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.
Robert LISEK
Quantum Enigma
lisek Robert
Quantum Enigma
Installation multimédia | 0 | | 0:0 | Pologne | 0 | 2016

QEM consists of installation, action and program, whose goal is to extend the notion of art by dealing with randomness. I reveal the process of radioactive decay as the best and strongest manifestation of the idea of randomness. Thorium is a medium of my idea: I have chosen Thorium as radioactive material, which is the source of fundamental random processes and is not associated with art. Thorium is a source of dispersion and real disorder. The use of Thorium is the use of raw material which is not subject to power of will. The real performative element contained in the action reveals pure process of decay and energy emission.

Robert B. LISEK is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in the number of projects focused on radical art strategies, hacktivism and tactical media. Drawing upon conceptual art, software art and meta-media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise: http://lisek.bandcamp.com/ Lisek is also a scientist who conducts a research in the area of foundations of mathematics and computer science. His research interests are theory of ordered sets, logic, algebra, category theory in relation with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Lisek is a founder of Institute for Research in Science and Art, Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. Author of many exhibitions and concerts, among others: QUANTUM ENIGMA - Harvestworks Center New York and STEIM Amsterdam; TERROR ENGINES - WORM Center Rotterdam, Secure Insecurity - ISEA Istanbul; DEMONS - Venice Biennale (accompanying events); Manifesto vs. Manifesto - Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NGRU - FILE, Sao Paulo; NEST - ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float - DMAC Harvestworks and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI - Siggraph, Los Angeles; Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; Gengine - National Gallery, Warsaw; Flextex - Byzantine Museum, Athens, FXT- ACA Media Festival, Tokyo and ISEA, Nagoya.

Caroline LOITERING THEATRE, Loitering Theatre (Caroline Campbell & Nina McGowan)
Heston's Folly
loitering theatre Caroline , Loitering Theatre (Caroline Campbell & Nina McGowan)
Heston's Folly
Vidéo | mov | | 3:30 | Irlande | 2016

Heston`s Folly is based on the final iconic scene in Planet of the Apes (1968) when the protagonist - activist Margaretta D`Arcy (and the viewer) comes to the realisation that they have been living in the United States all the time. All our cities are nodes now. Mere switching addresses for the movement of capital to lightspeed. But the network architecture hides a cloaked hierarchy. We live in Empire’s feeder cities; our bodies moving in thrall to the packet data thirst of London and New York. Blind to our serfdom, we trace digital paths through the city; our clicking and swiping ever-feeding the foreign machines. Galway AD 3978. The space craft hurtles through time to crash. You disembark, to find a landscape ruled by silverbacks with monkey-mind. Humanity is a legend far left behind. Feature-length, you battle long and hard through sci-fi odyssey. Then, in your final scene - on a beach at the perimeter, you chance upon an Ozymandian ruin. Fall to your knees. In awe at the great reveal. This city too is built on Empire; and Empire, like its grand monuments, can always fall.

Caroline Campbell and Nina McGowan (alongside other collaborators including John Buckley and composer and sound designer Philip Stewart) have been working together since 2012 under the name of Loitering Theatre. Loitering Theatre work across video, text, performance and site-specific installation. Loitering Theatre seek to make the intangible of networks manifest and their work often engages with the hidden structures and abstractions of accelerated networked capitalism. Loitering Theatre use varied techniques to decode and oppose current systems of consensus reality – recent projects have mobilised the affective power of the culture industry’s expanded Hollywood blockbuster; or created radical synapses between future-present sci-fi technologies and lost systems of ancient ritual power. Along the way, time is stretched and bent and technology no longer develops along its linear path.

Stephan LUGBAUER
Eating Secrets
lugbauer Stephan
Eating Secrets
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 8:41 | Autriche | 2017

In Eating Secrets, we bear witness to a mysterious ritual, based on psycho-magic exercises by the cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. In psycho-magic, images are used as symbols to appear to the unconscious mind as real events. A similar thing can be said about the impression of films onto the soul. Haunted by a suggestive soundtrack from the recently deceased Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) we enter into a dreamlike state, where time is fluid and the ritual is very real. This eight minute short film was shot on super 16mm in my studio and its adjacent garden.

Stephan Lugbauer (*1976, AUT) now lives and works in Paris, France and on the countryside in Austria. He studied Architecture at the Technical University Vienna, received his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, New Media Department, Vienna and was fellow of the MAK Schindler Residency, Los Angeles, the BMUKK Studio Resicency in Mexico City and of the Cité des Arts, Paris. He is co-founder of Saprophyt, an independent conceptual art-space and project (www.saprophyt. net). His work has been featured in several international exhibitions and festivals such as Hors Pistes, Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, Madrid, Berlin; Videobureau, Beijing and Guangzhou; Sigmund Freud-Museum, Vienna; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle, Vienna; CAAM, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Secession, Vienna. Stephan Lugbauer’s work analyses and interrogates the role of creation and artists. It re-evaluates the porosity of art, which is pervaded with contemporary political and economical areas.

Cecilia LUNDQVIST
En av dem (One of them)
lundqvist Cecilia
En av dem (One of them)
Animation | mov | | 1:53 | Suède | 2017

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Working almost exclusively with animated art, mostly as single channel videos. Through animating my own drawings, I am mediating tales of human relationships and not shying away from life’s darker and more destructive sides. Since 1994 I’ve created over 30 videos, works that generally are narrative and deal with issues like domestic violence, power structures and human behaviours. My works have all been screened at numerous occations worldwide and I’m represented at several art institutions, among them Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Basir MAHMOOD
All voices are mine
mahmood Basir
All voices are mine
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 20:13 | Pakistan | 2017

The author intends to tell a story of another. The course of re-narration takes place in someone else’s setting of temporal and physical space. What had been carried through time is to be performed again from early morning into the late evening. Participants arrive remembering the performed sequences. The camera now observes recalling of a memory and then the process of forgetting the borrowed narrative. It witnesses a recreation and records it getting subsumed into the narrative that no one keeps but the non-participating initiator. As the narrative plays out, he stays and waits to observe a reconciliation. While waiting, he recalls a song he grew up listening to which had been written by his father for a film. Both the author and his father were and remain unaware of the settings in which the song was to be placed. The film was never made. -- Beginning in the closing years of the first decade of the new millennium, a new cinema began to emerge in Pakistan, which has inspired hopes of revival of the local film industry. The present author, however, disputes the “newness” of the reviving industry, arguing instead that the idea of a revival is implicit in a return to once was.. Lahore-based film industry, during its heyday was amongst the largest film industries in the world. However, beginning around 1977, the once vibrant film industry began a dramatic collapse into creative banality, intellectual decadence and popular irrelevance, marking its end. The new wave has clear differences from what once was. This new cinema wave is led, on the one hand, by a new generation of filmmakers, many of whom have been trained abroad; and on the other, by a generation of actors and technicians, most of whom began their careers on television, or have otherwise remained affiliated with the same. Yet, despite this recent influx of fresh talent, the broader industry itself remains beset by obsolete studios, equipment, cinematic techniques and, actors and extras. Even as the new cinema wave continues to blaze trails across Pakistani cinema skies, the old film industry has struggled to maintain its limited, almost peripheral, existence, with those affiliated with the Old Era now rendered redundant and without work. The author recollected the memories of actors, extras, writers, filmmakers and other associated with Old Era films. Today, many of whom live anonymously, and often carry other professions. With the collected recollections, the author has hoped to construct a narrative which explores ideas of abruptness, imperfection, resemblance, memory, and remembering and forgetting.

Basir Mahmood (b. 1985 Lahore, Pakistan) studied in Lahore at the Beaconhouse National University, and received a yearlong fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. In order to engage with situations around him, he ponders upon embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal milieu. Using video, film or photograph, Mahmood weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives. Since 2011, his works has been widely shown, including: The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia, 2012; Inaugural Show, Broad Museum, Michigan State University, 2012; Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Sharjah Biennial 11. (2013); At Intervals at Cooper Gallery Project Space, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 2014; Des hommes, des mondes at college des bernardins, Paris, 2014; Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015; Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, 2016, China; “Syntax and Society” at The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016, Dubai; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen 2017 and Tableaux Vivants, Foundation Etrillard, Paris 2017, France. Mahmood has been awarded a Residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2016-2017) and commission from Sharjah Art Foundation.

Pettersson Öberg MALIN
Modellarkivet
malin Pettersson Öberg
Modellarkivet
Vidéo | mov | couleur | 20:0 | Suède | 2017

Who builds the city and for whom? How do we organize our lives together? Modellarkivet portrays the archive of architecture models at Stockholm’s Urban Planning Department, as a departure point for a tentative reflection on what it means to build a city. Through slow takes along the shelves of the archive we are confronted with stacked models and cast miniature buildings, fabricated and named according to a system envisioned in the 1960s, but never completed. The camera closeups reveal the room bit by bit, contributing to a confusion of scale and offering a possibility to imagine the city anew. A constantly moving camera forms the backdrop of a narrative, where questions, fragments and references are woven together. It touches upon diverse themes such as the city as a political space, the idea of utopia, archives and collecting, artefacts, language and words. The film was conceived for the exhibition The Promise at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, in 2017. It is distributed by Filmform and has so far only been screened in Stockholm.

Malin Pettersson Öberg (b. Falun, 1979) is a Swedish visual artist and filmmaker working in a variety of media. She holds a master’s degree in Fine art from Konstfack University in Stockholm (2007) and has studied video art and experimental film at ENSAD in Paris and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2011). Pettersson Öberg uses essayist formats to explore how we perceive time and describe places and cultural or national identity. Through meditative and intimate works she sets focus on forgotten and overlooked aspects of our built environments, in order to open for new interpretations and evaluations of our surroundings. Since 2007, Pettersson Öberg has taken part in screenings and exhibitions in Sweden and abroad, a.o. at ArkDes (upcoming 2018), Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation (2017), Kalmar konstmuseum (2016), Iaspis (2015) and Bonniers Konsthall (2011, 2007) in Sweden and JD Centre of Art, India (2017), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2016, 2014) and the Swedish Institute in Paris (2012). Her films are distributed by Filmform – The Art Film & Video Archive. She is a teacher and co-organiser of the studio space Slakthusateljéerna since 2010 and a board member of the Nordic Art Association.

Barbara MARCEL
Arara
marcel Barbara
Arara
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 9:36 | Brésil | Allemagne | 2017

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Barbara Marcel (Rio de Janeiro, 1985) is an artist and filmmaker, interested in the cultural roots of nature and the problematic heritage of colonial imagery. In her current artistic research PhD at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Marcel investigates the essayfilm as a historiographical tool for decolonial thinking with and through images, with the Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem and its tropical plants being her current material of study. Barbara Marcel is a scholarship holder of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and lives in Berlin. 



Filip MARKIEWICZ
Celebration Club
markiewicz Filip
Celebration Club
Fiction expérimentale | mov | couleur | 23:10 | Luxembourg | Royaume-Uni | 2017

Celebration Club (2017) is a film made over the course of one week in Northampton following the Brexit referendum.The film captures musicians of different generations and origins talking about the changing society and making music, including punk scholar Roy Wallace, rapper Phundo Art, avant-garde black metal band Denigrata and the Northampton Male Voice Choir performing Robbie William’s Angels in a local church.

Luxembourger of Polish origin, Filip Markiewicz (born in 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist expressing himself through drawing, video, music, theatre and installations thereby creating a visual body of work using diversified media. His work is not intending to be a kind of political activism, but rather to develop an almost surreal language consolidating different expressions. In 2015 Filip Markiewicz represented the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at the 56th Venice Biennale with his project "Paradiso Lussemburgo". In 2017 he produced his first theater play "Fake Fiction" at the Theater Basel. In 2018, he will present his monographic exhibition "Celebration Factory" at the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d`Art Contemporain.

Randa MAROUFI
Stand-by Office
maroufi Randa
Stand-by Office
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 13:0 | Maroc | Pays-Bas | 2017

Un groupe de personnes dans un environnement de bureau. Des gestes quotidiens de travail sont observés dans tout le bâtiment. Rien ne semble être déplacé. La caméra circule continuellement et change progressivement notre perception de cet espace. On se pose la question : qu’est ce que signifie ce bureau pour ce groupe de personnes ? "We Are Here" est un groupe de réfugiés à Amsterdam qui ne reçoit aucun logement fourni par le gouvernement, mais ne peut pas non plus travailler. Le groupe a décidé de rendre visible la situation inhumaine qu’ils doivent vivre, en ne se cachant plus, mais en montrant la situation des réfugiés qui sont "en dehors de la loi" aux Pays-Bas.

Diplômée de l’Institut National des Beaux-Arts de Tétouan, de l’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Angers (France) ainsi que du Fresnoy (France). Randa Maroufi est de cette génération advenue avec le règne des images. Elle les collectionne avec autant d’avidité que de méfiance, se pose sans cesse la question de leur véracité. Sa recherche se situe entre le reportage, le cinéma et l’étude sociologique qu’elle poursuit en réalisant des fictions ambiguës qu’elle met au service du réel, et le champ de ses expérimentations s’étend de l’occupation de l’espace public à la question du genre, dont elle relève les mécanismes de construction. Son travail qui se traduit essentiellement à travers la photographie, la vidéo, l’installation, la performance et le son, a été présenté lors d’événements d’art contemporain et de cinéma majeurs tels que La Biennale de Marrakech (2014), Les Rencontres photographiques de Bamako (2015), Le Museum of Modern Art à New York (2016), Le Dubai Photo Exhibition (2016), Le Festival International du court-métrage de Clermont-Ferrand (2016), le VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (2016), le FID Marseille (2016) etc. Son film Le Park a reçu plus d’une vingtaine de prix tels que le prix ADAGP Art numérique – Art vidéo (2015), Videonale Award of the fluentum Collection (2017), le prix du jury au Festival International du film de Rotterdam (2016), le prix du meilleur court métrage au festival IBAFF etc. Le Park fait parti de la collection Photographie/Vidéo du Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP).

Lynne MARSH
Tragedy
marsh Lynne
Tragedy
Vidéo | mov | couleur | 116:53 | Canada | Royaume-Uni | 2015

‘Tragedy’ brings forth an altered experience of the infamous opera La traviata. Producing a new mise-en-scene composed of the routine labour around the stage, the film is an enquiry into the nature of performance, re-framing the culture of the work place and the ‘grand narratives’ of the opera. Mimicking the framing device of a play within a play, the film exposes a production of production while tracking the processes at work behind the scenes during live performances at The Grand Theatre and Opera House, in Leeds, UK. The film captures the movement, work and conversations of stage managers, backstage crew and offstage performers, bringing an operatic tradition into context with present-day realities and pronouncing the mechanics that create an experience. These individuals develop as characters in a new alternative performative event over the three acts of the live performance. Direct parallels are drawn between the urgency and tension of the live performance onstage and the choreography played out offstage, where discrete conversations between characters behind the scenes marry up with the dialogue taking place in the libretto. Keeping true to the ‘real-time’ of the live performance and in reference to the live screen-based broadcasts of theatrical productions in cinemas, ‘Tragedy’ provides a counterpoint, directing our attention to the theatre that exists aside the stage.

Lynne Marsh is a Canadian artist, currently living and working in Los Angeles. Her practice is concerned with questioning the status of the image through mediation, technology and production. Ideas central to Lynne Marsh’s practice include offstage space; production-in-production; affective and cultural labour; music as a framing device; and the Brechtian revealing of the mechanics of cultural and theatrical production. Her works capture the behind-the-scenes workings and turn the camera onto subjects whose labour and gestures support and mediate events. In doing so, her works address the political dimension of its scenography. Marsh’s formal and conceptual strategies emphasize the camera’s performance as a means to reconfigure social space, presenting the mechanics that create an experience as a type of theatre or performance in its own right. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Berlinische Galerie (2017); Opera North, Leeds (2016); fig2@Institute for Contemporary Art, London (2015); Scrap Metal, Toronto International Film Festival (2014); and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008). Her work has been featured in biennials and at institutions including La Biennale de Montréal (2014); The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2012); 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou (2011); The Québec City Biennial (2010) and the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007).

Lucia MARTINEZ
Mirador
martinez Lucia
Mirador
Fiction | 0 | couleur | 14:0 | Suisse | 2016

Depuis un mirador, Lucas observe, effleure un monde qui se bâtit autour de lui. Libéré du foyer dans lequel il réside, le temps d’une journée, Lucas va se confronter à son réel, aux autres, qui vont lui renvoyer de lui même une image aussi mystérieuse qu’elle s’avère fragile.

Née en 1994, Lucia Martinez est une jeune réalisatrice suisse dont les films explorent le passage de l’enfance au monde adulte. N’utilisant pas d’interprètes professionnels, les fictions engendrées le sont à partir de son réel immédiat. Un frère, une voisine, des amis, peuvent devenir des interprètes le temps d’une fiction. Pour Lucia la fiction se glisse souvent dans les replis du réel, faisant émerger des fictions aussi minimales qu’elles sont essentielles.

Mónica MARTINS NUNES
Na cinza fica calor (The Ashes Remain Warm)
martins nunes Mónica
Na cinza fica calor (The Ashes Remain Warm)
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 20:52 | Portugal | Cap Vert (Îles du) | 2016

Every morning when I go out of the door, he is the first one I see. He is the first to tell me good morning. He is a father. Although he is destroying us, he does not kill us. The villages of "Chã das Caldeiras" lie inside the caldera of the "Pico do Fogo" volcano in Cabo Verde. After losing everything they own on the last eruption, its inhabitants are forced to reconstruct their lives. A subjective visual tale on real loss, a symbiotic relationship and the possibility of the eternal return.

Mónica Martins Nunes (1990, Lisbon) is a portuguese visual artist living and working in Berlin. After studying Sculpture in Faculdade de Belas-Artes - Lisbon University, she graduated in Fine Arts from the Universität der Künste Berlin. In 2016 she became a Meisterschüler in the same institution and was subsequently awarded the Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium (NaFöG) from the city of Berlin. "The Ashes Remain Warm" is her first moving image work and won the Golden Dove - International Competition Short Documentary at DOK Leipzig 2017.

Lukas MARXT
Imperial Valley
marxt Lukas
Imperial Valley
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 13:58 | Autriche | USA | 2018

La Vallée Impériale est l’une des plus importantes régions d’agriculture industrielle de Californie. Les grandes compagnies d’exploitation agricole sont parvenues à tirer profit et à cultiver cette portion géologique du désert de Sonora grâce à un gigantesque système d’irrigation, alimenté par le fleuve Colorado. Dans ‘Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)’, Lukas MARXT aborde ce problème d’une façon très ingénieuse. Il commence avec une vue aérienne d’un canal d’irrigation traversant un paysage désertique.

1983 in Styria, Austria. Marxt studied Environmental Sciences for Geography in Graz, in 2004 he switched to audio visual studies at the Art University in Linz. From 2007 to 2008 he attended the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa at the Institut Arte Multimédia. In 2009 Marxt carried on with post graduate studies at the Art University in Cologne and attended post graduate studies at the HGB Leipzig. He lives and works in Cologne and Graz.

Lukas MARXT, Marcel Odenbach
Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays
marxt Lukas , Marcel Odenbach
Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 15:0 | Autriche | Ghana | 2017

Landscape is a question of distance. Patterns and formations become recognizable from a distance revealing the landscape as a fabrication, a result of natural and historical movements. Fishing is not done on Tuesdays takes variously distanced, moving and focused looks at a location on the coast of Ghana. The first building block of a grid that threads its way through the entire film is indicated by a rotating bird´s eye view of a densely woven canopy of trees intersected by an uneven wall. The vertigo of this circular motion shifts into a gradual glide along untreated cement pylons. Their verticality intersects with the horizon line visible in the distance, to be ruptured only by the turbulence of approaching waves. Constructed lines produce visual axes and visual slits, dividing and lending rhythm to an apparently wild growth of abundant vegetation. These lines and grids do not divide the interior and exterior but rather create openings and passageways. Over and over again views are seen that refute these clear geometries, vibrating and unstable, brought near by binoculars but at the same time strangely far removed. Fisherman on their boats, at prayer before the workday begins; two boys with toy guns in search of an invisible adversary. Smoke condenses; silhouettes become blurred. Are these everyday scenes or the distant echoes of disturbing memories? There is no fishing on Tuesdays. Loudspeaker systems are the domain of Christian agitators on Sundays. The everyday rhythms of this place are overlaid with the drumming of rotors, the swelling and waning of music and the ocean. Their intersection is marked by this house on stilts, this perch from which an interior grid merges with the exterior as landscape. (Katrin Mundt)

Born in the Steiermark region of Austria in 1983, he studied geography and environmental system sciences in Graz until 2004. He then switched to audiovisual design at the University of Art and Design Linz. From 2007 to 2008 he studied art and multimedia at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2009 he took up a postgraduate degree at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a masters at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Leipzig. Following the short film Fishing is not done on Tuesdays, co-directed with Marcel Odenbach, this marks the second outing for their collaborative work in competition in the Berlinale Shorts. He lives and works in Cologne and Vienna.

MASBEDO
Fragile
masbedo
Fragile
Vidéo | mov | couleur | 7:46 | Italie | 2016

The video, Fragile (2016) produced by the Museo Reale Galleria Sabauda in Turin, staged a young man`s visit to the gallery halls in the presence of a peacock. Walking among the masterpieces of antiquity, symbolic objects of archetypal beauty, the presence of the peacock underlines the essential precariousness of the living animal and its impairment that renders it inapt to represent its nature. The image is highly suggestive because it’s made even more dramatic due to the emptiness of the halls, facing the perpetual immobility of the painted characters. The main theme of these works is the concept of "cure": the old animal, object of the care of its master, is a metaphor of the combination of a faded vanity and the eternal journey into beauty, a trip defined by Rainer Maria Rilke as "the tremendous at its beginning." The fragility of art, to which the title of the work refers to, engages the observer`s gaze and warns of the necessity to provide protection of art and cultural heritage. A metaphor that reminds us of the need to preserve and care for our artistic and cultural heritage as a form of resistance to time and carelessness of man. In 2018, when Europe dedicates itself to Cultural Heritage, encouraging public institutions to celebrate their relevance and value for the cultural development of society, the artistic discourse by Masbedo is consistently aligned with this theme, showing how contemporary artists relate themselves with the art of the past and how history of art can be a source of inspiration for new generations.

MASBEDO (Nicolò Massazza, 1973, Milan - Iacopo Bedogni, 1970, Sarzana) started their journey in 1999, focusing on the potential of video art and video installation. Developed around the theme of incommunicability in contemporary society, their research has produced both, intimate works and more socio-political and anthropological-cultural productions. Their aesthetic approach presents pictorial aspects and the realization of their videos pursues the goal of involving the viewer in the space created by the moving images through immersive installations. Their work, in fact, is a synthesis of theatre, performance, space, architecture and video / cinema. They have been included in solo shows in important museums and foundations both in Italy and abroad, as well as in various film festivals, and their works are included in relevant private and public collections: MART, Rovereto, Italy; Fondazione Merz in Turin, Italy; GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin, Italy; MACRO - Museo di Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy; DA2 - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Salamanca, Spain; CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderna, Las Palmas, Spain; CAIRN Centre d’Art, Digne-les-bains, France; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.

Elena MAZZI, Daniele Alef Grillo
Pirolisi solare
mazzi Elena , Daniele Alef Grillo
Pirolisi solare
Installation vidéo | super8 | noir et blanc | 4:0 | Italie | 2017

The material grain of the film fixes the light that, by installing mirrors that have been protagonist of my previous work (Reflecting Venice, 2012-2014), strikes a cumulation of straw, transforming it into biomass, the energy resource of the future. A step forward in scientific research that quotes Archimedes` experiments in order to work with energy sources at the reach of everyone.

Elena Mazzi was born in 1984 in Reggio Emilia (Italy). She received her BFA in 2007 in History of Art from Siena University, and her MFA in 2011 in Visual Art from IUAV, Venice University. She was selected for an exchange program at Royal Academy of Art (Konsthogskolan) of Stockholm. Her works have been displayed in many solo and collective exhibitions, among others: Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, 16° Rome Quadriennal, GAM Turin, 14° Istanbul Biennale, 17° BJCEM Mediterranean Biennale, EGE-European Glass Experience, Fittja Pavilion at the 14° Architecture Venice Biennale, COP17 in Durban, Festival of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, Botkyrka Konsthall, Italian Institute of Culture in Brussels and Stockholm, XIV BBCC Expo in Venice, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation. She attended different residency programs and workshops such as HIAP (FI), GuilmiArtProject (IT), Via Farini (IT), Foundation Botin (SP), Bevilacqua La Masa (IT), Future Farmers A.I.R. (USA), Fondazione Spinola Banna in Turin (IT), Dolomiti contemporanee (IT), Botkyrka Konsthall Air (SE). She is one of the finalists at Celeste Prize, Fabbri prize, Meru prize and Termoli prize and the winner of Thalie Art Foundation grant 2017, VISIO Young Talent Acquisition prize, Eneganart prize, Illy grant for Unidee, Pistoletto Foundation 2016, ntcm e l’arte 2016, m-cult media and technology program 2016, Special mention for Arte Patrimonio e diritti umani, Antworks award 2015, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo prize 2015, Lerici Foundation grant in 2012 and Movin’up Italian prize for young Italian artists abroad in 2011. In 2016-2017 she is tutor artist for Spinola Banna Fondation program in collaboration with GAM, Turin.

Isiah MEDINA
'Bleu' in F is a •blue• in E
medina Isiah
'Bleu' in F is a •blue• in E
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 2:2 | Canada | 0

A compressed version of idizwadidiz.

Isiah Medina was born in 1991 in Winnipeg, CANADA. His movies include Semi-auto colours (2010), 88:88 (2015), and idizwadidiz (2016).

Bjørn MELHUS
Moon Over Da Nang
melhus Bjørn
Moon Over Da Nang
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 15:0 | Norvège | Allemagne | 2016

Towards the end of the 1960ies the world witnessed the war in Vietnam through what can still be called one of the largest ever TV war spectacles. At the very same time American astronauts looked down on Earth from the moon for the first time in human history. Although initially intended as affirming American dominance in the cold war this first view on the blue planet as whole created an image that quickly became the icon of ecological thought and central to a whole movement of counter culture. MOON OVER DA NANG draws these two contrasting media events together in Melhus’ own quirky and experimental quest to come to grips with the country’s post-socialist present in the throughway between the past and the future. Interviews with residents and dreamlike associative sequences are mixed with the documentation of the production process of a life-sized marble sculpture in Da Nang, a city in central Vietnam, which, 40 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, is being discovered by international investors for the tourism business. Traces of the past and of the war are gradually covered up by the construction of hotels and luxury resorts. At the end of the film the marble sculpture receives its finishing touches and turns out to be an Apollo astronaut.

Bjørn Melhus was born in Kirchheim unter Teck in 1966 and studied Fine Arts with a major in Film/Video at the Braunschweig University of Art from 1990 to 1997. He was a fellow of the DAAD at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and of the federal state of Lower Saxony in ISCP, New York. He participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York, the 8th International Biennial of Istanbul, the Venice Biennial in (1998/2011), the FACT in Liverpool, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Denver Art Museum, as well as others. Bjørn Melhus has been a professor of Fine Arts/Virtual Realities at the School of Art and Design Kassel since 2003. Bjørn Melhus has been living and working in Berlin since 1987. In his short films and installations, Bjørn Melhus focuses on general global ideas and trends, the critical reception of mass media, as well as the direct effects they have on people. He uses footage from film and television excessively and deconstructs stereotypical themes, figures and patterns of perception through means of exaggeration. At the same time, he breaks up a seemingly fixed relationship between media and audience, thus opening up the view on the essentials of human interaction.

Audrius MICKEVICIUS
Pavyzdingas elgesys_2 (Exemplary Behaviour_2)
mickevicius Audrius
Pavyzdingas elgesys_2 (Exemplary Behaviour_2)
Installation vidéo | 4k | couleur | 10:0 | Lituanie | 2017

A few years ago my elder brother was killed by two men. One of the murderers escaped punishment while the second, who alone took the blame for the crime, was later released from prison for an exemplary behaviour. This made me decide to start a socio-artistic research regarding what “exemplary behaviour” means in the case of a murderer, when and how killers behave exemplarily. In summer 2014 I started to develop feature-length creative documentary “Exemplary Behaviuor”. Logline of the documentary says: The documentary explores the paradox of exemplary behaviour in murderers currently serving life sentences in Vilnius’ Lukišk?s prison and hoping to return to society. “Exemplary Behaviour” is a journey of transformation for the author, the murderers, and society who are searching for tolerance among humans. Now the documentary developed into a big scale socio-artistic transmedia project. “Exemplary Behaviour” is a project that seeks to create an emotionally and visually strong, thoughts provoking spaces that are meant to encourage tolerance to murderers. Tolerantia in Latin means ability to bear hardship, to be patient. Today many Europeans still tend to lack tolerance towards other ethnicities, immigrants, prisoners, unorthodox thinking, etc. In this project, the prisoner becomes a metaphor for “the other”. The main goal is to encourage tolerance of “others”. Video installation “Exemplary Behaviour” is an extended format of the documentary of the same title. It concentrates on a film element called healing sequence. Film’s healing sequences are hypnotic episodes, that are meant to awaken viewers’ imagination and are related to scientific phenomenon called “Prisoner’s Cinema”. Prisoner’s cinema is mainly reported by prisoners kept in dark cells for long periods of time. It’s an experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. It is a visual hallucination of light created by human brain that tries to compensate for lack of stimuli and the resulting monotony

Audrius Mickevi?ius is a Lithuanian film director, interdisciplinary artist (video art, photography, architecture, installations, graphics, sound, writing), and a professor in the Department of Media Art at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, a guest lecturer in European universities. He completed his architectural sudies in Vilnius (1988) and visual communication studies in Copenhagen (1996). Audrius became obsessed with cinema at a young age. In 1983 he made his first 8 mm film “Requiem for Quartet”. Since then Audrius has made 17 more films. In recent years he created several experimental, documentary, and fiction films, which were screened in various international film festivals and MoMA, New York. Since 2010 the film director has been a member of the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union. He works and lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Sayaka MIZUNO
Kawasaki keirin
mizuno Sayaka
Kawasaki keirin
Documentaire | hdcam | couleur | 41:13 | Suisse | Japon | 2016

"Une minuscule buvette-épicerie de la ville industrielle de Kawasaki au Japon est le lieu de rencontre d’habitués occupés à boire des bières en cannette, à discuter de tout et de rien et à jouer aux courses cyclistes. Le vélodrome est tout proche, dans la grisaille du quartier, et représente le seul espace extérieur, la seule échappatoire des hommes qui se retrouvent au bar. Les neuf coureurs de keirin alignés dans les starting-blocks ou sur la piste, dans leurs combinaisons aux couleurs criardes, rythment avec rigueur les journées et entrecoupent les discussions. Au comptoir, les sujets semblent toujours être les mêmes : les paris, le temps qui passe, les cerisiers qui fleurissent... Et pourtant, c’est le repaire des retrouvailles, le lieu de la parenthèse dans un quotidien morne. On se saoule un peu et on partage quelque chose… « J’aime les choses qui flottent, parce que dans l’eau, je coule » confie le tenancier. Pour lui, comme pour ses clients, les cyclistes accrochés à leurs pédales, filant en ligne et imperturbables, sont un peu comme une bouée, le vélodrome, comme un bateau." Madeline Robert

Née en 1991 à Genève, Sayaka Mizuno a réalisé plusieurs courts-métrages et obtient son Bachelor Cinéma à la HEAD – Genève avec mention pour son moyen-métrage intitulé Kawasaki keirin. Présenté au festival Visions du réel 2017, le film reçoit le Prix du Jury SSA/ SUISSIMAGE du film suisse le plus innovant. Elle a participé au Locarno Filmmakers Academy 2017 et est actuellement en Master Cinéma à l’ECAL/ HEAD.

Pierrick MOUTON
oro
mouton Pierrick
oro
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 16:53 | France | Royaume-Uni | 2017

Oro est une divinité de la nature, une divinité du vent, une divinité invisible. Dans le pays Yoruba, Oro est la divinité la plus influente, la plus terrible, la plus puissante. Lors de la saison estivale, Oro se réveille. A la nuit tombée, drapé dans une longue robe, décoré de coquilles, un masque en bois peint, les lèvres teintées de sang; Oro défile dans la ville obscure. Les hommes initiés paradent dans les rues sombres; tourbillonnant, dansant, chantant, tuant chiens et poules errantes. Alors, un bruit étrange rugit et résonne de la forêt lointaine. C’est le signal pour toutes les femmes, de s’enfermer dans leurs maisons: elles n’en sortiront plus. Elles se couchent, couvrent leurs têtes et celles de leurs enfants. Elles ont interdiction formelle de regarder le personnages masqué du oro sous peine de mort ou d`amnésie soudaine. Une légende raconte que les profanes qui s`aventurent dehors aux jours interdits sont avalés par la divinité Oro. Leurs corps disparaissent et on retrouve leurs vêtements accrochés aux arbres le lendemain. Oro est un culte ancestral toujours actif dans le sud du Bénin. Il est utilisé à des fins politiques, pour préserver l`ordre établi, dans la communauté.

Pierrick Mouton est un artiste et vidéaste, vivant à Paris. Son travail explore la pensée magique, le cultuel et la transcendance, à travers des films, des installations et des photographies. Sa recherche se caractérise autour du film et de l’espace d’exposition, prétexte à rendre explicite les rôles du sujet et de l’auteur.
 Cette démarche est associée a une approche documentaire, et une immersion sur le long terme avec différents groupe de croyance et de pensée. 
Ces recherches aboutissent à un ensemble narratif hétéroclite, composé d’interviews, de dialogues, de dessins, de lettres, de sculptures... Tous ces documents sont présentés sous différentes formes: écrites, filmées, scénographiées, ou spatialisées.
Pierrick Mouton a récemment exposé à Londres son projet sur le long terme, Correspondances, (2008-2015), qui e été présenté sous la forme d’une exposition personnelle à la Nunnery Gallery de Londres. Son travail est régulièrement montré dans différents festivals et expositions collectives (Carrousel - London, Espace croisé, Saison vidéo - Languedoc-Roussillon Cinéma, Creation on air - France culture, ....)