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Of Other Spaces
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 24:0 | Inde | 2021
Through episodes that display a high degree of idiosyncrasy, we follow a stranger who creates an imaginary order which serves to stress his inexistence elsewhere. The film is a personal documentary that represents a constellation of past time and suspended time while attempting to explore the Foucauldian phrase 'a placeless place'.
Sibi Sekar was born on April 29th, 1997 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Sibi fell in love with cinema at an early age upon viewing the works of artists such as Luis Buñuel and Sergei Parajanov. Sibi began making experimental films and directed a few short films ("Thoughts Out Of Season", “Night Train Light On Track“, “Teal City” and "Representation") while doing his postgraduation in Humanities and Social Sciences. He launched the SSSW banner during the 2020 pandemic and made a few more short films ("On Floating Bodies", "The Tale of the Entry/Exit", "you are, i am" and "Of Other Spaces") under said banner. They have been screened at over thirty festivals across five continents. He usually works on explorative films that are primarily an ascetic representation of resistance and the thematic dispositions of his films concern the symbolic depiction of being, nothingness and the transcendental space.
Fiction expérimentale | 16mm | couleur | 73:0 | Russie | 2021
A sprawling meditation on the choreography of bodies in Moscow’s urban landscape, Detours depicts a new way of dealing illicit drugs via the Darknet, the layering of the physical and the virtual realities, as well as a poetics, and politics, of space. Taking place in sleepy neighbourhoods, among the concrete walls of high-rises, behind garages and amidst abandoned railroads, the film alternately follows and loses track of Denis, the treasureman who hides stashes of drugs all over the city.
Ekaterina Selenkina is a filmmaker, artist and curator born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1992. Her work showed at Venice International Film Critics’ Week, Viennale, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Garage Museum of Modern Art, Camerimage, Pacific Meridian, Message to Man, New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival, REDCAT arts center, among others. Together with Zaina Bseiso, Luis Gutiérrez Arias and Joie Estrella Horwitz, she is a member of the film collective called Bahía Colectiva and co-curator of Adrift Residency. She received her MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and is currently based in Moscow.
To Pick a Flower
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 16:57 | Philippines | 2021
My mother used to tell me that our dining table was as old as I am. I wonder how old the tree was when it was cut down to be turned into our table. I am fascinated in this kind of transmutation from the natural world to the human one, and how a tree takes on new lives long after it has been cut down. This video essay incorporates archival photographs from the American Colonial Era in the Philippines (1898–1946), exploring the sticky relationship between humans and nature and their entanglements with empire. Taking plants and trees as starting points, it aims to reflect on the intertwined roots of photography and capitalism in the Philippines.
Shireen Seno is an artist and filmmaker based in Manila whose work addresses memory, history, and image-making, often in relation to the idea of home. A recipient of the 2018 Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, she is known for her films which have won awards at Rotterdam, Shanghai, Olhar de Cinema, Vladivostok, Jogja-Netpac, and Lima Independiente and have screened at festivals including New Directors/New Films, Yebisu International Festival of Art & Alternative Visions, NYFF Currents, and institutions such as Tate Modern, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and Portikus.
Rock Bottom Riser
Doc. expérimental | super 16mm | couleur | 70:0 | Portugal, USA | 2021
From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight to the discovery of habitable planets by astronomers, Rock Bottom Riser examines the all-encompassing encounters of an island world at sea. As lava continues to flow from the earth’s core on the island of Hawaii – posing an imminent danger – a crisis mounts. Astronomers plan to build the world’s largest telescope on Hawaii's most sacred and revered mountain, Mauna Kea. Based on ancient Polynesian navigation, the arrival of Christian missionaries, and the observatory’s ability to capture the origins of the universe, Rock Bottom Riser surveys the influence of settler colonialism, the search for intelligent life, and the discovery of new worlds as we peer into our own planet's existence.
Fern Silva (1982, USA/Portugal) is an artist who started working as an editor and cameraperson in NYC. His early films were centered on his relationship to Portugal and have since expanded, underlining the influence of global industry on culture and the environment. For over a decade, his 16mm films have been screened widely in festivals, museums, and cinematheques including the New York, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, MOMA, New Museum, Anthology Film Archive, and the Harvard Film Archive. They've been awarded prizes from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, 25FPS, Zinebi, and an Agora Award from the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. His work has been featured in publications including Cinema Scope, Film Comment, and the New York Times. He's taught filmmaking at various institutions including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bard College, and Bennington College and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as well as the Film Study Center at Harvard University. He studied film at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College and is currently based in Greece and the US.
Girls | Museum
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 71:21 | USA, Allemagne | 2020
We are born into an already-constructed world. We each enter with new eyes into a culture that has already been shaped and structured based on the desires and power of others. Historical art museums are charged with preserving and interpreting the tangible evidence of a civilization’s cultural trajectory and artistic achievement. The artworks they display have overwhelmingly been made, collected and contextualized by men. On the walls of their hushed galleries, there is no lack of depictions of women on display – mothers, wives, prostitutes, artist’s models and muses, all seen through the eyes of male artists. Girls | Museum takes the viewer through the historical art collection of the MdbK/Museum of Fine Art Leipzig, guided by a group of girls, ages 7 to 19. Moving from artwork to artwork, century to century, the girls tell us what they see. Art is typically the reserve of anointed experts and girls rarely take or are given a central and unfettered place to speak from. From imaginative leaps of storytelling to curt pronouncements, from gender fluidity to power, inequality, precarity and war, Girls | Museum, in its quiet way, calls for questioning basic assumptions of what and who we value.
Shelly Silver is a New York based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and--increasingly in recent years--the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, the Singapore, New York,Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others. Silver is Associate Professor and Director of Moving Image, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.
LES FILMS DU MONDE / 70 CINÉTRACTS
Film expérimental | mp4 | couleur | 189:0 | France | 2021
Les Films du monde constituent une série inédite de 70 cinétracts, qui sont, à l’origine, des films de banc-titre réalisés à la prise de vue à partir de documents photographiques de l’actualité nationale, une initiative lancée en mai 1968 par Chris Marker. L’ensemble renoue avec cette expérience cinématographique, tant poétique que politique, en se concentrant sur les failles du monde contemporain. Selon leur protocole, les cinétracts devaient « contester-proposer-choquer-informer-interroger-affirmer-convaincre-penser-crier-rire-cultiver » afin de « susciter la discussion et l’action ». « Utilisant les moyens facilités d’appropriation qu’offrent les médias contemporains, les Cinétracts de Frank Smith sont autant de messages d’urgence, de réflexions sur le devenir d’un monde, celui de notre début de 21e siècle, devenu violent et chaotique. Il s’agit ici d’estampiller un devenir global, planétaire, « un état du monde » où une situation de tension politique au Venezuela, au fin fond du Texas ou sur la Méditerranée, est « un coup de couteau dans notre destin », comme l’aurait formulé le Sartre de Qu’est-ce que la littérature ? Portés par une réflexion profonde mêlant considérations politiques, humanistes, philosophiques et esthétiques, ces quelques 70 addenda rajoutés par Frank Smith au jet original de 1968 continuent le combat, dans un esprit de synthèse complexe — une complexité à la mesure de ce que l’on appelait naguère, au temps où l’on entendait encore changer l’Histoire, la « représentation du monde », à ce jour fuyante, démultipliée et multipolaire. » Paul Ardenne
Né en 1968, Frank Smith est écrivain et poète, vidéaste et réalisateur. Il vit à Paris et Los Angeles. Il est représenté par la Galerie Analix Forever (Genève). Frank Smith est le créateur du Bureau d'Investigations Poétiques depuis lequel il explore les jonctions/disjonctions actuelles s’exerçant entre Poésie, Politique et Image au moyen de livres, de films, d’installations, d’expositions et de performances. Sont ainsi délivrés « des protocoles d’expérimentation qui interrogent la possibilité, l’efficience, la performativité de la littérature et du film. Prolongeant le Pour en finir avec le jugement d’Artaud dans un "Pour en finir avec le régime de la représentation et de la narration", Frank Smith pose des dispositifs mettant en scène la question de l’émergence de la parole ou de l’image. » (Véronique Bergen, art press, déc. 2017). Frank Smith a publié à ce jour une vingtaine de livres et dans le prolongement de ces publications, il réalise des films et des installations vidéo à partir desquels est notamment mis en pratique le non-rapport entre Voir et Parler et sont développés les arcanes d’un nouveau « cinéma de poésie ». Tous ses films ont notamment fait l'objet d'une présentation au Centre Pompidou-Paris.
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 22:16 | Royaume-Uni | 2020
'Covid Messages' is a video work in six parts, based around broadcasts of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 press conferences. The work focusses on the British government’s attempts to eliminate the virus through the use of magic spells and rituals. While the pandemic spreads and the death toll rises, the Prime Minister makes repeated errors of judgement. Exasperated by his many mistakes, the spirits of the dead rise up and intervene.
John Smith was born in Walthamstow, London in 1952 and studied at the Royal College of Art, after which he became an active member of the London Filmmakers' Co-op. Inspired in his formative years by conceptual art and structural film, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, he is renowned for a diverse body of work that subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary, fiction, representation and abstraction, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. Since 1972 he has made over sixty film, video and installation works that have been shown in museums, galleries and independent cinemas around the world. Smith’s solo exhibitions include Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Centre d'Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden and Royal College of Art Galleries, London. His work is held in public collections that include Tate Gallery; Arts Council England; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; FRAC Île de France, Paris and Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg.
Freja Sofie Kirk
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:30 | Danemark | 2020
Joanna is a singer who performs in a bar six nights a week, inside a hotel where she lives a few floors below. Her voice guides us through her work routine and the circular route between her room and the stage, all while the video continuously interrupts itself, disrupting the linearity of her story. 'B Plots' looks into the connection between images and physical spaces and how they mirror and affect each other. The mechanic movements of the camera are not hidden, but amplified, directing ones attention towards the camera as a medium and the materiality of the video.
Freja Sofie Kirk works within video, photography and installation, often in connection with one another. Through her ongoing work with two-dimensional representations, Kirk’s practice investigates how images generate meaning in contemporary society. Her work takes the form of a continuous study of spatial and medial constructions, the violence they perform and the architecture they manifest. By utilizing the camera, Kirk attempts to renegotiate the power relations inherent in both architecture and image production.
Schiffe mit Waren und Stoffen aus aller Welt stoßen mit ihren Wellen die Bibby Challenge an
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 12:25 | Allemagne | 2020
The “Bibby Challenge” – a cross between a cruise ship and container ship – is a kind of improvised home on the water that German authorities in Hamburg set up to accommodate refugees from the Yugoslav Civil Wars. Adnan Softi? lived on this ship, which was anchored in the middle of the city on the river Elbe.?? We hear voices and we see pictures. People remember and we become witnesses of their memories. And while we become witnesses, we remember ourselves. Maybe. Not all memories are divisible, but there are bridges. There is the ship, there is the sea. There is the container. There is the living space, rather limited, four people in nine square meters. Fates of war, fates of refugees. Perhaps the experience on board the "Bibby Challenge" was not much different than on Noah's Ark - both ships with a grotesquely bloated belly. The form follows the function: to accommodate as much life as possible. The "Bibby Challenge" does not actually sail; it floats. The ship is part of the city and yet a body beyond space and time. Softi? addresses the ship as both a place and a non-place at the same time – as a floating, highly mobile vessel that knows how to navigate the boundaries between national and international waters, if only because twothirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water.
Adnan Softi? is a director, author and visual artist. He is consistently dealing with historical and remembrance politics issues and his inter-disciplinary art activities are on display in numerous exhibitions and screenings in both Germany and abroad. Most recently: n.b.k., Berlin; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo… Furthermore Softi? was recently awarded with the scholarships of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo and Working Fellowship of the Senate of Berlin.
Sagn om jord
Vidéo | mov | couleur | 16:3 | Norvège | 2021
In “Sagn om jord” (Legends of Earth) the point of view is from a distant future. The sci-fi inspired narrative is set in the region of Hardanger in Norway, where the landscape has vanished. An excavation uncovers films revealing images from today’s Hardanger: a research station where they research mainly fruit production, a salmon farming facility and a slate quarry. These are the first images of the lost landscape to appear. ?A woman attempts to make the visual fragments of an estranged world comprehensible and locate them in an imaginary landscape. The film explores how the management of natural resources shapes our surroundings and the connections between landscape, language, history and image production. The region where the story is set is visually an iconic part of Norway, representing ideas and histories of nationalism and identity. By playing with the sci-fi genre as a way to create estrangement and make the familiar surreal, possibilities and ideas of what shapes a landscape opens up. The soundtrack is from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s tv-serie “Blindpassasjer” from 1978, which was the first sci-fi series produced in Norway.
Helene Sommer (b. 1978) is a Norwegian visual artist. She graduated from the National Art Academy in Oslo in 2003 and has since exhibited her work in galleries, museums and in festivals in numerous places. In her practice she is interested in the multiple levels of translation, interpretation and rhetorical devices that are involved in all storytelling. Through video, collage, text and installation she wishes to question the way we understand and relate to our surroundings and its history. A common denominator has been an interest in overlooked perspectives within history and science. Her works are often based upon a precise montage of an extensive selection of archival material in combination with her own production. See www.helenesommer.net for more information about her work.
The Big Crash VR
VR expérimental | 0 | couleur | 0:0 | Allemagne, Danemark | 2019
The Big Crash VR is a nonlinear immersive virtual reality artpiece based on data mined from real estate sites. The audience experience it either on an Oculus Quest headset within an exhibition context or online with a desktop browser or the one within a VR device. This piece is part of Malte Steiner's art project The Big Crash. The thematic departure point is the instability of the real estate market as a consequence of extreme gentrification. Something that is actively taking place in all bigger cities around the globe. There is a pending ‘big bubble crash’ awaiting as a consequence of this and the piece deals with the growing instability this movement creates and its effects on society. The VR world is build with graphical artifacts derived from real estate ads from Berlin with a custom software. Images from these ads are segmented into objects by a Machine Learning algorithm and used to create a surreal architecture in the 3D environment. Sound based on the data from the prices and square meters over a span of several months provides an additional layer.
Malte Steiner (born 1970) is a German media artist, electronic musician and composer, currently living in Aalborg in Denmark. Steiner started creating electronic music and visual art around 1983, developing his own vision of the interdisciplinary Gesamtkunstwerk, working with, and not limited to, film, theater, paintings, video games, interactive installations and sound. First exhibitions already in 1983. In 1986 Steiner took a course in electro-acoustic music in Lüneburg by H.W. Erdmann and gave his first live performances in the following years, e. g. in Germany, France and Belgium and started 1987 to release his music on cassette, later on vinyl, CD and online. Steiner was a co-founder of the Hörbar club for experimental music located in Hamburg (DE), which opened in 1991 and is still active today. In 1998 he started creating electronic art and installations and in 2003 additionally several netart projects including a collaborative visual networking environment, shown in the Java museum in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2011 Steiner moved to Berlin, where he opened his own non-public media lab block 4. Besides diverse music projects Steiner is also involved in several open source projects and has done lectures, radio features and workshops. 2018 he relocated to Aalborg, Denmark.
So Settler, Are You a Pioneer?
Animation | mp4 | couleur | 6:43 | Pays-Bas | 2020
‘So Settler, Are You a Pioneer?’ captures the structures of a rapidly changing peripheral neighbourhood: material remains of an obsolete infrastructure, luxury apartments, and piles of bricks that once used to house people. The work re-assembles and digitally preserves sites that are often overlooked in tales of linear progress. The piece is a journey through distorted urban landscapes, an assemblage of partial perspectives. By adapting the cartographic technique of photogrammetry, Wouter aims to question the authorities who decide what is and what is not in focus.
Through unravelling tales of linear progression I seek to map out the blurriness of our world. By adapting and appropriating modern contemporary cartographic techniques, such as photogrammetry, and the use of aerial and satellite imagery. I aim to question the authority that decides what is and what is not in focus to re-orient and ignite curiosity. Currently I am active as an artist and graphic designer. Besides my individual practice I collobarate in communal projects, one being OUTLINE; a collective and publishing platform consisting of one other graphic designer and two photographers. Another one being Radio Voorwaarts which is a platfom for underground culture in Amsterdam. More recently: Verdedig Noord, an activist group fighting against gentrification in Amsterdam Noord.
Documentaire | 4k | couleur | 15:35 | Colombie | 2021
Pour Georgina, une femme transgenre indigène, la vie dans le désert est solitaire et cruelle, d'autant plus qu'elle a survécu à une attaque de ses voisins. Dans son petit village, personne ne comprend qui elle est vraiment.
Mónica Taboada-Tapia is a Colombian Anthropologist and a Filmmaker. Her short film FIDEL was screened at numerous film festivals. She is currently working on three feature documentaries, SOUL OF THE DESERT, FIGHTERS OF THE HOOD, and MY LIFE, MY BODY. She has participated in Tribeca Film Institute, Torino Film Lab, DocsMX, ChileDoc, Talents Buenos Aires, DocMontevideo Pitch, DocSP Brazil, Docs Barcelona, MiradasDoc, The New York Times Op-Docs, Pulitzer Center, and Tribeca Film Institute International Pitch
Dogadjaji za zaboraviti
Animation | 16mm | couleur | 6:0 | Croatie | 2020
Filmed on 16mm film, this visual expression is rooted in archival materials and based on a poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. It speaks of forgotten people, their lives and their deeds. These two Archives were found at a flea market in Zagreb. One is of a famous architect and the other of a famous composer. The film ponders on this occurrence, as well as on the vanishing and forgetfulness of humans.
Marko Tadic (1979) studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. His artistic practice focuses on drawing, installation and animation. He has won numerous art prizes. His films have been shown at many international animation and experimental film festivals. His works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2017, he represented Croatia at the 57th Venice Biennale, along with Tina Gverovic. He participated in residential programs in Helsinki, New York, Los Angeles, Frankfurt and Vienna. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.
Film expérimental | 35mm | couleur | 19:54 | Iran | 2021
Nazarbazi [the play of glances] is a film about love and desire in Iranian cinema where depictions of intimacy and touch between women and men are prohibited.
Maryam Tafakory is an artist filmmaker based between London and Shiraz. Her work has been exhibited internationally including MoMA Doc Fortnight; IFF Rotterdam; Edinburgh EIFF; Melbourne MIFF; True/False festival; Zurich Film Festival; Whitechapel Gallery; Pergamon Museum; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives amongst others. She has received several awards including, the Ammodo Tiger Short at 51st IFFR, the First Jury Prize at DocumentaMadrid, the Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente, and she was the 2019 Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence, NY. Her work has appeared at Criterion's The Daily, the Sight&Sound magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, and Senses of Cinema.
Wish You a Lovely Sunday
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 18:38 | Coree du Sud, Allemagne | 2021
The video boldly combines and juxtaposes two distinctive spatial settings—a church and a queer club. For this filmic work, two choreographers and two dancers were paired up to create a new choreography, for the church “Kirche am Südstern” and the queer club “SchwuZ” in Berlin respectively. Each pair was assigned to a different Bach piano piece for four hands. After days of rehearsals and when the choreography was complete, their designated venues were then swapped. The participants did not know the exact location they would perform in until the actual day of filming, and, therefore, they had to reprogram their choreographies according to the new architectural features and atmosphere of the changed location. Although churches and queer clubs seem to function for starkly different purposes, both spaces share intriguing similarities as they both require specific rituals, behavioral norms and attitudes closely linked to the space and its role. In the film, the continuous change of scenes between the two kind of spaces with the dancer’s bodily presence, their movements and dialogues, aims at achieving a sort of almost impossible mergence or coexistence of religious practice on one side and club culture on the other side.
Young-jun Tak (born in 1989 in Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His solo exhibition took place at SOX (Berlin, 2022) and Fragment Gallery (Moscow, 2021). His works have been exhibited at the 9th Berlin Masters (2021), Gabriele Senn Galerie (2021, Vienna), the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), Hall Art Foundation / Schloss Derneburg Museum (2020), Diskurs Berlin (2019), Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Bunker (2019), Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam (2018), PS120 (2018, Berlin), the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), König Galerie (2016, Berlin) among others. He won “TOY Berlin Masters Award” (2021) and grants for International Exchange Program from Arts Council Korea (2021, 2020, 2017, 2016). He was Managing Editor for the 13th Gwangju Biennale (2021) and the 9th Busan Biennale (2019), and Editor for the South Korean monthly art magazine "Art in Culture" (2021–2015).
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 21:16 | Australie | 2020
Frankston is a study of the place I grew up, a satellite of Melbourne with affordable housing, nature-strips and beach views. The downright ordinary nature of the opportunities and festivities afforded by Frankston, and the ambivalence one can feel going back there, nonetheless give rise to a new aesthetic: the suburban symphony. In this case the symphony is rendered in strange hues and luminescences as though affirming Robin Boyd’s depiction of ‘the Australian ugliness’ in 1960, where he claims that “taste has become so dulled and calloused that anything which can startle a response on jaded retinas is deemed successful.”
Patrick Tarrant (Melbourne, 1969) is an Associate Professor in filmmaking at London South Bank University who has written on feature-length portrait films such as Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?, Two Years At Sea and Manakamana. Patrick has made video portraits and observational city films, while developing a hybrid filmmaking method that brings digital video and a 16mm film projector together (in The Take-Up, The Trembling Giant & Another Self Portrait ). Patrick has had films screened at the Hong Kong, Cork and Melbourne International Film Festivals, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2016 London Film Festival.
Ana Elena Tejera
A Love Song in Spanish
Documentaire | 4k | couleur | 24:0 | Panama, France | 2021
Elle vit une monotonie solitaire, ses journées sont une routine d'actions répétitives. Puis, Elle s'arrête et dans le silence, Elle se souvient du corps d'un homme brisé par la guerre. Elle essaie de se libérer de la mémoire, mais celle-ci lui traverse la peau. Une performance biographique entre la réalisatrice et sa grand-mère pour affronter la dictature domestique de leur famille.
Artiste multidisciplinaire panaméenne, dans les domaines du cinéma et de la performance. Elle a fait la résidence du Fresnoy où elle a créé sa dernière pièce de performance interactive «House Type 104» (2021). Elle travaille à la restauration d’une partie des archives cinématographiques du Panama à la Filmoteca de Catalunya et à la création du «Festival de la Memoria», une performance installation dans des espaces urbains avec des images d’archives politiques. Elle a également travaillé en mêlant formats audiovisuels et performance, comme la pièce «Bla Bla Bla» (2019): une installation audiovisuelle, accompagnée d'une performance créée pour les 30 ans de l'invasion du Panama par les États-Unis, présentée au Musée d'art contemporain du Panama. «Panquiaco» son premier long métrage a été présenté en première au Festival International du Film de Rotterdam et son dernier court métrage «A Love Song in Spanish» a été en compétition officielle à la Berlinale et au MoMA.
Life damages the living
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 58:56 | France, USA | 2021
Valerie von Sobel, 80 années drapées en couture et en mystères. Un huis clos californien en temps de peste, où un fils tente le portrait de sa mère spirituelle.
Petit, Guillaume THOMAS voulait être magicien. On lui a dit : « la magie n’existe pas ». A contrepied, il s’arme alors d’un appareil photo et d’une caméra pour attester de la vitalité des fées. Sa recherche l’emmène sur la trace de ceux·elles qu’il qualifie de « personnages », des êtres épris·es de liberté et qui s’affirment dans leur multiplicité, leur recomposition infinie. Formé en photographie et vidéo à l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs à Paris, ainsi qu’à la School of Visual Arts à New York, il réalise son premier film « Life damages the living » en 2021 lors de sa résidence au Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains.
Vidéo | mp4 | couleur | 9:27 | Canada | 2021
3050 K is an AI/Neural Net project which utilizes imagery of stage lighting (floods, spots, footlights, gels) sourced from 70 concerts and performances of rock music from the 1970’s. These images are in turn used as primary material for a Neural Net and provide the training model for the resultant imagery. The images which are generated from this process are visualizations of emergent forms and tableau which are the offspring of the original material. These images are then re-processed and provide the individual frames for a video representation of the GAN’s procedural and generative algorithmic creation. The hypnotic and somnambulant visuals are accompanied by a score I created, composed of a number of heavily processed aural artifacts from the era. The title ’3050 K’ is in reference to the average number of Kelvins used in stage and theatrical lighting.
Brad Todd is an artist whose works span several fields of inquiry, principally involving the research/creation of responsive environments which implicate technology as a mirror, filter and catalyst for experience writ large in both an individually embodied sense and its attendant broader socio-political context. Recent and past projects have focused on issues of visualizing and conditioning invisible, abstract and liminal material such as EMF, infrasonics, aggregate data and microclimates, while in other works the content is more explicit and political. Having received an M.F.A. from Concordia University (Montréal), he began playing music in the post-punk band Sofa, which released the inaugural album and single on the Constellation Records label. From the generative and reactive to the composed and performative, audio and sound design continues to play a key role in his works. Brad has received numerous grants and awards and has exhibited his works in galleries and media festivals in North America, South and Central America, Asia and Europe. Presently he is an instructor in the Design and Computation Arts program at Concordia University in Montréal.
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 23:11 | France | 2020
L'influenceur·euse anglais·e Oli London est fasciné·e par la Corée du Sud et surtout par Jimin, membre du célèbre groupe de K-pop BTS. Depuis des années, iel dépense une fortune en chirurgie esthétique pour lui ressembler et devenir à son tour une star de la K-pop. Son cheminement personnel est mis en scène via un conte coréen parlant de masques, de tabou et de chamanisme.
Yan Tomaszewski is a Franco-Polish filmmaker and visual artist trained at Beaux-Arts de Paris and at Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains. His often narrative projects combine research-based methodologies with visually seductive outcomes. His films were screened in such festivals as IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (NL), FIFA Montreal (CA), FID Marseille (FR), Kasseler Dokfest (DE), Doclisboa (PT), and recently in a solo presentation for Prospectif Cinéma at Centre Pompidou in Paris (FR). He has had solo exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum in Krakow (PL), at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget (FR) or the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp (BE). He has taken part in numerous group shows, notably at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles (USA), at Artience Daejeon (KR), at the Fondation Hippocrène in Paris (FR), at the Centre Pompidou (FR), and at Manifesta 9 in Genk (BE). He has received grants from Ateliers Médicis, French Institute, DRAC, CNC-DICRéAM or the Vysehrad Fund. In 2019 he was nominated for Sciences Po Prize for Contemporary Art and in 2020 he was finalist of Studio Collector Prize and laureate of Allegro Prize.