Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine | Bêka&Lemoine
"The Emotional Power of Space"
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 6:00PM | ARCH 132 DF Pray Lecture Theatre
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are Video-artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 15 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and urban environment. Focusing their interest mainly on how the built environment shapes and influences our daily life, they have developed a very unique and personal approach which can be defined, in reference to French writer Georges Perec, as an “anthropology of the ordinary”.
They are two of the foremost architectural artists working today. Their films focus on the relationship of people and design, emphasising the presence of everyday life within some of the most iconic architectural projects of recent decades. They produce a work at the crossroads of cinema, architecture and urbanism, questioning our ways of inhabiting the world with a poetic sense tinged with surrealism and a sometimes biting humor. Their films have been widely presented in major biennials and international cultural events such as The Venice Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, the Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, Performa 17 in New-York, among many others. Their films are also frequently exhibited in many of the most prestigious museums and international cultural institutions. The complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent collection.
"Our approach to filmmaking in relation to architecture, since our first film 20 years ago, has been the one of transmitting an idea of space through the lived and embodied experiences of people.”
Bêka & Lemoine