Beauty and the Right to the Ugly is a cinematic experiment set in the multifunctional community center, Het Karregat, in Eindhoven. Het Karregat, designed by architect Frank Van Klingeren and completed in 1974, is situated in the center of a neighbourhood of new housing and sought to propitiate communal forms of habitation. The design was an open-plan space wherein different activities and functions –a library, a school, a café, a health centre, a supermarket and communal area– would be connected under the same superstructure. Wendelien Van Oldenborgh examines the devenir –and partial 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.
Van Oldenborgh’s piece is 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.
Camera Sébastien Koeppel, Artur Castro Freire & Ben De Wandel
Editing Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Live music Romeo K. Gambier & Ad Maas
With Hans Muskens, Maria Stortelder, Mirjam Kuhr, Willem Kuhr, Erik Hornman, Jan de Lint, Ad Maas, Jan van Belkum, Lo Boelhouwers, Marcel Dukino, Paul van Meerendonk, Maaike Balk, Twan van Lieshout, Lukas Jager, Asnate Bockis, Niels Meissner, Frans Benjamins, Paul Diederen, Ron Steiner, Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Rikie Hoek, José, Romeo K. Gambier, Clarence van Niel (MC Nox), …
Sound recording Pieter Van Eesbeek & Kwinten Van Laethem
Sound mixing Titus Maderlechner
Color grading Laurent Fluttert
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of the Mondriaan Fund, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven & Collective Gallery Edinburgh