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A revelatory conversation between two major figures in visual culture. This exhilarating dialogue between two of the most interesting thinkers working in philosophy and architecture today covers fundamental problems of politics, identity, and aesthetics as their exchange becomes an imaginative exploration of the possibilities of modern architecture and the future of modern life. Among the topics the speakers take up are Frank Gehry's surprising Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the limitations on innovative ideas, and a pre-9/11 assessment of the importance of the World Trade Center.
Jean Baudrillard is one of the most influential thinkers of his generation and author of The Vital Illusion (2001). Jean Nouvel has designed buildings throughout the world, including the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and is a recipient of France's Grand Prix d'Architecture. Robert Bononno, a translator and teacher, lives in New York City.