Catalogue 2016-2017
Below, browse the 2016-2017 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.
Guillaume PARIS
Bad Anima
paris Guillaume
Bad Anima
Animation | hdv | couleur | 2:50 | France | 2012

Caroline PELLET
Birds Bark
pellet Caroline
Birds Bark
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 20:30 | France | 2016

Une tige de roseau s’anime furieusement, un homme imite la tourterelle devant un auditoire hilare, deux silhouettes guettent une ombre furtive et picorante. Une jeune fille s’interroge sur la taille et l’existence des libellules préhistoriques et celle concomitante des moustiques, sur l’image d’un fil virevoltant, une laisse. Des fourmis forment un cortège funéraire, une limace nocturne se joue du flou, une adolescente refuse de faire son cartable, un homme enseigne les équations à inconnues à son fidèle Normand. Un oiseau lyre imite des bruits du chantier avoisinant, sur une fiente de pigeon évoquant un film du cinéma abstrait allemand. Un perroquet nous dit qu’il aime les figues, et un groupe de noctambules s’entichent d’entomologie. Tout ces êtres manifestent leur présence par les formes, les projections, les ombres, les tâches, en une image devenue ventriloque. On s’y imite, s’interpelle, se côtoie, se chasse, se dissimule, se tue, s’aime, joue. Au son, celui qui fait le bruit n’est pas toujours celui qu’on croit, et souvent le bruit se mue en bruitage. Des dialogues ponctuent ces bruitages. Le dédoublement, l’imitation, traversent le film de part et d’autre, par le choix des images indirectes, et par la bande son, formant un étrange bestiaire filmé dont l`humain est une partie plutôt qu`il ne le surplombe.

BIO 2016: -Résidence à l’atelier 105 à Lightcone. -Dome, exposition collective, ELA projects, Athènes 2015: -Festival des cinémas différents -Streaming festival 2014: -Streamingfestival -Rencontres internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid (Paris et Berlin) -Ouverture de laTrap avec Pier Francesco Lerose, espace de création, d`expositions et de programmation vidéo au Pré Saint Gervais 2013: -Festival du film d`artiste, sélection officielle Cutlog (Paris) -Cologne OFF: section ExDoc Avant: -Independant film festival lisbonne -FID de Marseille section cahiers du cinéma

The Host
pennell Miranda
The Host
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 60:0 | Royaume-Uni | 2015

A filmmaker turns forensic detective as she pieces together hundreds of photographs in search of what she believes to be a buried history, only to find herself inside the story she is researching. The Host investigates the activities of British Petroleum (BP) in Iran; a tale of power, imperial hubris and catastrophe. While the tectonic plates of geopolitical conspiracy shift in the background, the film asks us to look, and look again, at images produced by the oil company and personal photos taken by its British staff in Iran– including the filmmaker’s parents– not for what they show, but for what they betray. The Host is about the stories we tell about ourselves and others, the facts and fictions we live by - and their consequences.

Miranda Pennell originally trained in contemporary dance and later studied visual anthropology.Her short film and video works that explore performance and choreographies of the everyday, have been screened internationally including for broadcast. Her most recent moving-image work reworks colonial archives as the starting point for investigations into the colonial imaginary. Her film Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (2010) was awarded best international film at the Images Festival, Toronto, and Courtisane Festival of Media Art, Ghent and is published on DVD by Filmarmalade. The Host (2015) is Pennell’s first feature length film. Selected screenings and exhibition of Pennell’s work includes mixed programs and group shows at Tate Britain (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2015), Museum of Modern Art Vienna (2012), Kunsthaus Zurich (2015).

6 Degrees of Mustafa Arhan
petersÉn Axel
6 Degrees of Mustafa Arhan
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 17:1 | Suède | 2016

It’s about oriental rugs. It’s about strangers and swindlers. It’s about Sweden. It’s about you and me.

Axel Petersén, born 1979 in Stockholm, is a visual artist and filmmaker who has made a variety of feature and short films, video and photography installations; exhibiting in galleries, institutions, filmfestivals and cinemas worldwide. He’s is educated at FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.

Katharina PETHKE
pethke Katharina
Documentaire | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 30:11 | Allemagne | 2016

The actor Philipp Hochmair is working on becoming the EVERYMAN. The filmic narration revolves around the mime`s quest for identity of his diverse persona. He seems to lose self-perception, becomes desperate, then rises again - needing to be nothing and nobody to become everything and everyman?

Katharina Pethke, born in 1979 in Hamburg, is a filmmaker and professor at the HFBK – Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg. She studied German and art history in Hamburg and film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In her internationally acclaimed diploma film Louisa, she portrayed her sister, who had gone deaf and decided to learn sign language in her early twenties. As a film author Katharina Pethke has realized works for German television and has produced her own documentary works.

Um campo de aviação
pimenta Joana
Um campo de aviação
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 14:0 | Portugal | 2016

An aviation field in an unknown suburb. The lake underneath the city burns the streets. The mountains throw rock into the gardens. In the crater of a volcano in Fogo, a model Brazilian city is lifted and dissolves. Two people find each other in this landscape, 50 years apart.

(b. 1986, Lisbon) JOANA PIMENTA is a filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal, currently living and working between the United States and Brazil. Her short film The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees received the Competition Award at Indielisboa ’14, where it premiered, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Jihlava, Mar del Plata, Ambulante, Edinburgh, Videoex, Taipei, among other venues. Her video installation work has been recently presented at the Festival Temps d`Images, the Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among others. She works and teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University, and is a fellow at the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

Pascal PIRON, Karolina Markiewicz
piron Pascal , Karolina Markiewicz
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 5:12 | Luxembourg | Pays-Bas | 2016

In Amsterdam, there once was a zoo, lions, elephants, people and Nazis. The elephants, who never forget, tell the story to the young lions. During the Second World War, the story goes, eighteen Jews hid above the lions’ cages. The Nazis, who loved the zoo, cared about the lions and bought them the best meat, usually lamb. The old lions couldn’t eat all they were given, so they left some of it to their new “roommates” – for three years.

Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron’s collaborative work creates links between film, visual arts and theatre. At the center is the individual person as part of a human community, oscillating between resignation and hope. Karolina Markiewicz studied political science, philosophy and theatre and works as a film and theatre director. Pascal Piron studied visual arts and works as an artist and film director. Both work as teachers. Their cooperation started in 2013, with an exhibition for Aica Luxembourg entitled Everybody should have the right to die in an expensive car. In 2014, they made a first documentary called Les Formidables, which tells the story of five young migrants in Luxembourg. In 2014, they found the video blog In 2015 they worked on the project Philoktet, which includes the homonymous play by Heiner Müller and an exhibition relating the Greek tragedy to Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb. At the same time they released their second documentary Mos Stellarium, produced by Tarantula and supported by Film Fund Luxembourg. Part of this project is the installation of Mos Stellarium, which offers different parts of the movie simultaneously, thus giving a non-linear reading of the film. Their current work includes a video series entitled Side-effects of reality. It consists in a number of short films and video installations. Our reality is a vague and imprecise thing, hardly accessible. The core idea of Side-effects of Reality is to push this inaccessible reality to a poetic level, thus creating through video and text a new image of reality. This image is not the same as its content, it has its own mythology, and by this offers a different take on understanding our reality. Sometimes we have to invent a new vocabulary to tell the truth.

Esther POLAK, Ivar Van Bekkum
A Collision of Sorts
polak Esther , Ivar Van Bekkum
A Collision of Sorts
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 17:0 | Pays-Bas | USA | 2017

In A Collision of Sorts, inhabitants of the City of Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania, US) go there way, as discontinuous moving dots on a flat surface. The world in which this film plays is Google Earth: an alienating landscape of almost seamlessly stitched-together satellite images of the familiar planet we humans are moving around on. On Google Earth, nothing moves. Buildings, bridges and cars seem warped and flattened and compete for attention with the black weirdness of their own shadows. A virtual camera shows this frozen flattened landscape, reconnoitring the cityscape of the city. Meanwhile we hear sounds and voices. People and animals are down there, crossing the country. It is them who share a physical reality: we hear very intimately their breath, the rustling of clothes, traffic, their vehicles. They travel from one place to another giving the suggestion of a destination. They talk about encounters, visual, economic, political, social and personal but never the main characters seem to meet. Until a bad dream of one of them seems to come true.

Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum work together as artist-couple under the name PolakVanBekkum. Routed in the history of the Dutch realistic landscape depiction, they express personal experiences of moving and space. Their projects are often informed by collaborations with participants, be it humans, animals, or even the rays of the sun. Their work has been shown at amongst others: FID Marseille, Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, ZKM Karlsruhe, Media-Lab Prado Madrid; INIVA London, IMAL Brussels, Rento Brattinga | Galerie Amsterdam, Pixelache Helsinki, Lagos, Biennale Marrakech, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. 2016 Special Mention for the film Once We Get There Riga 2015  Expanded Media Preis For Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinters - for “The Mailman’s Bag” 2005 Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica together with Ieva Auzina, with MILKproject. Esther Polak studied at the Rijksakademie for visual Arts in Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, NL Ivar van Bekkum studied journalism at the School for Journalism, Kampen, NL

Lick in the Past
prouvost Laure
Lick in the Past
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:25 | France | 2016

Ses films sont des montages sensuels créés à partir de situations données. L’artiste développe en parallèle des clips à saynète réalisés de façon directe et spontanée, des oeuvres plus élaborées dans lesquelles elle produit des tissages visuels à partir de coupes franches et précises dans des séquences filmiques au long court. L’habillage, l’ornementation, la prise à partie du spectateur et la mise en difficulté du récit font parties intégrantes de ses créations. Lick In The Past a été réalisé dans le cadre de sa résidence à la Fahrenheit Flax Foundation (Los Angeles).

Laure Prouvost est née à Croix, en France. Elle vit et travaille à Londres. Lauréate du prestigieux Prix Turner en 2013 – la seule Française à l’avoir jamais gagné, s’empresse-t-on en général d’ajouter – Laure Prouvost est devenue l’une des artistes les plus reconnues et les plus en vogue de la scène internationale. Elle a déjà exposé à New-York, Pékin, Athènes, Mexico… et elle travaille officiellement entre Anvers et Londres.

Noëlle PUJOL
Jumbo/Toto, histoires d’un éléphant
pujol Noëlle
Jumbo/Toto, histoires d’un éléphant
Doc. expérimental | mov | couleur | 67:0 | France | 2016

De New York à Hambourg en passant par Rome, un récit d’enquête et d’aventure sur les traces d’un éléphant dont le destin reflète celui de l’Europe de la première moitié du XXème siècle.

Noëlle Pujol, née en 1972, a intégré Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains après son diplôme à l’École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris en 2000. Depuis 1998, elle réalise des films de court et long métrage présentés à la fois dans de nombreux festivals de films internationaux et des lieux d’art contemporain.

Mariam RADWAN, Mariam RADWAN
radwan Mariam , Mariam RADWAN
Animation | hdv | couleur et n&b | 2:21 | Egypte | 2015

Le changement est perpétuel. Si nous le souhaitons, nous pouvons danser au son du vacarme de métro, la vie est pleine de désagréments et de transformations.

Mariam born and lives in Cairo, 17 July 1989. Graduated from College of Art Education, Pre-masters degree, Sculpture Department. Active member of the Syndicate of Plastic Arts .and the Syndicate of teachers. Participated in the Competition Rencontres de l`Image - Edition 12 - Institut Français d`Egypte. The competition of Youth Salon The 25th and 22nd Sessions. Participated in Collective Exhibition like Log in Art Exhibition - Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center.(2016) Exhibition of the 9th Experimental Art Workshop for Media Art, College of Art Education. Exhibition for stone sculpture titled "Abstract" 2015, "Power" 2014. Also Participated in International Symposiums like, Aswan International Sculpture Symposium - Round 20. Soundpainting workshop with the Musician François Jeanneau, Institut Français d`Egypte.(2016)

Janis RAFA
Requiem to a Fatal Incident
rafa Janis
Requiem to a Fatal Incident
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 5:0 | Grèce | 2015

A car travels through a desolate industrial area at night. It stops near an overturned truck that was carrying pigs. Dead animals lie scattered across the road; a fatal incident, a huge loss of animal life. A premature death ironically, since the pigs had been on their way to the slaughterhouse. The subtle camera movement switches from the subjective view of the handheld camera to the objective and contemplative view of the rising camera that is mounted on a crane and surveys the scene from a great height. Finally, a big firework is set off, seemingly dedicated to the dead animals, as though it was a requiem. The scene is a recreation from news coverage.

Lives and works between Amsterdam and Athens. She completed her education in Fine Art (BA, MA, PhD) at the University of Leeds in Britain with scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Her body of work spans from experimental-documentary practices, to video-essays, archival footage and most recently cinematic narratives and medium length films. She has recently completed the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency (2013-2014) in Amsterdam, with a scholarship by Onassis Foundation (GR). Her first solo exhibition was presented at Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014. Currently her work will be presented at EYE Film Institute, Close-Up: A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands (Jan-May 2015). She has participated in group exhibitions: VISIO European Program on Artists’ Moving Images 2015; 1st Research Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2015; Art Rotterdam Projections, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, 2015; Ce que raconte la solitude, ART-O-RAMA, 2014; Rijksakademie OPEN, 2013 – 2014, Manifesta 8, 2010; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, 2010. Her films and video works were screened at: Netherlands Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London, Cinema de la Nouvelle Lune, Curtas Vila do Conde, Gulf Film Festival Dubai, Capalbio Cinema, Project Space Leeds, and as part of Rencontres Internationales, 2010, at Centre National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Reina Sofia National Museum and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Her work is part of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection. Her films and videos balance between an empirical perception of landscapes and events and an authentic representation of them. Her narratives are located at the margins of the urban, haunted by stray dogs, roadkills, fatal accidents and dissipated death. The cryptic and universal nature of these cinematic worlds is initiated by a certain realism that has very little to do with its usual representation. Dead and living, human and non-human coexist in an accord of dream and sensuality. This is the land of her semi-autobiographic narrations; returns to personal histories that reveal something of the subsequent carving of a place’s fiction and not necessarily of the place itself.

Body Snatcher
ramÍrez pÉrez Benjamin
Body Snatcher
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 17:18 | Allemagne | 2016

Body Snatcher conflates new 16mm material and found footage from Barbara Loden‘s film Wanda (1970) into an abstract narrative. Loden‘s film shows a character that seemingly passively navigates the world, but at the same time fights for her own identity and challenges social norms through her refusal to function as expected: „Life is a mistery to her. She doesn’t know what she wants but she knows what she doesn’t want.“ Taking fragments of the film as a starting point, objects, props and surfaces from the film were recreated, visually isolated and filmed anew. In a kind of vacuum, an abstract and associative narration touching on emptiness, failure, and identity construction slowly unfolds. A sort of parasitic science fiction remake of Wanda emerges - a layer of meaning that lies behind the film‘s plot and surface is imagined and constructed, positioning disparate elements in relation to each other and forging connections between them.

Benjamin Ramírez Pérez lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2009 - 2015. He was awarded the German Film Critics` Prize for Best Experimental Short in 2013. In 2015, he received the Chargesheimer Scholarship for Media Arts of the City of Cologne. Currently, he is a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2016 – 2018).

Nanna REBEKKA, Pernille Lystlund Matzen
rebekka Nanna , Pernille Lystlund Matzen
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 15:0 | Danemark | 2015

An easily overlooked T-junction in Copenhagen`s Sydhavn district is the location of a dramatic statue. In the midst of everyday urban space rises a bronze sculpture of a young man who is about to tame two unruly horses. The essay film ‘Breaker of Horses’ delves into the bronze sculpture and follows the hidden stories that are contained in the cast. This leads us back to the genesis of the sculpture in an antique Greek myth, to a Belgian Africa museum and deep into Europe`s colonial past. With formal nods to contemporary video artists such as Camille Henrot and Hito Steyerl, ‘Breaker of Horses’ is an overheated information flow of images, digital productions and archive material. The visual abundance is coloured by a soundtrack that alternately seethes with synthetic sound effects and detached bits of songs about the statue and its history. The film traces the copper material in the bronze sculpture back to the Congo, where extraction of copper through forced labour and slavelike conditions for the Congolese comprised one of the economical foundations for the Belgian King Leopold’s empire. Solidly placed in the era of today, ‘Breaker of Horses’ is a video work that turns to the past.

Nanna Rebekka is an independent filmmaker based in Copenhagen. Her work lies within the realm of hybrid fiction, documentary and video art. She has studied filmmaking at Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, University of Washington and at School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Visual Culture at University of Copenhagen. She is a former member of Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival. Pernille Lystlund Matzen (b. 1986) is an independent writer and filmmaker currently living in Copenhagen. Her work concentrates on new documentary forms, video art and essayistic modes of filmmaking. She holds a masters degree in Art History and Modern Culture from Columbia University, Universität der Kunste, Berlin, and Copenhagen University. She currently works as an art critic at the Danish newspaper Information. Together, Nanna and Pernille have directed the short film `Breaker of Horses`.

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week
reinke Steve
Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 14:1 | Canada | USA | 2016

Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration of the life of artist, writer and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz. Plankton, Kafka, Bette Davis, Wednesday afternoon visits with friends, more plankton, burning villages, Hollis Frampton, Sammy Davis Jr. as a libidinal machine producing sadness, opera, disembowelment, poetry.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based video essays, which are widely screened and collected. Originally from Canada, he know lives in Chicago and teaches in the department of Art, Theory, Practice at Northwestern.

Louis-cyprien RIALS
rials Louis-cyprien
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 12:39 | France | Kazakhstan | 2016

Polygon est une vidéo de douze minutes, tournée dans le Polygone nucléaire de Semipalatinsk au Kazakhstan en 2016. Il vient comme une suite naturelle du film tourné en Irak par Rials, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin où l’auteur avait filmé un cercle de flammes éternelles dans un champ pétrolifère de Kirkouk.
C’est un cercle d’eau, de 400 mètres de diamètres, qui a retenu l’attention cette année, de l’artiste. Creusé par une bombe atomique en 1965, ce lac est empli d’une eau, radioactive, presque plus brûlante que le feu lui-même. Inspiré par La Jetée de Chris Marker, et Stalker de Tarkovski, la vidéo est composée de diaporama photographiques, de traveling satellitaires, de plans vidéo au sol ou pris avec un drone. Polygon est aussi une introduction à la première performance filmée de Rials. Les voix en Russe autant que la musique, écrite par Romain Poirier guident le spectateur vers une contemplation référencée, glissant d’une partie documentaire à une oeuvre presque science-fictionnelle, pourtant terriblement humaine et contemporaine. Pour reprendre un propos de Mark Twain, “ La vérité est parfois plus éloignée de nous que la fiction ” et il est donc plus facile, parfois, d’utiliser la fiction pour révéler une pénible vérité.

Né en 1981 à Paris, Louis-Cyprien Rials pratique la photographie et la vidéo. Après des études de théatre au conservatoire, son aspiration à des modes de création indépendants l’ont incliné vers les choix qui ont marqué sa carrière d’artiste. En 2005, il est parti vivre trois ans à Tokyo et y a organisé sa première exposition, Koban . Depuis son retour du Japon, il vit entre Paris et Berlin. Il y poursuit ses recherches. En 2010, il est parti pour un premier voyage à moto qui l’a conduit à Tchernobyl et en Europe de l’Est. L’année suivante, il est reparti pendant plusieurs mois : Il a alors parcouru l’ex-Yougoslavie, la République Turque de Chypre du Nord, l’Irak, la Géorgie, l’Arménie, la République du Haut- Karabagh, la Crimée, en documentant aussi bien des formes et des paysages que des zones entières, fermées, qu’il voit comme des “ parcs naturels involontaires “ En 2012, il a terminé sa première fiction expérimentale, le western déshumanisé Nessuno . Résident au Centre des Arts Photographiques de Bahrain de mars à mai 2014, il y a exposé à la maison Jamsheer, a donné des enseignements et entamé plusieurs projets, notamment, avec l’aide du chercheur Pierre Lombard sur les restes de la civilisation, Dilmun . En décembre de la même année il a été invité a réaliser son projet d’icônes ainsi que le projet documentaire Russia America en résidence à Kronstadt par le NCCA. ( National Center of Contemporary Art ) Il s’investit de plus en plus dans la création de vidéos à mi-chemin entre l’art et le documentaire contemplatif, avec les projets Holy Wars , Dilmun Highway ( Bahreïn, 2014 ), Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin ( Irak, 2015 ), Polygon ( Kazakhstan 2016 ) et Résistances ( Lituanie et Liban 2017 )

Julia Charlotte RICHTER
You Are the Center of the World
richter Julia Charlotte
You Are the Center of the World
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 16:45 | Allemagne | 2015

“And all, all, all was nice and good” is the last sentence sung by a chorus of middle aged men that opens “You are the Center of the World”. A horse walks around, the hooves clatter in the courtyard of a pretty detached house.
 The three young men look around, wander through the deserted streets. Finally, they find themselves in a living room and remain in there.
 All they can do is wait and listen to the silence. Where are all the other people? Out there, something is wrong, for sure. The small town becomes a stage for the three local teenagers, who are looked at by the camera and „act acting“. Explicitly cinematic visual references are created, where the characters move and perform in.

Julia Charlotte Richter (*1982 in Gießen, Germany) is a video artist. She studied Fine Art in Kassel (Germany), Portsmouth (UK) and Braunschweig (Germany). Julia Charlotte Richter’s works have been shown internationally in numerous screenings and exhibitions, including Museum Folkwang Essen, Manege Moscow, Georgian National Museum Tbilisi, Goethe Institute Chicago, Toronto, Ankara etc., Filmfestival “Max-Ophüls- Preis” Saarbrücken and the “B3 Biennial of the Moving Image” Frankfurt. She received different scholarships such as the residency “Young Art in Essen” (Kunstring Folkwang/Kunsthaus Essen) in 2012 or a working grant by the Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2014. Her film “You are the Center of the World” (2015) was funded by the Bösenberg-Foundation. In 2017 she received a project grant by the Kunststiftung NRW as well as a travel grant by the Hessische Kulturstiftung.

There is a Happy Land Further Awaay
rivers Ben
There is a Happy Land Further Awaay
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 20:0 | Royaume-Uni | 2015

THERE IS A HAPPY LAND FURTHER AWAAY (20 mins, S16, col/b+w, 2015) There Is A Happy Land Further Awaay (2015), captures the landscapes of the remote volcanic Republic of Vanuatu archipelago, before they were devastated by Cyclone Pam in early 2015, the footage becoming a ghostly document of an ecosystem now irrevocably altered. A hesitant female voice reads a poem by Henri Michaux, recounting a life lived in a distant land, full of faltering and mistakes. Island imagery of active volcanoes, underwater WW2 debris, children playing, and wrecked boats transform into intangible digital recollections of the island, made on the opposite side of the world. Images of the eroded land merge with eroding film, a lone figure on a boat drifts at sea.

Ben Rivers (born in 1972) is an artist and experimental filmmaker based in London. His work has been shown in many film festivals and galleries around the world and has won numerous awards. His work ranges from themes about exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects. Rivers`s practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. Rivers uses near-antique cameras and hand develops the 16 mm film, which shows the evidence of the elements it has been exposed to – the materiality of this medium forming part of the narrative.

Fortunate Isles: Landings
rivkin Jacob
Fortunate Isles: Landings
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 3:50 | USA | 2016

Drawing upon the name of earthly paradise in Greek mythology, the film ‘Fortunate Isles: Landings’ explores the awakening of sentience and biological complexity within digital images. To fully inhabit utopian and cinematic visions of analog & digital interpretations of landscape, ‘Fortunate Isles: Landings’ is filmed on location at sites of human achievement and continuous habitation; the level Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah and remote cliffs of Salvage, Newfoundland. During filming, performers wore chroma-key suits on location that, in post-production, allow the suit’s geometric faces to be digitally blanked and replaced with hand-drawn animation. Through the dialogue of gaps and joins created by the subtle collapsed spaces between layers of inter-narrative animation, questions of evolution, reality, and wonder begin to surface. The figures each carry a drawn experience inscribed into their outer forms. A patina of frames progressing forward echoes an imprinted memory; Landscapes are portable.

Jacob Rivkin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His animations and sculptures focus on how we experience and internalize landscape, memory, and desire. His work has exhibited widely, including at the Arlington Arts Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Animation Block Party, and the National Museum of Australia. He holds lecturer positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and BA from Vassar College in 2007. His awards include selection as a finalist for the anthropoScene Film Competition in 2016, a Fulbright Student Grant in 2008 to study Chinese Traditional Landscape Painting in Hangzhou, China, and the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize in 2006 to study Buddhist Sculpture Practices in Western China. He is a member of the OOF Animation Collective and in 2014 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hacktory in Philadelphia, PA.

Mad Ladders
robinson Michael
Mad Ladders
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 9:45 | USA | 2015

A modern prophet’s visions of mythical destruction and transformation are recounted across a turbulent geometric ceremony of rising curtains, swirling set pieces, and unveiled idols from music television’s past. Together, these parallel cults of revelation unlock a pathway to the far side of the sun.

Michael Robinson (b.1981) is an American film, video and collage artist whose work explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience, riding the fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria. His work has shown in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and galleries including The 2012 Whitney Biennial, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, The BFI London Film Festival, REDCAT Los Angeles, MoMA P.S.1, The Sundance Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Images Festival, The European Media Art Festival, and Whitechapel Gallery in London. Michael was the recipient of a 2014 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a 2012 Creative Capital grant, a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from The Wexner Center for the Arts, a 2009 residency from The Headlands Center for the Arts, and his films have received awards from numerous festivals. He was featured as one of the “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50” by Cinema Scope magazine in 2012, and listed among the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000`s by Film Comment magazine. Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work is distributed by Video Data Bank and represented by Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.

Descomposición Aleatoria
rojas sandoval Karina
Descomposición Aleatoria
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 4:51 | Chili | 2015

Family archives around the figure of Lucila. She had Alzheimer`s and was my grandmother. Corruption of the material as the manifestation of a degenerative disease, set in a visual decomposition process based on the destruction of memory. Dismantled and fragmented memories, unified by the soundtrack.

Karina Rojas Sandoval born in 1992, in Santiago, Chile. Bachelor in Audiovisual Communication, Film and Television Degree (2016), by Universidad de Chile. Exhibits and works regularly in video art since 2015. She works mostly in experimental videos and documentaries, where she organizes her work around found footage and the manipulation and intervention of archive materials as a part of her narrative and artistic research. Her work has been selected in Festivals, Exhibitions, Shows and Contests in Chile, Colombia, Finland, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, United States and Venezuela. Major and recent exhibits events: “Comic Unity” Exhibition, Flux factory, NY, USA, 2017; 6th Edition of Samples-Mexico: Transvideo: Borderless Image, Mexico-Finland, 2016; 3rd edition Festival Internacional de Video Experimental "Proceso de Error", Valparaíso, Chile, 2016; 12th FONLAD International Videoart & Performance Festival, Coimbra, Portugal, 2016; 2nd edition Festival Video Arte NodoCCS, Caracas, Venezuela, 2016 and 5th Concurso Nacional de Video Arte Universitario (Universitary National Video Art Contest) “Visiones del Arte”, Category “International Selection”, Mexico City, Mexico. At the last mentioned two she gets the first place with her video “Descomposición aleatoria”.