Real Review No.2

Real Review No.2


Real Review No.2 marks a number of important milestones: 9/11, the Arab Spring and Occupy movement amongst others. Their consequences are still playing out in predictable, even inevitable ways. We can’t memorialise these events because we were never able to forget them. They linger. They persist beyond their own time, reaching forward into our daily lives, stretching and distorting our sense of the contemporary. Real Review formulates positive propositions for how to live in this extreme present.

Features include an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist on the “extreme present” and the role of the art object today. In “Muscular Secularity”, Leon Batchelor reviews crossfit gyms, those sweat boxes where “elite fitness guarantees moral and economic supremacy.” Fashion companies accelerate production by sending ships from China filled with fabric and seamstresses, designing new fashion ranges in transit. Ming Lin reviews these floating factories. Helen Runting and Arthur Röing Baer review algorithmic networks, self-driving cars and the future of the city in “Uber as Megastructure”. OMA partner Reinier de Graaf reviews the USSR’s concrete panel housing slabs, illustrated with rare 1970s Soviet cartoons. Jack Self reviews the year 2011, from the Arab Spring to Occupy, from the end of the Iraq War to the death of Osama bin Laden, and from the August Riots to the Royal wedding. Meanwhile, Iranian architect Samaneh Moafi reviews president Ahmadinejad’s housing programme, designed to produce 4-million strong, on-demand, pro-government protests.

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