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Architecture on Film: REM

17 January 18:30 - 20:15
Organized by: The Architecture Foundation
Venue: Barbican
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

REM (US 2016 Tomas Koolhaas 75 min)

 

A simultaneously symphonic and intimate journey around the world with Rem Koolhaas, reflecting upon his career, projects and philosophy. Structured through quotes from the architect and a soaring orchestral score from composer Murray Hidary, Rem narrates the film in an almost unbroken monologue, taking in topics including the ritual of swimming, the influence of New York City, the media, construction, his curation of the 2014 Venice Biennale, current research on the countryside and more.

 

OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu adds his thoughts, as do the inhabitants of the Maison à Bordeaux (1998) and Villa dall'Ava (1991), and two users of the Seattle Library. The camera moves through buildings in use or under construction attesting to architecture as a living organism, and trails the forever-traveling architect from behind, seeking to allow us to see the world through his eyes.

 

Koolhaas if often cited as the world’s greatest living architect. He’s undoubtedly one of architecture’s most original thinkers, and has long been the subject of intense media scrutiny – his complex relationship to his own celebrity offers one of the film’s most interesting moments. Rem is a man verging on a myth. REM, created over four years by the architect’s son, Tomas Koolhaas, pays homage to this mythology and constructs a cinematic biographical companion to help explain and frame it.