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Countryside, The Future
2020
'Countryside, The Future' addresses urgent ecological, political and socio-economic issues from the perspective of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, director of AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The exhibition was created for the S.R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and examines radical changes in the rural, remote and wild areas, which are summarised here under "Countryside" or 98% of the earth's surface which is not occupied by cities. The ‘Semiotics Collumn’ (see right) displays biased cues hidden in visual culture and products of the every day, therewith embedded in the public understanding of the ‘countryside’. The video installation on the last image introduced the exhibition, displaying changes in the countryside on a global scale – visualized through historical and contemporary world maps. By re-projecting each map onto the base map in equirectangular projection, the animation is superimposing and thus comparing the different data sets.
Directors: Rem Koolhaas, Samir Bantal; Curator: Troy Conrad Therrien; Graphic Design: Irma Boom; Conception: Janna Bystrykh, Niklas Maak, Federico Martelli, Stephan Petermann
Exhibition Design: Sebastian Bernardy, Yotam Ben-Hur, Lucas de Ruiter, Anne M. Schneider, Marvin Unger, Rita Varjabedian, Aleksandr Zinovev