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Mediterranean, near Tarragona, SpainMediterranean, near Tarragona, SpainIndustrial zone at the airport, Saragossa, SpainIndustrial zone at the airport, Saragossa, SpainYangshan Island, ChinaYangshan Island, ChinaYangshan Island, ChinaYangshan Island, ChinaCoal power plant, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsCoal power plant, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsStoring and loading raw oil, Bilbao, SpainStoring and loading raw oil, Bilbao, SpainUnloading containers, Rotterdam, NetherlandsUnloading containers, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGrain silos, Antwerp Harbor, BelgiumGrain silos, Antwerp Harbor, BelgiumBarcelona Harbor, SpainBarcelona Harbor, SpainStoring components for offshore wind farms, Bremerhaven, GermanyStoring components for offshore wind farms, Bremerhaven, GermanyYangshan deep-water port, ChinaYangshan deep-water port, ChinaProcessing and storing coal in Rotterdam harbor, NetherlandsProcessing and storing coal in Rotterdam harbor, NetherlandsRunway, freight airport, Leipzig, GermanyRunway, freight airport, Leipzig, GermanyFrankfurt Airport, GermanyFrankfurt Airport, GermanyPackage logistics, distribution center at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyPackage logistics, distribution center at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyFreight airplane, Frankfurt, GermanyFreight airplane, Frankfurt, GermanyGoods at Leipzig freight airport, GermanyGoods at Leipzig freight airport, GermanyMaschen rail yard, GermanyMaschen rail yard, GermanyPressed recycled metal, Duisburg Harbor, GermanyPressed recycled metal, Duisburg Harbor, GermanyRecycled metal, Duisburg Harbor, GermanyRecycled metal, Duisburg Harbor, GermanyIron ore waste dump, Hamburg Harbor, GermanyIron ore waste dump, Hamburg Harbor, GermanyWarehouse, Antwerp, BelgiumWarehouse, Antwerp, BelgiumGrain silo, container, Antwerp Harbor, BelgiumGrain silo, container, Antwerp Harbor, BelgiumWarehouses, Antwerp, BelgiumWarehouses, Antwerp, BelgiumIndustrial zone, Saragossa, SpainIndustrial zone, Saragossa, SpainConstructing a new container terminal at Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsConstructing a new container terminal at Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsStoring empty containers, Bilbao, SpainStoring empty containers, Bilbao, SpainApproaching the container terminal, Yangshang Island, ChinaApproaching the container terminal, Yangshang Island, ChinaContainer terminal, Hamburg, GermanyContainer terminal, Hamburg, GermanyLoading cars at Emden Harbor, GermanyLoading cars at Emden Harbor, GermanyContainer terminal, Rotterdam, NetherlandsContainer terminal, Rotterdam, NetherlandsRailway link, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsRailway link, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsCoal waste dump in Tarragona, SpainCoal waste dump in Tarragona, SpainRail yard, Valencia, SpainRail yard, Valencia, SpainOnline merchant’s high bay warehouse, Haldensleben, GermanyOnline merchant’s high bay warehouse, Haldensleben, GermanyFreight airport, Leipzig, GermanyFreight airport, Leipzig, GermanyPackage distribution center at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyPackage distribution center at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyYangshan Island, ChinaYangshan Island, ChinaBarcelona Harbor, SpainBarcelona Harbor, SpainMouth of Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsMouth of Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsSchelde River, near Antwerp, BelgiumSchelde River, near Antwerp, BelgiumOil refinery in Antwerp, BelgiumOil refinery in Antwerp, BelgiumGas containers, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsGas containers, Rotterdam Harbor, NetherlandsExporting new cars, Emden Harbor, GermanyExporting new cars, Emden Harbor, GermanyProcessing freight at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyProcessing freight at Cologne-Bonn Airport, GermanyAtlantic coast, near Bilbao, SpainAtlantic coast, near Bilbao, SpainContainer habor, Hamburg, GermanyContainer habor, Hamburg, GermanyAutomated transport systems, Rotterdam, NetherlandsAutomated transport systems, Rotterdam, NetherlandsRaw materials storage, Tarragona, SpainRaw materials storage, Tarragona, SpainDonghai Bridge, ChinaDonghai Bridge, ChinaContainer terminal, Yangshan deep-water port, ChinaContainer terminal, Yangshan deep-water port, ChinaRest stop, northern SpainRest stop, northern SpainTarragona Harbor, SpainTarragona Harbor, SpainPackage distribution center, Lodz, PolandPackage distribution center, Lodz, PolandAn online merchant’s returned goods warehouse, Haldensleben, GermanyAn online merchant’s returned goods warehouse, Haldensleben, GermanyWarehouse in Vilarreal, SpainWarehouse in Vilarreal, Spain

In Between

2013-2015

Never before have com­mo­di­ties been shif­ted so fast and so far around the world as they are being today. A T-shirt from Taiwan, felt slip­pers from Tyrol, wine from Aus­tra­lia – orde­red today and deli­vered to your door tomor­row. Even the indi­vi­dual ingre­dients for a tub of stra­w­berry yoghurt, when taken together, have already covered several thou­sand kilo­me­tres before lan­ding on the ref­ri­ge­ra­ted shelf of a local super­mar­ket. How is this possi-ble? What infra­struc­ture does it require? Henrik Spohl­er’s most recent pro­ject takes us into that dif­fi­cult-to-access inter­me­diate realm of logi­stics where com­mo­di­ties are tran­ship­ped at an ever incre­a­sing speed: the frei­ght areas of air­ports, the laby­rinths of rail­way tracks in large shun­ting yards, the ware­hou­ses of inter­na­tio­nal hau­lage con­trac­tors, the con­tai­ner ter­mi­nals of sea ports. Pho­to­gra­phed in six dif­fe­rent coun­tries, these spe­cial zones, stre­am­li­ned for ruth­less effi­ciency, deve­lop an aesth­tic of their very own that oscil­la­tes bet­ween clear struc­ture, an almost medi­ta­tive monot­ony and a gigan­tism the sheer dimen­si­ons of which often go beyond man’s powers of ima­gi­na­tion. In these places, all indi­vi­dua­lity has been ratio­na­li­sed away; it is scar­cely pos­si­ble to say whe­ther the sce­na­rio is in Europe or Asia. Here, con­su­mer society has crea­ted itself a see­min­gly fic­tio­nal name­less realm of pure fun­c­tio­na­lity.

 

 

Hart­mann Books, 2017, ISBN 978-3-96070-004-3
Text by Thomas Ass­heuer, eng­lish/german
128 pages, 56 colour plates, hard­co­ver 30 x 22,5 cm
hart­mann­pro­jects.com