Catalogue 2015-2016
Below, browse the 2015-2016 Rencontres Internationales catalogue, or search the archives of the works presented since 2004. New video clips are routinely posted and the images and text are regularly updated.
abed Noor
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 6:28 | Palestine | USA | 2014

Inspired by the Odyssey, based on Homer`s epic poem from Greek Mythology, this work is based on the concept of myth; its position in history and relation to the present and the imaginary. This film was shot in Palestine, where Palestinians under occupation are prohibited from reaching the sea. The continuous presence of the female figure, as a representation of Penelope, unfolds the absence of the hero figure. Through the act of sewing, she is returning to a past memory simultaneously. The past is activated in the imagination, reinforcing through movement its dislocation from its original site. The work attempts to reflect a reality other than the one history offers. Here, myth could be seen as a collective dream and public imagination.

Noor Abed (1988, Jerusalem) is currently a participant at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Studio Program, NY. She holds an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, and a BA in Contemporary Visual Art from the International Academy of Art Palestine. Abed uses forms of performance, video/film and installation. Through her lived experience and observations of Palestinian society, Abed became particularly interested in social transformation in relation to the theory of internal colonization. Taking the personal body as a social one, she questions concepts of psychological violence, desire and forms of resistance specifically regarding its movement and occupation of the body.

abidin Adel
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 16:10 | Finlande | 2015

“Michael” A video Installation Adel Abidin2014-2015 Introduction and statement: The pop culture’s influence on our contemporary world results in a life that is built of obsession with fame, youth and wealth. Celebrities like Hollywood actors or renowned pop singers are put on to a pedestal as our modern day messiahs. They do take active roles in our daily life, leading positions in the most effective organizations around the globe. Actors make a living bypretending and subsequently creating our children’s (and even ours) potential role models;as musicians do by composing a masterpiece that we meditate with. And at the end of the day, both the actors and the musicians, with the help of the mediatic elements of our popular culture, become more influential than the actual prophets themselves, even some of them end up having more followers than any other prophets. In the video, ”Michael”–as still being one of the universally celebrated icons of our time- is being interviewed after his resurrection. The answers he gives and the speech he makes is nothing but a compilation of his all time well-known songs’ lyrics. Therefore I am resurrecting him from the dead as a prophetic figure that unveils the universal truths about the world we live in. This false prophet is thrown on a television talk show, the ultimate pop culture altar. Due to the delicate nature of the interview and a characteristic plea for privacy, even in his afterlife, “Michael” has only agreed to do a private interview in a pseudo-talk show. Still, thousands of fans from around the world have gathered to view this ‘live’ broadcast on big screens in public spaces as in Times Square. Michael’s fansare there to have their questions answered by their hero live. “It has been a day almost of a religious anticipation,” states the reporter in Times Square. People gathered to witness the most historical moment of all times. Questionsrevolve around existential topics ofmysteries of death, afterlife and immortality. At the studio of “The 1-Show” in Manhattan, “Michael” sits opposite of“Mr. Paul Burke”, the host of the famous TV show. He is expectedto enlighten the crowds and make a confession of whatever he might be confessing right in front of the cameras and lights, while his fans are enduring the pain of their insatiable curiosity. The work goes beyond the limits by trying to convert the star into a fortune-teller, someone to interpret our future, and givetips to world leaders, prevent climate changes and advice on how to make a better world. The production and construction of Resurrection represents not only our innocence and our blind belief in prophetic symbols created by the elements of pop culture, but also our violent responses to such figures. Even after the death of such figures, we continue to follow them with an ill desire. Narrative style - ‘The 1-Show’ A lot of today’s popular culture has evolved around the mass media and it has created a strong link of dependency with ‘superstar’ celebrities. And although television is losing its’ leading exclusive role when compared to the use of the internet, it is still the only media that can gather hundreds and thousands of people in one place to follow unique, once in a lifetime live broadcasts such as Michael’s. Within this frame, the installation follows a format, imagery and a narration of an American talk show. Despite the supernatural feature of the interview, the footage presented in the installation is made to be completely realistic. This also applies to the appearance of ‘Michael’, the reactions of the crowds, the emotional yet professional mannerisms of the talk show host and the reporter in Times Square location. Additionally, the camera work mimics a one-to-one television talk show style, even including the raw documentary style of live footage from variouscities, which are brought to us by news anchors from all around in many different languages. Narrative elements: Live video within the installation consists of two main assets, 1) The studio interview with “Michael”. 2) Live coverage of people’s reactions from around the globe. Edits between the main assets as the interview progresses. The main narrative elements are: • Opening title sequence of the talk show
 • Introduction of the unique nature of ‘tonight’s show’ by the talk show host; “Mr. Paul Burke” including live links to our reporter “Mary”standing by the main selected spot“Times-square” in New York. • Introduction and entrée of the star guest “Michael” by the talk show host • Wide shots of big crowds gathered to watch the broadcast
 • Reactions from fans via live links
 • Questions posed to “Michael” by the talk show host
 • Questions posed to “Michael”by fans via live streaming channels and links
 • “Michael’s” response to the questions posed (quoting his own lyrics)
 • Final statement and farewell by “Michael”
 • Closing speech by the talk show host
 • Title sequence of the talk show

Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973, He did move to Helsinki in 2001 and lives there since then, Abidin joined the Finnish Art Academy in 2003 in order to do his Mater degree in fine Arts. during that time he switch his practice from full time painter to multimedia based practice, and since 2004 he started his career as a video and installation based artist. Abidin’s art uses various media such as videos, video installations, multi media sculptures and sound based installations and photography to explore the issues of the contemporary world that we are living in. His main point of departure is always linked to the intention to explore the complex relationship between visual art and politics & identity. Using a sharp palette of irony and humour always gravitated towards different social situations dealing with elusive experiences and cultural alienation. He uses his cross-cultural background (as an Iraqi artist living in Helsinki) to create a distinct visual language often laced with sarcasm and paradox, while maintaining an ultimately humanistic approach. This sarcasm used is nothing but a medium of provocation to serve the purpose of extending the mental borders of the artwork beyond the limits of the exhibition space. Always interested in creating opportunities to prolong the discussions beyond artwork by enabling the audience to convey mental elements from the work into their daily life. Moreover, he always finds the words ‘politics’ and ‘identity’ more than a terminology or a path that we travel in, as they unfold to other concepts like discrimination, mass media manipulation etc. Abidin presented his work at many Biennales such as: The 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015); The 56th Venice Biennale- Iran Pavilion (2015); the Glasstress-The 56th International Art Exhibition– Venice Biennale (2015); Biennale of Contemporary Art of Bosnia (2013); 54th Venice Biennale- Iraq Pavilion (2011); 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011), 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010); 11th Cairo Biennale (2008); 4th Gothenburg Biennale (2007); 52nd Venice Biennale- Nordic Pavilion (2007); (Student workshop participation) 5th Istanbul Biennale (2005). Other participations such as: The Pera Museum, Istanbul; Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada; Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago, USA; Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The New Museum, New York, USA; MACRO-Museum, Rome, Louisiana Museum; Copenhagen, Station Museum, Houston; The Jerusalem show VII, Jerusalem; Hauser & Wirth Gallery, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Singapore Art Museum; Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver; Mead Gallery, UK; Palais de Tokyo; Arab World Institute, Paris; MOCCA, Toronto; Arts-Talks and Sensations, Abu Dhabi; MATHAF- Doha; Espace at Louis Vuitton. His solo exhibitions include: Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE (2015); Cover-Up!, Al Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2015); Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2013), Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai (2013), ARTER- Space for Art, Istanbul (2012), Darat Al-Funun, Amman (2011), DA2- Centre of Contemporary Art in Salamanca, Spain (2010 ), KIASMA- Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2010), Association media Art gallery, Helsinki (2014). Abidin has received The Finland Prize for Visual Arts in (2015), Five Years Grant from The Art Council of Finland in (2013); Ars Fennica Prize Nominee 2011. Abidin has invited to be a visiting lecturer at many schools of Arts such as: College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State Uni. Portland, Oregon, USA (2010); The Art Academy of Helsinki (Kuva), (2015), LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore (2016); CalArts, California Institute of Arts, CA, USA (2016).

Dan ACOSTIOAEI, Florin Bobu, Cristina David, Livia Pancu
Si eu sunt tractorist
acostioaei Dan , Florin Bobu, Cristina David, Livia Pancu
Si eu sunt tractorist
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 7:45 | Roumanie | 2015

The main character of the story is a red two dimensional model of a tractor that during all the duration of the film is travelled by the artists into a relocated landscape and than into the city of Iasi, Romania. At unforeseen moments in time, the tractor is witnessing a lunch with the artists or it has a couple encounters, more or less violent, with two monuments in the city: The Independece Statue and the Monuments for the victims of the Communism. On the sound track one can listen obsessive excerpts of the Romanian Television in 1989 live broadcasted and than taped by an anonymous. The tape was found 25 years later on the flea market and it`s sound is overlapped with sounds generated by an analogue low-fi synthesizer.

Dan Acostioaei (born 1974) lives and works in Iaşi, Romania. He is a visual artist and he holds a teaching position at University of Arts ”George Enescu” in Iaşi. Alongside a group of artists and philosophers from Iasi and felow visual artist Matei Bejenaru, Acostioaei is a founding member of Vector Association. Since 2001 this artist run institution promoted and supported the local emerging contemporary art scene and organised the Periferic Biennial in Iasi, Romania. Acostioaei`s works focus on the identity models of the Romanian society in transition and on the ideological boundaries between the economic sphere and the conditions of artistic production within former Eastern Bloc. His projects were exhibited în One Sixth of the Earth - Ecologies of Image, MUSAC, Leon, Spain (2012), Transitland: videoart in Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2010), Illuminations, Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, U.K. (2007). The visual artist and independent curator, Florin Bobu was born in 1978 in Tecuci (Romania) and lives in Lasi (Romania). He has a degree from the Academy of Visual Art and Design (The Netherlands) and has been involved in several contemporary art events in Rotterdam, Munster and Antwerp. Cristina David (born 1979) started her artistic training at the Art Academy in Bucharest and completed her MDA at the Art Academy in Bergen. Video art is her prime choice of artistic medium. Cristina also works with photography and installations. Her often humorous texts and images are related. The stories come from day-to-day life. In her texts, she blends her personal experiences and thoughts. Cristina David has said that her stories often emerge from her impatience at the slow motion of daily life. LIVIA PANCU (born in 1980) is a curator based in Iași, România. Since 2005 she has been a member of Vector Association, and, from 2011 to 2012, its director. She is currently one of the Co-directors of, part of the international network She graduated the Curating Contemporary Art department of the Royal College of Art in 2009. In April 2012, Vertical Site (with Florin Bobu and George Doros), an ongoing project based on her PhD research (The Socialist Decorations and the Process of Thermic Rehabilitation of the Housing Blocks Facades build between 1950 and 1990 in Romania), was launched and curated by the 1+1 association. Most recently she has written for the Self-Organised Subjects anthology, Open Editions, Stine Hebert & Anne Szefer Karlsen (Eds.): The Almost Institution (2013). Her research is based on understanding the different internal mechanics of contemporary art organizations located in cities that are not governmental or financial capitals. Currently she is preoccupied on how to inherit or dissolve institutional heritage.

aguilar Sandro
Fiction | hdv | noir et blanc | 30:17 | Portugal | 2015

A young girl spending time with her parents (a swinger couple) in a camping site meets an emotionally unstable recruit and becomes fascinated by his special powers. He falls in love with her, but he soon finds out his love is unrequited.

Born in 1974 in Portugal, Sandro Aguilar studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. In 1998 he founded the production company O Som e a Fúria. His films have won awards at festivals, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Gijón, Oberhausen and Vila do Conde, and have been shown in Torino, Belfort, Montreal, Clermont-Ferrand among others. Retrospectives of his work have been programmed at Rotterdam IFF and BAFICI.

Mehdi AHOUDIG, Anna Salzberg
On ira à Neuilly inch'Allah
ahoudig Mehdi , Anna Salzberg
On ira à Neuilly inch'Allah
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 20:0 | France | 2015

Behind the Sun
al qadiri Monira
Behind the Sun
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 10:0 | Koweït | 2013

After the first Gulf War in 1991, countless oil fields in Kuwait were set ablaze during the retreat of invading forces. Those months following the war were nothing short of the classic image of a biblical apocalypse: the earth belching fire and the black scorched sky felt like a portrait of hell as it should be, an almost romanticized vision of the end of the world. Werner Herzog, lured by the surrealism of this present-day hell, shot his docu-fiction film “Lessons of Darkness” there which placed images of the oil fires alongside Christian biblical texts and a Wagner soundtrack. Inspired by his endeavor, this video re-explores the cataclysmic event and attempts to expand its meaning, especially as the idea of imminent doom is even more omnipresent today. Amateur VHS video footage of the oil fires is juxtaposed with audio monologues from Islamic television programs of the same period. At the time, the tools used to represent religion were geared towards visualizing god through nature. Trees, waterfalls, mountains, and animals were the visual staple of religious media, and the narration was not that of the Koran, but of Arabic poetry recited by a skilled orator with a deep voice.

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist and film maker born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East region stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores the relationship between narcissism and masculinity, as well as other dysfunctional gender roles. She is currently expanding her practice towards social and political subjects. Al Qadiri has taken part in exhibitions and film screenings in Tokyo, Kuwait, Beirut, Dubai, Berlin, New York and Moscow among others. She is also part of the artist collective GCC, who has recently held a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2014.

Emanuel Almborg
The Majority Never Has Right On Its Side
almborg Emanuel
The Majority Never Has Right On Its Side
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 40:0 | Suède | Royaume-Uni | 2013

The Majority Never Has Right on its Side is a film project about the Summerhill School in England, established in 1921 and still open. The school is known for its anti-authoritarian pedagogy built on the egalitarian principles of A.S. Neill, a socialist schoolmaster from Scotland often described as a “cynical utopian”. The film looks at the school today in relation to its “image” by using the school’s own film and video archive.

Emanuel Almborg’s work is often research-based and includes film, photography, installation and lectures and deals with themes around community and communication, utopian imagination, history and education. His work has recently been shown at Moderna Museet, Malmö and Elizabeth Foundation, New York. He finished the Whitney Independent Study program in New York, 2015 and is currently a PhD candidate at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

alterazioni video
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 33:10 | Italie | Ethiopie | 2014

Omo Valley, Ethiopia: a region where tribes villages are reduced to human zoos to entertain the honeymooners tourism industry. International corporation have land-grabbed most of the indigenous territory for massive cotton field plantations. The Omo river is been recently closed by the biggest dam of Africa, leaving two hundred thousand tribe people facing food shortages and forced resettlement. With no land where to hunt, no river where to fish , tribes lives depends on the show they are able to perform daily in front of tourists. The fate of the region is written. The one of the tribes depends on their performative skills We went there and after meeting with one tribe we asked them to imagine their future in a cinematic epic way. This was basically the script. We weren’t that surprised when they came up with a futuristic techno pop idea of themselves. We formed a tribal girl band and began filming. We recorded with the tribe the music under the shadow of one of the few trees left standing by the plantation workers. We built a bar together and threw a party, remixing our own notion of partying with their celebratory rituals. It’s been a participative creative process that generated an unique original experience.

Alterazioni Video is a group of four artists founded in Milan in 2004 and now based in New York and Berlin.The members of the group are Paololuca Barbieri Marchi, Alberto Caffarelli, Andrea Masu and Giacomo Porfiri. Their work is been exhibited internationally in museum and art institutions like: the Disobedience Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2005, 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale 2007, Manifesta 7 Rovereto 2008, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture 2009, 21x21, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin 2010, Maxxi Museum, Rome 2010, Performa 09 and 11 New York, MoMA PS1 Performance Dome New York 2012, Freak Out, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York 2013, PAC Milan 2014, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Berlin 2015 and among others. In the last five years the collective has been producing a series of 10 docu-feature films called TurboFilm, TurboFilm is a filmic system or methodology, that relate to the ongoing, generationally marked reconfiguration of experience in daily life and social relations, in labor, the economy, and politics. It aims to raise questions on problematic topics through a transversal multi-format production that can circulate through different media platforms.

Ricardo ALVES JR, Ricardo Alves Jr
alves jr Ricardo , Ricardo Alves Jr
Fiction | 35mm | couleur | 14:0 | Brésil | 2013

One day in a man’s life. He is looking for his wife, he is looking for some answers, he is looking for life.

Ricardo Alves Jr (1982) was born in Belo Horizonte. With his films "Material Bruto" (2006), "Convite para Jantar com o Camarada Stalin" (2007), "Permanências" (2010) e “Tremor" (2013), participated in several national and international festivals such as: Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes, Festival del film Locarno, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Havana, Bafici-Buenos Aires, Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro, Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, The Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, FestCurtasBH, Vídeo Zone - International Video Art Biennial in Israel, VideoBrasil - Festival de Arte Eletrônica. Being exhibited at the Museu Centre Pompidou, in Paris, and the Museo Reina Sofia, in Madrid by the Encontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. In 2013 had a retrospective of his films at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris (Cinéma de poche : La Collection brésilienne) and at the Cine Esquema Novo- Expandido in Porto Alegre. He won the award for Best Director of short film at the editions 40º and 46º of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro. As editor, edit the long “Pinta”, by Jorge Alencar, and “Avanti Popolo”, by Michael Wahrmann, debut in the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, where received the Award of Best Film of the Premio CinemaXXI. In the theater directed “Discurso do Coração Infartado” a solo of Silvana Stein; contemplated with the Award Miryan Muniz da Funarte, seasons performing in the cities of Belo Horizonte, São Paulo e Brasília. In 2014 co-directed with Grace Passô, “Sarabanda" performed by Mostra Bergman- Instante de Eternidade of the Fundação Clovis Salgado. Currently working on the post-production of “Elon Rabin não Acredita na Morte” contemplated by Hubert Bals Fund Award of script development; besides participating the laboratories Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), FIDlab-Plateforme Internationale de Soutien à la Coproduction and New Cinema Network – Rome Film Festival’s International Project Workshop.

The Thoughts That Once We Had
andersen Thom
The Thoughts That Once We Had
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 108:0 | USA | 2015

Inspiré de la théorie du cinéma de Gilles Deleuze, «The Thoughts That Once We Had» se construit autour de l’amour et du pouvoir de séduction des films. Réduisant à zéro l’abstraction lyrique, ruminant sur les nazis, les communistes et les espions, comparant les danses de serpent orientalistes de Maria Montez et de Debra Paget, le film est un cadeau pour tous ceux qui voient dans le cinéma un art, une forme de pensée et une source de plaisir.

Figure incontournable du film expérimental américain, Thom Andersen commence à réaliser des films au milieu des années 1960 à Los Angeles, où il étudie le cinéma (University of Southern California). Au même moment, il développe une pratique d’écriture qui accompagnera toujours sa production. En tant que critique il sera un des premiers à s’intéresser à l’oeuvre filmique d’Andy Warhol. Si ses premiers films relèvent de la production «expérimentale» ou «d’avant-garde» (cf. «Melting», 1965 ou «Short Line/Long Line», 1966-67), à partir de la moitié des années 1970 il développe une forme hybride à la croisée de l’étude visuelle et du film documentaire. Avec «Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer» (1974) – issu d’un article qu’Andersen avait publié dans Film Culture en 1966 – le cinéaste s’intéresse à la figure de Muybridge et à ses expériences dans l’étude du mouvement. À la fois biographie de l’auteur et étude sur la nature même de l’image en mouvement, Eadweard Muybridge explore la possibilité pour le documentaire de s’ouvrir au champ de la critique et de travailler ainsi, par le biais du commentaire, une forme d’écriture particulière. Avec «Red Hollywood» (1996), co-réalisé avec Noël Burch, Thom Andersen dévéloppe également une série des textes sur les communistes à Hollywood, en faisant ainsi du film une sorte de traité historiographique critique. «Los Angeles Plays Itself» (2003), son opus majeur, porte à l’extrême ce principe. Constitué à partir d’un nombre étonnant de séquences des films, le long-métrage explore, sur une durée de trois heures, les multiples identités de la ville de Los Angeles, et ce que le cinéma peut nous apprendre sur l’espace urbain.La production filmique de Thom Andersen se présente comme un lieu d’investigation idéal pour comprendre les liens entre l’écriture et la mise en forme visuelle de la pensée.

Allt blir självklart, genomlyst
anderson J Tobias
Allt blir självklart, genomlyst
Animation | hdv | couleur | 2:30 | Suède | 2015

In a colorful setting, where thoughts and ideas aren’t necessarily black or white, a situation of non-communication is enacted. Two men and a woman are throwing their most inner thoughts at each other, but finding little solace in the others’ words. Communication can sometimes be unidirectional, even though a dialogue is taking place, and where certainty can be a comfort, perhaps skepticism and doubt should be the default.

Born in 1971. Grew up on Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Education includes the University Collage of Arts Crafts & Design as well as the Royal Collage of Art, both in Stockholm. Lives in Nacka just outside of Stockholm. Working mainly with video and animation and moving between narrative and non-narrative works. Has created around 40 films. Also experimenting with different forms of music and sound installations. Notable exhibitions include P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, Kunst-Werke Berlin, CaixaForum in Barcelona and Museo de Colecciones ICO in Madrid, as well as solo exhibitions at MMC Luka in Pula Croatia, ak28 in Stockholm and Uppsala Art Museum in Sweden.

anikina Alex
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 8:13 | Russie | Royaume-Uni | 2015

Ostrannenie is a video-exploration of a territory and of the language belonging to it. It traces a history of imaginary lands from the times when the Earth rested on elephants’ backs to the current moment of Google Maps and glossy stock footage. The map of the world in the video becomes a field where the history of geographical discoveries is intertwined with the histories of the human imagination, with the camera’s eye and the gaps in language.

Alex Anikina is an artist-researcher who currently lives and works in London, working primarily with texts, language-based works, experimental films and objects. Her artistic and academic practices both revolve around the exploration of human relationship with technology and knowledge through experimental film. Her works are held in the collection of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow. Participated in VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Presented a paper and a video installation at DRHA 2014 at Greenwich University. Received Best Experimental Short award at the London Independent Film Festival (2014). Screenings include Open Eyes Filmfest Marburg, VideoJam at Salford, MAGIKALCHARM Experimental Video Festival (2014 and 2015) at Anthology Film Archives, New York, Athens International Film and Video Festival, FLEXfest, 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival, AOF International Film Festival, Berlin DLX festival.

argote Ivan
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 5:16 | Colombie | Espagne | 2014

Cette vidéo a été tournée à Barcelone, près du rond point de Christophe Colomb, à coté du port. Pendant la nuit, Ivan Argote a "enflammé" à l`aide d`une bouteille d`absinthe et du feu une statue représentant un évêque indiquant la voie à un indigène. Cette statue, qui fait environ trois mètres d`hauteur, reste presque invisible parmi tous les monuments touristiques de Barcelone. Ivan Argote l`a découverte et, avec une intervention à forte puissance symbolique affirme son idée en désaccord à avec la vision européenne de l`histoire de la colonisation, qui voit le colon comme une sorte de héros.

Ivan Argote is Colombian artist who lives and works in Paris, Argote (31) deals with the way that man relates with the myriad changes that take place daily in the historical, economic, political and moral realms. His aim is to question the role of subjectivity in the revision of these concepts. Argote involves the body, and emotions in the construction of his thinking, and develops methods to generate reflexion about the way we construct certainty in relation with politics and history. By creating interventions and performances for the public space, which are sometimes further developed in the format of films and installations, the artist explores the city as a space of transformation. His works has been shown in several cities all around the world, including: Intersections, Cisneros Fountanals Foundation, Miami, 2015; Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, 2015; Levitate, Museum Quartier, Vienna, 2015; L’éloge de l’heure, MUDAC, Lausanne, 2015; Reddish Blue (solo), DT Project, Brussels, 2014; Let’s write a history of hopes (solo), Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2014; Strengthlessness(solo), Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 2014; La Estrategia (solo), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Un millon de amigos (solo), Galeria ADN, Barcelona (2013); Tectonic, Moving Museum, Dubai (2013); Los irrespetuosos, Museo Carrilo Gil, México DF (2013); 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo (2012); Sin heroísmos, por favor (solo), CA2M, Madrid (2012); Girarse, Joan Miró Fundation, Barcelona (2012), among others.

Älä itke minua, äitini
autio Joel
Älä itke minua, äitini
Fiction | 16mm | couleur | 6:33 | Finlande | 2014

Georgy BAGDASAROV, Alexandra Moralesova
Rhus Typhina
bagdasarov Georgy , Alexandra Moralesova
Rhus Typhina
Film expérimental | 16mm | noir et blanc | 2:44 | Arménie | Tchèque (Rép.) | 2014

One of the series of labodoble experiment of the natural(organic) film developers. The structure of the film is based on the chemical formula of the Rhus Typhina`s developer. The main protagonist of the film is a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae which leaves and berries have been mixed with tobacco and other herbs and smoked by Native American tribes. We tried to apply the properties of the Rhus Typhina in the photochemistry. The film catches the research, experiments, harvesting and preparation of the film developer in which latter original negative was developed. The nonlinear structure of the chemical formula as well as nonlinear research of the process reflected in a order of the frames. There is no post-production except sound all editing work is made while film was loaded in camera before chemical development.

Alexandra Moralesová was born in 1989 to Czech mother and Argentinian father. She studied at the Centre of Audiovisual Studies at The Film faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Beyond the inspiration by the practices of experimental film, she`s mainly interested in remediation of found footage and found objects. Through various ways of viewing it, those objects represent for her its own possibility of de/construction in order to cross the frontier between analog and digital media and so disrupt the spectacle and alternate existing narratives. It`s been several years that she explores the post-production tools as for example the editing table or film viewers. The output of her works is often a performance, film screening or installation. Georgy Bagdasarov was born in Armenian family in 1978 to the sounds of rockets taking off into space from Kazakhstan. He never boarded any of those rockets and spent all his life living in various locations throughout Eurasia. Now he lives and works in Prague. His work explores the space between analog and digital, and merges them together. His works are created under strong influence of structural films, cooking recipes and syntax of computer codes. He combines different media: digital and film stock as well as music and food.

And the Smile is Red on Red
bausch Clara
And the Smile is Red on Red
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 7:17 | Allemagne | Egypte | 2014

Cairo. We look at newspapers, which show occasions of the revolution in 2011. The film fragments encounters with Sama Waly, Reda El Sayed, Sarah Rifky and Islam Azzazzi in the summer of 2014. The film is produced with the help of Analogue Zones # 3, a collaborative project between Cimatheque Cairo, LabA and LaborBerlin.

Clara Bausch (1982) lives and works in Berlin. She is an artist and filmmaker. In 2009 she graduated at University of the Arts Berlin, UdK, her studies of fine arts, with professor Lothar Baumgarten. In her artistic practice she is dealing with situations, perception of information, constructed realities, light and time. She works in the fields of film, photography, drawing and installation. Clara Bausch is member of the association LaborBerlin e.V. since 2006. She has organized and conducted projects, workshops and screenings in several european cities. Bausch`s works and films have been presented in exhibitions, screenings and festivals. Grants 2013 Kurzfilmförderung , BKM; 2013 Residenz, Levitation, Centrum, Berlin; 2012 A-I-R Residency, CCA, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warschau; 2010 Residenz, Schule 21 e.V., Bremen; 2006 ERASMUS-Programm, London

Successive Approximations to the Goal
block Beth
Successive Approximations to the Goal
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:11 | USA | 2015

Successive Approximations to the Goal (2015), 14 min., 1080p digital Successive Approximations to the Goal is a term that is used in applied behavior analysis. It refers to the series of slight behavioral changes that are reinforced because they are increasingly more similar to the ultimate objective. Driven by the desire to spatially portray the passage of time, I filmed an LA Galaxy/Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game and then composited the images to portray the motion over time of the players, the refs and the ball. As the different pieces emerged, I was struck by the inevitability and futility of what I was seeing, which triggered in me thoughts of rats in cages, endlessly pushing rocks up mountains, video games that you always lose and the paradox of the movement of electrons. The sound interprets, in many different ways, the possible explanations for such strange human behavior.

Beth Block is a media artist who lives in Los Angeles. She worked in the film industry creating visual effects for major Hollywood films including TERMINATOR 2, ALTERED STATES, and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and was among the first generation of artists to transition from cameras to computers to create visual effects. Her recent films exploit the ability of digital technology to be re-photographed multiple times without generational loss, enabling her to more fully explore her fascination with capturing motion depicted over time. In addition to her experimental films she is a freelance documentary director, cinematographer and editor. She currently teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is also documentarian for the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and the NewTown Pasadena Foundation. Her films and installations have been exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), The Cinematheque, San Francisco, Los Angeles Filmforum, Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, MN, and the Ann Arbor, Sinking Creek, Philadelphia, Athens, and Black Maria Film Festivals. Block was a founding member and former board president of the NewTown Pasadena Foundation, where she is still an active member, and from 1985-1995 was a Los Angeles Filmforum board member and past president.

Nicolas BOONE
boone Nicolas
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 48:20 | France | Sénégal | 2015

Dans un futur proche, les villages d’une région subsaharienne sont désertés, seul les fous, les handicapés, les enfants soldats continuent à errer sur ces terres arides. Dans un climat de survie, la vie sociale est rude.

A sa sortie des Beaux-­Arts de Paris en 2001, Nicolas Boone réalise des tournages/perfor-­ mances, des « films pour une fois » sans caméra. Son travail, entre mise en scène et captation (où, parfois, le tournage devient le film lui-­même) est protéiforme : série (BUP, 2007/2008), long métrage en coréalisation sorti en salle en 2013 (200%), films courts réunis dans un même programme (Les Dépossédés, 2012)... Ses films, qui ont fait l’objet d’une rétrospective intégrale au Vivo Art Center de Vancouver en 2011, ont été sélectionnés en maints festivals, à l’image du Rêve de Bailu (2013 ;; présenté en 2015 au Festival international du film de Rotterdam et celui de Jeonju, ainsi qu’à IndieLisboa) ou encore de Hillbrow, présenté (entre autres) en 2014 au FID Marseille, au Festival Mostra Indies de Sao Paulo, au Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (1er prix Loup Argenté), au festival « Entrevue » de Belfort (prix du public, prix One+One, prix Camira) et, en 2015, au festival international du film court de Clermont-­Ferrand ainsi qu’au Lago Film Fest (Italie ;; Premier prix du jury). Ce film a également obtenu le Prix Scribe du cinéma en décembre 2014. A l’automne 2015, il a fait l’objet d’une installation à La Galerie de Noisy-­ le-­Sec. Psaume, réalisé en 2015, a notamment été sélectionné au FID (Compétition française ;; prix du CNAP et prix des lycéens), à la Viennale et aux RIDM. Le Rêve de Bailu, Hillbrow et Psaume ont été projetés à l’UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (Brooklyn) en novembre 2015. 2015 Psaume (48 min ;; Gagué-­Chérif, Sénégal) Dog Over (8 min ;; Paris ;; projet « Europoly » initié par le Goethe Institut) 2014 Hillbrow (32 min ;; Johannesburg) 2013 Les Dépossédés (50 min ;; Togo, Québec, Paris) Le Rêve de Bailu (12 min ;; Bailu, Chine) 2010 200% (80 min ;; Saint-­Fons – Rhône-­Alpes) 2009 Transbup (51 min ;; Ardèche) 2008/07 Série BUP (10 min ;; 9 épisodes) 2006 La Transhumance fantastique (54 min ;; Dordogne) 2005 La Nuit blanche des morts-­vivants (30 min ;; Paris) Portail (40 min ;; Région Centre) 2004 Fuite (7 x 7 min ;; Lorraine) Plage de Cinéma (14 min ;; Nord) 2003 Lost Movie (11 min ;; Pontoise – Val d`Oise) 2002 Un film pour une fois (15 min ;; Paris)

At Thirty, the Party Was Over
boord Dan , Luis VALDOVINO
At Thirty, the Party Was Over
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 11:29 | USA | 2015

At Thirty, the Party Was Over is a response to the contemporary poetry of South Korea. The title refers to a poem by Choi Young-mi. Everything in Seoul, Korea seems to talk to you, elevators, escalators, tollbooths, crosswalks and rice cookers. One history also speaks to another, tourists with Samsung cell phones populate a ninth century temple while camera crews at another historic site film a program about a 15th century palace. The past speaks through the present as a monthly civil defense drill reminds us of a state of war. A Japanese postcard recalls the thirty-five years of colonization of Korea by Japan. The present speaks to the past telling it that the city of Gwangju will not be forgotten. In At Thirty, the Party Was Over a restaurant is emptied to make room for the memories of all that happened and the songs to be completed at the next party.

Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino are Professors at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Exhibitions: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Centro Nacional de Las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; World Wide Video Festival, The Hague, Holland; Les Rencontres Internationales; Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, Canada; Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland; Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany and the 50th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Estou aqui
botkay Louise
Estou aqui
Film expérimental | super8 | couleur | 7:0 | Brésil | Haiti | 2015

I`ve spent my childhood in Cap-Haitien, a city at the north of a half island of the Caribbean called Haiti. My life will always be inhabited by the memory and experience of this mysterious and warm(ardent???) place. I`m under the impression that everything i am comes from this light, this wind, this land, this growing up creole. "I`m here" is an ode to childhood time that accompagnies us forever

Louise Botkay is a photographer and film maker, utilizing super 8,16 and 35mm film, video, cell phone that are developed artisanally by the artist herself. She worked in several countries like Haiti, Congo, Niger, Chad, Holland, France and Brazil. Her films were selected and recipients of awards in Movie Festivals (Oberhausen, Fid de Marseille, Vidéobraisl, São Paulo Movie Festival, Brive Festival, Anger 1er Plan Festival, Fespaço, Recife International Window Movie festival, among others). Her film “Mammah” was exhibited in the Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica, Ca.), at theYerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, Ca.), Centre George Pompidou (Paris, France) and MAM – Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). She received the prize scholarship “Villa Hors les Murs” from the Institut Français, to develop her more recent work, at Acre with the nation Hunikui. She lives today in Rio de Janeiro and works between Brazil and France.

Bottomley BOTTOMLEY, Johnny Hourigan
Everybody Says It's All In Your Head
bottomley Bottomley , Johnny Hourigan
Everybody Says It's All In Your Head
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 18:4 | Royaume-Uni | 2015

Everybody says is all in your head is a collaboration between Clare Bottomley and Johnny Hourrigan unfolding as a video diary over one year. Encouraged by Clare to make a portrayal of himself, Johnny gets familiarised into the process of filmmaking and participate fully in all the aspects that define such a production from the choice of the camera to the practice of editing. While he acquires the technical knowledge, Johnny gets full agency in testing and controlling the medium of representation. With a camera that mediates his contact with the outside world, Johnny immerses himself into a journey of self-discovery gaining the confidence to address the unaddressed his condition of mild-autism and the challenges he faces. Through a non-hierarchical and non-didactic approach, Clare Bottomley reveals the potential of learning to create an authentic space of participation and empowerment for subjects whose voices have been marginalised.

Clare Bottomley lives and works in London. With a practice that incorporates video and photography, her work investigates self-portrait and performance of the self. She studied for an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London, 2011-2013 and has been working as an art educator for six years. Johnny Hourigan is now a young man studying Media Production at college in south London and developing his independent projects. Johnny sees process of creating the personal view point for the film as ‘...with all the memories remained in the camera, what the camera does not capture are memories in ourselves.’