CONTENT, GERMANY, BERLIN, 2003
|An overview of OMA-AMO projects and concepts, 1996-2003, in Berlin and Rotterdam|
By OMA © All rights reserved
Content shows an overview of the innovations and activities of
OMA-AMO. Rather than a straightforward presentation of major works,
it delves into the ideas, experiments and thoughts behind both
built and un-built works of architecture produced by OMA, as well
as non-architectural research projects conducted by AMO.
The exhibition relates architecture and urban planning - focusing on OMA-AMO's production since the publication of S,M,L,XL in 1995 - with a diverse set of contemporary issues, ranging from global and local political and economic situations, to social and cultural discussions.
CONTENT also inevitably documents the consequences of September 11th on OMA-AMO's work: a reduced preoccupation with the USA and an eastward shift that focuses increasingly on Europe, Russia and China. Work for the EU has introduced an explicitly political dimension to the firm's work. Meanwhile, a study of preservation in Beijing has for the first time brought the issue of history into OMA-AMO's work.
The exhibition is composed of a series of themed installations conceived by OMA-AMO and collaborating artists and designers. Numerous architecture models are displayed alongside a multimedia installation of "Junkspace" by Tony Oursler (based on the text written by Rem Koolhaas), a new film by Jeff Preiss, and photos by Candida Höfer of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. The entire environment is made of the temporary construction equipment found in nearly every urban setting today.
Given the shear mass of material, Content creates a sense of almost urban fullness - a substance from which a series of thematic boulevards is carved, enabling discrete subjects to interact with one another, and giving a vivid sense of connection both synchronically and diachronically.
Michael Rock, Alex Lin, Anisa Suthayalai, Jimminie Ha; Irma Boom
Cecil Balmond, Rory McGowan, Carolina Bartram, Noemi Blager, Omar Diallo, Trevor Loveland, Atila Zekioglu, Janet Stephenson, Sharon Nolan, Brian Cody
Petra Blaisse, Marieke van den Heuvel, Mathias Lehner, Lieuwe Conradie, Peter Niessen, Niels Schrader, Jaap de Vries, Lucia Allais
Exhibition Title Design:
Tony Oursler, Jeff Preiss, Candida Höfer
Hans Werlemann, Werner van Dermeersch, Richard Barnes
Vincent de Rijk, Marc Heumer, Claudi Cornaz, Joakim Dahlqvist, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Andreas Huhn, Reproplan
George Lawson, Atelier Van Lieshout, CCTV (China Central Television), Beijing; Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Matzat Museumstechnik, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; NAi Uitgevers, Sander Textile Dekorationen, Universal Studios, Werkstatt für Theaterplastik, Jo Anne Audet, Jürgen Burkhard, Hieu Dam, Marij de Brabandere, Francesco Garofalo, Ingrid Hedley, Reed Kram, Barbara Krimm, Hélène Lemoine, Louise Lemoine, Ralf Müller, Andre Odier, Chris Rehberger, Terence Riley, Markus Schaefer, Ruth Sijpestein, Arne Steingräber, Benedikt Taschen, Joshua Thorson, Donald van Dansik, Bregtje van der Haak (VPRO), Werner van Dermeersch, Ton van Zeeland, Katharina von Chlebowski, Alexander von Vegesack, Marion Warther, Clemens Weisshaar
Generously supported by:
The Netherlands Culture Fund; The Netherlands Architecture Fund; The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts; Design and Architecture; The Samsung Foundation of Culture; The Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds; Seele GmbH & Co. KG
The CONTENT exhibition has been featured in various publications, including:
Domus #866, 01/2004
Techniques & Architecture #470, 03/2004
Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica #53, 2004
Eutopia #7, 02/2004
AMC Le Moniteur Architecture #140, 02/2004
AIT #12, 12/2003
Urbanisme #336, 05/2004
Kayoko Ota (AMO), Dr. Andres Lepik and Dr. Cristina Steingräber, State Museums of Berlin (SMB)
Günther Krüger (Scala)
Exhibition Design and Production:
Christoph Helmus, Marieke Kums, Im Sik Cho, Tillman Schmidt, Nick Albers, Jeremy Godenir, Josse Popma, Erez Ella, Anne Steingräber, Maren Eichhorn, Timo Plath, Gabriel Montua, Johanna Lemke
Fernando Donís, Gregers Thomsen, Selva Gurdogan, Michelle Liu, Roberto Otero, Nicolas Firket, Nanne de Ru, Theo Deutinger, Alexander Sverdlov, Sebastian Thomas, Max Schwitalla, Shohei Shigematsu, Torsten Schröder, Oliver Schutte, Shadi Rahbaran, Nuno Rosado, Johan De Wachter, Floris Alkemade, Jason Long, Margaret Arbanas, Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, Michael Smith
Alison Maclean, Jens Hommert