Catalogue 2015-2016
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Mathieu K. ABONNENC
Secteur IX B
k. abonnenc Mathieu
Secteur IX B
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 42:35 | France | 2015

Secteur IX B met en scène la conservation d’une collection anthropologique ramenée la Mission Dakar-Djibouti, une des plus grande opération de collecte coloniale, à travers une relecture de l’ouvrage L’Afrique fantôme de Michel Leiris. Par son dispositif, tourné entre la France et le Sénégal, le film dévoile le destin et la mémoire d`archives par un récit fantasmé, qui désigne un état des relations entre les peuples.

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc s’attache à interroger les formes d’hégémonie culturelle sur lesquelles s’est appuyée l’évolution de nos sociétés contemporaines. Qu’il s’agisse de vidéos, de photographies, d’installations, de dessins ou de projets d’exposition, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc explore les principes de représentation dominants en s’appropriant des éléments et des événements préexistants, principalement liés aux histoires impériales et coloniales des pays dits développés. Autant d’objets appartenant à une mémoire collective dont l’universalisme de principe est mis à l’épreuve depuis plus d’un siècle. Chacun de ces éléments nécessite d’être constamment renégocié afin d’en dégager des problématiques contemporaines, en termes de construction d’une identité, d’une communauté, d’une nation, et ainsi permettre par moment de réinventer l’action artistique et politique. Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc est diplômé des Beaux-arts de Marseille en 2002. Il a fait parti du programme de recherche La Seine de l’Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris de 2006 à 2008 . Son travail à fait l’objet en 2013 de deux expositions personnelles, Songs for a Mad King à la Kunsthalle de Bâle, Suisse et Kannibalen au Bielefelder-Kunstverein, Allemagne. En 2012, deux institutions, la Fondation Serralves à Porto au Portugal et Pavilion à Leeds en Angleterre, ont organisé des expositions personnelles de l’artiste. Toujours en 2012 , Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc a participé à la Triennale de Paris, Intense Proximité, au Palais de Tokyo, ainsi qu’à des expositions collectives à la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard à Paris et l’ICA – Institue d’Art Contemporain de Philadelphie aux États-Unis.

Davor KANJIR
Limb
kanjir Davor
Limb
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 41:0 | Croatie | 2015

The experimental documentary film Limbo is a portrayal of a space and life in a newly built neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Croatian capital. Structured around four, so to speak, narrative unities and with a total of 33 static shots, six of them portraits of the neighbourhood inhabitants, reduced to a sort of photographic models, this film idiosyncratically speak about life in a large urban environment. As a parable of modern civilisation, Kanjir’s topographic study of an urban limbo is the first part of the tetralogy about the Croatian capital, whose other parts (Purgatory, Paradise and Hell) are based on an identical aesthetic principle: formalist restriction and compositional precision of the frame which, in combination with the use of ambience sound and subtle social commentary, create a hypnotic, meditative journey across the Croatian metropolis.

Davor Kanjir was born in 1974 in Zagreb. He attended the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. He holds a bachelor’s degree in production and a master’s in film and TV directing (documentary film) from Zagreb’s Academy of Dramatic Art. He wrote, produced and directed documentary films Monk (ZagrebDox, 2010) and My Good and Beautiful Friends (ZagrebDox, 2011). He has published film reviews in Kinoteka and the Croatian version of the British film magazine Total Film. Limbo is his latest documentary film

Andrew KIM
THE PEACOCK
kim Andrew
THE PEACOCK
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 12:0 | USA | 2015

A meditation on our fantastic condition of mortality and impermanence ... The peacock painted on the window will never dance or speak. It is only the peacock that lived in the forest which used to speak, dance, and walk in a sweet manner.

Andrew Kim (b. 1985) is an experimental filmmaker who received his MFA from School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts in 2013. His work is inspired by the material properties of cinema and its unique ability to reify abstract ideas and ineffable feelings. Combining formal experimentation with at concern for the phenomenology of the cinematic experience, Andrew’s films are an attempt to understand the movement of the mind. Ultimately, his films attempt to transcend the exact mechanics of motion pictures such that a film might articulate a new kind of knowledge. Andrew’s films have screened at a variety of venues and festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), Images Festival (Toronto), BAFICI (Buenos Aries), UnionDocs, and Los Angeles Filmforum, among others. Andrew lives in Los Angeles, California. There he is a staff member at the Echo Park Film Center and teaches film production at the California Institute of the Arts.

Frank Koolen, Kasper Jacobs
Play Curacao
koolen Frank , Kasper Jacobs
Play Curacao
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 29:28 | Pays-Bas | Curaçao | 2015

In the experimental documentary Play Curacao (2015) contemporary games, social rituals and leisure typical for the Caribbean island of Curacao are thoroughly investigated through a mix of observations, discussions and performative acts. During a four month residency at the Instituto Buena Bista artists/filmmakers Kasper Jacobs and Frank Koolen followed a wide variety of sub-cultures and singletons in their free-time routines resulting in a personal taxonomy of the Caribbean ‘Homo Ludens’. Play Curacao offers a dynamic, absurd and playful insight in the versatile everyday society and culture of Curacao.

Kasper Jacobs and Frank koolen, both visual artists working in the field of film and photography, met in 2007 and since then have been assisting each other frequently in a range of individual projects. Through these collaborations they created a mutual frame of preference and understanding. Their shared interest in subcultures and the structures they create to frame their own reality form the fundament of `Play Curacao` and future projects. Kasper Jacobs (1981, Bergen, NL) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Frank Koolen (1978, Maastricht, NL) studied at the HKU in Utrecht, De Ateliers and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Laura KRANING
Port Noir
kraning Laura
Port Noir
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 10:45 | USA | 2014

Within the machine landscape of Terminal Island, the textural strata of a 100 year old boat shop provides a glimpse into Los Angeles Harbor’s disappearing past. Often recast as a backdrop for fictional crime dramas, the scenic details of the last boatyard evoke imaginary departures and a hidden world at sea.

Laura Kraning’s work explores secret worlds hidden beneath the surface of the everyday that traverse the border between the objective and the subjective, the real and the imaginary. Navigating landscape as a repository for memory, cultural mythology, and the technological sublime, her work has been described as a form of “esoteric archeology,” delving into an experience of the subconscious of a landscape. Laura’s work has screened widely at international film festivals, such as the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and Rencontres Internationales, among others. She is the recipient of the 2010 Princess Grace Foundation John H. Johnson Film Award and Jury Awards at both the 2010 and 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

David KRIPPENDORFF
Nothing Escapes My Eyes
krippendorff David
Nothing Escapes My Eyes
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 13:43 | Allemagne | Egypte | 2014

Nothing Escapes My Eyes (2014) is about a silent transformation of a place and a human being, both subjected to the melancholy of conforming. Inspired by the texts of Edward W. Said, the poems of Mahmoud Darwish and the Verdi opera Aida, the film depicts in a metaphoric form current issues of cultural identity, loss and the pressures to conform. The film refers to the following historical event related to this opera: Aida premiered in Cairo in 1871 at the “Khedivial Opera House”. One hundred years later the building was completely destroyed by fire and replaced by a multi storied parking garage. Nevertheless, to this day, the place is still named Opera Square: Meidan El Opera. The film combines this urban alteration with the painful transformation of a woman (actress Hiam Abbass) in the process of shedding one identity for another. With no dialogues, the film is backed by a musical excerpt from Verdi’s Aida whose lyrics express the difficulties of being loyal to one’s country and cultural identity. The personal and urban transformation tackles on issues of identity, loss and disorientation as a result of historical colonialism and contemporary globalization.

David Krippendorff was born in Berlin, grew up in Italy, and returned to Berlin to study fine arts, eventually relocating to New York, where he lived for five years. His works and videos have been shown internationally, a.o. at the New Museum (New York), ICA (London), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem). He has participated in three Biennials (Prague, Poznan and Tel Aviv). He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Romain KRONENBERG
Heliopolis
kronenberg Romain
Heliopolis
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 36:28 | France | Turquie | 2015

Mardin, Turquie, 2015. Dans un futur où tout reste à bâtir, entre le béton et le bruit du chantier, entre le Turc et le Kurde, quatre jeunes hommes racontent l’histoire d’une ville imaginaire : “à Heliopolis, deux communautés se sont rassemblées à l’appel du Mythe des troubles climatiques : toute vie à l’extérieur de la cité abandonnée, devenue refuge, est désormais impossible. La vie s’y organise d’abord dans un élan organique bientôt mis en péril par le réflexe d’une organisation redevenue statique laissant resurgir deux systèmes politiques archaïques. Un coup d’état se prépare”. Le texte d’Heliopolis – une réponse à l’expérience de troubles politiques que j’ai vécus dans la région de Mardin en 2014 et que j’adresse à ses habitants, autant que le portrait des quatre jeunes hommes affrontant leur condition à travers la lecture, sont au cœur du film qu’il fait apparaître – et tout le potentiel de relations pouvant se nouer ici entre réalité et fiction.

Né en 1975. Après deux années à la Faculté de théologie protestante de Genève, Romain Kronenberg étudie la théorie musicale, le Jazz et la composition électro-acoustique au Conservatoire Supérieur de musique de Genève. Entre 2001 à 2005 à l’IRCAM où il est compositeur et sound designer, il collabore avec des plasticiens tels que Ugo Rondinone, Pierre Huyghe, Melik Ohanian et Thierry Kuntzel qui l’ouvrent à la vidéo. En 2005, il présente sa performance Dérive à la Fondation Cartier et au Palais de Tokyo, à la fois concert et tournage de la vidéo éponyme au style contemplatif et hypnotique mettant en scène l’actrice Audrey Bonnet avec laquelle il travaille depuis régulièrement. En 2007, il est artiste en résidence au Palais de Tokyo puis en 2009 à la Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto) où il exerce et précise son style, lent et singulier. De retour du Japon, Romain souhaite mesurer la finesse et la permanence de ses images à l’aune de situations imprévisibles et instables, ce qui le conduit en 2011 à tourner le road movie My empire of dirt à travers la Turquie, d’Istanbul jusqu’à Diyarbakir, capitale kurde de la Turquie. En 2012, il crée avec Benjamin Graindorge Eldorado, une installation vidéo mettant en scène les enjeux de sa propre création : l’élan, la conquête et le désir côtoient la permanence et à la fixité des images. En 2013 en Anatolie Centrale, il réalise Marcher puis disparaître où l’abstraction et la plasticité d’un immense lac salé sont mises en dialogue avec les usages et le quotidien d’une petite ville turque qui jouxte le lac. Benjamin Graindorge, incarnant à l’image la figure du marcheur, relie les deux territoires, si proches et pourtant si lointains. En 2014 en Turquie, Romain réalise la vidéo So long after sunset and so far from dawn, vis-à-vis entre une cité abandonnée à la frontière arménienne et une ville également vide mais en construction à la frontière syrienne. L’ancien et le nouveau, le passé et l’avenir sont projetés sur les deux territoires au présent incertain. Romain travaille actuellement sur deux films dont les thèmes se rejoignent, mais abordés sous des angles opposés : l’action de l’Été perpétuel se situe dans une maison d’été où Jeanne, interprétée par Audrey Bonnet, réactive sa mémoire pour faire le deuil de l’être aimé et d’une civilisation engloutie. Deux sculptures de Benjamin Graindorge sont les vecteurs de cette réactivation. Heliopolis, filmé à la frontière syrienne de la Turquie, est un film-portrait mettant en scène, dans un futur où tout reste à construire, quatre jeunes hommes qui racontent : deux communautés rassemblées, à l’appel d’un mythe, dans une cité abandonnée où la vie d’abord organisée de manière utopique, s’administre et se fige, laissant resurgir les tensions ; un coup d’état se prépare. Un troisième film est en préparation, en dialogue avec Benjamin Graindorge : La maison, où deux hommes tentent de résoudre leurs contradictions entre allégories et organicité. Ces films à venir marquent l’apparition des dialogues dans le travail du cinéaste qui étend ainsi de nouveau sa pratique.

LA RIBOT
Film noir 001 // 002 // 003
la ribot
Film noir 001 // 002 // 003
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 28:0 | Espagne | Suisse | 2015

Dans FILM NOIR 001 (2014), La Ribot fait apparaître les extras de deux péplums, «Spartacus» de Stanley Kubrick et «Le Cid» d’Anthony Mann, tournés dans l’Espagne des années 60. Témoignage des mouvements politiques et sociaux de cette époque, le film construit le fond de l’histoire à travers des corps anonymes. Dans FILM NOIR 002 (2015), la série continue avec les corps de figurants ou travailleurs de plusieurs films, nous laissant ainsi contempler la splendeur de leur jeu. Dans FILM NOIR 003 (2015), l’aspect spatial et chorégraphique nous saute aux yeux. Musicalement organisés, les figurants remplissent l’espace du fond, créant un ballet sensuel et drôle, parfois catastrophique, toujours impeccable.

L’artiste et chorégraphe La Ribot est née à Madrid. En 1986, elle co-fonde le groupe Bocanada Danza et le co-dirige jusqu’à sa dissolution en 1989. Deux ans après, elle commence à travailler sous le nom de La Ribot et elle inaugure le striptease humoristique Socorro! Gloria!, une pièce qui attire un nouveau public et qui lui inspire sa série solo intitulée «13 Pièces distinguées». «Más distinguidas», la seconde série des Pièces distinguées, est inaugurée à Madrid à la fin de l’année 1997. Suivi d’autres série des pièces : «Still Distinguished», 2000 et «PARAdistinguidas», 2011. «Panoramix», la version anthologique de trois heures rassemblant les trente-quatre premières Pièces distinguées, est inaugurée en 2003 à la Tate Modern et a voyagé ensuite dans d’autres institutions européennes, telles la Reina Sofía de Madrid ou le Centre Pompidou à Paris. En 2000, La Ribot amorce son travail vidéo, et expérimente plus particulièrement l’utilisation du plan-séquence, tourné du point de vue du corps impliqué dans une performance. Cette approche a irrigué de nombreuses oeuvres depuis les années 2000, dont l’installation «Despliegue», 2001, et le travail complexe mené avec la pièce «Mariachi 17», 2009. La même année, elle prend comme base «Mariachi 17» afin de mettre en place «Llámame Mariachi», un nouveau travail mêlant vidéo et performance live des trois interprètes. En 2004, La Ribot arrive à Genève, en Suisse. Elle y fonde et co-dirige entre 2004 et 2008 Art/Action, un département destiné à l’enseignement et à la recherche du live art basé à la Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) de Genève. Les années 2000 voient aussi le développement de la pièce participative de grande envergure «40 Espontáneos», 2004 ; lancée en 2006 à l’Art Unlimited de Bâle, la pièce «Laughing Hole» ; et «Gustavia», 2008, un duo conçu et joué avec la danseuse, chorégraphe et directrice du Centre National de la Danse de France, Mathilde Monnier. En 2011, elle lance «PARAdistinguidas», une nouvelle série des Pièces distinguées conçue pour cinq danseuses et vingt figurants volontaires ; en 2012 elle achève «EEEXEEECUUUUTIOOOOONS!!!», une commande chorégraphique majeure du Ballet de Lorraine à Nancy, en France. Le travail vidéo de La Ribot est présenté au sein de collections privées et publiques dans toute l’Europe et elle continue à développer et présenter son travail à l’international. Elle a participé à des expositions au Japon, en Corée du Sud et à Mexico: en 2012, le MUAC (Mexico City’s Contemporary Art University Museum) a inauguré son espace d’exposition de live art en proposant une exposition monographique sur son oeuvre. En 2014, aux côtés du compositeur et pianiste Carles Santons, elle a produit «Beware of Imitations!», une vidéo hommage à la danseuse américaine Loie Fuller. Elle poursuit son travail à l’international depuis sa base située à Genève, en Suisse, où elle vit avec le chorégraphe suisse Gilles Jobin.

Jabrane LAKHSSASSI
Journal d'un passage
lakhssassi Jabrane
Journal d'un passage
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 14:25 | Maroc | 2013

Synopsis: Des gens qui passent, s`arrêtent, contemplent le vide, pour enfin disparaitre dans l`obscurité de la nuit.

Jabrane Lakhssassi né à Taza ( Maroc) en 1988, lauréat de l`école supérieure des arts visuels de Marrakech. "Journal d`un passage" est mon premier travail.

Salomé LAMAS
The Tower
lamas Salomé
The Tower
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 8:45 | Portugal | 2015

Maybe Kolja’s experiment of merging his body (human) with the tree (nature) venturing into a border zone between the earth and the sky is due to his purity of spirit, to the grandeur of the idiots, or the foolishness of the mystics; or is it all this together? Maybe it is a symptom of the enlightened – or simply an elaborated suicide.

Salomé Lamas (1987, Lisbon, Portugal) studied Cinema in Lisbon and Prague, MFA in Amsterdam and is a Ph.D candidate in film studies in Coimbra. She has been working with time-based image and has exhibited both in art spaces and film festivals. After a couple of short films, her debut film NO MAN’S LAND premiered internationally at Berlinale (Forum) and was exhibited in a number of other festivals. Lamas is a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center fellow and DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm fellow.

Andrew LAMPERT
El Adios Largos
lampert Andrew
El Adios Largos
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 11:13 | USA | 2013

In 1973, Robert Altman`s THE LONG GOODBYE was both a critical and commercial flop. Set in a time transposed, neo-noir Los Angeles, Elliott Gould`s bumbling performance as gumshoe Philip Marlowe left Raymond Chandler aficionados dismayed, as did Vilmos Zsigmond;s kinetic camera work and John Williams` cheeky score. The film quickly disappeared from theaters and was never shown on television. While the film was released on RCA`s short-lived Video Disc format in 1981, the movie has not been seen since. All known prints were destroyed, and the original production elements perished due to a leaky sprinkler system in a Culver City in 1983. THE LONG GOODBYE was written off as permanently lost, an all too important missing link from Altman`s greatest period. It has for years remained a film that is impossible to reassess. Filmmaker and archivist Andrew Lampert’s serendipitously purchased a mysteriously film titled EL ADIOS LARGOS from a collector through the mail in 2002. Closer examination revealed that this 16mm, black and white, cropped, Spanish-language dubbed print was actually a reduction copy of Altman’s 35mm, color, widescreen, English-language masterpiece. Knowing the importance of his discovery, Lampert and a team of volunteer preservationists, including colorization expert Jody Blyer, set out on a decade-plus mission to preserve this unearthed gem using the latest digital technology. Lampert has gone to extensive lengths to painstakingly produce the most authentic, thoroughly accurate version that can be made given the considerable difference in materials.

Andrew Lampert is at the forefront of a new generation of artists engaging with film, video and performance, revisiting and extending the dialogue around an expanded cinema. Lampert pursues the alchemy between artist, art, and audience in a public space, especially that of cinema. Bringing unscripted and chance elements into cinema`s veneer of control, and often working with found material, he foregrounds the contingency of film as a medium. Reveling in cinema as a performative environment, Lampert reclaims this space from a mass media culture to emphasize its potential for immediacy and accident—and to make each of his screenings and performances a one-of-a-kind event. Lampert explores the cinematic experience as content, experimenting with the physical spaces between projector, projectionist, audience and screen, and with the experiences made possible through their convergence. The cinema becomes a site of abstract and magical production in his performances, videos and films, as Lampert investigates the gap between an artwork`s private intent and its public reception. Lampert`s media works defy strict categorization as films or videos. His projects are unified in their emphasis on the frame around the edges of narrative—the genres and clichés in which he cloaks on-screen action, the happy accidents during production, and the unexpected events during a screening that shape the audience`s response and foreground human activity in the cinematic context. Lampert was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1976. His work has been shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York; British Film Institute, London; The Kitchen, New York, and Light Industry, Brooklyn, amongst many other venues. Lampert`s work has also been featured in a number of international festivals, including the New York Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In addition to his work as an interdisciplinary artist, he is the Film Archivist at Anthology Film Archives in New York.

Nina LASSILA
Lucid Dreaming
lassila Nina
Lucid Dreaming
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | noir et blanc | 6:45 | Finlande | Belgique | 2014

Something has happened and society as we know it does not function anymore. In this video I portray situations of an apocalyptic nature. The video is based on my thoughts of a possible future and on a lucid dream I had this year. What and how will survival function in case we have to live through it? And can I trust the ones I used to trust?

Nina Lassila is a visual artist working mainly with video, performance and writing. She was born 1974 in Helsinki Finland but lives and works currently in Belgium and Berlin. Nina Lassila has a MFA from The Valand Academy of Arts in Gothenburg SE. In many of her works she deals with questions of identity – specifically identity affected by social barriers, conventions based on gender and upbringing and cultural differences. Her other bodies of work explore issues of supernatural phenomena, art and economic structures. She has taken part in several group shows and video festivals internationally. i.e The Istanbul Biennial, Rencontres Internationals Paris / Berlin / Madrid, SHE DEVIL V Macro Museum Rome, XV Art Fair Mänttä , Reykjavik Arts Festival, Kassel Documentary & Video art festival, Reality Check TSSK Trondheim , LOOP Barcelona, Une Chambre á soi at Gallery Christophe Gaillard in Paris, The Bristol Biennial. Education: Swedish Polytechnics FIN 1994-1997, School of Photography & film Gothenburg SE 2000-2002, Valand School of Fine Arts (MFA) 2004-2006, Guest at ENSAD Paris 2009.

Les LEVEQUE
Nine Hamlet RGB
leveque Les
Nine Hamlet RGB
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 5:55 | USA | 2015

Nine Hamlet RGB engages a simple algorithm to destabilize the timing of the red, green and blue frame sequential display system while incorporating fragmented, appropriated “to be or not to be” excerpts from nine Hamlet films. The audio is the synced sound from the appropriated excerpts laced with low frequency binaural tonal pulsations. The physicality of the constructed optical and aural experience is seeking a mechanism of unconscious disarticulation. The ghosting of colors, evanesent Hamlets, and somatic tones are looking for a “dream-work” that can be ciphered, displaced, or not.

Les LeVeque works with digital and analog electronic technology. His projects include single and multi-channel videos and video/computer based installations. His projects have been exhibited and screened internationally. Video Data Bank distributes his single-channel video work. He is represented by Kerry Schuss Gallery in New York City.

Beilin LIU
China, I love you
liu Beilin
China, I love you
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 40:2 | Chine | 2014

En 1951, Isidore Isou inventait avec son Traité de bave et d’éternité, le cinéma lettriste reposant sur le montage discrépant du son et de l’image. En reprenant ce principe, Liu Beilin propose une vision caustique de l’héritage de la révolution culturelle anti-bourgeoise qui devait amener le prolétariat chinois vers sa libération définitive. Dans China, I Love You, la jeune cinéaste monte des boucles sonores du traité avec des fragments de discours politiques datant de 1966, formant un mantra monolithique que viennent perturber des sonorités tout à fait actuelles, ainsi que des images d’archives à la beauté fanée montrant la vie quotidienne en Chine pendant la révolution culturelle : des gardes rouges souriants, la gymnastique matinale, des paysans dignes. Tous les clichés de l’époque sur l’Empire du Grand Timonier. Mais le témoignage d’un professeur humilié et torturé pendant cette période bénie et le continuum assourdissant de la société consumériste d’aujourd’hui viennent pointer abruptement ce que fut l’avenir d`une illusion.

Beili Liu has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center, Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, Hua Gallery, London, UK, Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Brusand, Norway, the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco, and Buffalo Arts Studio. Liu has been included in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, the Austin Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Granary Gallery, Fiskars, Finland, the Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania, From Lausanne to Beijing, the 7th International Textile Biennale, China, and Hamburg Art Week, Germany. Liu’s work has received critical reviews from Art in America, Sacchi Review, UK, Helsinki Sanomat News, Finland, Stavanger News, Norway, China Daily, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, China ArtNow, Fiber Quarterly, Canada, Handelsblatt, Germany, Hamburg Abendblatt, Artillery Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Art Slant Los Angeles, Buffalo News, Detroit Metro Times, and Austin Chronicle, among many others. Liu has received awards and prizes including artist fellowships at Art Farm, Djerassi Foundation, Fiskars AIR Onoma Foundation, Finland, and Fundación Valparaíso, Spain. Her solo exhibition In Between was named one of the “Top Ten Exhibitions in Shanghai” in 2009 by Sacchi Review, UK. Liu received the San Francisco Major’s Award for her contribution to cultural exchange in 2008, and was named twice "Artist of the Year", by Austin Visual Art Association and the Austin Critics Table Awards. In 2011, Liu received a Distinction award at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania. Liu received a Walter and Gina Ducloux Fellowship in 2011 and a University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. Born in Jilin, China, Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas, USA. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Armando LULAJ
Recapitulation
lulaj Armando
Recapitulation
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 13:0 | Albanie | Italie | 2015

On December 23, 1957, at 11:10 AM, a US Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star aircraft flown by Major Howard J. Curran left Chateauroux, France, heading for Naples, Italy. Above Turin, the aircraft radio failed and after hitting bad weather with strong winds, the plane veered off its flight path to end up, by mistake, in the sovereign airspace of the People`s Republic of Albania. At 1:28 PM, the intruder was intercepted by the Albanian Air Force Command, which instantly ordered two MiG-15 fighter jets to take off and identify it. By 3:50 PM, the fighters reported that they had spotted the intruder in the area around Rinas Airport, flying at 500-650 km/hr at an altitude of 150-200 m. Prompt countermeasures were taken. The airplane was forced to land and, to keep it from taking off again, the airport was locked down.

Born in 1980 in Tirana, Albania, Armando Lulaj is a writer of plays, texts on risk territory, film author, and producer of conflict images, orientated toward accentuating the border between economical power, fictional democracy and social disparity in a global context. Exhibitions include the Prague Biennial (2003; 2007), Tirana Biennial (2005), 4th Gothenburg Biennale (2007), the 6th Berlin Biennial (2010), the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival (2013) and the 56th Venice Biennale - Albanian Pavilion (2015).

Henrik LUND JÖRGENSEN
The Recruitment (And Escape) Of A Plastic Soldier
lund jÖrgensen Henrik
The Recruitment (And Escape) Of A Plastic Soldier
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 10:15 | Danemark | Suède | 2015

With references to landscape painting from the Romantic era and to silent film Henrik Lund Jørgensen draws inspiration from the works of the Danish film maker Carl Th. Dreyer in the making of his new video The Recruitment (And Escape) Of A Plastic Soldier (2015). In a cinematic language a narrative arises that exchange concepts as recruitment and flight and for whom it concerns. 

Henrik Lund Jørgensen received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2005 at the Malmö Art Academy, where he also lives and works today. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s degree in photography and a Master’s degree in film. In recent years, he has taught in the Master’s Programme Cinematic processes at Valand Academy of Film at Gothenburg University. Lund Jørgensen has exhibited both in Sweden and internationally, including at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunsthalle Rostock, Museum Kunst der Westküste (DE), Kiasma (Helsinki), Norrtälje Konsthall, Scandinavia House (New York), The Hirschsprungske Collection (Copenhagen) and at the Atelier Nord ANX (Oslo) and was recently a grant holder at the Iaspis program in Stockholm.

Cecilia LUNDQVIST
Tilt
lundqvist Cecilia
Tilt
Animation | hdv | couleur | 5:6 | Suède | 2014

The animated video "Tilt" describes a deep relation that is abruptly broken up and as a result, the existing life is turned into ruin. The video is a contemplation of a human being’s inability to comprehend its own transience.

Working almost exclusively with animated art, mostly as single channel videos. Through animating my own drawings, I am mediating tales of human relationships and not shying away from life’s darker and more destructive sides. Since 1994 I’ve created over 30 videos, works that generally are narrative and deal with issues like domestic violence, power structures and human behaviours.
My works have all been screened at numerous occations worldwide and I’m represented at several art institutions, among them Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Johann LURF
Embargo
lurf Johann
Embargo
Vidéo | hdv | | 10:0 | Autriche | 2014

Born in 1982 in Vienna Johann Lurf has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London. He graduated from Harun Farocki’s film class in 2009. He received the State Grant of Austria for Video- and Media Art and participated in the Artist-in-Residence Programs at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles 2011 and at the SAIC in Chicago 2015. His works have been internationally shown and awarded in numerous exhibitions and festivals.

Mikhail LYLOV, Elke Marhöfer
Primate Colors
lylov Mikhail , Elke Marhöfer
Primate Colors
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 30:57 | Russie | Hong Kong | 2015

Primate Colors traces humans and nonhumans joined in the flows of capital. It inquires into the life of Chungking Mansions, shuttle traders and commerce objects, which connect Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta with Nairobi, Djibouti, Rotterdam and Elba. The film pursues and accelerates certain methods of ethnographic and anthropological filmmaking, although not explaining people’s actions, beliefs or norms. Instead it chooses to focus on affective components of events and actions. No claims are made about the life of others. To film and to follow affects does not mean to represent an idea or a subject in a narrative of contradictions, it rather asks to be mesmerized by materiality, by the forces of the running camera and the movement of things. When recording the capitalist reality of hyper-exploitation of human and nonhuman resources, one finds one’s own conditions not in the relations of production, but in disgraced facts, neglected aspects and ridiculed signs. Therefrom reality is understood as fundamentally strange, and filming becomes a form of assembling the bewildering and the obscure. Such a mode of filmmaking follows different grades of speed, light, temperature, rotation, friction, fall-off. The approach brings forth perceptions that emerge in relation to an environment, a territory or a color. In turn, images cannot be understood as exclusively belonging to human life, or culture, but are seen as produced and perceived constantly and everywhere by nonhumans and humans alike. Akin to crystals or snowflakes, which produce geometric configurations in response and in connection to their surroundings, images have their own experiences.

Elke Marhöfer: Born in the year of the goat in Baracoa/Cuba, Elke Marhöfer lives and works in Berlin. Via the potentialities of moving image and suppositious writing she works with notions of self-admitted foreignness and radical othering, revising notions of animals, vegetables and matter. Linking for example, the nonhuman with the postcolonial she discusses how nature cuts across notions of ‘history’ or ‘context,’ being simultaneously situated and at the same time continuously surpassing and escaping somewhat formatting. Her films tests inhuman perspectives, transducing a technology like the camera, from a human cultural and technical device into an extension of the intensive forces within the environment. Avoiding the enticements of a voice-over commentary or interviews, mastering or fracturing a subject, her films give space to a splintered narrative, and a disunited audiovisuality. They suggest rather a mode of place; an unfolding of what anyhow expresses itself, so that to film is to find form immanent to the situated action. She studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin and spent a year at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City. Currently she pursues a PhD at the University of Gothenburg. Her films have been screened at the Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival Ghent and Images Film Festival Toronto. She received fellowships, grants, and generous support from IASPIS Residency Sweden, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her art exhibitions include the Palais de Tokyo Paris, Manufactura`s Studio Wuhan, FCAC Shanghai, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, NGBK Berlin, Kunstverein Hannover, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and The Showroom, London. Mikhail Lylov: Born 1989 in Voronezh/Russia, Mikhail Lylov is an independent artist and curator, he lives in Berlin. He worked in Moscow until 2010, where he developed non-disciplinary methods in his films, installations, performances and writings. His works establish or discuss the situations in which economic and knowledge models are questioned, renegotiated or rendered useless. Lylov’s work investigates a genealogy of the divide between mental and material in different contexts, especially labor and anthropology. On the affirmative side, his work looks for situations in which concepts become sensually available forms, or knowledge becomes a matter of perception. Mikhail Lylov’s projects were supported by Le Pavillon program at Palais De Tokyo in Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Michael MACGARRY, -
Sea of Ash
macgarry Michael , -
Sea of Ash
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 11:57 | Afrique du sud | Italie | 2015

LOGLINE
A poetic re-imagining of Death in Venice, featuring a West African immigrant to Italy who embarks on a journey from the Alpine mountains to the seaside and ultimately, on a doomed voyage home. SYNOPSIS
The form of the film is one of a fable, that grafts Thomas Mann’s 1925 novella, Death in Venice, to the contemporary issue of African refugees and immigrants in Italy. The film takes Mann’s book as a nexus point and expands upon a number of themes inherent in it. In Sea of Ash, Mann’s character Tadzio is an immigrant to Italy from West Africa (Senegal) who has survived the treacherous and often fatal journey by sea. While the lead character of the original – von Aschenbach – is embodied in the unseen filmmaker himself. The narrative of the film follows Tadzio on a short journey from the remarkable Brion Cemetery at San Vito in the mountains of Northern Italy to the coastal area of the Venetian lagoon. On Lido Island he visits the famous Hotel dés Bains as featured in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 film version of Death in Venice. The film concludes on the dés Baines beach, with Tadzio embarking on a doomed attempt to return home.

Michael MacGarry is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand. MacGarry is a fellow of the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) at the University of Cape Town and recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010 (Visual Art). As a filmmaker he has written and directed five narrative short films, and five feature-length video artworks, and is a recipient of an El Ray Award - Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking, Barcelona Film Festival 2015 as well as a nominee for the Huysmans Young African Filmmaker Award 2015. As a visual artist Michael has exhibited internationally for more than ten years including TATE Modern, Guggenheim Bilbao, Kiasma Museum - and has published four monographs on his work.

Aleksandra MACIUSZEK
Escenas Previas
maciuszek Aleksandra
Escenas Previas
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 28:22 | Pologne | Cuba | 2012

In a ramshackle house full of memories, a grandfather cares for his grandson and must care for himself. One week passes and nothing is going to be the same again. With a esthetic inspired by the litheographs from Ars Moriendi - medieval manuals for a good dying, this documentry proposes disturbing, sometimes grotesque, sometimes harsh, vision of death, which aways - and in the most unexpected ways - nurtures life.

Aleksandra Maciuszek Born in Poland in 1984. Graduated in Social Sciences specialising in Latin American Studies, International Migration and Ethnic Minorities. She has worked in cultural institutions and NGOs in the area of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity in Poland, Spain, Mexico and Palastine. She has published articles for the commercial and academic press on issues concerinig Latin America and International Migration. In 2012 she graduated in Documentary Direction from The International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, where she made various documentary and fiction short films. Among those is Eco Grafia (Scanning), which has screened at several international festivals and her thesis film, a documentary filmed in Cuba, titled Previous Scenes. Her documentary Opera Prima "Casablanca" premiered in 2015 received very good reviews from the critics and the public.