As part of the China Contemporary exhibition the Netherlands Architecture Institute organized a series of events, which included a lecture by Rem Koolhaas. It was a very interesting lecture.
As I wrote elsewhere on the occasion of Johan Simons' adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's novel The Elementary Particles, in one of his essays the French philosopher Alain Badiou remarked that, to create a theatre performance an actor could in principle just sit behind a desk and read his text. In fact, a desk and a chair aren't even necessary.
I still get excited by everything Chinese and Japanese, so this weekend I went to the opening of China Contemporary, Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, a joint interdisciplinary exhibition by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Museum Boymans van Beuningen and the Netherlands Fotomuseum.
The Wayward Cloud is perhaps best described as a postmodern porn musical. I loved the opening scene, a long wide angle shot of two converging underground walkways. The camera just waits until two people appear. They walk past and that's it. Nothing much happens. There's something weird though.
Local differences are among the main driving forces behind globalization.