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1070 Brussels, Belgium

Beauty and the Right to the Ugly

Wendelien van Oldenborgh

video, color, 16:9, Dutch spoken, English subtitles, NL/BE, 2014, 56’

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

Beauty and the Right to the Ugly has been on display at the following locations:

Multifunkční aula Gong Ostrava, (CZ) Monday, Oct 3 2016 CK Zamek Poznan, (PL) Jun 23–Jun 26 2016 CCA Laznia Gdansk, (PL) Jun 15–Jun 16 2016 CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, (PL) Jun 10–Jun 12 2016 Kino pod Baranami Krakow, (PL) Jun 9–Jun 12 2016 Het Gebouw Rotterdam, (NL) Wednesday, Mar 30 2016 Transcinema Lima, (PE) Dec 9–Dec 12 2015 Alternativa Gdansk, (PL) Thursday, Sep 17 2015 Alternativa Gdansk, (PL) Thursday, Sep 3 2015 Alternativa Gdansk, (PL) Thursday, Aug 20 2015 Alternativa Gdansk, (PL) Thursday, Jul 30 2015 Alternativa Gdansk, (PL) Thursday, Jul 16 2015 FID Marseille, (FR) Jul 1–Jul 2 2015 Extra City Antwerpen, (BE) Thursday, Jun 11 2015 La Loge Brussel, (BE) Saturday, Mar 28 2015 Bureau Europa Maastricht, (NL) Friday, Mar 27 2015 CCA Glasgow, (GB) Sunday, Feb 22 2015 Berlinale Forum Expanded Berlin, (DE) Feb 5–Feb 16 2015 Collective Gallery Edinburgh, (GB) Jan 17–Apr 5 2015 Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, (NL) Nov 22 2014–Feb 22 2015 Cinematek Brussel, (BE) Sunday, Nov 2 2014 Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, (NL) Oct 4–Nov 15 2014