Director: Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Netherlands/Belgium 2014, 56 mins, Dutch with subtitles
Beauty and the Right to the Ugly as a cinematic experiment takes its inspiration from a similarly experimental architectural construction. The piece is set in the Dutch community centre of ‘t Karregat, Eindhoven, built in 1974 as a social project designed to perpetuate communal styles of living and to transfer ownership of living, working and recreational environments back to users. Director Wendelien van Oldeburgh at once traces the history and potential of the project, and implements a filming methodology taking the architectural concepts of ‘t Karregat – ‘open’, ‘participative’, ‘user-led’ – and translating these concepts into cinematic techniques. This one-off screening is organised in conjunction with Collective, Edinburgh, where Beauty and the Right to the Ugly is being shown as an installation from 17 January – 29 March 2015.
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