Stories of spaces: Bêka and Lemoine
Wednesday 13 September 2023 6.30 - 8.30pm
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre | Burlington Gardens & digital livestream
£15 / £9 conc in person or £8 / £5 conc online
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Join visual artists Bêka & Lemoine for an exclusive screening of their latest film, documenting Herzog & de Meuron’s REHAB in Basel, Switzerland, plus a Q&A with the directors.
Bêka & Lemoine have been working together for 15 years questioning through their films how people relate to architecture and urban space. Their innovative and witty cinematic work puts people at the centre of buildings and shows the surprising and moving ways spaces are used. They approach their work with an authentic interest in how people interact with contemporary architecture, capturing some of the world’s most iconic buildings through the eyes of their users, and celebrating the real life of buildings.
Join us in person or online, for this exclusive screening of Bêka and Lemoine’s latest film which takes Herzog & de Meuron’s REHAB as its focus. REHAB, the Clinic for Neurorehabilitation and Paraplegiology in Basel, Switzerland, is a project which Herzog & de Meuron began in the late 1990s. The project is almost 20 years old and represents the practice’s radical re-imagining of space for healing.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine work at the crossroads of visual arts, cinema and architecture. The New York Times describes them as "cult figures in the European architectural world", and their work was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 2016 for its permanent collection.
The new film is the latest product of a long collaboration between Herzog & de Meuron and Bêka & Lemoine. In 2011, the filmmakers created Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron which takes the viewer to a dining hall designed by the Swiss practice in Pomerol, France, for one of the most prestigious vintners in the world.
Bêka & Lemoine are regularly invited to lecture at schools of architecture including Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and have been teaching in various universities, including the AA (Architectural Association) in London.
Watch the trailer
Watch the trailer for Bêka and Lemoine's latest film, Rehab from rehab, 2023
4K, colour, 86 mins © Bêka & Lemoine.
Watch the trailer for Bêka and Lemoine's latest film, Rehab from rehab, 2023 4K, colour, 86 mins © Bêka & Lemoine.