More Lookalikes: University of Iowa Art West or Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella?

While looking through RNDRD for images of various architectural projects from the 1960s, I came across this image of Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella from 1960.

Studio Architetti Valle's Casabella.

Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella.

As a University of Iowa student and regular user of the University’s Art West Building (pictured below), I thought at first that this was a draft of Steven Holl’s design for the Art West Building. Had the University of Iowa’s talismanic Art West building actually been designed in the 1960s? It’s difficult not to be surprized by the uncanny similarities between these two designs.

Art Building West at the University of Iowa

Art Building West at the University of Iowa

Art Building West designed by Steven Holl. Image from http://ui3ddesign.blogspot.com

Art Building West designed by Steven Holl. Image from http://ui3ddesign.blogspot.com

Matrix Detourned

This video is a parody of political speech in the United States and the binary modes of thinking that shape and are shaped by this political speech. I made the short by subtitling a fight scene from the film Matrix II between Neo and Agent Smith with selected quotes from a debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush. Speech from a particular candidate did not correspond to a particular character in the film. The film was inspired in large part by Craig Baldwin’s talk at the Collage as Cultural Practice Conference at The University of Iowa in 2005.

At the (probably automated) request of the MPAA, Google (probably also through an automated response system) took this video down several years ago. There are no fair or reasonable ways of appealing a take down on YouTube. You can appeal, but Google makes it clear that there are repercussions should your appeal fail. As a parody of both sources, this clip should be considered fair use. Yet because of the dominion of large corporations over politicians, lawmakers, judges, etc., fair use is no longer a defense. No use if fair, these corporations have decided, unless it’s paid for.