You and your friends are cordially invited for the art closing on Saturday, August 26, at 6 p.m.
The artist will be present.
Since 1999 I'm exploring the international tourist landscape and I expect to explore the international tourist landscape the next twenty years. By that time the Mediterranean coastal area will gradually have been developed into the largest urbanisation of Europe. A linear city, inland of limited size but with a length of thousands of miles. From the south of Portugal to the south of Greece and beyond. A landscape under continuous construction since WW II. The forecasts of Blue Plan (United Nations Environment Programme-Mediterranean action Plan) shows us that in twenty years 205 million semi-permanent residents will have settled in this landscape, joined by 350 million tourists each year.
It becomes visible as a chain of light around the Mediterranean Sea at night photos from NASA satellites.
A landscape which is incomparable to a regular city because the social landscape is foremost a landscape of leisure time.
It's also a temporary landscape. The tourist masses transform the landscape in high season in a kind of everyman's land. When the season is over, they leave it thus creating the largest ghost town on earth, a kind of no man's land.
I consider this touristzone as a collective intellectual and emotional landscape. A promised landscape of great expectations and deep desires. It is the landscape of our dreams.