Beauty and the City

  • Beauty and the City | Modernes Gebäude Bauhaus © Goethe-Institut | Foto: Janin Walter
    Beauty and the City | Modernes Gebäude Bauhaus
  • Beauty and the City | Observation in total Breitformat © Goethe-Institut
    Beauty and the City | Observation in total Breitformat
  • Beauty and the City | Detail Observation Public Space © Goethe-Institut
    Beauty and the City | Detail Observation Public Space
  • Beauty and the City | Visitors at open Studio © Goethe-Institut
    Beauty and the City | Visitors at open Studio

Beauty and the City

Beauty and the City | Entzerrt Villa mit Porsche Beauty and the City | Entzerrt Villa mit Porsche | © Goethe-Institut What defines beauty? What lies in the eyes of the beholder? And what is considered beauty in the context of different cultures?
With the eyes of a trained architect and room strategist, Janin Walter explores the cities that she is visiting, and she explores life in these cities. During her residencies in China, Turkey or, most recently in Oman, she studied what citizens find attractive in the architecture of their places. Thru systematically designed city tours Janin developed a unique and very personal map of the respective city.

As the artist in residence of Goethe-Institut and StalGallery,  Janin once again went in search for a typology of architecture of the various periods in the history and development of Muscat. What structures do the Omanis of Muscat see as particularly valuable in their city? Janin invited artists, architects, and designers for workshops to debate beauty, desires and values.

For several days the group delved into their city, moving with different means of transport or just walking along. Thus they discovered their different views on buildings and places and tried to find out why someone finds a house or place beautiful and what emotions this evokes.

Gathering the individual experiences generated a new and personal structure of the city. Everyone in the group had an individual definition for the beauty of the city. One could say that everyone had his or her very own beautiful city, with an own soul and a place of desires.
 
The individual works of the group are then combined by Janin into a mindmap, also including her personal view on the city. The result is both a view on the city and a protocol of a process which will be shown in an exhibition at StalGallery from 17 October to 2 November 2017.