Art and Culture 

Bêka & Lemoine, Architecture on Screen

Jorge Gorostiza 

Tokyo Ride (2020)

An old Alfa Romeo Giulia makes its way through Tokyo under the rain. The driver is Ryue Nishizawa, and behind sits Louise Lemoine. In the passenger seat rides the viewer, who sees and hears all that happens from morning til night on 25 April 2019, through a camera held by Ila Bêka in Tokyo Ride. This doesn’t sound too appealing, but neither did the idea of interviewing the Spanish cleaner of the house portrayed in Koolhaas Houselife, but whoever has seen the documentaries knows that rarely perceived aspects of buildings and cities can be brought to light through the out-of-the-ordinary gaze of the two filmmakers.

Twelve years have passed since Koolhaas Houselife, the first work directed by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine together, and Tokyo Ride premiered a few months ago. Between one and the other, they have produced forty-four works varying in format and length, but always somehow having to do with architectural and urban spaces...[+]

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