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.
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.

Ahmed MOHSEN MANSOUR
No Time for Video
mohsen mansour Ahmed
No Time for Video
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 2:40 | Egypte | 2016

Time is the main determinant of the events, a dimension that defines the place of an object in the vast space More specific manner rather than relying on the three main dimensions (length - width - height) where you can not any event in the universe characterization without the addition of a fourth dimension. Thus, the movement of objects may be a relative change with time, and the concept of time is no longer a constant.

Ahmed Mohsen Mansour. Visual Artist born in October 1987, lives between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Graduated from Faculty of Applied Arts- Advertising department, Recently I preparing MFA degree in Faculty of Fine arts – Graphic department- entitled “Installation Art as an Access to the Three Dimensional Ads Design”. Participated in several exhibitions and workshops in the fields of video, photography and animation in Cairo, Alexandria, London, Italy, Germany, France,Slovakia,Spain, Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Had a three experiments in the theatre field where I worked as an actor and assistant director in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “The Ghosts," They are two theatre shows produced by “Woshosh” theatre group, also worked as a scenographer in “Inside the Mirror," another play produced by the same group.

Joshua MOSLEY
Jeu de Paume
mosley Joshua
Jeu de Paume
Animation | hdv | couleur | 2:52 | USA | 2014

Jeu de Paume depicts a court tennis match at the Château de Fontainebleau, France, set in 1907. The stop-motion animation, filmed with a robotic hand-held camera, reflects the asymmetrical design of the court and the irregular rhythm of the game.

Joshua Mosley is Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. and B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joshua is a recipient of fellowships including the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. His work has exhibited and screened at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2007 Venice Biennale, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bruce Museum, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Donald Young Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Antoni MUNTADAS
On translation: Himnes
muntadas Antoni
On translation: Himnes
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:36 | Espagne | 2016

En el año 2009 Muntadas editó y actualizó la banda sonora Himne dels himnes que realizó junto a Víctor Nubla en 1996 para la exposición Des/Aparicions, que reproducía de manera encadenada, los himnos de diferentes países logrando solo un himno. En esta interpretación realizada en el 2016 revisita los audios de los himnos nacionales y se centra en la imagen que sucede en los comienzos de los partidos de futbol cuando juegan las selecciones por países. De esta manera pone de manifiesto una serie de comportamientos sociales, fortuitos o no, que dan juego a reflexionar sobre la colonización, el patriotismo, la inmigración, la asimilación, la integración y el rechazo.

Barcelona-born, but a longtime New Yorker, Antoni Muntadas figures among a first generation of artists investigating the social and political significance of information and broadcast media. This thirty-year retrospective, first seen at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, includes several videos from the pre–fiber optic era, such as Video Is Television?, 1989, which magnifies and distorts images from a host of appropriated sources, including several Hollywood films (Poltergeist, Network). Backed by a plunking score, the nearly indecipherable TV images are overlaid with captions such as CONTEXT and FRAGMENT: blunt reminders of mass media’s partiality and its constitutive power. An even earlier interactive installation, On Subjectivity, 1978, invites visitors to comment on media images divorced from their original context and therefore—a critical “therefore” for the artist—shorn of their original meaning.

Antoni MUNTADAS
On Translation: Celebracions
muntadas Antoni
On Translation: Celebracions
0 | 16mm | couleur | 5:56 | Espagne | 2009

On Translation projects completed over the last 10 years, is here documented from its inception. Translation is a metaphor, as Muntadas states, “I am not talking about translation in a literal sense, but in a cultural sense–how the world we live in is a totally translated world, everything is always filtered by some social, political, cultural and economic factor… by the media, of course, by context and by history.”

Barcelona-born, but a longtime New Yorker, Antoni Muntadas figures among a first generation of artists investigating the social and political significance of information and broadcast media. This thirty-year retrospective, first seen at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, includes several videos from the pre–fiber optic era, such as Video Is Television?, 1989, which magnifies and distorts images from a host of appropriated sources, including several Hollywood films (Poltergeist, Network). Backed by a plunking score, the nearly indecipherable TV images are overlaid with captions such as CONTEXT and FRAGMENT: blunt reminders of mass media’s partiality and its constitutive power. An even earlier interactive installation, On Subjectivity, 1978, invites visitors to comment on media images divorced from their original context and therefore—a critical “therefore” for the artist—shorn of their original meaning.

Antoni MUNTADAS
In Girum Revisited
muntadas Antoni
In Girum Revisited
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 14:26 | Espagne | Italie | 2016

Barcelona-born, but a longtime New Yorker, Antoni Muntadas figures among a first generation of artists investigating the social and political significance of information and broadcast media. This thirty-year retrospective, first seen at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, includes several videos from the pre–fiber optic era, such as Video Is Television?, 1989, which magnifies and distorts images from a host of appropriated sources, including several Hollywood films (Poltergeist, Network). Backed by a plunking score, the nearly indecipherable TV images are overlaid with captions such as CONTEXT and FRAGMENT: blunt reminders of mass media’s partiality and its constitutive power. An even earlier interactive installation, On Subjectivity, 1978, invites visitors to comment on media images divorced from their original context and therefore—a critical “therefore” for the artist—shorn of their original meaning.

Julie MURRAY
Untitled (Earth)
murray Julie
Untitled (Earth)
0 | 0 | couleur | 10:0 | Irlande | USA | 2015

Untitled (earth)is a digital montage of found film material examined over a lightbox. Hazy figures in smudged pink and gold landscapes are pulled past the video lens unraveling the film image. A cinematic experience is reassembled in stop/start motion falling in and out of sync with the video frame rate. Ruined image detail in rhythmic incantation taps a remembrance of familiar forms in the brightly patterned tropes of cinema.

Born in Ireland and living in the US, Murray draws upon her background in art studies and practice to make moving image works in a range of experimental forms. Her films and videos have screened widely and her work is in a number of library and special collections. She is currently teaching at the University of Iowa.

Solomon NAGLER
Skin of the Cit-y
nagler Solomon
Skin of the Cit-y
Film expérimental | 16mm | noir et blanc | 7:0 | Canada | 2016

Framed by poet Robert Lax` sculptural texts, skin of the cit-y wanders through mills and factories surrendering to the elements, deteriorating in solidarity with the isolated Maritime cities that erode beside them. Contact printed in-camera, the film material stares back, layers view-planes and duration while dreaming in light....

Nagler`s films have been featured in Retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque, Excentris Cinema in Montreal, the Festival de le Cinéma Different in Paris, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand, The Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne, Australia and the Cinematheque Quebecoise. His work also includes 16mm celluloid installations that engage with experimental architecture in galleries and public space. These works have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), Artspace Gallery (Sydney, Australia), Send and Receive Festival of Sound (Winnipeg) and The Halifax Independent Filmmakers` Festival. Originally from Winnipeg, Solomon Nagler is co-founder of WNDX: Festival of the Moving Image in Winnipeg and currently lives in Halifax where he is a professor of film production at NSCAD University.

Nemanja NIKOLIC
Panic Book
nikolic Nemanja
Panic Book
Animation | hdv | noir et blanc | 5:45 | Serbia | 2015

Panic Book is both a set of drawings and an animated video. The drawings are made on book pages. The books often come from the family library, and deal with the political and philosophical thought of Yugoslav socialism. The pages then become part of a reconstruction of cult sequences of Hitchcock movies: scenes of fear, panic or flight. This rereading of the legacy of Tito`s socialism that ended in a “cul de sac” is close to power-up mechanisms and disaster announcements used by the master of suspense

Born in 1987, Nikolic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts (painting department) , currently in PhD, he received several prizes for drawing and a special prize for his mural installations. Initiator of U10 Art Space, a self-managed artist space, he was exhibited since 2007 in numerous solo and group shows in Serbia and abroad. In 2015 he was invited to Basel (List), Vienna (Parallel) and Paris (Cultural Center of Serbia). He is currently on show at Caixa Forum in Barcelona, Spain and Kunslerhaus in Vienna, Austria

Bettina NÜRNBERG, Dirk Peuker
Franzosensand
nÜrnberg Bettina , Dirk Peuker
Franzosensand
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 8:30 | Autriche | Allemagne | 2016

The film `Franzosensand` centers on agricultural settlements founded by the German National Socialitst on newly built dikes on the mudflat of the Wadden Sea (North Sea). Of the settlements, the so-called „Adolf-Hitler-Koog“, was meant to be a prototype for a national socialist community.Today, the bleak and tidy landscape does not offer much testimony to its history. Excerpts of archived materials that are interwoven with present-day images make the present appear as a surface built on complex, deeper layers of the past.

Bettina Nürnberg www.bettinanuernberg.de Bettina NÜRNBERG (1976, Germany) was educated in art and film in Hamburg, Berlin and Toulouse. The work of the Berlin-based artist has been screened and exhibited worldwide. She founded the internet platform vestibuel-film. Dirk Peuker www.dirkpeuker.de Dirk PEUKER (1970, Germany) studied film and art in Berlin and Vienna. The work of the experimental filmmaker and artist has been screened and exhibited worldwide.

Damir OCKO
The Third Degree
ocko Damir
The Third Degree
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 10:30 | Croatie | 2015

The Third Degree is a single scene film exploring a close-ups of skin scars resulting from third degree burns filmed through an installation of broken mirrors reflecting the crew and the whole background process while filming the scars, thus integrating the subject of the camera with the process of filming itself. The Third Degree was made as a response to questions that emerged due the particularly violent way the previous film TK was filmed. The term "Third Degree" has an ambiguous meaning in the English language: it is a way to classify a burn of a very strong degree, but it can also signify a process of extorting a confession under violence. Set in motion by such violent interpretations and perspectives, film tries to critically, yet poetically, cut through the collective haze that blurs relations between means of production, control and the subject itself, giving rise to alternative methods of understanding as a reflection determined at the same time by social, political and aesthetic parameters.

Damir Očko was born in 1977 in Zagreb, where he lives and works. A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Očko has exhibited on solo exhibitions at DAZIBAO, Montreal, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst und Medien in Graz and Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin among other places. He participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally with institutions such as, MUDAM in Luxembourg, FRAC le Plateau, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany, Kunsthalle Vienna, among others. His works can be found in the collections of Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation and CNAP – Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris or at the MUDAM in Luxembourg. Damir Očko was representing Croatia in the 56th Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition "Studies on Shivering / The Third Degree.

Noriko OKAKU
The Interpreter
okaku Noriko
The Interpreter
Animation | hdv | couleur | 6:29 | Japon | Royaume-Uni | 2015

The Interpreter contains a vague narrative that follows the structure of original tarot card, Major Arcana, such as The fool’s journey throughout the rest of 21 scenes to acquire enlightenment towards the end. Okaku created her original Derbyshire tarot card during a residency in Derby, England (2015). Each card draws on the artist’s own insight of Derbyshire`s history and myths - spanning a myriad of symbolic imagery. The animation is revealing an intimate interpretation of stories between each card. As this work is titled “The Interpreter”, it contains many metaphor expressions in order to query audience what is their own interpretation. It is similar to how people play with tarot card. It has the multitude of possible interpretations. Messages can be revealed depending on which combination of the cards they pick - the translation of the cards are distinct as to who is reading, where they are reading, when they are reading and what intention is being transmitted in the moment of the reading.

Noriko Okaku was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, completing an MA (RCA) in Animation. She is a collage artist who borrows, adopts, copies and recycles existing images to explore the diverse avenues of perception.

Arianne OLTHAAR
Hotel Forum
olthaar Arianne
Hotel Forum
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 9:30 | Pays-Bas | 2016

The film is inspired by the once huge and luxurious hotels in the former Eastern Bloc designed in the 1970s and 80s. In the meantime their glamour is considered out of date and most of the hotels have been shut down, renovated or demolished.

Arianne Olthaar (1970, Netherlands) graduated as a painter from the Hagues’ Royal Academy of Art in 1992. She is making experimental films, photographs and miniature models. Her work has a strong focus on the once-luxurious interiors of public spaces, built in the 1970s and 80s (primate enclosures, dining cars, hotel nightclubs, discotheques, a school interior). Interiors that once represented an explicit modern luxury but nowadays have an aura of faded glory and are increasingly disappearing by renovation or demolishment. Her work has been presented in a variety of exhibitions as well as numerous international film festivals, including Cinematexas; Media City Film and Video Festival, Windsor; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; New York Film Festival; Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Vivian OSTROVSKY
Mais ailleurs c’est toujours mieux
ostrovsky Vivian
Mais ailleurs c’est toujours mieux
Doc. expérimental | super8 | couleur | 4:9 | France | USA | 2016

Film-hommage à Chantal Akerman, le nouveau court de Vivian Ostrovsky s’amorce avec leur première rencontre au début des années 70. Mêlant ses propres films à ceux de Chantal Akerman, la réalisatrice fait revivre quelques instants la personnalité de Chantal. Quarante années d’amitié condensées en quatre minutes…

Vivian Ostrovsky, (b.1945, New York) grew up in Rio, studied film studies and psychology in Paris. When she started filming in 1980, she focused on using analog formats - especially Super8 - for experimental cinema. Her signature collage shorts and avant-garde documentaries have been shown at the main film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, Viennale, Tribeca) and have been part of collections such as the MOMA, NY, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek in Berlin. Her moving image work is noted for its span of super 8, 16mm, video and digital media, found footage and immersive installations. This screening includes films connected to Latin America and more particularly Brazil. Whether more personal or historical projects, they are always infused with dreamlike playfulness and intimate nostalgia.

Akosua Adoma OWUSU
Reluctantly Queer
owusu Akosua Adoma
Reluctantly Queer
Doc. expérimental | super8 | noir et blanc | 8:0 | Ghana | 2016

This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.

Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture. Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Founded in 2007, her company, Obibini Pictures, LLC has produced award-winning films including Reluctantly Queer and Kwaku Ananse, which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film. Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. In 2010, Owusu was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Artforum listed Me Broni Ba as one of 2010’s top ten films. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fowler Museum, Yale University Film Study Center, and Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. She’s received support from Creative Capital, Tribeca All Access, IFP, Focus Features Africa First, the Art Matters Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. Owusu holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.

Baden PAILTHORPE
MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die)
pailthorpe Baden
MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die)
Animation | hdv | couleur | 6:0 | Australie | 2014

Baden Pailthorpe’s MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die) 2014 is a surreal exploration of the MQ-9 Reaper drone and its networked human and non-human agents. Originally commissioned by Artspace, Sydney for Mark Feary’s exhibition On Return and What Remains (2014), including Omer Fast, Richard Mosse and Harun Farocki, MQ-9 Reaper II sits in between the reflections and refractions of the contemporary state of remote warfare. It combines cultures and politics of the military-industrial complex, corporate warrior culture, war trophies and interior design. A renovated drone control centre is redeployed from the ground to the air over a mountainous Afghan-American landscape, offering a new kind of luxury for the drone operator/corporate warrior, complete with marble floors, leather couch and cutting-edge contemporary war art. The hydraulic wall can be lowered for entertaining, personal training or surveillance. The slowly rotating unit allows for panoramic views and constant situational awareness. This speculative, controller architecture is cut with images of that which it controls. Two incarnations of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the classic General Atomics USAF model, and its own idealised reflection contemplate each other and their increasing sense of semi-autonomous agency.

Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by Internet culture. He holds a Ph.D from the University of New South Wales, an MFA from l’Université Paris VIII, an MA from COFA and a BA from the University of Sydney. Much of Baden Pailthorpe’s work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism. Significant exhibitions include GAME ART/VIDEO, 21st Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); Spatial Operations, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle (2015); Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2015); On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney (2014) & CACSA, Adelaide (2015); Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Cadence, Westspace (2014); Moving_Image 10, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (2013); and Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). Baden’s work is held in significant private and public collections, including Artbank, Australia; Australian Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Australian War Memorial, Canberra; The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam; The National Library of Australia, Canberra; and UQ Art Museum, Brisbane.

Manuel PALMA
Noche día
palma Manuel
Noche día
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 11:25 | Espagne | 2015

A path and someone walking. We observe several atmospheric phenomena such as: the thick haze of mist gradually reveals the way, various intensities of rain falling waved by wind gusts. We move between a haunting and strange serenity which is interrupted by sounds of creatures who live in this place. A way of looking that is used to link space and thought. We move at same time as the landscape with a movement of camera that slides between the natural rhythms of the forest.

Manuel Palma was born in Cádiz in 1986. His audiovisual work has been seen in centers and festivals such as V Festival de MÁRGENES "Film Letters" in Madrid, ZINEBI57 "Zinergentziak15" in Bilbao, FIVA International Video Art Festival in Buenos Aires, "Music and Visual Arts Sens meeting" in Rambleta, Valencia, CINEMISITICA "Art Cinematheque Cinemistica 7" in Granada, "XXIV Muestra Abierta de videoartistas 18D" in Neomudejar, Madrid. He studied Fine Arts in Sevilla and Valencia were he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. He combined his knowledge in drawing and painting with video and sound art education. Manuel Palma complete his audiovisual education with the exchange program at Lietuvas Dailes Akademija in Lithuania, ECAM: Film School in Madrid and VideoLab Master in Madrid. He has developed courses and workshops with artists and filmmakers like James Benning, Lois Patiño, Victor Erice, Mercedes Alvarez. Currently he resides in Madrid.