Catalogue 2017-2018
Below, browse the 2017-2018 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.
Jasmina CIBIC
Nada: Act II
cibic Jasmina
Nada: Act II
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 13:1 | Slovénie | Royaume-Uni | 0

NADA: Act II restages a reimagined performance of Béla Bartók’s pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin - as performed inside the Yugoslav Pavilion at the Brussels EXPO in 1958. With its scope to represent the country’s new aesthetic direction on Nations Day almost sixty years ago, the ballet score is here traced through scarce archives and re-invented and overwritten with new purpose in collaboration with the choreographer Lea Anderson. Based on a story by Melchior Lengyel, The Miraculous Mandarin constituted a peculiar choice for the National Day given that it possessed something of a scandalous reputation owing to its prurient narrative: three pimps make use of a prostitute to lure passing men into a room with the intention of robbing them. The titular Mandarin arrives, doomed to be the next victim. His « miraculousness » stems from his ability to withstand beating, suffocation, and stabbing without perishing, persisting always in his lust for the woman. Finally, she embraces him and he dies, sated. Bartók’s original characters, the pimps, prostitute and exotic Mandarin are replaced with the archetypes of politicians, the ideal of Mother Nation, and that most easily abused of Modern practitioners: the Architect. In doing so, the ballet becomes an allegorical proposition through which to view European history: the thugs cast as the state’s bureaucrats and politicos, who deceive and enslave, destroying the desires of those who produce for the benefit of the nation or artistic idealism. Shot in the iconic Arne Jacobsen’s Aarhus City Hall NADA: Act II links across time and space various European models of statecraft, soft power and its framing.

Jasmina Cibic (b. Ljubljana 1979) is a London based artist who works in performance, installation and film, employing a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider a specific ideological formation and its framing devices such as art and architecture. Her work draws a parallel between the construction of national culture and its use value for political aims, encouraging the viewer to consider the timelessness of psychological and soft power mechanisms that authoritarian structures utilise in their own reinsertion and reinvention. Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project « For Our Economy and Culture ».

Daniel COCKBURN
The Argument (with annotations)
cockburn Daniel
The Argument (with annotations)
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 19:55 | Canada | 2017

"The Argument (with annotations)" is an appropriated-footage essay about metaphor. Its unseen narrator`s line of thought takes us on an unstraight path past the works of T.S. Eliot, Homer, Groucho Marx, John Carpenter, Terence Davies, and Carl Reiner, plus some lackadaisical astronomy and a 1960s television series with a very distinctive font. There is also a riddle about mirrors that`s either the best riddle about mirrors you`ve ever heard or the worst one. That`s what the film is for a while, anyway. Then something else happens. "The Argument (with annotations)" performs a riff on the genres of the essay-film and the more recent “video essay”... a riff that calls its own narrator’s authority into question.

Daniel Cockburn is a Canadian filmmaker and moving-image artist. His shorts have been the subject of an internationally touring retrospective, and his feature "You Are Here" (2010) played Locarno, Toronto, and Rotterdam, and 40+ other festivals. Called "a major discovery" by the director of the Locarno Film Festival, "You Are Here" won the Jay Scott Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association and the top prize at the European Media Art Festival, for "trend-setting media art". It has been compared to the work of Charlie Kaufman, Jorge Luis Borges, and Philip K. Dick. It’s currently available on iTunes and in rotation on MUBI.com. Cockburn has been a resident of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin filmmaker residency, and Guest Professor at HBK Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany. He has been resident artist at IMPAKT (Utrecht) as part of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE), and has presented his live performances "All The Mistakes I`ve Made," parts 1 and 2, internationally. He is currently based in London, UK, where he was recently an Associate Artist in Residence at Acme Studios and is now the first Research Fellow in Film Practice at Queen Mary University of London.

Stephen CONNOLLY
Machine Space
connolly Stephen
Machine Space
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 37:14 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. Using a kinetic approach, issues of space, race and finance frame the city of Machine Space. Residents in voice over testify how the city as a spatial and financial machine shapes their experience. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.

Stephen Connolly is an artist filmmaker currently teaching Film at the University for the Creative Arts. His practice as research doctorate, entitled The Spatial Cinema, is the culmination of many years of moving image research into the negotiation of space and the material environment through film. His work has been shown in film and media festivals worldwide since 2004. He has been the recipient of prestigious production grants from FLAMIN and the Arts Council.

Giorgiomaria CORNELIO, Lucamatteo Rossi
Ogni roveto un dio che arde (Every Bush a God That Burns)
cornelio Giorgiomaria , Lucamatteo Rossi
Ogni roveto un dio che arde (Every Bush a God That Burns)
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 21:0 | Italie | 2016

A pilgrim awakes during the adolescence of the world and starts walking, proposing, like in the story by Jorge Luis Borges, to design the universe. Thus begins a film conceived as an invented hagiography, the discovery of a new memory, as well as a testimony of what one can experience making films today: a place of endless encounters, a promise of fidelity to the imaginal topography of the world. *** Source: Giorgiomaria Cornelio and Lucamatteo Rossi (authors and directors of the film)

Giorgiomaria Cornelio (14th January 1997) and Lucamatteo Rossi (3rd December 1996) founded the impressum Navegasión in 2016. The same year they presented the film "Every bush a god that burns "on the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of Pesaro and won the ISPEC CINEMA Special Award Locarno 2016. Together they curated the exhibition “ Like the Grave of a Stone, Like the Cradle of a Star ”, which was hosted in Trinity College Dublin and inspired by their second film "Nell`insonnia di avere in sorte la luce." They also collaborated with Franko B in the performance "Playtime" and the collective exhibition "Vibrators". Giorgiomaria is also a writer. His articles have been published in blogs and magazines such as ArtNoise, Nazione Indiana, Le Parole e le Cose, Anterem.

Robbie CORNELISSEN
The Number 9 Sessions
cornelissen Robbie
The Number 9 Sessions
Animation | hdv | noir et blanc | 8:36 | Pays-Bas | 2017

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Les dessins et vidéos de Robbie Cornelissen illustrent un univers parallèle au parfum de mondialisation où se mêle le familier et l’étrange. Il dépeint des structures architecturales extrèmement détaillées qui tant impressionnent de par leur immensité, présentent des perspectives vertigineuses ou étourdissent de par leur complexité. De ces espaces se dégage un vide angoissant que l’occasionnel ajout d’un personnage sans visage ne rend guère plus chaleureux, mais d’autant plus fascinant. Née Utrecht, au Pays-Bas, en 1954, Robbie Cornelissen est reconnu comme l’un des dessinateurs néerlandais les plus importants de sa génération. Son oeuvre a récemment fait l’objet d’un catalogue (The Capacious Memory, 2011) ainsi que de deux expositions majeures, soit au Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (La Haye) et au Centraal Museum (Utrecht)

Ico COSTA
Nyo Vweta Nafta
costa Ico
Nyo Vweta Nafta
Fiction | 16mm | couleur | 22:0 | Portugal | 2017

Inhambane. Mozambique. King-Best. Samsung Galaxy. Versace. Babes. White rooster. There are no toothpicks in Norway. Coconut trees. Baobab fruits. Superfruits. Vitamine C. Passiflorine. Alpha-linolenic acid. SMS in Chinese. Megabytes. Hotel Cardoso. Coffee is a white man’s addiction. Ngadzango. My woman. Nafta.

Ico Costa was born in Lisbon in 1983. He studies at the Portuguese National Film School (ESTC), in Lisbon, and at the Universidad del Cine (FUC), in Buenos Aires. In 2011 he was admitted at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, in France, which he finished with Distinction. He directed the short films "Libhaketi" (2012), "Quatro Horas Descalço" (2012), "Corrente" (2013), "Antero" (2014) and "Nyo Vweta Nafta" (2017). His work was shown at several film festivals, such as the Critics` Week of Cannes IFF, Locarno IFF, Rome IFF, Indie Lisboa IFF, Bradford IFF, Durban IFF, Curtas de Vila do Conde ISFF, Jihlava IDFF, among others.

Yi CUI
Through the Looking Glass
cui Yi
Through the Looking Glass
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 14:0 | Chine | 2017

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YI Cui, born and raised in China, initially studied Conservation Ecology, but eventually decided to study Film instead. After studying Film Production at the York University in Toronto, she started working on a body of work consisting of experimental films, documentaries, film essays and narrative films. The constant search for poetry and musicality is a recurring theme in her work.

Marc CUSCÓ, Marc Roca, Artur Tort, Gabriel Ventura
Nèctar
cuscÓ Marc , Marc Roca, Artur Tort, Gabriel Ventura
Nèctar
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 22:46 | Espagne | 2017

A brand new day begins and Teula undertakes its particular routine. The rest of the community remains restless and fascinated: it seems he has found the path to a new way of life.

MARC CUSCÓ (1990) is graduated in Humanities and Arts, Audiovisual Communication and Journalism at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). After collaborating on some media and several film projects (chiefly short films and music videos for Núria Graham, or El Petit de Cal Eril), he made his first feature film, "Brahman", in 2015. He currently combines his activity with teaching at the University of Vic (Spain), giving a workshop on film fiction script. MARC ROCA (1990) is graduated in Audiovisual Communication (UPF) and Philosophie (UB). He works as post-production manager and video editor in Nanouk Films. He has directed the videoart installation "Guanyar-se les garrofes" (2016) and the short documentary film "Corrosió" (2012). He has worked as director of photography, cameraman and video editor in films ("Brahman"), short films and music videos. ARTUR TORT (1990), PhD in Audiovisual Communication. He has worked as editor and camera operator in "La Mort de Louis XIV" (Albert Serra, 2016. Prix Jean Vigo 2016); as director of photography and editor in "Singularity" (Albert Serra, 2015); as director of photography in "Cubalibre" (Albert Serra, 2014) and "Els tres porquets" (Albert Serra, 2012); as camera operator in "Història de la meva mort" (Albert Serra, 2013).

Katie DAVIES
The Separate System
davies Katie
The Separate System
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 23:9 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

At the end of 2014 the Ministry of Justice released an announcement stating that from January 2015, “ every prisoner coming into custody will be asked if they have been a member of the armed forces ” and that “ prisons will be given new guidance about helping them during their sentence”. The announcement followed wide debate over the percentage of veterans in prison. Behind these policy contexts there also sits a wider public perception of the identity of the “ veteran ” which exists in tension with the notion of the “ offender ”. The Separate System was collaboratively produced by veterans through workshops at two local prisons with artist Katie Davies. The piece investigates the spaces of the military, custody and “ civilian ” life through the notion of work, an everyday activity that unites these worlds and is familiar to us all. The film communicates what we, as a civilian audience, perhaps do not understand about the unique set of relations, actions and responsibilities held by the people within these spaces. Created through FACT`s Adults Learning Programme, our work within the criminal justice system aims to approach the context of the prison system from a critically engaged position.

Katie Davies is a video artist exploring the construction of identities, their reflections and manipulations. Nationalism, violence and democracy form a central critique for her videos and installations, often focusing upon individuals and communities whose identities are dictated by the state; their agency to self-identify snared between political agendas and Sovereign violence. Katie is a Royal West of England Academician and was nominated for the 2016 Paul Hamlyn Award. She is a Jury member for the International competition, Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2018 and has exhibited nationally and internationally including FACT Liverpool 2018, Kassel Dokfest, Bratislava International Film Festival and Oberhausen International Film Festival 2017 & 2015, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, Border Visions, Connecticut, USA 2012 and The Istanbul Biennial 2009. She has contributed to several publications and her writing on practice-led research has been included in US and British publications. Katie is Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Production at The University of The West of England.

Astrid DE LA CHAPELLE
Uccello
de la chapelle Astrid
Uccello
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 2:20 | France | 2016

L'épopée sur branches et en sous-bois, télescope: nature, peinture: uccelli et Uccello. Le film tisse un dialogue avec des éléments photos et vidéos trouvés sur internet d'oiseaux et d'extraits de tableaux de Paolo Uccello.

Astrid de la Chapelle est réalisatrice, artiste et musicienne. Elle est née en 1983 à Paris. Dans ses films 16mm, dessins et projets éditoriaux, elle procède à des transcriptions entre médiums et à des reconstructions narratives en renouvelant les hiérarchies de récit et l’utilisation de documents. Son travail explore les potentiels qu’ouvre les espaces ou les paysages. Elle auto-édite le fanzine de science-fiction Futu et joue en parallèle dans le groupe de musique, Shrouded and the Dinner, avec quatre autres artistes et musiciens. Elle a étudié à l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (diplômée en 2008), à la School of Visual Arts de New-York (USA) et à l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré. Invitée par le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle en 2017, elle a imaginé le cycle sur l’île de Pâques avec une sélection de films et de conférences.

Inês DE LIMA TORRES
De Madrugada
de lima torres Inês
De Madrugada
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 30:6 | Portugal | 2017

In the hot month of August, Alice and her siblings go to their grandmother’s summer house. As the days go by, the house becomes a hive of slow straying bodies, as Alice becomes more and more engrained in her grandmother’s colonial past.

Inês de Lima Torres was born in 1995 in Setúbal, Portugal. She graduated from university at Lisbon School of Theatre and Film, majoring in Cinema, in the branch of Directing in 2017 “De Madrugada”, her graduation film, premiered at IndieLisboa 17’ National Competition and was also screened at other festivals such as San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Eleonore DE MONTESQUIOU
Olga&Olga
de montesquiou Eleonore
Olga&Olga
Doc. expérimental | hdv | noir et blanc | 29:39 | France | Russie | 2017

Olga et Olga vivent du côté russe de la frontière entre l`Estonie et la Russie. Les deux femmes sont meilleures amies depuis des décennies, depuis que les usines ont fermé dans le pays et qu’elles se sont retrouvées à faire les marchés. Le film est un double portrait des Olgas et tout particulièrement de leurs rapports aux hommes. Notre sujet favori est l’évolution de la situation spécifique des femmes lorsque l’environnement politique et économique du pays a radicalement changé. Héroïnes du film, elles se complètent parfaitement, l’une dramatique et pessimiste, l`autre beaucoup plus drôle. Ensemble, elles donnent une image complète des femmes de cette génération.

Eléonore de Montesquiou est née en 1970 à Paris, elle vit à Berlin et Tallinn. Son travail est basé sur une approche documentaire de la réalité, films (vidéos) dessins et textes. Ses collaborateurs sont à ce jour les compositeurs Peter Zinovieff, Phonic Psychomimesis, Helena Tulve, Tanja Kozlova, Lembe Lokk et Marcel Türkowsky; et les graphistes Aadam Kaarma, Heidi Sutterlütty, Ethan Burkhard et Jose Soares de Albergheria. Depuis 2007, Eléonore de Montesquiou mène un projet à long terme à la frontière Russie-Estonie “ NA GRANE ” composé de films et publications. En 2005-2006, elle réalise ATOM CITIES en Estonie, films, dessins, publications et une pièce sonore réalisée pour les ACR de France culture, sur l’ex-ville soviétique close pour recherche nucléaire de Sillamäe, une ville habitée exclusivement par des Russes en Estonie. Lauréate de la villa Médicis Hors les Murs 2006, elle filme des femmes qui prennent régulièrement le train entre la Pologne et l’Allemagne pour aller travailler à Berlin. En 2008-2009, elle est résidente à Moscou (Senat Stipendium für Kulturaustausch). Depuis 2010, elle filme à la frontière entre l’Estonie et la Russie: Kreenholm (2010), Remember (2011), Notes (2015), Olga&Olga (2015). Ses premiers projets traitaient du rituel de la robe de mariée (1998, France), de la maternité: Swing, ma demeure (2003, Paris-Berlin) à la relation à la propriété privée “ Minu maja on minu maa ” (2001, Estonie) et “ Par exemple, Ebenthal ” (2004, Autriche). Avec Olga Olga Helena (2005, St-Pétersbourg), Eléonore de Montesquiou questionne le départ de réfugiés politiques et leur vie en exil, démarche qu’elle poursuit à présent avec les migrants qui arrivent en Estonie: Feu (2017), Le Général (2017), Sans retour (2017), Babylne (2017) Commando Sacko (2017).

David DE ROZAS
Give
de rozas David
Give
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 16:20 | Espagne | USA | 2017

Challenging traditional documentary practices with experimental approaches to editing and sound, GIVE explores Roland Gordon’s motivations to create a monumental visual archive displaying centuries of black agency and achievements, in the United States and beyond. Roland’s collage, "The Cloud of Witnesses", is comprised of thousands of photographic portraits,newspapers, and magazines cutouts, presenting an alternative visual history to empower the black community. The film explores collective representations of history, memory, and culture; where pasts, presents, and futures are modeled by the blending of imagination, facts, and love.

Born in Southern Europe, David de Rozas is a filmmaker and artist based in California, US. His interests relate to the politics of history, memory, and identity through a range of mediums and formats. His practice combines audiovisual research, film production, and curatorial projects. These include art center displays and program strategies, lectures, film programs, documentaries, written and film essays, and other forms and sites of knowledge production. David earned an MFA in Cinema at the San Francisco State University, and BA in Fine Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid. His projects have been recently screened and displayed at the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, SOMARTS, UCLA, CSU Media Arts Festival, FLEXfest, Artist’s Television Access, Southern Exposure, and the Prelinguer Library among others. He is currently lecturer at SFSU School of Cinema.

Susana DE SOUSA DIAS
Luz Obcura (Obscure Light)
de sousa dias Susana
Luz Obcura (Obscure Light)
Documentaire | hdv | couleur et n&b | 76:0 | Portugal | 2017

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Susana de Sousa Dias was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts/ Video, an MPhil in Aesthetics and Art Philosophy, a BA in Fine Arts-Painting, and a BA in Cinema. She studied music at the National Conservatory.

Ozgur DEMIRCI
Beyazperdeden Yesil Sahaya (From the Silver Screen to Soccer Field)
demirci Ozgur
Beyazperdeden Yesil Sahaya (From the Silver Screen to Soccer Field)
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 9:24 | Turquie | 2016

“Yildiz Movie Theater” was opened in the beginning of the 1950’s. The location and the environment of the cinema have changed because of the fact that urban renewal within years. Video work approaches this transformation from social and architectural perspective. “Basmane” is that the region of the movie theater was the city center of Izmir. However, in the beginning of the 2000’s, many immigrants came to Izmir and “Basmane” has started to become male-dominated area. Then, “Basmane” has become a marginalized region. The cinema “Yildiz” had affected by that change and the place has been changed as enclosed soccer field and billiards saloon. It is easy to notice the traces of these constrained and rushed changes in the place. The goalpost in front of the silver screen clarifies the morphological contrast and social history of the cinema. This work addresses an issue with architecture as a witness of the social memory, the process of transformation of soccer field from a cinema and the social impacts of cinema and football.

Ozgur Demirci was born in Konya in 1982. After graduating from the Department of Interdisciplinary Art in the Faculty of Art and Design at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul in 2008, he completed his Master’s degree in C:Art:Media at Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg in 2010. He is currently a PhD candidate at Dokuz Eylül University Art and Design department. Demirci has held many solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions and public projects in Turkey, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania and USA.

Bieke DEPOORTER, Mattias De Craene
Dvalemodus
depoorter Bieke , Mattias De Craene
Dvalemodus
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 9:0 | Belgique | Allemagne | 2017

In states of endless slumber, people endure the stifling dark. Powerful forces of nature rage relentlessly, sometimes soothing and sometimes menacing. The roar of the factory thunders on without halt, steadily eroding the surrounding landscape. Sluggish shapes seemingly abide the desolate waste around them. These Mountains, these waves and our people, carry the darkness, lies and slowness within. For he who can`t take no more only laughter can bring salvation.

Bieke Depoorter was born in 1986 in Kortrijk, Belgium. She received a Master’s Degree in Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Her early colour photography work is the result of a unique approach: she captures the privacy of people whom she meets by chance and she gets to invite her into their homes. She captures indescribable, fragile and intense moments, always with kindness. Depoorter finalized her first short film Dvalemodus in 2017, which she directed together with musician Mattias De Craene. The film talks about the everlasting darkness in a small village in the Northern Norway. When she was just 25 years old, she joined the Magnum agency, of which she became a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. In 2017 she won the Prix Levallois. Mattias De Craene was born 1989 in Belgium. He is a saxophone player and composer. His musical language is often described as unique and genre-defying. He is often linked with the free improvisational scene, and is also a founding member of several bands, such as Nordmann. In an everlasting quest of making abstract things more specific, he has recently started to combine music with visual arts.

Bertrand DEZOTEUX
Picasso Land
dezoteux Bertrand
Picasso Land
Animation | hdv | couleur | 11:6 | France | 2015

Ce projet a pour origine le célèbre ballet Parade (1917), dont les costumes et décors avaient été créés par Picasso, sur un texte de Cocteau, musique de Satie, et chorégraphie de Massine. En 1980, ce monument de l’avant-garde européenne est adapté à la télévision par Jean-Christophe Averty, réalisateur héritier du surréalisme, et pionnier de la technique d’incrustation (chroma key) en France. Picasso Land tente de perpétuer cet esprit d’avant garde en proposant un troisième opus, en 3D. Décors et personnages ont été modélisés à partir de peintures et sculptures de Picasso, formant un petit peuple hétéroclite et dansant. Pour mettre en action ces corps singuliers, leur donner vie, une chorégraphie a été créée en collaboration avec le danseur Yaïr Barelli. Il a développé un vocabulaire de gestes, de pas et d’attitudes qui furent numérisés puis injectés dans les personnages. Cette relecture de l’oeuvre de Picasso dévoile un “ Pays “, qui se construirait d’oeuvre en oeuvre, qui aurait ses propres moeurs, sa culture, son territoire.

Bertrand Dezoteux. Né en 1982, formé au Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains, il développe sa pratique autour de nouvelles formes audiovisuelles. À la frontière du documentaire, de la fiction et de la science-fiction, ses films s’inspirent des logiciels de modélisation 3D, pour créer des objets visuels hybrides. Il réalise ainsi “ Le Corso ” en 2008, “ L`Histoire de France en 3D ” en 2012, “ Animal Glisse ” en 2015, “ Picasso Land ” en 2016 ou encore "Super-règne" en 2017. Présenté en France et à l’étranger, le travail de B. Dezoteux interroge notre rapport aux autres, au travail ou au quotidien, notre imaginaire du futur et notre désir d’ailleurs. En 2015, il est lauréat du prix Audi talents awards pour le projet “ En attendant Mars ”, mené en collaboration avec l`Observatoire de l`espace du CNES (Centre national d`études spatiales). En 2017, l’artiste a été exposé au Palais de Tokyo (Paris) et à la Station (Nice), ses films ont été montrés au New York Film Festival et au Toronto International Film Festival. En mars 2018, il est programmé au théâtre des Amandiers (Nanterre) ; en avril, la galerie Édouard Manet (Gennevilliers) lui consacre une exposition personnelle.

Sebastian DIAZ MORALES
Pasajes IV
diaz morales Sebastian
Pasajes IV
Vidéo | mov | couleur | 25:0 | Argentine | 2017

In Pasajes IV the idea follows the same narrative, concept and structure as in the other videos from the series. In the previous three Pasajes video works a formula repeats on different backdrops: a character unites places through gateways, doors, stairs and roads which are otherwise spatially disconnected from each other. This is the geography of a story expressed in an alteration of normalcy. In this formulation of Pasajes IV, the video explores the landscape of Patagonia. Crisscrossing this territory in search for differences within the landscape, a character as a guide, unites different territories disconnected in their geography, as essential pieces of a puzzle to understand this region’s present topography and history.

Sebastián Díaz Morales was born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, in 1975 and now lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He attended the Universidad del Cine de Antin in Argentina from 1993-1999, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 2000-2001 and Le Fresnoy Studio des arts contemporains in Roubaix, France from 2003-2004. He has had solo exhibitions in the USA, Mexico, and numerous cities in Europe, and his work has been supported by a number of grants and awards. Díaz Morales uses a number of different formal strategies to create his videos, ranging from the digital manipulation of appropriated news clips to lengthy, film-like narrative works made from footage filmed by himself. Díaz Morales explores the relationship between large-scale socio-political power dynamics and individual action in works which create a sense of uneasiness for the viewer. His films are often somewhat surreal, establishing a tension between a depicted social reality and its representation in a visually abstract or fantasy-inflected way. Throughout his works, multiple forms of dependence are explored, including dependent relationships between people, the environment, and social structures.

Tommaso DONATI
A Song from the Future
donati Tommaso
A Song from the Future
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 17:29 | Suisse | 2017

Un migrant somalien cherche abri dans les souterrains d`un immeuble près de la douane Suisse italien. Une chanson populaire de son pays réveille en lui l`envie de partir.

Né en 1988, Tommaso Donati est diplômé de l’école internationale de création audiovisuelle et de réalisation (EICAR) à Paris. Son travail se partage entre le documentaire, le cinéma expérimental et la photographie où il explore les relations entre l’homme, l’animal et le milieu naturel dans lequel ils vivent.

DRIESSENS & VERSTAPPEN
Deep Dive
driessens & verstappen
Deep Dive
Création numérique | 0 | couleur | 7:35 | Pays-Bas | 2016

Deep Dive offers an endless zoom into a picture, revealing an infinitely detailed imaginary world that emerges from the original image. While zooming, the image is constantly being refined in real-time, and the viewer can steer this process by tracking points of interest with the cursor. Each new `dive` starts with a randomly downloaded picture from the online WikiMedia archive.

The artists couple Driessens & Verstappen have worked together since 1990. They attempt an art in which spontaneous phenomena are created systematically. Art that is not entirely determined by the subjective choices of a human being, but instead is generated by autonomously operating processes. In addition to working with natural processes, the couple develops computer programs for artificial growth and evolution. An important source of inspiration are the self-organising processes in nature which continuously create original forms. Works of Driessens & Verstappen are in collections a.o. Centre Pompidou Paris, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam. They exhibited at museums and galleries a.o. Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, IVAM Institute Valencia, Neue Pinakothek München, Eyebeam New York, Young Projects Los Angeles. The artists couple gave presentations at conferences such as Siggraph Los Angeles, Second Iteration Melbourne. In 1999 and 2001 they have won the VIDA award with their Tickle robot projects in an international competition for Art & Artificial Life. In 2013 the couple received the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award for their entire oeuvre. Driessens & Verstappen are represented by DAM gallery Berlin.

George DRIVAS
Laboratory of Dilemmas
drivas George
Laboratory of Dilemmas
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 10:38 | Grèce | 2017

Laboratory of Dilemmas is a narrative video installation based on Aeschylus’ theatre play Iketides (Suppliant Women), which poses a dilemma between saving the Foreigner and maintaining the safety of the Native. Addressing current global sociopolitical issues, the work deals with the anguish, puzzlement, and confusion of individuals and social groups when called upon to address similar dilemmas. Aeschylus’ Iketides (Suppliant Women) is the first literary text in history that raises the issue of a persecuted group of people seeking for asylum. The Suppliants have left Egypt to avoid having to marry their first cousins and arrive at Argos seeking asylum from the King of the city. The King is then faced with a dilemma. If he helps the foreign women, he risks causing turmoil among his people and going to war with the Egyptians, who are after the Suppliants. But if he doesn’t help them, he will break the sacred laws of Hospitality and violate the principles of Law and Humanism, leaving the Suppliants to the mercy of their pursuers. Laboratory of Dilemmas focuses on the play’s dilemma through the excerpts of an unfinished documentary in the form of found footage about a scientific experiment. This experiment was never completed for unknown reasons, however the found excerpts of the unfinished documentary reveal today, after so many years, details of the experiment, as well as the hopes of the professor who envisioned it and the disagreements with his co-researchers.

George Drivas a étudié les sciences politiques et l’administration publique à l’Université Kapodistrian d’Athènes, avant de poursuivre sa formation avec un master en film et médias à l’université libre de Berlin. Il réside actuellement à Athènes. L’artiste réalise des vidéos combinant textes, vidéos et photographies. Il fait de la photographie un outil de surveillance, semblant toujours se cacher de ses sujets. A travers les thèmes qu’il aborde - l’aliénation, l’inclusion sociale, la promesse, ou la déception – il cherche à faire émerger les relations interpersonnelles d’une société sous surveillance. Il a été récompensé par de nombreux prix, dont celui du meilleur film expérimental au festival du film grec de Londres (2010), et une mention spéciale au festival de films et vidéos expérimentaux du Musée d’art contemporain de Macédoine (Grèce, 2009). Il a également obtenu un second prix au VIIème Media Art Forum, au XXVIIème festival international du film de Moscou en 2006, ainsi qu’au Zebra International Poetry Film Festival de Berlin (2002). Exposé notamment à « Antidoron – The EMST Collection » à Kassel en Allemagne (2017), son travail a été présenté par de nombreuses institutions, en Grèce (Musée national d’art contemporain d’Athènes en 2013 et 2009, Festival international du film d’Athènes en 2014, Biennale d’art contemporain de Thessalonique en 2013) ; au Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (2015), à la Transmediale (Berlin, 2014) ; au Hong-Gah Museum de Taiwan (2012) ; au festival international Electronic Language FIESP au Cultural Center de Sao Paulo (2012), ou encore au Centre d’Art Contemporain de Seattle (2012).