Clive Owen Starts a Shootout in the Guggenheim

The real star of the new Clive Owen / Naomi Watts movie The International? Architecture. That’s according to The Architects Newspaper Blog, anyway, who spotted several recognizable buildings in preview for the um… banking and finance thriller. The best part? A climactic shootout in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim museum. It might be a little early to say this, but I’m guessing this beats out Cremaster 3 for the best-climactic-battle-in-the-guggenheim prize. Of course, this all begs the question: Is shootout architecture a parallel field to heist-urbanism?

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Is shootout architecture a parallel field to heist-urbanism?

How about Shootout Urbanism, recent examples of which can be found in Sarajevo, Beirut, Baghdad and Any Inner City, USA? Bullet holes and craters as Sullivanesque ornamentation.

Who was it that blogged about an artist who sculpts by firing bullets into 2x4s?

And who was it that blogged about another artist who was commissioned by a museum to make an installation piece but rather than doing one to be displayed inside, s/he shot the windows instead?

And who was it that blogged long ago about a building in Beirut ridden with bullet holes, through which light from within shines through and the facade turns into “a kind of earthly astronomy, injurious constellations burning new white windows through the skin”?

Anyway, all these holes reminded me of an installation Diller + Scofidio (appellatively sans Renfro) did at the Guggenheim wherein they let loose a power drill on the walls of the museum. Architecture dissolving, et cetera, et cetera.

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