The Airport

“The spectacle, like modern society itself, is at once united and divided. The unity of each is based on violent divisions. But when this contradiction emerges in the spectacle, it is itself contradicted by a reversal of its meaning: the division it presents is unitary, while the unity it presents is divided.” --Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, p. 22

The airport assists to some extent in the unification of society. Yet as a spectacle, it embodies its division and unity. Airports around the world are common and diverse. They unite to become the air traffic hub of humanity. Observing the airport from above, one can always find the conspicuous runway and terminal building. They are the essential and functional structures for every airport. However, division comes out of such structures. As spectacles, they develop, according to their own logic, a kind of absolute domination, reshaping the entire surrounding space as their set. In this way, runways stretched all over the place and the terminals had a variety of appearances. Unity thus became divided.

The Airport is a collection of aerial views of airports in 40 countries’ capitals on six continents, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Oceania. It explores the unity and division of the airport as spectacles. Through the images, the spectator can reflect further on the spectacle and its impact on nature and human society. They are the manifestation of global capitalism.

The Airport
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