Catalogue 2017-2018
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Juanita ONZAGA
The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do
onzaga Juanita
The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 20:20 | Colombie | 2017

Colombia is a land of ghosts. Two siblings roam these mystical landscapes in search of their dead father`s spirit. Their journey takes them from Bogota to the Colombian jungle, through realms of thought and deep into their haunted dreams. Here they will find some answers and attract unexpected company.

Juanita Onzaga is a Colombian-belgian film director and cinematographer playing with hybrid forms between the fiction, the documentary and the experimental. Within her narrations she touches the importance of memory, death and imagination, creating tales that reflect different ways of perceiving reality within strong political contexts. We wander in dreams, jungles and cities surrounded by spirits. Marrying this way a sense of emptiness in realism in an intimate way with a quest for mysticism, where the invisible gives more answers and meanings than the physical world. Her short film The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do won the International Jury prize for best short film generation 14plus at Berlin International Film Festival 2017, the highly acclaimed VAF Wildcard and other prizes, while being selected worldwide in festivals as San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, Reykjavik, Vilnius and Cartagena. She studied cinema in Brussels, obtaining a Bachelor in Direction of Photography at IAD and a Master in Film Direction at Sint-Lukas Brussel. She worked as a director and DOP for several short films, documentaries and video clips. Now she is currently developing her first feature film "The Landscapes That You Seek" at Torino Film Lab.

Hans OP DE BEECK
The Girl
op de beeck Hans
The Girl
Film expérimental | mp4 | couleur | 16:0 | Belgique | 2017

"The Girl" is a slow, suggestive, perception-oriented animated film in which the viewer is transported to the strange world of a silent, 14-year-old girl. The dreamy landscape images show a dark forest, a vast landfill, a gas station, a highway landscape, a meadow, a factory site and a mysterious lake. Amidst all this stands an old caravan. The scene seems to suggest that the protagonist leads a lonely life on these premises. For a further unspecified reason, she must at one time have left her parental home, which is presented to us at the beginning of the film, both in perfect condition, and later in a neglected, abandoned state. In a variety of different landscapes, we see the girl perform small acts such as gather usable waste or pick herbs. We often get to see her cargo bike; the vehicle she uses to gather the bear necessities in order to survive. Nighttime, breaking dawn, wind, rain, fog, cold and warming fire are present throughout the film. Occasionally, we get to see the girl – resting serenely – from up close, as if we were right beside her, and could feel her breath. At the end of the film we understand that she is resting on a raft in the lake, floating, passive, as a metaphor for surrender. An original soundtrack for the film was composed by Tom Pintens, on a text by the artist.

Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder and silence. Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realized numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters. Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. He had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, B (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, DE (2014), Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Château de Chimay, Chimay BE (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); ._... Op de Beeck participated in numerous group shows at institutions such as The Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ, US; the Towada Art Center, Towada, JP; ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE; MACRO, Rome, IT; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, GB; PS1, New York, NY, US; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Köln, DE; Hangar Bicocca, Milano, IT; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP; 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, US; The Drawing Center, New York, NY, US; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CN; MAMBA, Buenos Aires, AR; Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, IT; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE; Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE; Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE; … His work was invited for the Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN; the Aichi Triennale, Aichi, JP; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore, SG; Art Summer University, Tate Modern, London, GB; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IN, Art Basel Miami Beach, and many other art events.

Vivian OSTROVSKY
DizzyMess
ostrovsky Vivian
DizzyMess
Film expérimental | super8 | couleur et n&b | 7:43 | France | USA | 2017

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Cinéaste née à New York en 1945, Vivian Ostrovsky passe son enfance à Rio de Janeiro puis poursuit des études supérieures à Paris en psychologie ainsi qu`en cinéma. Elle co-fonde dans les années 1970 Ciné-Femmes, organisme dédié à la diffusion de films de femmes. Depuis 1980, Vivian Ostrovsky a réalisé plus de vingt films, la plupart tournés en Super 8, qui incluent souvent du found footage, des extraits de fictions, de documentaires, ou de home movies. Ses films exploitent le thème du déplacement et se situent, d`après Yann Beauvais, entre le "film journal" et le "film collage". Elle travaille également à la programmation du cinéma d`auteur et d`avant-garde du festival de film de Jérusalem. Son travail a connu de nombreuses rétrospectives et expositions dans les musées et les festivals à travers le monde ; à la fois pour ses films et ses " films- installations ".

Akosua Adoma OWUSU
Mahogany Too
owusu Akosua Adoma
Mahogany Too
Vidéo expérimentale | super8 | couleur | 3:32 | USA | 2017

Mahogany Too takes the 1975 cult classic Mahogany – a fashion-infused romantic drama – as its base. The film examines and revives Diana Ross`s iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers. Analogue film provides vintage tones, which emphasises the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modelling, and styling

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the complexities of living as an African immigrant in the United States and experiencing a collision of identities resulting in a “triple consciousness”. Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture. She has exhibited worldwide including Berlinale, Rotterdam, MoMA, BFI London Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2015, she was named by Indiewire as one of 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema. Owusu is the recipient of many awards including an African Movie Academy Award, Creative Capital grant, Tribeca All Access grant and Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Fowler Museum. Owusu received her MFA in Film/Video and Art at the California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Laura J. PADGETT
Solitaire
padgett Laura J.
Solitaire
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 2:19 | USA | Allemagne | 2017

SOLITAIRE We see Max Horkheimer buying newspapers, we hear Hannah Arendt speaking about the mother tongue and making the invisible tangible. We also see Frankfurt am Main during the great (re)construction boom of the 1960s. We see demonstrations on the Römerberg and the presence of the American Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany during the cold war as well as scenes after the apprehension of members of the Red Army Faction. Housing shortages, urban development, youth and their future, guest workers, consumer society: these topics are repeatedly presented and discussed in the Hessen Schau news program from this period. The film deals with the concept of democracy, of having a voice and the contiguity between private and public space. These boundaries, which are in the process of dissolving, are made clear the storytelling in this film as fundamental strands of our social being. Laura J. Padgett’s found footage film SOLITAIRE is made from documentary film material and radio broadcasts of the late 1950s until 1972. It was culled exclusively from the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation’s (hr) archives.

The artist’s work explores unoccupied spaces, both real and imaginary, to reveal truths that are often overlooked. Like her subject, her work itself occupies the spaces between photographic storytelling and installation, between language and image, between history and current affairs. While she uses photographic media the results are always more than photographic objects. Since the nineties Padgett has produced a wide-ranging body of work, adopting various genres such as architectural photography, still life and urban street photography while exploring our ideas of communal and cultural identity. Laura J. Padgett’s work is often displayed in public spaces and plays with scale, material and the way we interpret images and their relation to history. The breadth of her work demonstrates an ability to move fluidly between genres, based on her background in painting, art history and architecture. Born in Cambridge, USA, Laura J. Padgett studied painting, film and photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. Her conceptual approach to her projects stems from this background. Her further studies in film and art history, with Peter Kubelka at the Städelschule and at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, respectively, broadened her approach. Laura J. Padgett exhibits internationally, and her work can be found in state and corporate collections such as the DZ-Bank ArtCollection, Frankfurt am Main. Her work is in the permanent collections of Museo Museion, Bolzano, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Museum Wiesbaden and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. She is the 2017 recipient of the Marielies-Hess-Art Award. Laura J. Padgett lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

Jongkwan PAIK
La Noche Cíclica (Cyclical Night)
paik Jongkwan
La Noche Cíclica (Cyclical Night)
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 17:0 | Coree du Sud | 2016

The time is out of joint. The ghost appears again in the dark of the night. “The chain of memorial light is not absolutely broken, it is rather knotted in a different way”…

Born in 1982, South Korea. Studied Psychology and Electronics in college and received MFA in Film from the Graduate School of Communication and Arts at Yonsei University. Jongkwan continues to produce experimental films based on research with in-depth study of images.

Manuel PALMA
El Sueño de la Razón
palma Manuel
El Sueño de la Razón
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur et n&b | 15:0 | Espagne | 2017

The shadows of a moon eclipse cover two of the first villages built in Spain after the war. Its inhabitants are trapped under these transition moment turned to a new landscape between two worlds, between two dreams.

Manuel Palma (Cádiz, 1986) He studied Fine Arts in Sevilla and Valencia . It combines his education of drawing and painting with video art and sound art. He complete his education with the exchange program at Lietuvas Dailes Akademija in Lithuania. His audiovisual work has been seen in centers and festivals such as RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS / BERLIN in Paris and Berlin, V Festival de MÁRGENES "Film Letters" in Madrid, ZINEBI57 "Zinergentziak15" in Bilbao, FIVA International Video Art Festival in Buenos Aires, "Music and Visual Arts Sens meeting" in Rambleta, Valencia, CINEMISITICA "Art Cinematheque Cinemistica 7" in Granada, "XXIV Muestra Abierta de videoartistas 18D" in Neomudejar, Madrid. He has developed courses and workshops with artists and filmmakers like James Benning, Lois Patiño, Victor Erice, Mercedes Alvarez. Currently he follow his education in Master Videolab of Contemporary Audiovisual Creation at LENS Visual School of Arts in Madrid.

Véréna PARAVEL, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Somniloquies
paravel Véréna , Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Somniloquies
0 | 4k | couleur | 73:0 | Suisse | 2017

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Arnold PASQUIER
O amor moderno [le jour la nuit]
pasquier Arnold
O amor moderno [le jour la nuit]
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:52 | France | Brésil | 2017

Denis PAVLOVIC
Zwischen Gestern und Morgen (Between Yesterday and Tomorrow)
pavlovic Denis
Zwischen Gestern und Morgen (Between Yesterday and Tomorrow)
Documentaire | 16mm | couleur | 25:15 | Allemagne | 2016

The story of a man who came to Germany 17 years ago. It’s the 31.12.2017, a day in the life of Niaz Ahmadzai from Afghanistan. A never ending story of work, existence, love, familiy and an unfulfilled personality. The perfect integration of a fully functioning machine.

Born – 1987 – Stuttgart Freelancer – since 2010 – Documentary, Video, Image – Director, Concepts, DoP, Producer Internship – 2011 – Production Company: Kloos und Co. Medien – Berlin Internship – 2011 – Director: Rolf S. Wolkenstein – Berlin Work – 2011-2013 – Filmgalerie 451, DVD-rental – Stuttgart Bachelor of Arts – 2012- Film and Video – Merz Akademie – Stuttgart Studies – 2015 – Director / Documentary – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Work – 2016 – Editorial assistent – SWR Stuttgart Work – 2017 – Won the shortfilm-competition “Die Vermächtnisstudie”, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affair Germany and produced the documentary “Schranke” together with the German Filmacademy.

Sini PELKKI
Length
pelkki Sini
Length
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 7:23 | Finlande | 2016

the work examines the length of a thought, the length of a moment. Through repetition and rhythm, the piece builds a sense of a narrative, distance and closeness at the same time. We are looking at a figure in an urban landscape, soon to be dislocated. The Gaze abandons and re-draws the images. Perception grapples with distances; between the figure and its landscape, between the viewer and the piece itself.

Sini Pelkki (born 1978) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She gained her BA (Hons) Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (UK) in 2002 and her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2008. Sini Pelkki’s work derives and evolves around photography and the photographic image. Focusing on the subjectivity of seeing and the diverse dialogue between environments and the layers of spaces within spaces.

Carlos PEREIRA
Histórias de Fantasmas (Ghost Stories)
pereira Carlos
Histórias de Fantasmas (Ghost Stories)
Doc. expérimental | mp4 | couleur | 13:32 | Portugal | Allemagne | 2017

I. A storm in Berlin. Lightnings. The sound of thunders. II. Searching for a face in the dark. III. Inside an old Stasi building, a painter of ruins talks about being human.

Carlos Pereira (Lisbon, 1989) studied film directing in Lisbon (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) and Barcelona (Escuela de Cine Bande à Part) and film studies in Stockholm (Stockholms Universitet). His films have been screened in festivals such as IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Vila do Conde and Córtex and venues such as The Portuguese Cinematheque. Lives and works in Berlin, where he is as a member of the selection committee for Generation (Berlinale).

Jonathan PEREL
5-T-2 Ushuaia
perel Jonathan
5-T-2 Ushuaia
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 4:0 | Argentine | 2016

Adolfo Scilingo was the only military officer to confess the dictatorship crimes. Among the details he gave of the way the genocide worked, throwing prisoners from planes into the water to their death, Scilingo specifies the model that was used in the flights he participated in: an Electra. Of the eight Electras that belonged to the Argentine Navy, five of them were bought in 1982. Only the three bought in 1973 could have been used in the flight that Scilingo describes. Those three Electras are at present in Argentina. This film of Jonathan Perel searches cartographically the traces of those planes.

Jonathan Perel, born in 1976, lives and works in Buenos Aires. He attended a degree in Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (University of Buenos Aires). He directed the feature films Toponimia (2015), Tabula Rasa (2013), 17 Monumentos (2012) and El Predio (2010), and the short films Las Aguas del Olvido (2013), Los Murales (2011) and 5 (cinco) (2008). Two times awarded with the Metropolitan Fund for the Arts, his films have been screened and awarded in numerous international film festivals, such as: Viennale, IFFR Rotterdam, FIDMarseille (Prix Camira), BAFICI, YIDFF Yamagata, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin (Palais de Tokio & Haus der Kulturen der Welt), First Look (Museum of the Moving Image), Porto/Post/Doc, Underdox, La Havana.

Gregor PESCHKO
nearly the same level as the sea
peschko Gregor
nearly the same level as the sea
Vidéo expérimentale | mov | couleur | 5:59 | Allemagne | 2016

The video refers to the Venice biennial 2015 „All the World´s Futures” and deals with the site of the biennial and questions on localization and orientation. The images in the montage vary between subjective movements, Found Footage and documental perspectives and discuss the point of view of a spectator as prosumer. Transitions between signal and glare, transparency and overlay, keep the deserted images in the video at an intermediate level - An interplay between the flattening surface of the screen and the reference to the site.

Gregor Peschko, born in 1990 in Bonn, lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. He studied at the Academy for Visual Arts Leipzig in the classes of Astrid Klein, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Michael Riedel and finished his diploma in 2018.

Pascal PIRON, Karolina MARKIEWICZ
Okopowa, Warszawa
piron Pascal , Karolina MARKIEWICZ
Okopowa, Warszawa
Film expérimental | mov | couleur | 7:16 | Luxembourg | 2017

Among the insurgents of Warsaw, there is Kazia. A young Jewish woman whom the Nazis ended up killing. She now wanders in the cellars of the old ghetto, the Jewish cemetery, on Okopowa Street and tells bits of her memories. Memories that haunt.

Karolina Markiewicz (1976, Luxembourg) and Pascal Piron (1981, Luxembourg) work as an artist duo since 2013. Their 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.

Ben POINTEKER
Impassenger
pointeker Ben
Impassenger
Vidéo expérimentale | mov | couleur | 6:0 | Autriche | 2017

Impassenger présente un espace de résonance émotionnelle et, ce faisant, permet au cinéma de devenir haptique. Ce film explore la relation entre la proximité et la distance, et permet à l’objet de l’enquête de figer sa soumission.

Ben Pointeker is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. His work often sets in between film and photography and is concerned with poetics, patterns of narrative cinema, the notion of time, ambiguous realities and fantasy. Previously based in The Netherlands he graduated from Piet Zwart Institute and won the Prix de Rome basic award. He is also a graduate of the University of applied arts Vienna and was artist in residence at Wiels in Brussels, in Shanghai and most recently at Bòlit in Girona in the framework of The Spur. He has exhibited at institutions such as Secession Vienna, Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Filmmuseum Amsterdam and major film festivals.

Txuspo POYO
EXPEDIENTE: TUNEL DE LA ENGAÑA
poyo Txuspo
EXPEDIENTE: TUNEL DE LA ENGAÑA
Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 46:2 | Espagne | 2016

File: The La Engaña Tunnel This project is an attempt at a residual image of the construction of the La Engaña tunnel. It is a fabric made from the threads of various intertwined stories expressed in fragments of memory, identity and history, inviting re-readings of an unfinished tale somewhere between fact and fiction. The La Engaña tunnel, with its 6,976 m length, was at the time the longest tunnel ever built in the Iberian Peninsula. This giant railway infrastructure lies between Burgos and Cantabria, and was the last stretch of an ambitious project to create a train link between the city of Santander and the Mediterranean coast. In 1941, the office in charge of public works deployed squads of political prisoners to the area. There they began building workers’ settlements, together with other laborers from all over Spain. The tunnel was completed in 1961, but the project was put on hold until 1985 when the government decided to abandon it. Inside the room, one screen shows the historic trepanning of a mountain and its interior bracing, rivalling in proficiency with a team of operatives who hollow out a pachyderm before mounting its inner frame. On the other screen, an elephant advances through the ruined remains of platforms, a station and the former workers’ homes before ending up inside the tunnel. The animal’s state connects with the accounts of survivors in terms of physicality, emotional charge and feelings of grief. On both screens, the actions of digging and emptying draw on the poems Digging by Seamus Heaney and The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot, as if each were stationed metaphorically at one of the tunnel’s extremes. A third screen in the hall depicts a recent action performed at the southern mouth of the La Engaña tunnel, now sealed off by a wall. A worker is engaged in restoring the missing letter “E”. Lodged inside the new “E” is a time capsule with the spoken testimonies of survivors who worked at both ends of the tunnel. This tunnel is a deep hole in the body of history, the inside of a belly emptied of its organs, a cave, a dark abyss, a wound, but also the door that leads us to the unknown and an entrance to advance from, in spite of the warning.

Txuspo Poyo (1963, Alsasua, Navarra) holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). In 2001 he completed an ISCP residency sponsored by Fundación Marcelino Botín and also studied at the CADA center of New York University. In 2006 he received funding from Fundación Arte y Derecho and Fundación de las Artes de Valencia for his Delay Glass project, and the same year won the Premio Gure Artea of the Basque Government. In 2008, he was awarded first prize at the 10th Unión Fenosa International Exhibition. He has taken part in the Madrid Region’s 15th Image Symposium, and has been an invited speaker on master’s programs at the University of Cuenca and the UPV. He has held solo exhibitions in venues such as Museo Artium in Vitoria, Centre d’Art la Panera in Lleida, the Costa Rica Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and the Montcada Gallery of Fundació la Caixa in Barcelona. His group exhibitions include Geopolíticas de la animación showing at the CAAC in Seville and MARCO in Vigo; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin; the 2nd Angola Triennial; the FILE in São Paulo; Incógnitas at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Cine y casi cine at the Reina Sofía in Madrid; Multitude at the Artist Space gallery in New York, and Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, in Guarene‑Turin, Italy. http://www.txuspo-poyo.com

Laure PROUVOST
DIT LEARN
prouvost Laure
DIT LEARN
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 15:44 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

Joakim PUSENIUS
I Don't Know the River
pusenius Joakim
I Don't Know the River
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 27:44 | Finlande | 2016

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Joakim Pusenius (b. 1984) graduated (BFA & MFA) from Finnish School of Fine Arts in 2014. Before the arts school Pusenius studied in University of Helsinki theoretical philosophy, aesthetics and tv- and media studies (BA). Pusenius works mainly with moving image. In his artistic practise he is focusing on the means of the audiovisual medium by developing new ways of using camera and storytelling. He is interested in film making without a strict sense of storyline or the arch of drama. More likely he is interested in the dichotomy of the cinema: The possibility of cinemas metaphysical otherness and its capability of immersion. Eternal recurrence, existential solitude and disconnection by the modern technology are common themes in Pusenius` works. Last year Pusenius was working in Le Fresnoy - Studio National des arts Contemporains producing his most recent film work "Reste pour la nuit".

Yang QIU
Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night)
qiu Yang
Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night)
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 15:5 | Chine | 2017

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QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. His last short film A Gentle Night was selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes Short Film Competition in 2017. And in 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation competition and is now selected for more than 80 international film festivals, including the AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and nominated for the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award. He has been chosen to participate the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy, mentored by the legendary film master Hou Hsiao Hsien, as well as the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai. He is currently developing his first feature project Under the Sun (same title as the short), which was selected for the CineMart 2016 and Cinéfondation Residence 2017.

Jon RAFMAN
Poor Magic
rafman Jon
Poor Magic
Film expérimental | mp4 | couleur | 7:7 | Canada | 2017

Jon Rafman’s Poor Magic is a vision of a post-human dystopia featuring animated 3-D bodies continuously tortured in abstract digital space. The video presents the viewer with a haunting programme of repeating motifs: a blue featureless avatar, a view from a colonoscopy, and ranks of identical figures crashing and toppling over each other, made with the help of crowd-simulation software. While a poetic lament, Poor Magic addresses the fragmented consciousness of a post-physical existence. The film shows a terrifying image of a future where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory and endlessly abused. Or perhaps it is also a brutal representation of the present moment and the effect that technology has on our flesh and psyche.

JON RAFMAN was born in 1981 in Montreal, Canada. He studied Philosophy and Literature at McGill University in Montreal and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of virtual worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present.   Rafman has had solo exhibitions at Sprüth Magers Berlin (2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster (2016), The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015) and Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2015). His works have been featured in prominent international group exhibitions, including Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989-Today, ICA Boston (2018), Blind Faith, Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2018), Suspended Animation, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2017), Sharjah Biennial (2017), Berlin Biennial 9 (2016), and Manifesta Biennial for European Art 11 (2016). He recently created video for a production of Albert Ginastera’s opera Bomarzo at the Teatro Real, Madrid (2017). His films have been screened in festivals and exhibitions all over the world; notably the Rotterdam Film Festival (2015, 2016, 2018), the New York Film Festival (2015), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017).