The Emotion of Space
Lecture by Louise Lemoine of Bêka & Lemoine
Moderated by Anna-Maria Meister
Response by Jess Ngan
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers. Their work is focused on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture.
“Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are two of the foremost architectural artists working today. Their films focus on the relationship of people and design, emphasizing the presence of everyday life within some of the most iconic architectural projects of recent decades.” Barbican Centre
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 series of film widely acclaimed as “a new form of criticism” (Mark) which “has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture” (Domus).
“Koolhaas Houselife”, internationally renowned as the “architecture cult movie” (El Pais), is probably the most famous film of their series, featuring Guadalupe - the irresistible housekeeper of the Bordeaux House built by Rem Koolhaas.
Selected as one of the 100 most talented personalities of 2017 by Icon Design, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) as one of the “most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016”, the complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) for its permanent collection.
Their films have been widely shown in some of the most prestigious international cultural institutions and events such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Barbican Centre (London), CCA (Montreal) and Fondazione Prada (Milan, Italy), among many others.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by the Advanced Architectural Design program, Columbia GSAPP.