Footnotes to Beauty and the Right to the Ugly, 2014
Footnotes to Beauty and the Right to the Ugly is the first outcome of a cinematic experiment set in the community center, Het Karregat, in Eindhoven. Het Karregat, designed by the architect Frank Van Klingeren and completed in 1974, is a multifunctional centre in a neighborhood of new housing designed for an alternative middle class in Eindhoven. The design was an open-plan space wherein different activities and functions –a library, a school, a café, a health center, a supermarket and communal area– were 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.
Footnotes to Beauty and the Right to the Ugly consists of three small video projection structures, a wall print and some drawings, which exist independent of the upcoming larger installation Beauty and the Right to the Ugly.