After the success of last year’s presentation of Koolhaas Houselife, Doku.Arts presents an IN PROGRESS video lecture about four new films by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine. The Living Architectures series questions the typical idealized representations of architecture. The cult of perfect, disembodied forms entirely devoid of people, inevitably leads to a rift between architecture and living space. Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine’s amusing productions avoid 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 it. Their quirky films characteristically present a series of moments and fragments of life, in which unusual and spontaneous portraits of buildings emerge.
Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron offers an unusual visit to the architect’s dining hall in Pomerol, France, designed for the prestigious Jean-Pierre Moueix vineyards. Xmas Meier describes how the Jubillee church designed by Richard Meier in 2003 has transformed the life of the Tor Tre Teste neighbourhood in Rome, lifting it from anonymity to international renown. In Gehry’s Vertigo, we follow the climbing team in charge of glass cleaning at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Inside Renzo Piano comprises three films that follow the users and daily routines of the employees at B&B Italia (Italy), Foundation Beyeler (Switzerland), and IRCAM (France).
IN PROGRESS - Video lecture Living Architectures
90 min. / video
Cinematography: Ila Bêka and Giacomo Giorgi
Sound: Ila Bêka and Giacomo Giorg
Editing: Louise Lemoine and Tiros Niakaj
Production: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine for IBêkaFilms
Ila Bêka was born in Italy, but he lives in Paris. Architect, director and video-artist. His films have been presented in all the most important film festivals over the world. He currently works on a series of contemporary architecture films and on several video installations based on his collection of video-haikus. He is also preparing his second feature film.
Louise Lemoîne, born in France, she lives in Paris. Graduate in cinema and philosophy at the Paris Sorbonne, she writes for various contemporary art foundations, art and architecture magazines. Documentary and fiction film scriptwriter, she cooperates on many cinematographic and documentary projects for international film productions. She currently works on a series of contemporary architecture films.