Catalogue 2017-2018
Below, browse the 2017-2018 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.
Yasmine KABIR
Roshi (Rope)
kabir Yasmine
Roshi (Rope)
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 9:30 | Bangladesh | 2017

Continuing a tradition that goes back centuries, children are employed as rope-makers in old town, Dhaka, making rope from jute fibres. They twist, tie, knot and weave from early morning till nightfall. This silent film has metaphorical allusions

Yasmine Kabir is an independent filmmaker. She lives and works in Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh. Her documentaries are on stories that reflect the human condition.

Isegi nimi on mõnikord sama (Even the Name Is Sometimes the Same)
kaljo Kai
Isegi nimi on mõnikord sama (Even the Name Is Sometimes the Same)
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 1:55 | Estonie | 2017

Among others, Kai Kaljo(1877-1906) lives on in my video "Even the Name is Sometimes the Same"(1877-2017). I don´t know if we are related or not, but does it really matter? The video was made in cooperation with the photo collection of the Tallinn town museum. In the corner of a very old photograph (made in 1877) of the Tallinn Old Town Harbor, there is a person sitting, very tired. For some unknown reason, I was overwhelmed by that person. She (or he) had no idea that photography existed so she never suspected being accidentally captured by someone´s camera, neither did she suspect that, for some reason, she would become so important for somebody after 140 years.

Kai Kaljo is an artist living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 1997, when she completed her first video "Loser", she mainly works in video. In 2006 and 2017, she used to work at Tallinn University as a professor for contemporary art. Her video work was often described as poetic, social, humorous/tragic. In recent years, she had been working with archival images and texts.

Antépénultième Daoura
kantarjian Alain
Antépénultième Daoura
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 13:20 | France | Liban | 2014


2016 grant winner for “Video Works Ashkal Alwan” Beirut, Alain Kantarjian is a photographer and filmmaker based in Beirut and Paris. In 2005, he founded LRAK, a video and event company in Paris, and in 2010, Fanar Projects, an independent cultural space in Beirut. His work is collected by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Burger Collection (Hong Kong) and private collectors.

Payal KAPADIA, Kapadia
The last Mango Before the Monsoon
kapadia Payal , Kapadia
The last Mango Before the Monsoon
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 18:31 | Inde | 2015


Born in Mumbai, India in 1986, she is a filmmaker who initially studied economics and worked in advertising before, in 2012, taking up a degree in film directing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. Her short films have already screened at various festivals including the Cinéfondation at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

There Are Worlds Out There They Never Told You About
karuti Jackie
There Are Worlds Out There They Never Told You About
Animation | hdv | couleur et n&b | 1:6 | Kenya | 2016

There are worlds out there they never told you about, 2017 is a video that is part of a larger body of work under the same title. While rightfully addressing tragic stories of migration through water, the work viewed collectively through drawings and new media is also about reimagining freedom through the imagination and creation of fantastic worlds. Worlds that are less about occupying physical space but more about cultivating ways that one can be free in a place where home and freedom remain elusive.

Jackie Karuti is an artist based in Nairobi. Her practice is largely experimental and employs the use of new media through drawings, video, installations and performance art. Her work is founded on ideas around knowledge production & accessibility as well as the depths of possibility enabled by radical imagination. Karuti is the 2017 recipient of the Young Artist Award at the Cape Town Art Fair, an alumna of the Gasworks residency program in London as well as Asìko, a roaming Pan African art school designed to redress the frequently outdated or non-existent artistic and curatorial curricula at tertiary institutions across Africa. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the residency program at The Rijksakademie. Karuti has participated in several exhibitions & residencies, both locally & abroad as well as multidisciplinary projects such as curating the Out Film Festival-Nairobi (2016-2018). In 2017 she established the online platform, I’ve Been Working on Some MAGIC which seeks to engage Nairobi based visual artists in critical writing, collective curatorial projects as well as sharing audiovisual material. In 2018 Karuti’s work will debut at the 13th edition of the Dak’Art Biennial in Dakar, Senegal.

Graham KELLY
Hello Joe
kelly Graham
Hello Joe
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 18:40 | Royaume-Uni | Pays-Bas | 2017

Hello Joe was covertly produced overnight in a series of rented Airbnb accommodations. It is constructed entirely from elements found and filmed within a number of private homes that were accessed through the online service. Furnishings, ornaments and extracts from various personal book, CD and DVD collections act as a singular workable archive. The resulting film is comprised of a series of vignettes that examine the objects and media that we intimately live with and the ideologies that they preserve. Domestic spaces are merged together in this portrait of an emerging corporate territory within the declining value of privacy.

Graham Kelly is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His practice is situated in the interface between contemporary forms of image, the physical body and environment. By considering this interaction as an engulfing and continuous state or effect, his work seeks to expose and dissect power structures that are cast, distorted or enforced within it. His works have been screened and exhibited in a number of international contexts that include: Recontres Internationales, Kino der Kunst, Lo schermo dell’arte, EYE Filmmuseum, TENT, Transmission, Intermedia, Generator Projects and The Moscow Biennale for Young Art. He was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy in 2015/16.

Some acts around rocks and stones. (Part 1)
kelly Kevin
Some acts around rocks and stones. (Part 1)
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 16:2 | USA | 2017

Marcel Duchamp talks about an absurd 'readymade'. An art dealer creates a discourse using the idea of the 'readymade'. An art historian talks about her long time relationship observing Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. These personal micro-histories around paradigm shifting artists offers hidden knowledge around the common art historical narrative. While the artist turns over the rocks of the Spiral Jetty, bringing back the experiential quality to an artwork that is mostly known through images.

Eva Rocco KENELL
kenell Eva Rocco
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 24:6 | Suède | 2015

In this film about a falsified InterRail ticket, a chain of events and links arise which leads the filmmaker on a journey. Where fiction in a performative manner seems to materialize itself and create a piece of reality that seems to imitate fiction. The protagonist in the film is never to be seen, instead we follow her voice through staging and documents while the story is being mediated.

Eva Rocco Kenell (b. 1982 Växjö, Sweden) holds a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a MFA from Konstfack University of Arts and Craft, Stockholm where she graduated with the honorable Principal scholarship. Kenell’s artistic practice is based on a documentary ground, even though the intentions are rather to break down classical narratives and normative storytelling. Not only concepts surrounding fiction and reality are central, but also questions around which one of the two is creating the other. Kenell`s methodology consists of a research based practice with a focus on micro-histories, where she explores single events and where details in a story can become the new center and the place which the focus is transferred to. Kenell`s practice brings up notions concerning the role of the documentary, storytelling, concept of truth and imitation. And at the same time it opens up for questions around freedom of movement and counter-strategies.

Konrad KORABIEWSKI, Loðmfjörð Kristján
korabiewski Konrad , Loðmfjörð Kristján
Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur | 52:26 | Danemark | Islande | 2014

Title: NS-12 Authors: Kristjan Loðmfjorð (is) / Konrad Korabiewski (dk/pl/is) Form 1: Audio Visual installation for 8 channels, 1 subwoofer and 1 HD projector Form 2: DCP master with 5.1 audio for cinema/festival screening, 52 min. NS-12 (2014-2018) is audiovisual collaboration between the filmmaker Kristjan Loðmfjorð and the composer Konrad Korabiewski. Using the means of sound and image, NS-12 poetically portrays the fishing trawler Gullver NS-12 based in Seyðisfjorður, East Iceland. The trawler is a self-contained world; a space which functions both as workplace and as collective living arrangement, which is also personally and physically affective. For the people working on board the ship might be seen as a tool, but artistically it is perceived as a living organism, as a musical instrument triggering the senses, and as a visual landscape impressing with textures and colors. The constant sensation of motion from the heaviness and roughness of the rolling trawler conveys a state of confusion or reverie, like that triggered by seasickness. The ship itself is always in the foreground, with the life on board as the background. Thus NS-12 captures the moment of an everyday situation applying an expressionistic approach for an experimental outcome. It communicates the human spirit, essential for the experience of the trawler at sea with the ceaseless sound and vibrations of the engine. The original soundscape for the work is realized as a contemporary composition where all the sonic material is sourced from reality, whereas the imagery is mainly based of still-life recordings where visual perception shines above realism. Together the two mediums explore the complete body of the trawler as a visually intriguing labyrinth, where each room has its own way of carrying the sound from the engine. The complete work including sound and image is purely field recorded, accompanied with voiceover recordings performed by the Seyðisfjorður Church Choir and the fourth (and Europe`s first female) president of Iceland, Mrs. Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Recordings on board Gullver NS-12 took place during the period of September 2012 - December 2013. Methodology: In the research process, the artists went out on three tours on the trawler to capture sound and image in various seasons and weather conditions. The machinery and the captain’s diaries were also examined, extracting relevant texts. These transcripts were integrated into the final piece as subtitled and as read text, as they are very evocative and give an irrational sense of the trawler`s path: such as the ship`s state examination while in the dockyard, weather reports from out on open sea, injuries on board, and mechanical breakdowns. 8 channel installation: A sound and video installation preferably presented by itself in a separate exhibition room. This 8 channel installation configuration,referring to the 8 cylinders of the trawler´s engine aims at conveying the physical presence of the trawler´space. Presentation history: 14.10.15 QC-Montréal,Festival Nouveau Cinéma, screening 11.10.15 QC-Montréal, North American premiere Festival Nouveau Cinéma, screening 26.10.2014-31.01.2015 DE-Marl, Marl Media Art Awards 2014, installation and award nomination 04.12.2014 CL- Valparaiso / South American premiere: Tsonami Sound Art Festival, installation 27.06.2014 PL-Gdańsk / Polish premiere: Soundplay Festival, installation 17.06.2014 IS-Seyðisfjorður, Icelandic premiere: Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art , installation 17.05.2014 DE-Berlin DAADgalerie, installation & artists talk 15.05.2014 DE-Karlsruhe, German / European premiere: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe / Institute for Music and Acoustics, Sound Dome installation Credit list: Phonography and composition by Konrad Korabiewski Manuscript and cinematography by Kristjan Loðmfjorð Sound engineered at Institute for Music and Acoustics ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe by Konrad Korabiewski with Anton Kossjanenko Voiceovers by: Mrs. Vigdis Finnbogadottir The Seyðisfjorður Church Choir The work is supported by: Cultural Council of East Iceland Visual Art Council Iceland Danish Composers Society Danish Arts Foundation ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Detailed work description is available as pdf here:

KONRAD KORABIEWSKI composer/sound/media artist Danish | Polish | Icelandic Konrad Korabiewski (1978) is an award-winning experimental composer, sound and media artist working worldwide and currently residing in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland and California. Characterized by a marked tendency to transgress various genres and media, his sound art, film music, installations, radio, video and multi-media art works have a strong site- specific element. Konrad Korabiewski’s musical atmosphere is sombre and intense, demonstrating a precise attention to musical space; at times with a meditative character, where distortion expresses an emotional depth that demands and attracts attention in minimalistic scenarios of sound. Among many international prizes and grants in 2014 Konrad Korabiewski was awarded the prestige Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD academic award & working grant and nominated for 2 Media Art Awards: European Sound Art Award (formerly known as Deutsche Klangkunst-Preis) and Marler Videokunst-Preis in Germany. He holds a Master in Electronic Music Composition from The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. Konrad Korabiewski is founder and currently the director of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music, Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. He is an independent curator and Research Associate at Film and Digital Media Department of University of California, Santa Cruz. Also a key member of Danish Composers ́Society since 2004. Awards | nominations: 2014, NS-12, nomination for the Marl Video Art Award, Germany, 2014, The Art Book Orchestra, finalist in European Sound Art Award competition, Germany (formerly known as der Deutsche Klangkunst Preis) 2014, The Institute for Music and Acoustics – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, awarded scholarship and residency 2013, Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD- Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst awarded academic award, residency and working grant for 2014 2011, Skeyti, winning the international sound-art competition Europe A Sound Panorama 2011, Affected As Only A Human Been Can Be (interactive art book with integrated sound scape), nominated for Best Book-craft /art book of the Year, Denmark 2010, Affected As Only A Human Been Can Be (interactive art book with integrated sound scape) nominated for the Young Illustrators Award, Illustrative, Berlin, Germany 2005, Slowloop (animation video with sound scape ), winning first price at the film festi- val KRAKFFA, Cracow, Poland 2003, Lay Down (electro-acustic composition), finalist in Luigi Russolo Electro- acoustic Competition, Italy. Main education: 2012, Master degree in Electronic Music Composition, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark.

kosemund sanidis Efthimis
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 15:55 | Grèce | 2017

Two boys and a girl prepare for nightclubbing in the heart of Athens. Arriving, they face a deserted club, where music plays blaring but there is no one to listen. There, one by one falls asleep as they surrender themselves in a collective dream.

Born with dual Greek/German nationality, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis studied Informatics Engineering, and then Contemporary Arts at Le Fresnoy - Studio National in France. His films have won acclaim at festivals around the world. His debut short film, “ II ” (2014, 16’), won the Pack & Pitch award at Sarajevo while in development, followed by a world premiere in the Pardi di Domani section of the Locarno Film Festival. He shot his next two films, “ Odette ” (2015, 16’) and “ Unbuilt Light ” (2017, 29’), while in residency at Le Fresnoy, with the latter opening in competition in Sarajevo. “ Astrometal ” (2017, 15’) was nominated for a Golden Lion in the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

Maria KOURKOUTA, Niki Giannari
Des Spectres hantent l'Europe (Spectres are haunting Europe)
kourkouta Maria , Niki Giannari
Des Spectres hantent l'Europe (Spectres are haunting Europe)
Documentaire | hdv | couleur et n&b | 100:0 | Grèce | France | 2016

The daily life of migrants (Syrian, Kurdish, Pakistani, Afghani and other) in the camp of Idomeni, in Greece. People waiting in queues for food, tea and doctors; waiting to cross the border. One day, Europe closes the West Balkan Route for them once and for all. The «residents» of Idomeni decide, in their turn, to occupy the train tracks, blocking the trains that carry goods across the border.

Niki Giannari: Greek writer, born in 1968. Maria Kourkouta : Greek filmmaker born in 1982. She lives between France and Greece. Since 2008, she made several films, mostly on 16mm at different artist-run labs in France (such as L’Etna and L’Abominable) where she is still active as a member. Most of her films are distributed by Light Cone (Paris).

Ryan KUO
Family Maker
kuo Ryan
Family Maker
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:0 | USA | 2017

Family Maker is a computer application that uses the macOS interface to convey family dynamics across cascading sequences of gray application windows that users operate in order to unlock mysteries of being in a family. The application might be read as a portrait of the artist’s family, but it doubles as a working model of family life, populated by windows with names such as Ego and Trauma that prompt association-making. The work has been conceived as a puzzle box to unlock and explore, and as a poetic support that can give form to the unnameable. Family Maker is assembled using a runtime engine, and its dynamics are simultaneously built and enacted. As such, the creative process itself is akin to diagramming and inhabiting the family. A user of the application experiences much of how it was made. Each clickable button and slider is loaded with references to past states and future consequences. It is presented as a regular software application that can be multitasked with other tasks, such as monitoring email and scanning for viruses. As the family is a process, future versions may be created. The work is distributed by Left Gallery.

Ryan Kuo is based in New York and is currently a resident in the Queens Museum Studio Program. He received a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT in 2014. His work is often process-based and diagrammatic, utilizing techniques from video games, productivity software, web design, motion graphics, and sampling. It tends to invoke a person or people arguing. Among his current projects, Ryan is building an artist’s book about aspirational workflows, File: A User’s Manual, modeled after software guides for power users. His works and writing have most recently appeared at the Current Museum of Art (NYC), Equity Gallery (NYC), Front/Space (Kansas City), Spike Art Quarterly (Berlin), Goldsmiths (London), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Cambridge, MA), Boston Cyberarts (Boston), MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA), and Minibar (Stockholm). He was a resident artist at Residency Unlimited (NYC) in 2017.

City of Transformers
kuwajima Ikuru
City of Transformers
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 3:39 | Japon | Russie | 2016

The project is about the transforming cityscape of Kazan, the millennium old capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. With the brand-new buildings and anime costume characters “ Transformers ”, I visualized my impression of this fast-growing modern multicultural city, located in the middle Volga, about 600 km east from Moscow. In Kazan, newcomers would soon notice the futuristic bizarre architecture scattered around the city’s center. Those buildings are somewhat reminiscent of the contemporary but ambiguous glittering architecture in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana and Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat in Central Asia. In Kazan’s city center, visitors would also notice awkward-looking costume characters like ones from American-Japanese robot anime “ Transformers ” giving out leaflets or getting pictures taken with kids for money. Kazan is home to Tatars, a predominantly-Islam Turkic people, but it is more complex and unique, as Tatar, Russian and Soviet cultures have been intertwined in the past centuries there. Now, western capitalism gets mixed with this cultural melting pot, bringing even “ Transformers ”to the city and turning parts of the cityscape a little Disneylandish. Kazan is still in the process of this intricate transformation. This project demonstrates my vision of this transforming multicultural city located near the edge of geographical Europe.

After growing up in Japan, studying in journalism in the University of Missouri, Columbia, and living in Romania for a year, Ikuru Kuwajima has been living and working on visual documentary and art projects mainly with photography in various post-Soviet countries (Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia) in the past 10 years. After three years in Kazan, he now lives in Moscow, Russia, continuing personal projects. His artist books “ Tundra Kids ” and “ Oblomov ” were published in Vienna in 2015 and in Moscow in 2017, respectably.

Under Automata
l'hoest Eva
Under Automata
Film expérimental | 4k | noir et blanc | 10:49 | Belgique | 2017

Au-dessus de l`Atlantique, des dormeurs ont été scanné manuellement par l’artiste le long du couloir d`un avion long-courrier. Le film se présente comme un lent travelling sur une réalité que l`on identifie immédiatement mais qui est déchirée par les failles du processus de captation. Les corps, les objets ne sont donc que partiellement recomposés par le logiciel et donnent lieu à un plan cinématographique ainsi qu`à la vision d`accidents de la substance-image.

Eva L’Hoest (1991, vit et travaille à Bruxelles), est issue d’une génération qui est née en même temps que les développements exponentiels de ce qu’il devient désuet d'appeler “ les nouvelles technologies ”. Cette jeune artiste formée à l’atelier Vidéo de l’ESAVL-Académie des Beaux-Arts de Liège (Jacques-Louis Nyst) s`est très vite tournée vers l`exploration de pièces inédites en réalité virtuelle ainsi que des impressions 3D sur lesquelles elle intervient manuellement. Au fil de ses pièces, Eva L’Hoest propose une analyse de la morbidité contenue au coeur du virtuel lorsqu’il est débarrassé de ses oripeaux et de son pouvoir strictement illusionniste. Ce qui en résulte, c’est une plongée fascinante dans une matière visuelle qui provient du travail conjoint de la main et de la machine. Performeuse d’une nouvelle ère, lartiste s’attache sans complexe à la beauté et au vertige des limites de l’analyse électronique.

LA DECANATURA, Elkin Calderón Guevara & Diego Piñeros García
Pluralia tantum bon bril
la decanatura , Elkin Calderón Guevara & Diego Piñeros García
Pluralia tantum bon bril
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 4:49 | Colombie | 2017

SYNOPSIS A Colombian video-contribution between the collective La Decanatura and the queer-artist Federica Burns presents the creation of the universe - the big bang - in a new way: Their work aims to subvert the lopsided vision of the white male sovereignty in the representation of the Creator in order to devise a god of ambiguity. As a hybrid being this god is neither male nor female but genderless, mestizo, playful, and plural has put on make-up and is dancing with a fire produced with a "Bon Bril" (kitchen steel wool sponges ) that is used as a fireworks in popular neighborhoods in Colombia and Brazil. Title: PLURALIA TANTUM BON BRIL Director: LA DECANATURA (Diego Piñeros García & Elkin Calderón) Production: LA DECANATURA (Diego Piñeros García & Elkin Calderón) Camera: Johannes Förster Edition: LA DECANATURA (Diego Piñeros García & Elkin Calderón) Actor: Abner Wagner a.k.a Federica Burns Makeup artist: Martín Ortegón Duration: 5 min Technical details: Recorded in 4K, final Version in Full HD, 1920 x 1080 stereo

LA DECANATURA. Collective formed by artists Elkin Calderón Guevara and Diego Piñeros García that seeks to generate new approaches to art from historical approaches and "foreign" disciplines that inquire hegemonic forms of knowledge and power. LA DECANATURA has been the winner of different awards for the development of artistic projects such as the Residence in Switzerland, Villa Ruffieaux of the Coincidence Program, Pro Helvetia, 2018. Plataforma Bogota Scholarship in art, Science and Technology 2017/18. They have exhibited individually at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Caja Negra (Black Box) 2017. Also they have participated in the Regional Salon for Artists in the Central Zone 2015 and in the National Artists Salon, 2016. Their work "Centro Espacial Satelital de Colombia" has been shown in important festivals, winner of one of the prizes of the Videobrasil Festival 2017 and is part of the Art Collection of the Banco de la República in Colombia.

Tomorrow Will Be the Same
laden Petr
Tomorrow Will Be the Same
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 66:0 | Russie | 2017

Like august flies, trying to escape certain death, people before the apocalypse started to copulate, mindlessly and robotically. Insatiable lust reigned over senseless flesh. Slaps, slurps and moans echoed across lands. It lasted for a long time, until every single one was completely exhausted. Then time stopped. The final pause had come. Only two people remained untouched. Having merged, like Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, in music that gave them eternal life, they wander timeless, empty spaces. Their destiny to save humanity. But humanity means nothing to them as it had failed to happen. Main characters of the movie, Kirill Shirokov and Sasha Elina, are real musicians and founders of “the same” ensemble, specialized in performing quite music related to certain space and time. During the film they perform music from "every day melodies" series composed by Kirill Shirokov. In this way the film uses fictional form to discover reality of interactions inside Russian contemporary art music. The movie is the first part of mini-series discovering the territory of contemporary art music.

Born 1982 in Moscow. Graduated Moscow Lomonosov State University department of Physics (2005), Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia (2009). Co-founder and member of Upward! community and Vidiot art group. Curator of ex-Brown stripe apartment gallery. Founder and program curator of the 7th Floor Radio. Main media: video film, performance, site-specific installation.

Salomé LAMAS
Ubi Sunt
lamas Salomé
Ubi Sunt
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 23:0 | Portugal | 2017

Ubi Sunt. Porto. Cartography of an imaginary place attracted by the margins (social and geographical). Hybrid and eclectic project, it is the outcome of a audiovisual research residency of humam and urban exploration of an expanding city. Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt?, meaning "Where are those who were before us?". Reflective essay on mortality and life's transience, it emerges from that dialectic, of a and episodic and fragmented structure with a choreographed cinematography; where the memory intersects the contemporary. The project hosts two performances - 'One Life to Live' and 'Requiem' by Christoph Both-Asmus and counts with the participation of CESA

Salomé Lamas (Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is a Ph.D candidate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra. In a fertile occupation of “no man’s land”, Lamas refers to her work as critical media practice parafictions. Rather than conventionally dwelling in the periphery between cinema and the visual arts, fiction and documentary, Lamas has been attempting to make these languages her own, treading new paths in form and content, challenging the conventional methods of film production, modes of exhibition and the lines between various filmic and artistic forms of aesthetic expression. These works of modified ethnography show an interest in the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory, and history, while using the moving image to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable, or historically invisible, from the horrors of colonial violence to the landscapes of global capital.

Drop Out Bodies
large-bessette Ludivine
Drop Out Bodies
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 17:13 | France | 2017

Dans le silence et la monotonie d’une résidence pavillonnaire, des hommes, des femmes, debout devant leurs maisons se mettent à chuter de manière aléatoire et irrévocable. De la découverte des interprètes figés à leurs effondrements chorégraphiés, le film questionne la fatalité du corps humain ainsi que notre époque, nos responsabilités individuelles et collectives, par le biais d’une réinterprétation contemporaine de la danse macabre du Moyen-âge.

Diplômée de La Femis en 2012, Ludivine Large-Bessette travaille sur l’image du corps. Que ce soit en jouant des codes cinématographiques, ou en créant des scènes surréalistes, il s’agit toujours d’interroger le spectateur sur la place du corps dans nos jeux sociaux et sur son rôle dans notre environnement contemporain. Ses oeuvres ont été exposées, entre autres, au TanzFilmPlattform de Berlin, aux Instants Vidéo de Marseille, à La cité internationale des Arts à Paris et au 62e Salon de Montrouge.

Lasse LAU
Stem - Sound from the Tropical
lau Lasse
Stem - Sound from the Tropical
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 33:25 | Danemark | 2017

In the middle of Lisbon between Avenue Liberdade and the Natural History Museum lays a little gem of a garden, The Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa. It was inaugurated in 1873. The garden’s crown jewel is its subtropical collections which has a unique microclimate that enables unique tropical plants to survive. STEM is a film about the migration of plants and the beginning of botanical gardens decay. Years of neglects of the Lisbon University Garden have created a romantic environment where the garden is growing wild. The film investigates the displacement in migration and morphology of plants. And investigates some of the post-colonial environmental ramifications of transfer into new subjectivities of the"other." The film came together as is a collaboration between the filmmaker and the German sound artist Max Schneider. Together they traveled Brazil to sound record 17 unique plants. The film features an interview with professor James Clifford, author of "The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art" (1988), "Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century" (1997), and Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty First Century" (2013).

Lasse Lau est né au Danemark en 1974. Il vit et travaille actuellement à New York. Il a récemment remporté le Nordic:Dox Award (2018) pour son film « Lykkelaender ». Il a étudié au Media Art Department de la Funen Art Academy (Danemark), à la Hochschule der Künste de Berlin et au Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York). Dans son travail, il traite de questions socio-économiques, de la négociation de conflits et de la notion d’espace à travers le langage cinématographique. Lasse Lau cherche à utiliser l’esthétique comme une structure ouvrant sur de nouveaux chemins dialogiques. Le travail de Lasse Lau a été exposé dans un grand nombre de musées et de galeries, notamment au Westfälischer Kunstverein, à Münster (Allemagne), à la Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); au Danemark, au Aarhus Art Museum et à la Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense); il a également été exposé au Musée d’art contemporain de Zagreb (Croatie), à la Biennale de Turin, au Contemporary Museum de Baltimore (USA), et au MoMA PS1 (New York). Lasse Lau est le cofondateur du Kran Film Collective à Copenhague et membre du Camel Collective, collectif d’artistes new yorkais. « Stem - Sound from the Tropical» a été réalisé en collaboration avec Max Schneider, professeur d’art et de musique à la Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig et co-fondateur de l’agence de design sonore Aconica.

Sonia LEBER, David Chezworth
leber Sonia , David Chezworth
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 5:0 | Australie | 2016

Earthwork’s screen is positioned flat on the floor, facing upwards. The visitor, looking down, gets a bird’s-eye view of a suburban landscape in which there are destroyed buildings, damaged roads, fences, and gardens. The image suggests a world that has undergone massive disruption. It is unclear whether accident, entropic forces, or warfare has caused this result. Superimposed upon Earthwork’s devastated landscape is another smaller image that presents the viewer with an alternative framing the site. We see diagrams: symbols of what might be location coordinates, suggesting an ongoing search for boundaries, and an intention. The two images appear to be attempting to “ line-up ”, but this is never achieved. The title, Earthwork, references the American Land Art movement of the 1960s; Leber and Chesworth’s videowork further explores Robert Smithson’s concept of the “ non-site ”. A non-site is an artwork situated in a gallery that metaphorically represents a remote actual site. As Smithson suggests “ the site is evading you all the while its directing you to it ”.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive installation artworks, using video, sound, architecture, and public participation. Developed through expansive research in places undergoing social change, Leber and Chesworth’s works are speculative and archaeological, responding to architectural, social, and technological settings.

Fragility and obsolescence
lecocq Samuel
Fragility and obsolescence
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 10:0 | France | 2017

En septembre 2016, le centre de prévention, d’insertion, et de citoyenneté (CIPC) ouvre ses portes. Il est désigné comme le premier centre de “ deradicalisation ” français. Ses moyens, son organisation, son existence sont constamment débattus. Son accès est restreint, ses alentours hyper-sécurisés, il est inaccessible aux journalistes encore moins aux artistes. Cette vidéo est le récit d’une tentative d’appréhension. La mise en place d’une stratégie narrative, dans le but de générer une Représentation de ce territoire physique, esthétique et philosophique. Marie-Jose Mondzain, dans son essai “ Confiscation ” propose une re-appropriation du terme clivant : “ Deradicaliser ”. Il devient, une fois extrait de sa définition réductrices (inverser une croyance extrémiste), le moyen de révéler fragilité et obsolescence dans le réel. C’est depuis ce postulat conceptuel que la vidéo est organisée, montée et réalisée.

Samuel Lecocq est né à Paris en 1992. Il vit et travaille à Bruxelles.