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.
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

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, 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

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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

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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, ....)

Francis NARANJO
VIAJE A TIAWANAKU
naranjo Francis
VIAJE A TIAWANAKU
Vidéo expérimentale | mp4 | couleur | 18:32 | Espagne | Bolivie | 0

Viaje a Tiawanaku (Journey to Tiawanaku) is a tribute to Marisa Naranjo de la Coba, Francis Naranjo’s mother (who died in 2015 after a long illness), which becomes a tribute to all mothers. Marisa Naranjo never left the Canary Islands, she always travelled via other people’s memories. She led a remarkable life: her separation from her husband, whom she left while pregnant with her only child and amidst Franco’s dictatorship, meant she had to live with friends (in Santa María de Guía) because her circumstances prevented her from seeking the help of her family. A rural Spain immersed in poverty and a hypocritical morality meant that her son was her only concern. This video presents distinct journeys: a sensorial and initiatory one, where the soundtrack, images and poetry merge to help us on this passage which the human condition guides us on through its emotions; and another, physical and tangible. Following her death, Marisa embarks on her last voyage to experience of Tiawanaku (Bolivia). This time, it’s her ashes which travel, to resume the journey by way of our memory, where she awaits us to continue with the cycle of life.

Francis Naranjo is a Spanish artist born in Santa María de Guia, in the Canary Islands, in 1961. He has produced videos and installation pieces. His work develops problem areas pertaining to the society of information, highly technological, in which we are being controlled or in which we control, as well as globalization and the general use of new technologies and the human condition. Among other places, his work has been exhibited in the in different cities of the world like Santiago de Chile, Berlín, Nueva York, Göteborg, Miami, Uppsala, Madrid, París, Sevilla, Valencia, Casablanca, Tel Aviv, Montreal, South Korea, La Paz, Quito, Buenos Aires, Londres, Uppsala, etc.

Rawane NASSIF
Sokun Al Sulhufat (Turtles Are Always Home)
nassif Rawane
Sokun Al Sulhufat (Turtles Are Always Home)
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 11:39 | Liban | 2016

I left Lebanon in 2006. For the past 10 years I lived in 7 countries, 10 cities, and 21 homes. I slept in 21 beds, cooked in 21 kitchens, cleaned 21 bathrooms, wrote on 21 desks and locked 21 doors behind me. I packed all of my life into two suitcases and a backpack. The rest stayed behind. Somebody somewhere uses my bed, somebody somewhere has my shoes, somebody somewhere maybe remembers me in those fragmented traces of mine. I was there. But now I am here. In Qatar. In a fake Venice with colorful houses. Houses have memories too. They hide them under their windowsills, tuck them in layers of paint and sometimes whisper them to birds passing by. I wonder whose memories will these houses keep. I live here but I am unable to leave a trace. I try to attach myself to the walls, dirty them, mark them… but I fail. They are constantly cleaned, watched and protected. I caress them instead. And I film them, lest I forget. Home is where the heart is, they say. I disagree. My heart is everywhere. It left with the music. Like a turtle, I am always home.

Rawane Nassif is a Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker and anthropologist. She works in research and films often addressing subjects such as space, traditions, identities, displacement and memory. Rawane has directed social documentaries and wrote a book on the politics of memory in Lebanon, worked with immigrants and indigenous people in Canada, conducted visual research on nomadic traditions in Kyrgyzstan, taught anthropological courses in Tajikistan, wrote children’s books based on oral histories in Honduras and worked as a film researcher with the Doha Film Institute and the National Museum of Qatar. Her short film, “Turtles are Always Home” screened at numerous film festivals including the Berlinale, AFI Docs, Toronto, Camden, and RIDM. She is currently completing a mentorship with the “Masters in Experimental Cinema, Creative Documentaries, and Video Creation” Program at the Transforming Arts Institute in Madrid.

Frederic NAUCZYCIEL
La Peau Vive [Skin Live]
nauczyciel Frederic
La Peau Vive [Skin Live]
Installation vidéo | mp4 | couleur | 38:0 | France | 2017

J’ai invité dans le studio des complices de plusieurs années, issus de la communauté noire transgenre des deux territoires, et d’autres artistes connus ou inconnus, engagés dans des pratiques performatives, masculines et féminines, urbaines et savantes – waaking, krump, art performance, slam... Tous sont reliés par un désir puissant d’inventer leur identité et par une appartenance revendiquée aux marges, réelles et symboliques. Je leur ai proposé de filmer eux-mêmes leurs tatouages, leurs scarifications, leur peau, face à la caméra ; et ce faisant, à échantillonner, une partie de leur histoire. La Peau Vive est un film ralenti de corps qui s’auto-filment, sans parole. Seule persiste la respiration, caisse de résonnance, action organique du corps, rythme irrépressible du vivant. Fresque picturale, qui renvoie aux premiers gestes de l’art, à l’histoire de l’art, les corps écrivent et documentent ce que les voix ne disent pas. La peau devient l’espace d’écriture de récits, dans un aller-retour entre dissimulation et affirmation. La ville s’imprime dans les corps qui sont les sondes et les plaques sensibles de ses turbulences, en ajustements permanents. Nous entrons dans les paysages qu’elle dessine au hasard, mémoires ou auto-archives d’une passion, d’un deuil, d’une lutte pour tenir droit debout.

Frédéric Nauczyciel est artiste visuel. Il vit à Paris et travaille entre Paris et Baltimore. Depuis 2011, il déploie des installations vidéos, des photographies et des performances qui relient les ghettos noirs de Baltimore et la périphérie parisienne, puisant dans la force de langages performatifs tel que le Voguing, les fanfares déambulatoires ou la langue des signes. Ses projets en cours sont des récits mettant en jeu la langue, la trans-communauté, la traversée des lignes de partage. Il développe l’idée d’un « endroit de confiance », un espace libre d’assignation où la singularité de chacun existe sans labellisation. Il a exposé au Musée de la Chasse à Paris (2012), au Mac/Val (2012), au Festival d’Avignon (2013), au Palau de la Virreina, Barcelone (2010), au FotoFest International, Houston (2015) entre autres. Ses films ont été montrés aux Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin, au Festival Distrital à Mexico City, au Palace Festival à Chicago, etc. Frédéric Nauczyciel est artiste associé à la Cité des Arts et aux Ateliers Médicis.

Jürgen NEFZGER
The Cloud Machine
nefzger Jürgen
The Cloud Machine
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 12:35 | Allemagne | France | 0

Jürgen Nefzger associe des projets filmiques à son oeuvre photographique centrée sur les rapports entre l’homme et son environnement dominés par les logiques économiques. Avec The Cloud Machine, il présente un film réalisé au sein d’une grande usine d’incinération. Celle-ci vient éclairer son propos, avec cette notion de recyclage, de cycle dans lequel s’inscrivent les sociétés contemporaines. Avec des pointes d’humour, il nous fait partager le quotidien de ces hommes alimentant cette machine à nuages. En dehors des fumées que rejette l’usine, il y a cette idée de boucle immuable induite par une logique consumériste portant les individus vers les centres commerciaux, achetant des produits qui nécessairement seront voués à la destruction. En découle ce constat: finalement, rien ne change malgré les aléas. La crise, mais quelle crise? O.Lecine

Né en 1968 à Fürth en Allemagne, Jürgen Nefzger vit et travaille en France depuis 1991, aujourd’hui entre Paris et Nice. Diplômé de l’École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie à Arles, il est depuis 2008 artiste enseignant, à l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Clermont Métropole puis à l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Aix-en-Provence. Il est représenté par la galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris, depuis 2001.
 Jürgen Nefzger a obtenu le Prix Niépce pour l’ensemble de son travail en 2008. Il est également lauréat de la Villa Médicis Hors les Murs et du Prix Photo du Jeu de Paume. La publication « Fluffy Clouds » a reçu le prix du livre photographique en Allemagne. Dans une veine documentaire, Jürgen Nefzger aborde des sujets relevant d’une interrogation sur le paysage contemporain. Observateur critique d’une société consommatrice, il porte son regard sur des paysages marqués par les activités économiques, industrielles et de loisir. Son travail photographique se construit par série, à la chambre photographique, et associe des projets filmés en numérique présentés au sein de ses expositions ou indépendamment. Il édite aussi ses travaux sous formes de livres, en portant une grande attention aux question de narration et de positionnement.

Jussie NSANA BANIMBA
Tiamvu (The Bridge)
nsana banimba Jussie
Tiamvu (The Bridge)
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 1:22 | Congo (Brazzaville) | 2015

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Arianne OLTHAAR
Gesamtschule
olthaar Arianne
Gesamtschule
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 5:23 | Pays-Bas | 2016

Images of a comprehensive school in West Germany that was built between 1972 and 1978. At the time it was very modern and progressive, both in the way of its education as well in its interior design. An example is the integrated disco in the cellar where up untill today schoolchildren can dance during their lunch break.

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