Wouter van Buuren

image, picture, Hong Kong Island - from Causeway Bay to Central - via Hennesey Road - 12-12-2014 – skyline created by following the Hong Kong border from building to building by urban explorer and artist Wouter van Buuren

Hong Kong Island - from Causeway Bay to Central - via Hennessey Road on 12-12-2014
right to left – east to west – 7.51 – 8.10 - 8.44 - 10.13 - 10.40 - 11.40 - 12.43 - 12.56 - 13.37 - 14.03 - 15.22 - 16.19
distance: 6 km

size: 153 x 270 cm
material: ultrachrome print, laminated on dibond
China - Timespaces - space-time reflections of physical explorations of China´s largest cities and Hong Kong

Between 2012 and 2014 Wouter van Buuren travelled regularly to China and Hong Kong to explore the largest cities and to photographically investigate their size and structure. The resulting work attempts to capture the vastness and structure of these cities in a experimental way. Following a predetermined line on the map, Wouter van Buuren travelled, mostly by bicycle and on foot, through the urban areas. Every kilometre Van Buuren entered a rooftop and photographed the landscape in the opposing directions, perpendicular to the line travelled. Each work shows the photographs taken in one day. The relative positions of the photographs are chronological and correspond with the relative positions of the locations.

Looking at the photographs from the left to the right (or vice versa) one can trace back the journey Van Buuren made. The passing of time is visible as the light changes from dawn to dusk.

The general idea behind the Timespaces series is inspired by the mathematical concept ´atlas´ (topology). An atlas constitutes a curved space which consists of multiple ´straight´ spaces. Present-day mathematical descriptions of the Universe use atlases to account for the curvature of space which is demanded for by Einstein´s General Theory of Relativity.