Lecture about the work of Van Klingeren and screening of ‘Beauty and the Right to the Ugly’

27 February 2015

On 27 February, the architect and critic Piet Vollaard gives a lecture on the work of architect Frank Van Klingeren (1919 – 1999). This will be followed by a screening at Lumière Cinema of 'Beauty and the Right to the Ugly'(2014), the latest documentary by Wendelien van Oldenborgh, winner of the 2014 Heineken Prize.

'Beauty and the Right to the Ugly' is a cinematic experiment set in ‘t Karregat: a multifunctional community centre in Eindhoven designed by the architect Frank Van Klingeren, which sought to propagate communal forms of habitation.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh examines the development and failure of this utopian architecture by formulating and implementing a filmic methodology to translate architectural tropes, such as 'open', 'user-led', and 'participative', into cinematic devices.

By simultaneously directing the participants and allowing them a degree of control, the work functions as a performative enactment of the issues it addresses. The work continues the artist’s interest in filmmaking as a perfomative device and her ongoing analysis of collectiveness, its intersection with the private, and the role that cultural production plays within this.

Date 27 February 2014
16:00 – 17:30:
lecture (in Dutch) by Piet Vollaard at Bureau Europa.
18:00 – 19:30:
flim screening at Cinema Lumière (HD video, 55 min, sound. Dutch and English, with English subtitles). followed by a Q&A, in English with Wendelien van Oldenborgh and E.C. Feiss (Jan van Eyck Academy).

Lecture free, screening €5
Please register via
: info@bureau-europa.nl 

Beauty and the Right to the Ugly