The Place As A Protagonist
Dutch artist Wendelien Van Oldenborgh takes buildings or places as subject matter and makes films around them, inviting past and present users to chat about their experiences on camera. In treating these places as a protagonist in the process, the result was a sort of script-less, no beginning no ending, quasi-documentary, art film.
Beauty And The Right To The Ugly (2014) was a film about Het Karregat (1974), an open plan, Dutch community center in Eindhoven which mixed all sorts of incompatible uses together. In the film, previous and current users, students, teachers, architects and planners were invited to discuss their memories of the place. That a bar, a school, a library and a bank would be placed under one roof without partition walls between them might seem baffling, which is why Wendelien Van Oldenborgh wanted to film it . Later scenes would depict more private moments within the building or its lack thereof, as sound is carried unimpeded throughout the roof.