenaerts spent a week recording in Nansha, a so-called StateLevel New Area in China. 15 years ago it was rural farmland, now it’s a rapidly developing city with high-rise apartments, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, and a dilapidated entertainment park. It’s a city built for 1 million, but the current population is around 300,000. Nansha is not a ghost town, because no one left, but not many people have arrived yet, giving the city an eerie and empty feeling. Nansha is caught between a rural past and high-tech future, the present that lies in between is out of sync with reality, and already slowly but surely falling apart. The installation presents the field recordings and photography of Peter Lenaerts in a spatial setting; they transport you to a unique urban phenomenon, where emptiness unveils the blueprint of our new global megacities.
Concept, sound & images Peter Lenaerts - co-development Marnix Rummens - scenography Pieter Huybrechts - protoproduction workspacebrussels - in colaboration with BUDA (Kortrijk), Kunst/Werk vzw and the Flemish Authorities - many thanks to Els Silvrants-Barclay, The Institute for Provocation (Beijing), Guangzhou Nansha Pearl River World Trade Center, Eddie Yi, Rocky Luo, Doreen Liu, Manon Santkin, Elly Gabriels, Amber Ma, ViaVia traveler's café, Simon Duhamel, Axelle De Smaele.