OMA: Rem Koolhaas (Eindhoven)
the first film ever on OMA and Rem Koolhaas… by Geert Bekaert and Jeff Cornelis
OMA: Rem Koolhas (Bekaert and Cornelis)
film screening followed by curator tour
The film OMA: Rem Koolhaas was but one of the several films resulting from the collaboration between Geert Bekaert and Jeff Cornelis. This was, however, a particularly important film for Bekaert, who strongly believed that Koolhaas ‘had’ to be presented despite the difficulty of trying to present him. As Cornelis discusses with Koolhaas several of his projects in a dark tent with merely a sequence of projections, Bekaert’s admiration for the capacity of OMA’s work to tell stories becomes evident.
The screening of this film, the first ever produced on the work of Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture, provided the opportunity to explore the ideas and ambitions that guided most of the Eindhoven School’s work. From the relation between art and architecture to the search for a poetic understanding of architecture, Eindhoven School members shared their faculty’s admiration for Rem Koolhaas attitude and work, which can be perceived in their own work.
After the screening, the public in attendance was guided through the exhibition by one of the assistant curators. While the entire exhibition was presented, Geert Bekaert’s admiration for OMA’s work and the influence of Rem Koolhaas’ early approach to architecture on (some of) the Eindhoven School members were particularly highlighted, making palpable why Koolhaas was often referred to as a ghost teacher to the TU Eindhoven’s student body.
January 18, 2018
Sergio M. Figueiredo
Creative Industries Fund NL