22nd june 2023 -28th july 2023
Is an exhibition created by Natalia Cardoso and Antonio R. Montesinos that questions the ways of organizing space. Using the Paseo de Reding street in Malaga where the gallery exhibiting the project is located as context and pretext, they examine some of the specific problems of managing the urban environment of a modern city.
Telling the story of a large modern city in the western world through the eyes, ears and experience of its inhabitants is another way of capturing the complexity of cities. In his book Flesh and Stone (1994) Richard Sennett discusses and describes the apparently insignificant physical reactions of the body in the public space to trace the geography of the modern city’s lineage. For example, the author analyses Doctor William Harvey’s discovery, in the mid 17th century, that blood circulating round the body was pumped by the heart.The discovery consequently brought about an evergrowing secular concept of the individual and a gradual rejection of the idea of the soul as the source of the life force. This revelation occurred around the time of the birth of modern capitalism and the consideration of the individual above all as a peripatetic being. The start of 18th century saw the introduction of a new design for cities in which facilitating mobility was considered of prime importance. Town planning initiatives were undertaken and measures were designed to improve public health in cities. Furthermore, the new urban geography needed to take steps to respond to the demands of a new and growing middle class. Thus the transport and trade network of communication with other cities became a priority in this new order of things.