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The City of the Captive Globe

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dc.coverage.temporal creation date: 1972 en_US
dc.creator Koolhaas, Rem en_US 1972 en_US 2007-09-21T19:38:59Z 2007-09-21T19:38:59Z 1972 en_US
dc.identifier 112809 en_US
dc.identifier.uri en_US
dc.description The City of the Captive Globe is devoted to the artificial conception and accelerated birth of theories, interpretations, mental constructions, proposals and their infliction on the World, It is the capital of Ego where, science art poetry and forms of madness compete under ideal conditions to invent, destroy and restore the world of phenomenal Reality. Each science or mania has its own plot. On each plot stands an identical base, built from heavily polished stone. To facilitate and provoke speculative activity, these bases-idealogical laboratories- are equipped to suspend unwelcome laws, undeniable truths, to create nonexistent, physical conditions. From these solid blocks of granite, each philosophy has the right to expand infidelity toward heaven . Some of these blocks presents limbs of complete certainty and serenity; others display soft structures or tentative conjectures and hypnotic suggestions. The changes in this ideological skyline will be rapid and continuous: a rich spectacle of ethical joy, moral fever or intellectual masturbation. The collapse of one of the towers can mean two things: failure, giving up, or a visual Eureka, a speculative ejaculation: A theory of works. A mania that sticks. A lie that has become a truth. A dream from which there is no waking up. At these moments the purpose of the Captive Globe, suspended at the center of the City, becomes apparent; all these institutes together form an enormous incubator of the World itself; they are breeding on the Globe. Through our feverish thinking in the Towers, the Globe gains weight. Its temperature rises slowly. In spite of the most humiliating setbacks, its ageless pregnancy survives. en_US
dc.description full view en_US
dc.format.medium paper (fiber product) en_US
dc.format.medium ink en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 131404 en_US
dc.subject Globes en_US
dc.subject Personification in art en_US
dc.subject Skyscrapers en_US
dc.subject Urban planning en_US
dc.subject Bases (object components) en_US
dc.subject Earth en_US
dc.subject Architectural theory en_US
dc.subject Idealism in art en_US
dc.subject Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) en_US
dc.subject Architecture, American en_US
dc.subject Space en_US
dc.title The City of the Captive Globe en_US
dc.type Image en_US
dc.rights.access All rights reserved en_US
vra.culturalContext Dutch en_US
vra.culturalContext American en_US
vra.technique drawing (image-making) en_US
vra.worktype Drawing (visual work) en_US
dc.contributor.display draftsman: Rem Koolhaas (Dutch, 1944-) en_US

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