Nocturnal Landscapes

The exhibition Nocturnal Landscapes: Urban Flows of Global Metropolises observes and analyzes cities at night from an interdisciplinary perspective. Today, in a growing urban context, there are very few studies that aim to describe how the cities are and behave at night from an interdisciplinary point of view. Moreover, there is a lack of design hypothesis that propose new scenarios for night-time.

Night in an urban context has become a condition of opportunity but also of conflict where economic, political, environmental, and social challenges co-exist. Some of them include energy
savings and light pollution, the need to guarantee rest time in the face of continuous economic activity; the construction of a common image -all of theses aspects amplified by the unstoppable datification of the world. The city for those who sleep, the city for those who work, and the city for those that enjoy their leisure time.


The exhibition, organized by MAS Context, is curated and designed by architect Iker Gil (MAS Studio, Chicago) and features work by 300.000 Km/s (Barcelona) and sociologist/photographer David Schalliol (St. Olaf College and Scrappers Film Group, Minneapolis)

The exhibition proposes to compare seven global metropolises based on the cartographic and photographic description of the rhythms and elements that define the night landscape. Planners and data scientists of 300.000 Km/s use the Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) process to analyze the daily rhythms, presenting their results in maps, chronotypes, and animations.


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

Together, the work 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 first iteration of the exhibition was presented at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA) from September 17 until October 30, 2019. The opening night took place on September 25 and included opening remarks by Anastasio Sánchez, director of the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and Iker Gil, exhibition curator, followed by presentations by participants Mar Santamaria and Pablo Martínez from 300.000Km/s and David Schalliol.

In Chicago, the exhibition was co-organized by MAS Context and the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and it was a partner program of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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

Nocturnal Landscapes was partially supported by Institut Ramon LLull.

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