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Bêka & Lemoine

Living Architecture


Lectures from the Garage 2017

“Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage. Through these films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility, in order to demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces they have selected. Thus, their intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an «inner» point of view, both personal and subjective. Unlike most movies about architecture, these films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture. Through a series of moments and fragments of life, an unusually spontaneous portrait of the building would emerge. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture which broadens the field of its representation.


Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
Artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 10 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. Since 2007 they have been developing a film series entitled “Living Architectures”, awarded Best Architecture Film at Archfilm Lund 2013.  Koolhaas Houselife, internationally acclaimed as the “architecture cult movie” (El Pais), is probably the most famous film of their series featuring Guadalupe, the irresistible housekeeper. Their films have been widely shown in some of the most prestigious international cultural institutions such as MoMA (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), Barbican Center (London), Triennale (Milan, Italy), CCA (Montréal, Québec), NAi (Rotterdam, NL), Venice International Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014) among others.
Presented by The New York Times as “cult figures in the European architecture world”, in 2016 theMuseumofModern Art(MoMA) inNew Yorkhas acquired the entire work of Bêka & Lemoine for its permanent collection.


November 28, 2017
7 pm

Luís de Freitas Branco Room
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