Exhibition Nocturnal Landscapes: Urban Flows of Global Metropolises

The exhibition Nocturnal Landscapes: Urban Flows of Global Metropolises, organized by MAS Context and the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, observes and analyzes cities at night from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The work by Mar Santamaría and Pablo Martínez of 300.000 Km/s presents a research methodology focused on the comparison of relevant case studies based on cartographic depictions of the rhythms and recognizable sites of seven global cities using Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) data and tools.

Photographer and sociologist David Schalliol captures nighttime in cities around the world with photographs selected from more than a decade of work. The photographs emphasize human interaction, highlight moments of celebration and mourning, protest and labor, memorialization and solitude.

Together, the work of 300.000 Km/s and David Schalliol provides a comprehensive look at global metropolises at night, combining analysis and observation, questioning the correlation of human activity and light, and revealing hidden aspects of our cities.

The exhibition is curated and designed by architect Iker Gil (MAS Studio, Chicago) and features work by architects Mar Santamaría and Pablo Martínez (300.000 Km/s, Barcelona) and sociologist/photographer David Schalliol (David Schalliol, Minneapolis).

This exhibition is a partner program of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.



Nocturnal Landscapes is partially supported by Simon with printing support by HP and American Color Labs.



The exhibition will be accompanied by two talks by Mar Santamaria, Pablo Martinez, and David Schalliol in Barcelona and Chicago:


– September 25 at 6:00 pm at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (MORE INFO)
31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Open to the public


Exhibition credits

Participants: 300.000 Km/s and David Schalliol
Organizing institutions: Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and MAS Context
Curator: Iker Gil / MAS Studio
Design: Iker Gil / MAS Studio
Printing: American Color Labs
Installation: Kathi Beste, Xeno Coufal, Iker Gil, Julie Michiels, and David Schalliol.
Acknowledgements: Eva Blanco, Ken Campbell, Teresa Hernando, Jason Pickleman, and Chimi Tornow.

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