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Sitting proudly on the banks of the Mekong River, Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh used to be known as the pearl of South East Asia. After the tragic events of the 1970s Cambodians found themselves with a phantom city on their hands. The population now is around 1 million. By 2020 the municipality of Phnom Penh will accommodate nearly 2 million inhabitants."With the rapid development of the city, the contrast between old and new is an increasingly common site - one that raises questions about whether the future will coexist with the past or replace it..." (Jake Sherman: "Urban Heritage: Will it stay or will it go" - Phnom Penh Post, January 27, 2006)

The first chapter of the multi-media-exhibition and event series INTERCITY @ META HOUSE unites 16 artists from three continents. Their works are dedicated to urban development and city cultures from Phnom Penh to Berlin - from "New Asia" to "Old Europe", from the glitzy boulevards to the backyards of societies, to the basements and undergrounds and back to the future of our neighbourhoods.