The focus of my installations, videos and photographies has been the architectural framing of social space – be it the emptied out scene of historical modernism or contemporary visions about an imagined community. My work meticulously explores places that for one reason or another do not follow conventional urban logic - yet they are part of our cityscapes. These vary from urban areas that went far from their original function, to unfulfilled dead ends of urban planning or utopian architectures.
One of my latest project, Jing Jin City (2014–2015), was an exploration of a newly-built luxury town in the North of China that remains largely uninhabited. The project consisted of an installation project in the villas on-site, a scale-model series about the city, and a 200-pages hardcover artist-book.
Noguchi Town (2015–2016), is a fictional town based on real architectural elements and unexplainable human behavior of contemporary Japanese urban environments.
My currently on-going project is titled Private Views. For this project I pretended to be a flat-hunting Hungarian billionaire in Manhattan and documented the most exclusive views of over 35 of the most luxurious apartments of New York City.
During exhibitions and performances, I draw from my background in architecture and industrial fabrication to present these worlds in site-specific environments that combine physical and audio-visual constructs.
Andi Schmied (1986) is an artist based in Budapest.
She studied Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and Design at ELISAVA Design School at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
She has been showing work in Hungary (Trapéz, Trafó, Budapest Gallery, Mai Manó House of Photography, tranzit.hu, FKSE), in London (Daniel Blau Gallery, Schwartz Gallery, The White Building), Japan (Salon Cojica, Hug Gallery), China (Beijing Design Week, Re-up Dashilar), Spain (Getxophoto festival), US (Nada, New York) amongst others.
She was an artist in residence in MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria, Triangle Arts Association, New York, US, S-AIR, Sapporo, Japan, dordtYart, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Meetfactory, Prague, CZ, and OUTPOST, Norwich UK and has been granted Pécsi József scholarship for young photographers (2015–2018).
JING JIN CITY
184 pages, hardcover artist book
available in London, New York, Tokyo, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Rotterdam museums and artist book shops