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Andi Schmied

31st August 2019 - 28th September 2019

11:00 - View all performance times

John Hansard Gallery , 142-144 Above Bar Street

Information: 023 8059 2158

Andi Schmied is an artist based in Budapest, Hungary, whose work has rarely been shown in the UK. Schmied’s work explores urban landscapes, looking at the psychological patterns that lie within them and their broader socio-political contexts. Schmied has undertaken visits and residencies in various locations around the world including China, USA, Japan, Greece and Israel, seeking out places that seem to defy logic, or which highlight spaces of privilege and socio-economic inequality

For John Hansard Gallery, Andi Schmied is presenting two major projects, Jing Jin City and Private Views, both undertaken since 2015.

Jing Jin City (2015-2016),is an exploration of a newly-built luxury resort town outside Beijing. Despite containing approximately 3000 luxury villas, a 5-star hotel and a golf course, the city remains incomplete, in limbo, and with barely any occupants. The advertising brochures promise ‘an ideal life’, but Schmied focuses instead on the secret life held within this gated community, which centres on the small army of gardeners and guards who keep the city in perfect order and make up most of its inhabitants. Their activity maintaining the illusion that the city is occupied and functioning as planned.

Private Views (2016-ongoing), reveals spaces of privilege and the world of the elite in New York. Schmied adopted a fictional personae, ‘Gabriela’, and made numerous appointments with real estate agents claiming to be interested in purchasing a penthouse apartment that had outstanding views across the city – such spectacular views only being available to the mega-rich. ‘Gabriela’ visited 35 of the most luxurious skyscrapers in Manhattan, and secretly documented the viewings. The resulting iPhone footage and photographs reveal the surreal conversations and strange strategies of persuasion used by the agents to sell the idyllic lifestyles that the sales brochures promise.

Event Dates


Dates Performance Duration Tickets
31 Aug 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
3 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
4 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
5 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
6 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
7 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
10 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
11 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
12 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
13 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
14 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
17 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
18 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
19 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
20 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
21 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
24 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
25 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
26 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
27 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
28 Sep 2019 - 11:00 6 hours Free
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