Catalogue 2019
Below, browse the 2019 Rencontres Internationales catalogue, or search the archives of the works presented since 2004. New video clips are routinely posted and the images and text are regularly updated.
Sherko ABBAS
The Music of the Bush Era
sherko abbas
The Music of the Bush Era
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 7:3 | Iraq | 2017

The theme of music is represented by work of Kurdish-Iraqi filmmaker Sherko Abbas: The music of the Bush era. in a split-screen video, using footage shot by his sister, a cellist in the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, he demonstrates how in 2003 the US administration, instead of helping the orchestra to properly re-establish itself in Iraq, militarily airlifted the entire orchestra to Washington to perform once at the Kennedy Centre before President Bush. his film is critical of this futile propagandistic gesture, enacted in the shadow of the invasion in March of the year to promote neo-liberal values, and escape censure. The work was partially inspired by Slavoj Zizek's analysis in his Pervert's Guide to Ideology of the widespread ideological use of Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony.

Sherko Abbas Born in 1978, in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq. Lives and works in United Kingdom. He studied Fine Art in Sulaymaniyah and graduated with Master of Fine arts at the Goldsmiths University of London in 2015. He employs the media of video, performance, text and sound in his practice dedicated to the sonic and visual memory and geopolitical situation of contemporary Iraq and Kurdistan in Particular. He has participated in many exhibitions including his work THE MUSIC OF BUSH ERA was Shown in last Iraqi pavilion (Archaic) in Venice Biennale 57th, the Bagdad mon amour in ICI Paris, Vernacularity, Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival in Gdansk, Poland and the Estrangement in showroom London, Freedom at the barricades? Vaxjo Art Hall, Vaxjo, Sweden.

Soufiane ADEL
La lumière tombe
soufiane adel
La lumière tombe
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 9:23 | Algérie | France | 2018

Quelque part en Banlieue, dans un futur proche. La classe ouvrière n'existe plus. Vénus se rapproche de la terre. Un homme et son fils refont le monde.

Soufiane Adel est né en 1981 en Algérie et arrive en France à 8 ans. C`est en faisant une école de design, l'ENSCI - Les Ateliers, qu'il découvre le cinéma. En 2004, il décide de filmer son père : ce sera son premier court métrage, "Nuits closes", qui débutera au festival de Clermont-Ferrand. En 2007, il réalise "Kamel s`est suicidé six fois, son père est mort" qui a été sélectionné à la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs et à l'ACID à Cannes en 2008, ainsi que dans de nombreux festivals de par le monde. En 2009, il coréalise avec Angela Terrail, "Sur la tête de Bertha Boxcar", prix du jury au festival Silhouette (montré également à Clermont, Pantin, Ciné-banlieue, Indielisboa ...) et diffusé sur Arte. En 2013, il réalise son second documentaire "Go Forth" qui aborde l`histoire de sa grand-mère algérienne, projetés dans des dizaines de festivals internationaux (Cinéma du réel, Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Lussas, Montréal...). Son exploration de formes fictionnelles d`auto-filmage se poursuit avec "Vincent V" et "Les bonnes". En 2017, il met de nouveau en scène son père dans une fiction, "La Faim", puis dans l'essai "La lumière tombe", en 2018.

Yalda AFSAH
Tourneur
yalda afsah
Tourneur
Film expérimental | mov | couleur | 14:25 | Allemagne | 2018

The short movie Tourneur documents a bull fight in the South of France and comments in a subtle manner the disparity between the young, adrenaline rushed participants and the physically superior bull, which gets cornered by the participants. The unpredictability of the situation is increased by foam, which affects the view of the participants and the audience therefore, the encounter of humans and animal seem like an alienation in this abstract landscape of foam.

Growing up in Berlin, Yalda Afsah studied at the University of Arts Berlin, Burg Giebichenstein College of Art in Halle, and the California Institute of the Arts. She has received several awards and scholarships for her artistic work. In 2018 she received the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff scholarship and participates in the BPA // Berlin Program for Artist. She lives and works in Berlin.

Sandro AGUILAR
Mariphasa
sandro aguilar
Mariphasa
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 87:0 | Portugal | 2018

Paulo works as a night guard in a building site. He lost his daughter in dramatic circumstances and no regret would ever give him a sense of closure . He often sleeps in his lover`s house where he witnesses the repeated transgressions of an unstable neighbor. Everything threatens to crack.

Born in 1974 in Portugal, Sandro Aguilar studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, in Lisbon. In 1998 he founded the production company O Som e a Fúria. His first fiction feature film was UPRISE (2008). MERCURY (2010) was in competition for the Tiger Awards for Short Films at IFFR 2011. His films have won awards at festivals, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Gijón, Oberhausen and Vila do Conde, and have been screened in Torino, Belfort, Montreal, Clermont-Ferrand among others. Besides being a director, Aquilar is an editor and a producer. MARIPHASA is his second feature film.

Ulf AMINDE, Anwar Al Atrash,Fadi Aljabour, Marwa Younes Almokbel, Aram Al Saed, Mira Debaja, Amel Alzakout, Mohamad Halbouni, Dyaa Naim, Ramin Parvin, Nour Nasred
TRUST US
ulf aminde , Anwar Al Atrash,Fadi Aljabour, Marwa Younes Almokbel, Aram Al Saed, Mira Debaja, Amel Alzakout, Mohamad Halbouni, Dyaa Naim, Ramin Parvin, Nour Nasred
TRUST US
Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 3:25 | Allemagne | 2017

TRUST US 2017, Video Installation Very often journalists are contacting us to write a story about `refugees` in the context of higher education, their living in Berlin, or simply because they`re looking for some “traumatized” characters for their stories. We usually reject these requests. But this time we received an award of a multinational company and it came with a sum that we urgently needed in order to continue our programme. This time they wanted to produce a video, a one shot sequence. They seemed nice, but their task was to produce emotional images featuring the bodies of the refugee students, underscored by the voice of the white professor contextualising their movements and giving meaning to the frames. We told them this is not how it`s going to work. No one wanted to provide their ́bodies ́ to fill those frames of narration. They said: „TRUST US, it will look good“ Finally we agreed: THEY WOULD FILM US while WE WOULD FILM THEM. We decided to edit the material WE shot and combine it with texts spoken by us, relating to the week long discussions we`ve shared. The whole thing became an installation shown at 3. Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater.

The *foundationClass was established at weißensee academy of art berlin in 2016. Its aim is to provide equal access to formal art education for people who have fled or migrated to Germany. It tries to create a social space where everyone’s resources are acknowledged and validated and where new formats of skill sharing and knowledge transfer can be developed. Ultimately, the *foundationClass wants to question the norms, conventions, and the habitus of art institutions and the industry as a whole. Situated within the institution but rejecting to embody it, the *foundationClass scrutinizes the art academy as a powerful site of knowledge production. Refusing to be integrated into an economy of difference, we aim to formulate strategies that position us outside of the grid of representation. Together we want to find answers to the question of how an art school of the future would look like if it genuinely recognised migration as an essential societal factor. As a collective the *foundationClass contributed TRUST US as a multichannel video installation to the 3. Berliner Herbstsalon, a festival for contemporary art by the Maxim Gorki Theater.

Andrew AMORIM
The Future Stands Still, But We Move In Infinite Space
andrew amorim
The Future Stands Still, But We Move In Infinite Space
Installation vidéo | 4k | couleur et n&b | 46:48 | Brésil | Ouganda | 2017

Shot on location in Kampala, Uganda, the film combines narratives connected to the symbolism surrounding the sport of boxing. From the very personal and intimate relationship between the artist and a boxer in a sparring match, to a story about the black heavyweight as a gallant and politicised figure in the historical match-up between Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson. The film also diverts into several off-topic sequences; showing a group of stunt bikers during an euphoric highway performance, tracing history through a tree planted on October 9th 1962, the day Uganda gained independence from Britain, and visiting the former Gaddafi National Mosque. The Mosque was renamed to `The Uganda National Mosque` in 2013 after pressure from the new Libyan administration, following the US led intervention in Libya in 2011, and the death of Colonel Gaddafi. The title of the work originates from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (1929). Rilke addresses existential themes, profoundly probing the quest for individuality, the significance of death, and reflection on the experience of time as death approaches. His work invoke images of mankind`s anxiety and alienation in the face of an increasingly scientific, industrial, reified world.

Andrew Amorim (b. 1983, Belém, Brazil) lives and works between Bergen, Norway and Kampala, Uganda. He graduated from the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design in 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include The Future Stands Still but We Move in Infinite Space at Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen (NO); Lest We Perish at Entrée x Independent Hq, Harlem, New York (US); Lest We Perish, K4 gallery, Oslo (NO); After Touch, Space 4235, Genova (ITA) and Material Light (with Numi Thorvarsson) at Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen (NO). His work has also been included in the exhibitions The Future Stands Still but We Move in Infinite Space, OSL contemporary, Oslo (NO); After the Exhibition, Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (NO); The Young Lions, Preus Museum, Horten (NO); The National Juried Spring Exhibition, Melk, Oslo (NO); eõ, NoPlace, Oslo (NO) and I: project space in Beijing (CHN).  

Ivan ARGOTE
Reddishblue Memories
ivan argote
Reddishblue Memories
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 11:52 | Colombie | France | 2017

Reddishblue Memories by Iván Argote, uses the artist’s affective memories as part of an ongoing project of research and speculation based on a rumor associated with the history of George Eastman’s Kodak company, and its switch from Kodachrome to Ektachrome. This was allegedly done for ideological reasons : in the late 1960’s they realized that Kodachrome pictures turned reddish with time, and in the context of Cold War decided that the United States’ archives could not end up with the enemy’s color, and so developed the Ektachrome process, in which pictures eventually turn blue. The film, which was made in Ukraine as part of an art exhibition, is narrated simultaneously in Ukrainian by Oxana Shachko founder of Femen, and in Spanish by Ivan Argote himself. In the film, many issues concerning the relationship in between colors and politics raise, as orange revolution, white and black armies, purple and red revolutions in South America.

Iván Argote (Bogotá, 1983, lives in Paris) works explore the relationship in between history, politics and the construction of our own subjectivities. His films, sculptures, videos, collages, and public space installations temps to generate questions about how we relate to the others, to the state, to patrimony and traditions. His works are critics, sometimes anti-establishment, and deal with the idea of bringing affects to the politics, and politics to the affects with a strong and tender tone.

Carsten ASCHMANN
Stardust
carsten aschmann
Stardust
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:0 | Allemagne | 0 | 2018

In a few billion years, the sun goes down. Time enough to leave the inhospitable places of the earth. The flight ends with a crash in Paradise, which has been provide with a decay data by the manufacturer. The search of an angel produces a lot of stardust.

Guillaume AUBRY
The Gull Chewing Gum
guillaume aubry
The Gull Chewing Gum
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 10:0 | France | 0 | 2017

"The gull chewing gum" est un film qui propose la réactivation d`un principe cinématographique mis en place par l`artiste et réalisateur d`avant-garde anglais John Smith (né en 1952 à Walthamstow) et en particulier de son film "The girl chewing gum" (1976). Dans ce film qui montre l`activité d`un carrefour de Londres (traffic routier, passants...), l`artiste annonce en voix off l`ensemble des évènements quelques secondes avant qu`ils ne se passent, transformant ce carrefour banal en un grand set de cinéma hollywoodien. "The gull chewing gum" reprend un principe similaire, appliqué Ã une plage de granit rose située en Normandie, les mouettes, les cormorans, les poissons, les vagues... deviennent les acteurs principaux du paysage.

Guillaume AUBRY est architecte DPLG et artiste plasticien (post-diplôme de recherche La Seine des Beaux-Arts de Paris). Il est aujourd'hui artiste-chercheur du programme doctoral Radian. Sa thèse porte sur la pyromanie latente que cache notre plaisir collectif et "coupable" pour les couchers de soleil. Il est parallèlement PEA Professeur d'Enseignement Artistique, responsable du pôle Objet, espace, matériaux à l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Brieuc.

Nika AUTOR
Newsreel 63 - The train of Shadows
nika autor
Newsreel 63 - The train of Shadows
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 39:0 | Slovénie | 2017

Newsreel 63 follows newsreel-related practices and tries to position and understand a particular image a shred of video taken on the once famous Belgrade - Ljubljana rail-line, where refugees now travel not in couchettes but between the trains wheels. Newsreel 63 drifts into a visual investigation of railways and explores its historical, social and political narrative. The essayistic and associative elements of Newsreel 63 link this historical narrative to our pursuit of happiness, the idea of voyage in the current social constellation, where our longing for happiness is all too often tied to the idea of travelling somewhere or indeed the need to secure the means for mere basic survival.

Nika Autor finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (BA and MA) and finished her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her practice is primarily based on experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, newsreels and spatial video and film installations. The focus of her work is a research of the invisibilities/ inaudibilities dealing with concealed topics of the forgotten past and the silenced present. Her work focuses on the production of particular images, specific constructions of collective memory as well as on personal/oral narratives and examines asylum and migration policies, workers rights and politics of memory. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), an informal collective of workers coming from the field of film theory and art practice.

Anna ÅDAHL
Di-Simulated Crowds
anna Ådahl
Di-Simulated Crowds
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 13:0 | Suède | 2018

"to conceal what one is, rather than to pretend to be what one is not" Film in triptych format with common soundtrack. Three channelled video. 13 mins. The film focuses on the vocabulary, tools and human representation in the various types of software that is used for modelling and tracking crowd behaviour. Featured in the film are examples from online crowd simulation tutorials: coordinated swarms, mass body crushes, campsites and religious gatherings such as the Hajj in Mecca. These examples are juxtaposed with newly shot scenes of gestures and postures drawn from the simulated crowd agent, the default character, pre-programed behaviour re-enacted by dancers and images from human tracking devices and. images from human tracking devices and The voice-over interlaces the information and the instructions from the software tutorials generated by a speechedit software/robot voice, with the artist's own voice and thoughts. The film addresses the aesthetics and politics of these softwares and tracking system where these digital tools used for monitoring today´s crowd flows and behaviour are becoming increasingly political while facing ethical dilemmas. Sheding new light on the digitisation and simulations of crowds, their interconnected technologies and their inherent potentiality to predict and model our future collective behaviour. This film is part of my ongoing research, practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art in London, Prediciting Crowds. The aesthetics and politics of digitized and simulated crowds.

Anna Adahl is a visual artist and researcher working in various mediums such as film, installations, performance and collage. She uses the tools of assemblage and montage where found footage meets newly shot images and where ready-mades are used as props in spatial narratives. In 2015 she started her practice-led PhD adressing the aesthetics and politics of digitized and simulated crowds. Over the past decade the notion and politics of crowds has been central in Anna Adahl's artistic practice. In numerous works she has been observing and examining the relationship between the individual and the mass as well as the language of the body in relation to the psychological, physical or political space that surrounds it. Within her current practice based research her focus has turned towards the conditions, the aesthetics and the politics of contemporary crowds, operating in a new computational realm. Her work has been presented and exhibited internationally including: Marabouparken Art Gallery, Stockholm (2018); Moderna Muséet, Stockolm (2018); Festival des Cinémas Differents et Experimentaux de Paris (2018); Nanjing International Art Festival, China (2017), Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); Lofoten International Arts Festival, Norway (2015); CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern-Ireland, UK (2015); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013).

Ananthakrishnan B
The Celluloid Woman
ananthakrishnan b
The Celluloid Woman
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 12:0 | Inde | Hongrie | 2018

This is a meta-filming attempt to represent a failure. Conceptual challenge of a cinematographer who had to deal with passionate archivist, who works in the Film archive, uncompromisingly Film archivist forgetting the cinematic result demanded by the filmmaker, An archivist who belongs to celluloid age, still works with celluloid, starts confronting about the medium and time. Does the spectator really realise the conceptual mistake, or are they decided to go with a flow designed by filmmaker?This film eternally about director`s turbulent relationship with the character Margarita sosa. The short movie is divided into 4 movements, every movement is dedicated to a specific moment of cinema, but it is also a metaphor of your relationship with your subject. Movement 1: creation. Margarita speaks about the birth of cinema. It is a metaphor of beginning of the film first approach to the director`s character. Movement 2: preservation. Margarita speaks about preservation. It is a metaphor of the director is trying to keep a good relationship with his character. Movement 3: destruction. Margarita speaks about censorship (that is a destructive force). It is a metaphor of destroying the director`s relationship with the celluloid woman.

Ananthakrishnan is deeply involved in cinematographic and photographic storytelling. He traveled across India for geographically exploration of the socio-political structure. He worked as cinematographer for Tehelka music project, in New Delhi, and also with a documentary curating initiative called magiclanternmovies. Finally, as a video volunteer he worked at Primitive Seed Movement in navdanya. His ambition is to contemplate on the borders of practice and theory of documentary and fiction. He started his study at Gandhigram Rural Institute in Tamilnadu. After doing Development Studies he received a Summer Fellowship from National Human Rights Commission nhrc.nic.in to do a short-term research on human rights violations in India. He went on to complete his studies in community media at Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai tiss.edu. Afterwards, Ananthakrishnan received a Camargo Foundation Residency Art Fellowship in France to work on his working progress feature documentary Shadows of gandhi. Then he got accepted in the Summer Travelling Film School Cinemadamare 2018 in Italy cinemadamare, where he shot five short films during the period of two months. Ananthakrishnan`s photography projects have been exhibited at STIGMART10 in , Video Focus Biennial Edition , International Art Exhibition Nord Art 2016 in Germany, Screengrab Award 2014 in Australia, and International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa in Russia. His short documentaries and short films were widely screened at many international film festivals. At the moment he is doing the DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 2017-2019 (EMJMD) in Documentary Filmmaking delivered by a consortium of the University of Lusofona in Portugal, University of Theatre and Film in Hungary and St. Lucas School of Arts in Belgium. AWARDS Annanthakrishnan won the National Student Contest at the International Year of Planet Earth in 2018. He also won twice the Best Cinematography Awards during the tenth Cinemadamare edition in 2018. See https://ananthakrishnan.foliohd.com/contact for more info.

Christian BARANI
Dans la fumée d'une peau
christian barani
Dans la fumée d'une peau
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 12:30 | France | Afrique du sud | 2018

Scott BARLEY
Sleep Has Her House
scott barley
Sleep Has Her House
Doc. expérimental | mp4 | couleur | 90:0 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

The shadows of screams climb beyond the hills. It has happened before. But this will be the last time. The last few sense it, withdrawing deep into the forest. They cry out into the black, as the shadows pass away, into the ground. Through long static takes, the film develops a contemplative, hypnotic experience, akin to paintings that move, mixing live action and still photography (shot on iPhone) and hand-drawn images.

Scott Barley is a British artist and filmmaker from South Wales, UK. His work has been screened across Europe and The Americas, including The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, BFI Southbank, Sheffield Doc Fest, Doclisboa, Karlovy Vary IFF, Dokufest, EYE Filmmuseum, Vancouver International Film Centre, Museum of Modern Art Rio, Museum of Contemporary Art Buenos Aires, and Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival. His work has been associated with the Remodernist and Slow Cinema movements. His films are primarily concerned with the Anthropocene, nature, cosmology, phenomenology, and mysticism, and have been compared with the sensibilities of Stan Brakhage, Philippe Grandrieux, Béla Tarr, Maya Deren, and Jean Epstein.

Clara BAUSCH
Wald
clara bausch
Wald
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 6:22 | Allemagne | 2017

Over the course of a year, WALD (2017) returns to a forest glade. The film witnesses the vegetation changing in different seasons. A house can be seen dimly in the distance. A panorama pan scans the space. The view upwards, at eye level and to the ground - 360° - 3 perspectives. The pan is shot with a 16mm Bolex by hand. The camera itself becomes the main actor of the film, which is underlined by the way it is shot but also by the montage of the film. Original sound accompanies the images, but is interrupted by the adhān of a muezzin, the rustling of leaves, the buzzing of bees - these strong sound elements appear and disappear at the same moment. WALD (2017) by Clara Bausch, 16mm, 24 fps, optical Sound, no Dialogue, 6 Min

Clara Bausch works multi and interdisciplinary. Throughout her observation, Bausch creates narratives to thematize questions of identity and freedom. Bausch develops concepts resulting in films, photographs, works on paper, objects and drawings. She is co-founder of LaborBerlin, a platform for exchange and discourse on working with analogue film.

Justin BENNETT
Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi: Wolf Lake on the Mountains
justin bennett
Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi: Wolf Lake on the Mountains
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 24:50 | Royaume-Uni | Russie | 2018

We follow Viktor Koslovsky, a scientist still working at the otherwise abandoned Kola Super-Deep Borehole, a geological research station “at the border of everything” in north-west Russia. He tells of the history of this former cold-war project and of his current research which he describes as “listening to the past in order to hear the future.” The Kola Super-Deep Borehole (KSD) is the deepest man-made hole on earth – more than 12 km deep. It was a Soviet geology research project started during the Cold War. In addition to gathering data about the geology of the earth`s crust it formed part of Project Globus, a network of seismic listening stations which was to act as an early-warning system for natural disasters as well as for monitoring enemy nuclear tests. After the fall of the Soviet Union the project was slowly wound up and the site was abandoned in 2008. The rock strata that are visible in the core samples extracted from the borehole are seemingly inert to humans but on another time-scale they are very much alive. They tell the story of the formation of the earth and of ultra-slow processes that are still taking place within the earth`s crust. Thinking at this geological timescale puts human endeavour and progress into perspective, the Kola Super Deep becomes merely a pin-prick into the body of the earth. Still, the image of drilling so deep into the earth inflamed the imagination of evangelical Christians with an image of Hell. The sounds of screams emanating from the inferno circulated on the internet purporting to have been recorded by the Russian scientists – probably a montage of horror-film soundtracks. The layers of rock penetrated by the drill resound with Dante`s decent into the Inferno with Virgil as his guide – where each layer or circle of Hell is reserved for different kinds of sinners, each with their own story. In which circle of Hell can the conspiracy theorists be found? Which is reserved for the climate change deniers? At the KSD site, next to a lake called Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi (‘Wolf lake on the mountains’ in Sàmi language), we meet Viktor. Ever since the station shut down, Viktor has stayed on-site as much as possible, carrying on the work started by Dr. Huberman, the founder of the project. He recounts the history of the KSD, relating it to other cold-war science projects, about the geology and history of the area, and of his experiences living there alone. He guides us around the ruined site, introducing his living quarters, his small laboratory and of course the borehole itself. He explains his work, listening to vibrations deep within the earth, linking geology with Sami shamanism and divination.

Justin Bennett (UK, 1964, based in The Hague) works with sound and image. Trained in sculpture and electronic music, he uses drawing, video, sculpture, and a diverse array of sound forms in his research. One recurrent theme is our experience of archticture, urban development, and the (un)built space. He employs sound in order to render it audible as well as palpable: in his work, listening carefully provides a radically different way of seeing and experiencing. Bennett`s recording of sound is comparable with the shooting of video. He uses various microphones to change perspectives – like camera lenses. The microphones – the listener`s points-of-hearing – move through a city, a street, a windy Russian tundra, or the different-sounding spaces of a building. In many of Bennett`s works and installations sound is complemented by video images that affect the experience of the visitor differenty again. In some of his research projects the audiovisual material is juxtaposed with voice-overs and drawings, mapping space, movement, sound, magnetic fields, and so forth, through language and diagrams. Thus a reciprocity is created between various forms of expression: a drawing or a text can be a score; and sound and image become ways of drawing and writing. This way, Bennett`s work is also a research into sound and image as specific media, and an exploration of the ways in which they can be used and experienced. His way of working sparkles unexpected complementarities, synaesthetics, collisions and manipulations of the mind.

Gregory BENNETT
Exosphere
gregory bennett
Exosphere
Animation | mp4 | couleur | 20:47 | Nouvelle-Zélande | 2018

Exosphere (2018) is 21-minute long looped digital animation. The term ‘exosphere’ refers to the uppermost layer of atmosphere surrounding a planet, where it thins out and merges with interplanetary space: an in-between zone that suggests both limitations and possibilities. The work in part references French philosopher Paul Virilio’s suggestion that the modern city has become a ‘claustropolis’, where the inhabitants feel the need to put up what he describes as an ‘exospherical fence’ or barrier to fend off the unknown dangers of the outside world. Another influence is The Panopticon, an institutional design created by the 18th century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Employing multiple humanoid forms trapped in perpetual looped motions, ‘Exosphere’ reflects the primary functions of The Panopticon, which explores ideas of surveillance, regulated behaviour and the disciplinary society. Here the corporeal body is transformed into proliferating avatars inhabiting a range of environments where existence is either tenuous, or wholly subsumed into a synthetic ecosystem. These spaces can be read as a series of psychological landscapes, as representations of hermetic digital colonies – depictions which fluctuate between the utopian and dystopian, or as figures enacting some enigmatic ceremonial. The artist uses current animation technology to reflect metaphorically what might be occurring in the present while also imagining any number of possible futures.

Gregory Bennett is a New Zealand-based artist who works with 3D animation, motion capture, projection mapping, and virtual reality. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and new media festivals in the USA, Hong Kong, China, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Recent exhibitions include the AA/LA Gallery in Los Angeles, ‘the real-fake.org.2.0’ at the BronxArtSpace in New York, the juried exhibition at the 2016 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Hong Kong, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Australia. He was also a finalist in the 7th Screengrab International Media Arts Award in Australia in 2015 and was selected for the Video Contemporary exhibition at the 2015 Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair. His work has also been selected for the Supernova 2018 Digital Animation Festival in Denver, USA; Currents 2014, the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, USA; SIMULTAN Festival for Video, Media Art, Exploratory Music and Sound 2014, Timisoara, Romania; Prak-sis n3w M3dia Art Festival 2014, Chicago, USA; TEMP Art Space, New York; ISEA 2012 in Alberquerque, New Mexico, USA. He was also an invited artist for Narracje 2013, Installations and Interventions in Public Space in Gdansk, Poland.

Grégory BÉTEND
La nuit des rois
grégory bÉtend
La nuit des rois
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 16:30 | France | Brésil | 2018

José Costa exerce la profession de « nègre ». Il écrit les histoires de ses commanditaires. Un soir à Recife, il traverse une fête populaire et spirituelle dont l’origine remonte à l’histoire coloniale du Brésil. Lui, l’écrivain fantôme, est l’homme de l’ombre, la plume anonyme et silencieuse. À la faveur des croyances populaires et de leur magie, s’ouvre cette nuit la possibilité d’une histoire réécrite.

Né en France, Grégory Bétend est diplômé de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (ENSBA), et de l’école documentaire de Lussas. Il a réalisé "Checkpoint Charlie" et "Nu", qui ont été présentés dans plusieurs festivals comme le FID Marseille, les Etats généraux du documentaire (film d`ouverture), le Festival International du Court-Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, entre autres. Son travail a également été présenté au Centre Pompidou Paris, au centre d`art Kunstverein Tiergarten de Berlin, entre autres. Il est l’auteur des livres « En 1799 l’entrée était déjà là » et « Ora », et publie aussi en revues (Vacarme, Le nouveau recueil).

Daniel BLAUFUKS
Levantados do Chão
daniel blaufuks
Levantados do Chão
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 20:0 | Allemagne | Portugal | 2018

A traditional band plays in an abandoned hotel on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Only in the final credits we understand that this is a political film.

Daniel Blaufuks uses mainly photography and video, presenting his work through books, installations and films. He has a predilection for issues such as the connection between time and space and the intersection between private and public memory.

Radu BOERU
The Dark Side of the Flag, part 02 – “One Hundred”
radu boeru
The Dark Side of the Flag, part 02 – “One Hundred”
Vidéo | mp4 | couleur | 10:0 | Roumanie | 2018

Happy 100, Romania. You`re old today, yet younger than most of Europe`s countries. Why linger on the past, since you let it be destroyed by ignorance and carelessness? Why dream of a bright future since you keep birthing corrupted leaders and let them pollute you? Why didn`t I leave you when all left? Maybe because you would have felt a little emptier without me? Or I would without you? I slap myself 100 times for your inability to become what I want you to become, my sad backward country. Would you slap yourself for me too?

Radu B. Boeru Date of birth: 30. 09. 1977 E-mail: radu.boeru@gmail.com Studies: 1996 - 1998: Graphics Dept. at the National Art Institute in Kishinev, Republic of Moldova. Specialisation: classical graphics, engraving techniques. 1998 - 2002: Graphics Dept. at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Specialisation: digital graphics & advertising. I worked since 1999 in advertising, first as a copywriter then as an art director and creative director. Since 2013 I work at my own studio and experiment with different art genres, video being by far my favourite. I also experiment with painting and sculpture, audio recordings and poetry. At the moment I work on two lyrical journals and a whole series of short experimental films, hopefully will rise some funds to start a long feature film in the near future.

Peter BOGERS
Glued Eye
peter bogers
Glued Eye
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 30:0 | Pays-Bas | 0 | 2018

Glued Eye 2-channel installation Peter Bogers, The Netherlands, 2019 www.peterbogers.com The installation consists of two black and white video images, one video projector and two thin (2 mm) illuminated fiber lines. A large projection shows images of moving objects or people that are fixed in one place on the wall by means of a sophisticated tracking technique. This technique continuously shifts the frame of the video image in a way that the chosen object stays in one place. Thus, all movements are neutralized. Directly behind the projector a very small 4,7 inch screen shows a close-up of a moving eyeball, of which the pupil is fixed in the middle of the screen. A luminous wire is stretched across the exhibition room, between the fixed point of the projected image and the center of the small eye pupil. The wire is a physical and stationary element in the exhibition room.

1965 Born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1981 Graduated from Art Academy St. Joost, Breda, The Netherlands at the sculpture department. Lives and Works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands In the early eighties Bogers was heavily involved in performance art, but gradually started to use the video camera as an intermediary between himself and the public. In the nineties he started to approach sound and image more and more as self-contained, flexible media that give him access to the element of time and thus can be transformed in an attempt to make a statement about the complexity and incomprehensibility of human nature. Bogers has had solo exhibitions in international museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Bremen, Stuttgart, Osnabrück, Beijing, Tokyo, Marseille, Split and Pittsburgh. Among others his work is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of fine arts, Taipei and Harvard University, USA.