Beauty and the Right to the Ugly

Country: Netherlands,
Duration: 55 mins
|53 Seconds
Sound: Stereo
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: HD Video / / / BluRay / HD Digital file / DCP
Original Format: HD video


Beauty and the Right to the Ugly is a cinematic experiment set in Het Karregat, a multifunctional community centre in Eindhoven designed by Frank Van Klingeren, which sought to propitiate communal forms of habitation. Wendelien Van Oldenborgh examines the devenir -and failure- of this utopian architecture, while conceiving and implementing a filming methodology that translates architecture premises such as “open”, “user-led” and “participative” into cinematic devices. | Half-way between directing the participants, and letting them take the lead, the work functions as a performative enactment of the issues it addresses. It will thus be a continuation of the artist’s interest on filmmaking as a perfomative device and of her ongoing engagement in discussions on collectiveness, its intersection with the private and the role cultural production plays in this.

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