Superburg appeared in the 80*81 series by Georg Diez and Christopher Roth. Roth and Diez spent a year investigating a central question in collaboration with artists, astrologers, philosophers, psychologists, writers, film directors and actors: What actually happened? Back in 1980, when Reagan was elected president, when Pope John Paul II met Lech Walesa, when Andy Warhol met William Burroughs for dinner at the Chelsea Hotel, when John Galliano was a Blitz Kid? And what happened in 1981 when the hostages of Ayatollah Khomeini were released five minutes after Reagan became president? When Ali Agca shot Pope John Paul II, when CNN and MTV were founded, when GPS made every place visible at all times? When Aids came along? In those years, the way the world thought, felt, looked, worked, and reacted changed. The eleven books in the 80*81 Book Collection reconstruct that change. Each month a volume was published, each containing a special timeline of the events of 1980 and 1981, pictures, fragments of memories and interviews.
"We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know." Christopher Roth and Georg Diez
Superburg, edited by Georg Diez and Christopher Roth, published as volume 8 of the series 80*81 in the Edition Patrik Frey. Each volume is different, different sizes, colors, countries, people. Superburg. Is yellow and inside it looks like a travelogue, with maps and found objects, and photos from other times. Time travel. And photos from the present. Joburg. Superburg. 2012. Diez and Roth are guided through "The Elusive Metropolis" the book by Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe. Both also give the central interview in Superburg. A lot is about football, and the 2010 World Cup, how much it has changed for the better. Of course it is about Mandela and the future, about change and metaphors. "Whose Metaphors?" Other participants are: Santu Mofokeng, Daviz Mbepo Simango, David Goldblatt, Joachim Schönfeldt, Mikhail Subotzky, Prophet, Anne Tismer, Lien Botha, Kudzanai Chiurai, Lerato Maduna, Lingo Rodrigues, John Liebenberg, Lesego Rampolokeng and many others.