Koolhaas in Beijing by Edzard Mik

Architects, contrary to most artists, work by definition from the core of society. Rem Koolhaas is One of the few architects who demonstrated the ability to do so while maintaining a critical distance. Does his strategy contain a hint for artists on how to create significant art in a world where everything seems bound for insignificance? Writer Edzard Mik visited the . CCTV building in Bejing, designed by Rem Koolhaas's OMA, and wrote a lyrical 'road essay' about Koolhaas, Beijing and on being an artist in the twenty-first century. "image overload, significance deficit, suspension of identity and non stop transformation and adaptation it is not only the condition of travel but also the condition into which modernity has delivered to us"

Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, 2010

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