Eddo Hartmann / Setting the Stage: Pyongyang, North Korea, Part 2
In the spring of 2015 Huis Marseille displayed the first part of Eddo Hartmann’s (1973) project in which he attempted to visualize reality in Pyongyang. Pyongyang, the capital and largest city of North Korea, is the epitome of a concept, the model city as theme park, a city full of futuristic monuments that radiate absolute control. Everything an outsider gets to see is strictly regulated. In subsequent visits, Eddo Hartmann has tried to capture the more unfamiliar aspects of the ideology. In this second and concluding part of the project Hartmann penetrates further into the everyday lives of people who populate this isolated corner of the world. Using film material and 360-degree video he made recordings that give the viewer the sensation of experiencing what it’s really like to have to live in this environment day in, day out. And to wonder whether residents of Pyongyang have begun to behave like actors in the stage play that has been built around them.