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Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine: Five Films

Sun, Nov 13, 2022    1pm

Film Screening and Reception
Sunday, November 13, 1pm
Scroll down for the full screening schedule

Lecture by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
Monday, November 14, 6:30pm
Details here.

The events are open to the Columbia University community.
The general public must register in advance and confirm COVID-19 vaccination status in compliance with current Columbia University health requirements using this online form.

Columbia GSAPP is excited to present a survey celebrating Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s unparalleled career to date with a screening program and reception on Sunday, November 13, and a lecture on Monday, November 14 in the School’s Wood Auditorium at Avery Hall. The program features an engaging body of work that spans their distinct 15-year oeuvre and is renowned for disrupting typical representations of contemporary architecture and the urban environment:
* Koolhaas HouseLife (2008)
* Barbicania (2014)
* The Infinite Happiness (2015)
* Moriyama-San (2017)
* Tokyo Ride (2020).

The work of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine presents architecture as entangled with labor, ecology, and social conflict. Their unique narrative and cinematographic approach denaturalize buildings by revealing the complexities among the actors and their actions mobilized in the production of contemporary architecture and the urban environment. Examining sites across the world, a consistent thread throughout their work is forefronting people and how they use buildings to reveal the influence of the built environment on daily life.

Bêka & Lemoine’s films have been widely presented at international film screenings and biennials including the Cannes Film Festival, the XII Architecture Biennial of Sao Paulo, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Performa 17 in New York, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and are frequently exhibited in international museums and cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among many others.

Screening Schedule
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Koolhaas HouseLife (2008, 58 min)

Barbicania (2014, 90 min)

Moriyama-San (2017, 63 min)


The Infinite Happiness (2015, 85 min)

Tokyo Ride (2020, 90 min)

Monday, November 14, 2022

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
With a response by Mark Wasiuta and audience Q&A.

Image Credit: Still from Moriyama-San by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, 2017.