CONCEPT

“Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.



Through these films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with 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 the spaces they have selected. Thus, their intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an «inner» point of view, both personal and subjective.

Unlike most movies about architecture, these films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture. Through a series of moments and fragments of life, an unusually spontaneous portrait of the building would emerge. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture which broadens the field of its representation.


OUR APPROACH

The whole project "LIVING ARCHITECTURES" has entirely been auto-produced by ourselves.



We have made the choice to become ourselves publishers and distributors to keep our independence from the beginning to the end of this experimental work. This financial constraint is also the key of this project's freedom.

Buying theses DVD-Books you will actively contribute to sustain the possibility of an artistic production free of the market pressure and the major publishing and distributing system that weaken so much the author's position.


Thank you, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine


AUTHORS

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine


Presented by The New York Times as the “cult figures in the European architecture world”, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine mainly focus their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. The uniqueness of their work holds on their subjective, creative and humoristic look at masterpieces of architecture portrayed through the depiction of their daily life.

Ila Beka is an Italian artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. He trained as an architect with a degree from the IUAV of Venice and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paris-Belleville.

Louise Lemoine is a French filmmaker who lives and works in France. She is graduated in cinema and philosophy from the Sorbonne, Paris.

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine are teaching at Columbia University GSAPP (New York Paris program) since 2013.


FILMOGRAPHY


  • Architecture
  • Selling Dreams, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (25+12 min)
  • Voyage autour de la Lune, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (75 min)
  • Spiriti, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (15x3 min)
  • The Infinite Happiness, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (85 min)
  • Barbicania, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (90 min)
  • L'expérience du vide, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (45 min)
  • 24 Heures sur Place, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (90 min)
  • La Maddalena Chair, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (25 min)
  • La Maddalena, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (12 min)
  • 25bis, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (46 min)
  • Koolhaas Houselife, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (58 min)
  • Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (51 min)
  • Xmas Meier, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (51 min)
  • Gehry's Vertigo, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (48 min)
  • Inside Piano / The little Beaubourg, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (26 min)
  • Inside Piano / The Submarine, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (39 min)
  • Inside Piano / The power of silence, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (34 min)
  • Living Architectures Zip, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (60 min)
  • Documentaries
  • Alfred, une nuit vénitienne, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (70 min)
  • A Balare/Frassinetti, by Ila Bêka (62 min)
  • A Balare/Pilastro, by Ila Bêka (61 min)
  • A Balare/Italicus, by Ila Bêka (60 min)
  • La danza dell'amore, by Ila Bêka (23 min)
  • Mattarello d'oro, by Ila Bêka (20 min)
  • Il dubbio dell'amore, by Ila Bêka (15 min)
  • Passero sublime, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Mariano, by Ila Bêka (6.26 min)
  • L'uomo dei numeri, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Il testamento della memoria, by Ila Bêka (series of 20 films, 42min),
  • Videos
  • Monsieur Pelletret, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Madame Pelletret, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • Salome & the seven heads, by Ila Bêka (6 min)
  • Mind Scraping, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Pigeons, by Ila Bêka (7.33 min)
  • Reminiscenza Onirica, by Ila Bêka (5min)
  • The end of the dream, by Ila Bêka (5.58 min)
  • Too much noises, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • Birding, by Ila Bêka (2 min)
  • The Prophet, by Ila Bêka (4.08 min)
  • Radio Maria, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Guadalupe, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.30 min)
  • Ascension, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (2.36 min)
  • The leaf blower, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (2.10 min)
  • Gynécée,  by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.39 min)
  • The spiral mouth, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.43 min)
  • Carmine, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (1.36 min)
  • Curtain, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (4.32 min)
  • Sound of Space, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (different pieces)
  • Quodlibet/The apartment, by Ila Bêka (12.25 min)
  • Feature Films
  • Quodlibet, by Ila Bêka (84 min). Official Selection at the International Film Festival of Locarno.
  • Short Films
  • I have seen my mother dancing in the clouds, by Ila Bêka (6 min). Grand Prix: Torino Film Festival. Séléction Officielle della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. Séléction aux Oscars, par l'Academy Awards de Los Angeles
  • Buongiorno, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min). Grand Prix: Festival Interfilm de Berlin, Festival de Annecy, Festival de Capalbio, Premio Troisi de Naples, Maremetraggio de Trieste. Prix Féderation Cinémas d'Essai, Mention au Nastri d'Argento.
  • Buonasera, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min).
  • Buonanotte, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min).
  • In Utero, by Ila Bêka (11 min). Jameson Short Film Awards du Meilleur court-métrage italien. Sélection Officielle à la Semaine de la Critique de Cannes. Prix Arcadi, Séléction Officielle du Festival du court-métrage de Clermont Ferrand.
  • Adriano e Caterina, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Appuntamento a Belleville, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (5 min)
  • Ventre, by Melo Prino (aka Ila bêka) (6 min). Prix du Festival del Cinema d'Arte di Bergamo.
  • Contagio, by Melo Prino(aka Ila bêka) (6 min)
  • Little Bird, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Requiem, by Ila Bêka (7 min)
  • Crash, by Ila Bêka (4 min)
  • The last taxi, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • The ambush, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Della paura di morire, by Ila Bêka (1.40 min)
  • The picture, by Ila Bêka (5 min)
  • Millimetraggi
  • Millimetraggi, a series of 168 very short-films (less than 3 min). Gran Prix: Festival du Film Très Court de Paris, Festival Maremetraggio-Oscar du court-metrage italien de Trieste (Italie), Festival Premio Massimo Troisi de Naples (Italie). Prix Arcadi Paris.
  • Fragments
  • Fragments, a collection of more than 500 vidéo-haîkus



EXHIBITIONS

Find out where we've been presenting our work


SELECTED SCREENINGS AND LECTURES


  • Art centers
  • Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Maxxi Museum, Rome (Italy)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Centro Pecci, Prato (Italy)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Mart, Rovereto, (Italy)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, (Australia)
  • La Casa Encendida, Madrid (Spain)
  • "Warsaw Under Construction", Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm (Germany)
  • "Modern Atlanta", White Space Gallery, Atlanta, (USA)
  • Kinokino Art and Film Centre, Sandnes, (Norway)
  • Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (Estonia)
  • The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (USA)
  • The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (USA)
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
  • Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Tx (USA)
  • Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France)
  • Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, (France)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, (Belgium)
  • Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
  • Kulturhuset, Stockholm, (Sweden)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix (USA)
  • Casa Luis Barragàn, Mexico (Mexico)
  • Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico (Mexico)
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venise, (Italy)
  • Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, (Spain)
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, (France)
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, (The Netherlands)
  • Loop festival (the platform for video art), Barcelone (Spain)
  • Istanbul Biennial, Pera Muzesi, Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Film centers
  • Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo (Norway)
  • Lund International Film Festival, Lund (Sweden)
  • ByDesign, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle (USA)
  • De Lieve Vrow, Amersfoort, (Netherlands)
  • Filmhuis Den Haag / Theater Dakota, Den Haag, (Netherlands)
  • Kinok, Cinema in der Lokremise, St Gallen (Switzerland)
  • Cinéma Bel Air, Mulhouse (France)
  • Budapest Architecture Film Days (Hungary)
  • Neues Volkskino, Klagenfurt (Austria)
  • Stadtkino, Basel, (Switzerland)
  • "Architekturtage" at Leokino, Innsbruck (Austria)
  • AFFR (Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam), Rotterdam, (The Netherlands)
  • Seoul Architecture Film Festival, Seoul, (Korea)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (USA)
  • “DokuArts Film Festival”, Filmmuseum of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, (The Netherlands)
  • Filmmuseum de Munich, (Germany)
  • Seoul International Architecture Film Festival, Seoul, (South Korea)
  • Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, (USA)
  • Universum Filmtheater in Braunschweig (Germany)
  • The Architect Africa Film Festival, Cape Town (RSA)
  • Schikaneder, Vienne, (Austria)
  • Cinémathèque Française, Paris, (France)
  • AFFR Architecture Film Festival, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, (Denmark)
  • Barbican Center; in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation, London, (UK)
  • ArchFilmLund Festival, Lund, (Sweden)9
  • Mittelfest, Cividale, (Italy)
  • Modern Atlanta, Atlanta, (USA)
  • Harvard Film Archive, Harvard University, Cambridge, (USA)
  • Architecture centers
  • Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris (France)
  • Architekturzentrum Wien, Wien (Austria)
  • Living Architetcures Marathon, La Triennale, Milan (Italy)
  • Living Architetcures Marathon, Arc en Rêve, Bordeaux (France)
  • Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Maison Européenne de l'Architecture, Strasbourg, (France)
  • Center for Architecture in Portland, Portland (Oregon, USA)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Kosovo's Architecture Foundation, Pristina (Kosovo)
  • "Living Architetcures Marathon", Demanio Marittimo Km 278, Senigallia (Italy)
  • Maison de l'architecture de Haute-Normandie (France)
  • Winnipeg Architecture Foundation Inc. (Canada)
  • Aut. Architektur und Tirol, Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Maison de l'Architecture du Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Maison de l'architecture de Haute-Savoie (France)
  • Maison de l'architecture de Bourgogne (France)
  • Arc-en-Rêve Centre d'architecture, Bordeaux (France)
  • Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, (France)
  • FESTARCH (Festival Internazionale di Architettura), Perugia (Italy)
  • Irish Architecture Foundation, Dublin (Ireland)
  • Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Busan Institute of Registered Architects, Busan, (Korea)
  • Incheon Institute of Registered Architects, Incheon, (Korea)
  • Maison de l'architecture de la Savoie, Chambery (France)
  • Maison de l'Architecture du Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
  • Maison de l'architecture de la Haute-Savoie, Annecy (France)
  • SAM, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, (Switzerland)
  • NAI, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, (The Netherlands)
  • SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (The Netherlands)
  • CAUE du Nord, Lille, (France) 0
  • Maison de l'architecture de Haute Normandie, Le Havre (France)
  • Architectural Institute of Japan’s Annual Conference, Sendai Médiathèque, (Japan)
  • Maison de l’Architecture de Franche-Comté, Besançon, (France)
  • “Architects in the picture”, Van Schijndel House, Utrecht, (The Netherlands)
  • KadE Architectural Centre, Amersfoort, (The Netherlands)
  • Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie, (Luxembourg)
  • CCA, Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montréal, (Québec)
  • NAi, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, (France)
  • Belgrade Design Week, (Serbia)
  • Educational centers
  • Institute of Architecture; University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Austria)
  • Architectural Association, London (UK)
  • Katolisch Theologische Privatuniversität, Linz (Austria)
  • University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, (Switzerland)
  • Ecole Supérieure d'art des Pyrénées, Pau (France)
  • Faculté d'architecture La Cambre-Horta, Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Texas A&M University College of Architecture, Houston, (USA)
  • Politecnico di Milano, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Milano (Italy)
  • IED, Istituto Europeo di Design, Rome (Italy)
  • The Seattle Public Library Washington Center for the Book, Seattle, (USA)
  • Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design (USA)
  • Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago (Chile)
  • École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille, (France)
  • Escuela de Architectura de Valladolid, (Spain)
  • Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, (USA)
  • Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto (Canada)


SELECTED COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS


  • « Auguste Perret, Huit Chefs-d'œuvre !/? Architectures du béton armé ». Commissaire scientifique: Joseph Abram. Commissaire artistique: agence d'architecture OMA AMO. Palais d'Iena, Paris.
  • "MoMA", The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Architecture and design collections (USA)
  • "Beijing Posthastism", The Pavillion, Beijing, (China)
  • "I Don't Sleep, I Dream…", FILM + DESIGN Festival, curator Henrik Vibskov, (Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • "24heures d'architecture", La Manufacture des tabacs, Strasbourg (France)
  • "OMA/Progress", Barbican Art Gallery, London (UK)
  • "How Wine Became Modern : Design And Wine 1976 To Now", MoMA San Francisco, San Francisco, (USA)
  • "Living. Frontiers of architecture"; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, (Denmark)
  • "L’architecture néerlandaise : un tour d’horizon", L’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas, ancienne église du Sacré-Cœur à Casablanca (Morocco)
  • Biennale Internationale de Design - Saint Etienne (France)
  • "People meet in architecture", 12. Biennale Internazionale di Archittetura di Venezia, Arsenale (Italy)
  • "Répons. Renzo Piano Building Workshop", Arc en Rêve Centre d’architecture, Bordeaux, (France)
  • MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest, (Rumania)
  • Culture Center Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever, (Belgium)
  • Belgrade Design Week, (Serbia)
  • 12th Buenos Aires International Biennial of Architecture, (Centro Cultural Recoleta), Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • "Out there: Architecture beyond building", 11. Biennale Internazionale di Archittetura di Venezia, Italian Pavillion (Italy)
  • "Boule to braid", Lisson Gallery Limited, London (UK)


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


  • "Living Architectures", video installation, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New-York City (USA)
  • "Living Architectures", video installation, The Architecture Foundation, London (UK)
  • "Living Architectures", video installation, The Architecture Center, Bristol (UK)
  • "Living Architectures", video installation, ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur / Oslo Architecture Triennal, Oslo (Norway)
  • "Koolhaas HouseLife", video installation, NAiM - Bureau Europa, Maastricht (The Netherlands)
  • "Koolhaas HouseLife", video installation, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, (Israël)
  • "Koolhaas HouseLife", video installation, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New-York City (USA)
  • "Living Architectures; A video trip through architecture", GAMUD, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Udine, (Italy)