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Focus Bêka et Lemoine par Giovanna Borasi

Focus Bêka et Lemoine par Giovanna Borasi

For over a decade, video artists Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have offered a fresh look at architecture and its narrative, no wonder Bêka and Lemoine’s complete body of work was acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent collection.

In collaboration with Giovanna Borasi, the director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, ARTS.FILM is proud to offer, from May 20 to June 5, 5 films chosen by Giovanna Borasi to discover their cinema.

Word by Giovanna Borasi
Of the many films Bêka and Lemoine have worked on, the selection I have made helps us understand the ongoing dialogue between the client and the architect, and the latter’s aspirations, and the successes, failures, and surprises that come out of the attempt to realize them. So, if in Bordeaux Rem Koolhaas’ idea was to create a kinetic home, the cleaning lady asks what it means to take care of this ever-transforming space. If in Tokyo, Ryue Nishizawa’s idea was to create a private urban home with spatiality of a village, it is Mr. Moriyama (the funny client and art collector) through whose personality we understand this unique habitat. For Chamberlain, Powell and Bon, it is the residents, staff, and visitors of the Barbican who, like animals in a nature film, reveal the essential consonances and dissonances of their habitat. And similarly, for Bjarke Ingels it is numerous inhabitants, or specifically the mail man, of ?“8 House” whose lives inherently raise questions about happiness in these shared spaces. Bêka and Lemoine bring forward the condition of real life to reckon with the ambitions of the architect. And that’s why I decided to complement this selection with Selling Dreams, where you don’t have a famous architect’s design, but rather the design of a universal service like AirBnB, and you are again confronted with users coming up against its limits (and discovering its potentials).”

Films available online from Friday, May 20 at 00:00 to Sunday, June 5 at 23:59 (Eastern time) on ARTS.FILM.
Free screening for subscribers and $10 * for all.
*Taxes included, ticketing fees not included.


Koolhaas Houselife by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. France. 2008. 58 m 52 s. French

Moriyama-San by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. France. 2017. 1h 3 m 20 s. English. Subtitles: English.

Barbicania by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. France. 2014. 1h 32m 18s. English. Subtitles: English.

The Infinite Happiness by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. France. 2015. 1h 23m 57s. English. Subtitles: English.

Selling Dreams by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. France. 2016. 24 m 35s. English. Subtitles: English.

This focus is the result of a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Kollectif.

About Bêka and Lemoine
Artist-videographers, producers and editors, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for more than 15 years on a research project that is mainly characterized by the experimentation of new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and the urban world.

Presented by the New York Times as cult figures of European architecture”, their films have been hailed by international critics as having transformed the way we look at and narrate architecture and the city” (Domus). Selected in 2017 by Icon Design as one of the 100 most talented individuals of the year, their films were featured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as one of the most exciting and critical design projects of 2016.” Bêka & Lemoine’s complete body of work was acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its permanent collection.

Their films are regularly shown at major cultural events as well as in many prestigious institutions, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, MAXXI in Rome, Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Barbican Center in London. Their films are also regularly presented and awarded by important film festivals such as CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), DocAviv (Tel Aviv), Chicago International Film Festival (Chicago), Torino Film Festival (Turin), among others.

Some of their films are also part of public and private collections, such as the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) and the FRAC Centre in France, the Fondazione Prada and the MAXXI in Italy, the MoMA in New-York, the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

Bêka & Lemoine are regularly invited to lecture and teach at prestigious universities, such as GSD / Harvard University (USA), GSAPP Columbia University (New-York, USA), AAP / Cornell University (USA), Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland), Bartlett School of Architecture / UCL (London, UK). From 2019 to 2021 Bêka & Lemoine led the Laboratory for Sensitive Observers” (M.Arch.) master course at the Architectural Association School (AA) in London. In 2018, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine were laureates of the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto and Ila Bêka was awarded the Rome Prize as an Italian Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome.

In Partnership with

Kollectif + CCA