Jeff Kipnis: To See Through a Mirror, Clearly (November 20, 2017)

Architectural critic and theorist Jeff Kipnis discusses the work of Cindy Sherman and Rem Koolhaas. Kipnis connects the two bodies of work through their attitude toward the contemporary condition of authorship. Both Sherman and Koolhaas divorce content from meaning and explore the sign in and of itself as the design material. For Koolhaas, this material was the built work of his architectural contemporaries and for Sherman, it was the female image as a character. Each absorbs and then rebroadcasts contemporary life and material culture, thereby catalyzing its continuous evolution.

Jeffrey Kipnis (Professor, Ohio State University, SCI-Arc distinguished faculty)

Producer and Editor – Ryan Scavnicky

Clip –
1, 2, 3 Rhapsody (1965)
Dirs Jan de Bont, Frans Bromet, Rene Daalder, Rem Koolhaas, Samuel Meyering

Cutouts (1975)
Cindy Sherman

Once in a Lifetime (1980)
Talking Heads

Hyperallergic article about the lecture can be found at:


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