Catalogue 2016-2017
Parcourez ci-dessous le catalogue 2016-2017 des Rencontres Internationales, ou effectuez une recherche dans les archives des oeuvres présentées depuis 2004. De nouveaux extraits vidéos sont régulièrement mis en ligne, les images et les textes sont également progressivement mis à jour.
Alyona LARIONOVA
Across Lips
larionova Alyona
Across Lips
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 11:43 | Russie | Royaume-Uni | 2016

Pairing up jazz improvisation with the vastness of big data, Across Lips attempts to decode what it means to tell a story for a digital age. Framed by the gradual and comprehensive expansion of the Internet Archive, this film questions what it means to truly believe in something.

Alyona Larionova (b. 1988 Moscow) earned her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2013 and her BA in Photography from LCC in 2010. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at HOW Art Museum in Wenzhou, II Moscow Biennial of Young Art, National Center for Contemporary Arts Moscow, Temnikova & Kasela, and Bermondsey Project Space, among others. The artist has recently premiered her latest film at Picturehouse cinema, supported by Outpost Norwich and Ed Atkins; the film was also nominated for Tenderflix 2016 Award, organised by Tenderpixel London.

Nina LASSILA
Did Van Gogh Get Laid Because of his Paintings?
lassila Nina
Did Van Gogh Get Laid Because of his Paintings?
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 5:45 | Finlande | Belgique | 2016

A semi critical and humorous review on the showing and hanging of Art. Do we make artworks to impress or for what reason? What is the purpose of art again? To impress sexual mates or to gain fame and richness? Could art be as sexy as muscles and money? Or could the artist actually be a respected figure in society?

Nina Lassila is a visual artist born 1974 in Helsinki, Finland currently living and working in Berlin and Belgium. Nina Lassila works mainly with video and performance. 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 i.e supernatural phenomena, art and economic structures. She has taken part in several group shows and video festivals internationally.

Christine Lucy LATIMER
Still Feeling Blue About Colour Separation
latimer Christine Lucy
Still Feeling Blue About Colour Separation
Film expérimental | super8 | couleur | 2:8 | Canada | 2015

This film rephotographs over 200 internet-sourced images of ‘Macbeth ColorChecker’ cards on to super-8mm cyanotype emulsion. Macbeth Cards (precision tools in colour film processing), were a popular accessory for small-gauge Kodachrome filmmakers in the 1970`s. They have since been re-adopted by contemporary digital photographers, who use them to compare lighting scenarios on internet blogs and forums. Tracing the history of the colour calibration card through many lenses, I effectively remove all colours, save one. (Commissioned by The 8 Fest)

Christine Lucy Latimer is an interdisciplinary artist working with lens-based and time-based forms. Her work in the past decade has been featured across 5 continents in over 250 film festivals and gallery exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Joao LEAL
Chasms
leal Joao
Chasms
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:34 | Portugal | 2016

A researcher trying to cope with his research, while avoiding narrative. Does he know where he is walking himself into? Will he be able to come out of it? A film so unsuccessful in resisting narrative as it is in finding answers.

B. Porto | Portugal | 1977. Practitioner and teacher. Participates in solo and group exhibitions since 2001. Won in 2005, ex-aequo, the "Pedro Miguel Frade" award, from the Portuguese Centre of Photography, with the work "Night Order”. PhD candidate at the University of South Wales in connection to the European Centre for Documentary Research. Has a degree in Audiovisual Communication Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, majoring in Photography. Worked in São João and D.Maria II Portuguese National Theatres, RTP television, “Casa da Música”. Full time assistant professor in the Department of Image Arts P.Porto | ESMAD.

Yoann LELONG
Génèse
lelong Yoann
Génèse
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 31:50 | France | 2016

Derrière tout œuvre artistique, se cache un travail de recherche foisonnant, un parcours irrégulier fait d`avancées et de doutes. Mettant en perspective le travail de 2 artistes aux disciplines différentes, le film retrace ces moments d`improvisations, de répétition ou d`hésitations qui font partie intégrante d`une œuvre en devenir. Aux mouvements des danseurs hip-hop de la chorégraphe Anne Nguyen (artiste associé à Chaillot), se superpose une oeuvre musicale du musicien Les Gordon (du label Kitsuné), 2 univers qui, bien que différents, viennent se compléter pour créer une forme nouvelle et singulière. Qu`il s`agisse d`une pièce dansée ou d`une œuvre de musique, l`impression d`aisance et de maîtrise que suscite la découverte de l`oeuvre aboutie est toujours flagrante. Quel processus de création derrière cette sensation de fluidité, de perfection ? Comment, d`une matière brute et spontanée, naît l`oeuvre future ? C`est par cet angle que le film tente de capter et de retranscrire la genèse d`une création artistique, nourri par les séances de travail et de répétition des danseurs, autant que par la l`oeuvre musicale composée sur le mode de l`improvisation. Questionnement, tentatives, ajustements, répétitions... Autant d`étapes nécessaires que requiert la création d`un projet artistique, mouvement permanent oscillant entre la projection initiale de l`artiste et le projet en devenir, matière polymorphe et versatile. Miroir de cette genèse continue, le film finit par lui-même devenir objet de son propos.

Yoann Lelong, né en 1985. Après avoir étudié la physique quantique au cours de son cursus universitaire, Yoann Lelong s`est progressivement tourné vers la création artistique en se formant au California Institute of Arts et en collaborant avec le pionnier du mouvement No wave New Yorkais, Amos Poe. Le travail de Yoann Lelong émerge d`une vision du monde où tous les éléments sont reliés et interagissent entre eux. Chaque élément est, pour lui, une abstraction issue d`une totalité de mouvement fluide (telle la notion d`holomouvement). Il adopte ainsi une approche centrée sur l`individu pour ensuite en dégager une structure systémique en s`intéressant aux interactions qu`un individu peut avoir avec un lieu, une ambiance ou d`autres personnes. En 2013, encouragé par Alain Cavalier, Yoann Lelong réalise le film PERSON(A). Il s`agit de 23 portraits entrelacés (dont ceux de Benoit Forgeard, Amos Poe et Lola Bessis). En 2014, il rejoint l’expédition Tara Méditerranée, dans le cadre d`une résidence artistique qui donnera lieu à l`installation vidéo PerceptConcept. En 2015, Yoann Lelong a réalisé des projets sur le thème de la transidentité et de l`insertion des personnes réfugiées en collaboration avec l’association Singa. En 2017, il prépare une nouvelle œuvre en relation avec le centre de pédopsychiatrie de l`hôpital La Pitié Salpêtrière.

Mehryl LEVISSE
Réalité
levisse Mehryl
Réalité
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 10:49 | France | 2016

Dans une routine déjà bien installée, le personnage commence sa journée en revêtant une combinaison intégrale en tricot. Cette mise en abyme d`un huit clos domestique le guidera tout au long de ses activités quotidiennes : lire, manger, nettoyer, brosser. Cette seconde peau le suivra jusqu`à la délivrance d`une nouvelle nuit dont il en oubliera même de la retirer. Le mystère de son identité perdurera dans la monotonie détricotée de ses journées.

Mehryl Levisse (né à Charleville-Mézières) est un artiste français qui explore les frontières, les enjeux sociologiques et les représentations archétypales du corps, au travers de médiums tels que la photographie, l’installation ou les pratiques performatives. Dans son travail le corps n`est pas une fin mais un commencement, un matériau malléable et adaptable aux idées. Mehryl Levisse se met en scène dans des environnements de fortune inspirés par son histoire familiale, la littérature, les expériences de vie, la philosophie, la musique, la mythologie, le cinéma, les cultures populaires et beaucoup d`autres sources encore... Ses environnements entre parodie sociale et pathétisme critique, prennent les codes du théâtre et utilisent le corps comme s’il était un objet. Mehryl Levisse considère son travail photographique comme la trace documentaire de situations s’étant déroulées dans l’intimité de son atelier. Il construit soigneusement et patiemment ses environnements pièce après pièce au sein de son espace de travail, dans la volonté permanente de n’utiliser aucune retouche informatique une fois la captation photographique réalisée. Il vit et travaille entre Paris et Raillicourt (Champagne-Ardenne), France.

Honglei LI, Xiying YANG
???
li Honglei , Xiying YANG
???
Animation | hdv | couleur | 16:10 | USA | 2016

Crossroads is a three-part animated series. Aesthetically, the series mixes the imagery of classical painting with socialist propaganda art, while its narrative fuses the idioms of Greek mythology with that of traditional Chinese ghost tales. The piece offers insight into many facets of China’s political and social condition, shedding light on the country’s decades-long struggle between westernization and insulation.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to link Chinese cultural heritage with social and environmental research, Lily & Honglei, the immigrant artist collaborative produces cross-platform projects reflecting upon contemporary China in the context of a global age. Their multimedia artworks embrace both traditional art forms and new technologies such as digital animation, Virtual Reality in cyberspace, and Augmented Reality on mobile devices. Lily & Honglei’s artworks have been presented at numerous national and international venues for contemporary art or new media art, and receive support from The Jerome Foundation, Greater New York Arts Development Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts via Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, Queens Arts Fund (QAF) in New York, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning NY commission grant, name a few. Lily & Honglei`s multimedia projects are collected by The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, sponsored by The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. The awards they received include People`s Choice Award of Moving Paper Film Festival at Museum of Art & Design in New York, Creative Capital 2015 Award for Moving Image & Visual Arts, and NYFA Fellowship 2015 in Interdisciplinary Work.

Sasha LITVINTSEVA
Exile Exotic
litvintseva Sasha
Exile Exotic
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:10 | Royaume-Uni | 2015

Steeped in elliptical history and historical simulacra, Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother`s and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. Soundtracked by an operatic score reminiscent of the song of the sirens making Odysseus stray on his long journey home, our story reverberates throughout the scope of Russian history`s limiting of free movement of individuals. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves.

Sasha Litvintseva is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and curator based in London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Poland, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Modern Art Museum Moscow, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Kunstverein Gottingen, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Cinema Du Reel, Paris, including solo shows and retrospective screenings at Union Docs, New York, Super Dakota gallery, Brussels, Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Close-Up Film Centre, London, Edinburgh Film Guild, Image/Movement, Berlin, among many others. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art she is currently working on a PhD proposing the concept of geological filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is a founding member of the Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit. She is also an independent curator of contemporary moving image and co-curator of the November Film Festival.

M+M
Mittwoch + Donnerstag
m+m
Mittwoch + Donnerstag
Installation vidéo | 16mm | couleur | 6:39 | Allemagne | 2015

M+M steht für die künstlerische Zusammenarbeit von Marc Weis, geb. 1965, und Martin De Mattia, geb. 1963. Das deutsch-luxembourgische Künstlerduo überschreitet in seinen Arbeiten die klassischen Gattungsgrenzen zwischen Film und Rauminstallation. Sie erhielten u.a. den Villa Massimo Preis Rom, das Stipendium Villa Aurora L.A oder den ADC Award. Einzelausstellungen fanden in den letzten Jahren statt u.a. im Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, im MAMBo - Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, im Casino - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg, in der Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck oder im Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal/Canada. Zudem waren sie in zahlreichen Gruppenausstellungen vertreten: u.a. Museum Folkwang, Essen, Biennale Venedig, Emscherkunst, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Neue Galerie, Graz, Haus der Kunst, München, Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Michael MACGARRY
Excuse Me, While I Disappear
macgarry Michael
Excuse Me, While I Disappear
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 19:10 | Afrique du sud | Angola | 2015

The film was shot on location in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new underpopulated city outside Luanda, Angola built by Chinese construction company CITIC and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund. The film follows a young municipal worker who lives by night in the old city centre of Luanda and works by day as a groundskeeper at the new city of Kilamba Kiaxi far away.

Michael MacGarry is a multi-award winning visual artist and filmmaker, having exhibited internationally for ten years including TATE Modern, Guggenheim Bilbao, 19th VideoBrasil, 62nd Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Les Rencontres Internationales. He holds an MFA from the University of the Witwatersrand (2004). MacGarry has been researching narratives and histories of socio-economics, politics, forms and objects within the context of contemporary Africa for over a decade. Frequently focused on marking key registers of modernism – MacGarry creates sculptures, films, installations and photographs which look at the contextual specifics of things and their place; how they are simultaneously distributed both as ideas and as objects in the world. His sculptural work is formed through processes of grafting and mutation, to produce fictional hybrids principally designed to question systemic paradigms: sovereign nationality; logics of making and meaning; power relations; notions of value, equity and progress as well as the relationship between industrial technology and African resources. In his filmmaking and photographic work these macro concerns often take the form of micro narratives, personal memory and subtle identity politics in spaces where contemporary life is in a state of invention and flux.

Natalia MARIN SANCHO
New Madrid
marin sancho Natalia
New Madrid
Vidéo | 4k | couleur et n&b | 9:0 | Espagne | 2016

Jelena MARKOVIC
Durch
markovic Jelena
Durch
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 13:7 | Serbia | 0

I was overwhelmed by a sense of the wrongness of what was happening, or if not by the wrongness, then by the sheer pace of events. I felt that you would have been disappointed at how quickly I had accepted the news of your death, and how readily we had set in motion the machinery of memorialization. One minute i was looking forward to meet you in our old flat, headed home from a long time away; the next minute I came in and I was burying you.

Jelena Markovic holds a Bachelor`s Degree from Academy of Arts, University of Belgrade, and a Master`s Degree from Hochschule für bildende Kunste Hamburg, mentored by Angela Schanelec. Born 1987. in Belgrade, Serbia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Randa MAROUFI
La Grande Safae
maroufi Randa
La Grande Safae
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 15:56 | Maroc | 2014

Le film s’inspire librement d’un personnage connu sous le nom de La Grande Safae. Travesti, il a passé une période de sa vie en tant qu’employé de maison dans ma famille, qui ignorait son identité sexuelle "réelle".

Née en 1987 à Casablanca (Maroc). Diplômée de l’Institut National des Beaux-Arts de Tétouan (Maroc), de l’École Supérieure des Beaux- Arts d’Angers (France) ainsi que du Fresnoy (France). Randa Maroufi s’intéresse à la mise en scène des corps dans l’espace public ou intime. Une démarche souvent politique, qui revendique l’ambiguïté pour questionner le statut des images. Son travail qui se traduit essentiellement à travers la photographie, la vidéo, l’installation, la performance et le son, a été présenté lors d’événements d’art contemporain et de cinéma majeurs tels que le Salon de Montrouge en 2015, la Biennale de Marrakech en 2014, les Rencontres photographiques de Bamako en 2015, Les Rencontres Internationales de Photographie de Fès en 2015, le Festival International du film de Rotterdam en 2016, le Museum of Modern Art à New York en 2016, le Dubai Photo Exhibition en 2016, le Brandts Museum à Odense en 2016... Elle vit et travaille entre le Maroc et la France.

Alberto MARTÍN MENACHO, Laura MORALES
Ziggurat
martÍn menacho Alberto , Laura MORALES
Ziggurat
Film expérimental | mov | couleur | 3:26 | Espagne | Suisse | 2015

Différents temps sont réunis sous les yeux d’un enfant. Aucune innocence n`habite son regard. Le Ziggurat est un édifice religieux mésopotamien.

Alberto Martín Menacho est un réalisateur et monteur espagnol. En 2014, il commence des études en cinéma à la HEAD – Genève. Laura Morales est photographe diplômée de l`école de photographie de Vevey. En 2014, elle commence des études en cinéma à la HEAD – Genève.

Pilar MATA DUPONT
Mountain
mata dupont Pilar
Mountain
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 8:11 | Australie | Allemagne | 2015

Sigmund Freud and a Tyrant take a journey together on a boat into the mountains. My video work, ‘Mountain’, investigates Sigmund Freud’s connection to the neighbouring villages of Berchtesgaden and Schönau am Königssee, in Bavaria, Germany, where he often spent his holidays between the late 1800s and 1929. In a rented house in Schönau, Freud wrote his seminal work ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ in 1898. The region is infamous as the base for the National Socialists. Hitler and Freud are reported to have been in the small village of Berchtesgaden at least twice in the 1920s at the same moment, a relatively unknown historical fact. In making ‘Mountain’, I have explored theories Freud examined in Group ‘Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego’ (1921), specifically his theories about mass psychology and the supplantation of the super-ego with the will of the Tyrant. His personal connection to the historical character of Hannibal, and neurosis about reaching Rome, alluded in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ (1899), are also reflected in the work. The footage was taken from a boat launched at Schönau am Königssee steered through the mountains to St Bartholomew. This trip was one Freud did almost daily, in a wooden boat rowed by ‘four strong local women’, while on holiday in the region.

Pilar Mata Dupont is an Argentinean/Australian artist based between Australia and the Netherlands working in video, installation, performance, and photography. Using highly theatrical and cinematic methods, she uses allegory and narrative to reimagine/rework histories and classical texts, and aims to create alternative readings that question the conditions of the construction of dominant narratives that shape history. In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open in the UK, and the Wexner Center for the Arts residency prize at the `19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil` in São Paulo. Her solo exhibition, `Kaiho`, opened in the Rappu space at the Pori Art Museum, Finland in 2014. Other recent exhibition highlights include the `SeMA Biennale – Mediacity Seoul`, at the Seoul Museum of Art and `Salon Fluchthilfe`, at Secession in Vienna and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. In 2012 she was a recipient of a Mid-career Fellowship from the Western Australian Government. In collaboration with Tarryn Gill, she participated in the Sydney Biennale and won the Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010, and as part of collective Hold Your Horses, she made work commissioned by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2012 for the exhibition `Wagner 2013: Künstlerpositionen`.

Timo MENKE, Nils AGDLER
Flykten från fälten
menke Timo , Nils AGDLER
Flykten från fälten
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 16:0 | Allemagne | Suède | 2005

Electricity is a natural but invisible component in modern life. The new and controversial phenomena electro-hypersensitivity, concerning oversensitivity against electro- magnetic fields from mobile telephony, power lines etc., drastically throw light upon our dependence on electricity. What would happen in our society if more and more people would become oversensitive? What would a society without electricity look like? The footage was mainly filmed with a spring-driven 16 mm camera, but we also used a digital video camera, some historical footage, and stills. The sound was recorded on an old tape recorder in order to minimize the electromagnetic stress during the interviews.

Timo Menke and photographer Nils Agdler have been engaged in several long-term collaborative projects. In their artistic practice they share a common interest in contemporary social phenomena, storytelling and history. Major projects include film works and installations on electrical hypersensitivity (Fugitives from the Fields, 2005), and commercial anonymous sperm donation (Made in Denmark, 2013 and Gifted Men, 2015). For more information on other works, projects and collaborations see the portfolio enclosed. Nils Agdler was born in Östersund, Sweden, in 1969. He lives and works in Stockholm since 1993, and is currently working as an artist and freelance photographer. Since 2006 he works part time as a teacher/photographer at Konstfack, Arts, Crafts & Design University College, Stockholm. Timo Menke was born in Germany. He lives and works as an artist/filmmaker in Sweden since 1988. He was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Art at Konstfack, Stockholm, 2004–2014. He is also engaged as a Media Producer at Filmform Foundation, Stockholm. His work is represented at Moderna Museum, Stockholm, and is distributed by Filmform.

Noé MERCKLÉ, Zoé SPAHIS, Alexandre VIGIER
Smatriet
mercklÉ Noé , Zoé SPAHIS, Alexandre VIGIER
Smatriet
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 3:43 | France | 2016

Ce flm interroge la notion de regard et de ce que l’on donne à voir au monde par opposition aux choses qui restent enfouies par peur de l’autre ou par pudeur.

Nous sommes trois étudiants de la classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles de cinéma, Cinésup, à Nantes. Nous sommes passionnés de cinéma et avec ce flm réalisé dans le cadre d’un exercice avec notre professeur, nous avons pu expérimenter une nouvelle forme de cinéma auquel nous étions peu habitués. Notre formation et nos envies ne nous amènent pas obligatoirement vers la réalisation mais ce flm a permis de nous exercer à l’élaboration d’un court-métrage de l’écriture au montage tout en passant par la conception sonore de façon extrêmement libre et sans contrainte de thème ou de scénario et cette expérience a été très enrichissante.

Sebastian MEZ
Remains from the Desert
mez Sebastian
Remains from the Desert
Doc. expérimental | 4k | noir et blanc | 21:10 | Allemagne | 2016

A cinematic examination trying to approach the experiences of Osman, a young Eritrean refugee, who survived seven months in one of the „torture camps“ in the Sinai desert.

Sebastian Mez is a filmmaker, video- and soundartist. He studied at FILMAKADEMIE BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG in Ludwigsburg, Germany specializing in directing. His experimental film ‘Clean Up‘ was shown at more than 40 international film festival and won several prices. ’Ein Brief aus Deutschland’, which takes a special approach onto the subject of modern slavery and prostitution in Europe, won the international middle length competition at VISION DU RÉEL in Nyon in 2011. ‘Metamorphosen‘ was his first feature lenght film, which premiered at the Berlinale 2013, followed by numerous festivals and awards worldwide. His experimental work `Substanz` was nominated for the Filmkunstförderpreis of the National Gallery in Berlin 2015. Sebastian lives and works in Berlin.

Frédéric MOFFET
The Magic Hedge
moffet Frédéric
The Magic Hedge
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 9:4 | Canada | USA | 2016

The Magic Hedge visite une réserve d`oiseaux située sur un ancien site de lancement de missiles datant de l’époque de la Guerre Froide situé sur la rive nord de Chicago. Le spectateur, en se promenant et en observant, découvre le prétendu secret du parc : des hommes cherchent de brefs moments de contact sexuel parmi les arbres et les buissons. La vidéo met en évidence les nombreuses contradictions d`un site autrefois consacré à la surveillance militaire et maintenant conçu pour préserver et réguler la vie des "animaux sauvages".

Frédéric Moffet est un artiste multidisciplinaire, un professeur, un monteur vidéo et un travailleur culturel. Il vit entre Montréal et Chicago. Son œuvre, maintes fois récompensée, explore le territoire insaisissable qui sépare l`histoire, l`expérience vécue et le fantasme. Ses bandes vidéo les plus récentes sont Hard Fat (2002), Jean Genet in Chicago (2006), Postface (2011) et, bientôt, The Faithful. Son travail a été diffusé dans divers festivals, universités et galeries à travers le monde, notamment Rotterdam Film Festival, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), PPOW Gallery (New York), Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva), Pleasure Dome (Toronto), Other Cinema (San Francisco), Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Microwave (Hong Kong) and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

Naeem MOHAIEMEN
Abu Ammar is Coming
mohaiemen Naeem
Abu Ammar is Coming
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 6:0 | Bangladesh | Royaume-Uni | 2016

A photograph circulates, showing five men staring out of a window. Actually, only four look out; the last man breaks protocol and looks at the camera. The light has a soft glow. The stage is a bombed building. All five men wear military fatigues; the color must have been olive green.Snapped by a Magnum photographer in 1982, the image is a teasing enigma. Arabic newspapers claim it as evidence of Bangladeshi fighters in the PLO (Fatah faction). Go a little deeper into the memory hole and sediments will darken the third world international. Still, the light was beautiful. Abu Ammar is Coming continues The Young Man Was project’s exploration of the 1970s revolutionary left as a form of tragic utopia. Previous chapters have shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the 2011 Sharjah Biennial.[Abu Ammar was the nom de guerre of Yasser Arafat. His Fatah faction of PLO fascinated Bangladesh JSD (National Socialist Party) leader Major Jalil, despite the sharper Marxist tendencies of the George Habash faction.] Picture credit: Volunteers from Bangladesh fighting with Palestinians, 1982 © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos The Young Man Was project examines the failures of radical, armed leftist movements of the 1970s. The protagonists often display misrecognition, ending up as an “accidental trojan horse” carrying tragic results to the countries in question (from Japanese hijackers commandeering Dhaka airport for “solidarity,” to migrant labor pipelines transformed into PLO “volunteers”). In spite of its failures, Mohaiemen’s reading of the potential of international left solidarity is still, always, one of hope. The first part (United Red Army, 2011) reconstructs the 1977 hijacking of Japan Airlines Flight 472 through a series of crisply polite negotiation tapes. The second film (Afsan’s Long Day, 2014) addresses the misrecognition of Marxist ideologies from the perspective of a young historian (Afsan Chowdhury, whose diary entry gives the series its name), slaloming between Bangladesh’s summer of tigers, and the German Autumn associated with the Rote Armee Fraktion. The third film (Last Man in Dhaka Central, 2015) traces, in reverse, the journey of Peter Custers, a Dutch journalist jailed in Bangladesh in 1975, accused of belonging to an underground armed Maoist group. A more recent short film, Abu Ammar is Coming (2016), digs into the illusions of a press photograph of “PLO fighters” taken by Chris Steele-Perkins for Magnum. In the form of Peter Custers, who unfortunately passed away in 2015, many of the questions of The Young Man Was project take a personal form. What lies behind utopian hope, especially within the idea of socialism, against the weight of history and experience? What also of the men who survived those terrible times, unlike so many of their comrades, and now spend their waning days in solitary apartments, writing down memories? What was such a man then, and how does he remember himself today? Was he John Reed, recording the Russian Revolution, in the last free moment before the Thermidor? What does it mean to be a survivor and witness—the last man standing on the eve of another collapse, surveying the wreckage of the socialist dream in the middle of a horrific present that teeters on the cusp of the Anthropocene?

Naeem Mohaiemen is a writer and visual artist. Since 2006, he has worked on "The Young Man Was," a series of projects on the 1970s radical left. The first two films in this sequence are "United Red Army" (2012), which premiered at Sharjah Biennial, IDFA, and Hot Docs, and "Afsan`s Long Day" (2014), which premiered at MoMA, New York, and Oberhausen. He is researching the third installment, "Last Man In Dhaka Central" (2015). The project has been supported by grants from Creative Capital, Creative Time, Franklin Furnace, Rhizome, Puffin Foundation, and Arts Network Asia. He is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. The works are also in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the Tate Modern and the British Museum.

Thomas MOHR
Impact-9.2
mohr Thomas
Impact-9.2
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 10:44 | Pays-Bas | 2016

After a moment of brightness a memory unit containing 59.049 images is  explored from the  totality to it’s individual  images, creating connections on various levels in various directions in a shifting dynamic system. Beginning with a sudden and rough recall of memories the information merges with increasing compression in several cycles and repetitive feedback to transform in an almost ad infinitum expanding time space topology of intense subtlety. The visual composition is inverted and  disrupted several times  by visual blanks of bright white. The original images were taken handheld in 2002/3 when the experience of 9/11 still was very present. The composition is made frame by frame using “contact sheets” (6,5 fps). The integration of the outdated format SD in the more contemporary HD leaves empty space in the memory levels and in the processing levels. The memory unit used in this video is the second out of nine units which will become one total memory at a later stage covering 30 years from 1985 to 2015 .      The music composed by Michael Bonaventure (organ sounds)and René Baptist Huysmans (electronic sounds) is inspired by  the poem “The Comet At Yalbury” by Thomas Hardy

Born in Mainz, Living and working in Amsterdam. Since the late 1980ties systematically exploring processes of perception and experience in installations and "films" referring inter alia to conceptual and minimal art, to the history of early cinematography , the transformation of information, the evolution of (new) media. Working with computer-generated processes combined with manual execution based on a growing photo archive containing at this moment more then 500000 pictures taken from 1985 regarding important moments of modern history as to major and minor personal events.