Brutti ma Buoni: Two Parts of the Big Beasts

‘Brutti ma Buoni’ was screened the the public on Friday 2 June, 2017 at the Nishi Gallery. 

‘Brutti ma Buoni’ was a commissioned work by Hotel Hotel that sought to build knowledge and appreciation of Brutalist architecture in Canberra.

The work consists of two parts – a short film of Brutalist buildings, co-directed by Coco & Maximilian and U-P; and an accompanying score by Speak Percussion that interprets them aurally. Together they observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism.

The screening and performance worked together to create a different experience of Brutalism – one that doesn’t ask us what we think, but rather, one that asks us to feel and question Brutalist architecture with our senses.

What can we see when we really look at these monolithic structures in detail? When holding our gaze what do their rough textures, shadows and unadorned geometries reveal? What might these beasts sound like? Cavernous and vast? Drone-like? Repetitive? Hypnotic? Oppressive, optimistic or sublime?

This was the first screening and performance of ‘Brutti ma Buoni’ in Canberra – Australia’s home of Brutalism.

After the screening, Australian composer and sound designer Tilman Robinson played a vinyl set with 20th century art music, modern minimalism and experimental music that reflects on the stark and modular nature of the brutalist-style.

‘Brutti ma Buoni’ features the interiors and exteriors of some of Canberra’s most notable Brutalist buildings including Llewellyn Hall, National Gallery of Australia, National Carillon, High Court of Australia, University of Canberra Village, and Black Mountain Library.

'Brutti ma Buoni'


Brutti Ma Buoni – This project was born from our love for Brutalists buildings. It is a short film featuring Brutalist buildings in Canberra; screened to a live score... Together they work to observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism.

Date 26 May, 2017
People Coco and Max, Speak Percussion, U-P
Place Canberra, Nishi Gallery
Category ↳ Architecture
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