Maison du Peuple

Place de la liberté

63000 Clermont-Ferrand

Tel : +33 (0)4 73 17 02 17

Meeting point public from Thursday 19 to Saturday 22 March from 10am to 10pm

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Salle des frères Lumière

25 rue Etienne Dolet

Clermont-Ferrand

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The Lost - Reynold Reynolds (USA/Germany)

Salle des Frères Lumière - Saturday March 22 / 2pm

Set in Berlin in the 1930s a young English writer moves into a cabaret where a man adopts artists to live and work. Meanwhile the cabaret is threatened by authorities who claim that what goes on inside is immoral. “The Lost” refers to the intention of a book by Christopher Isherwood about his stay in Berlin 1929-’33 and was stretched not to only mean ‘The Astray and The Doomed’- referring to the political events in Germany, but also to refer to those individuals whom respectable society shuns in horror.

Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. During his undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Reynolds studied Physics receiving a Bachelor’s degree under the professorship of Carl Wieman (Physics Nobel Laureate 2001). Changing his focus to studio art he remained two more years in Boulder to study under experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After moving to New York City Reynolds completed an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts.

Influenced early on by philosophy and science, and working primarily with 16mm as an art medium, he has developed a film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. Detailed evolving symbols and allusive references create a powerful pictorial language based on Reynolds’ analytical point of view. His depiction of people often makes us aware of the small frames we use to understand reality. By subtly altering the regular conditions of life and watching their effects, he transfers the experimental methods of science to filmmaking, where he frames reality in his laboratory and changes one variable at a time to reveal an underlying causality.

 


PICO (reMix) - John Sanborn (USA)

Salle des Frères Lumière - Saturday March 22 / 4pm

If you took the musical revolution of John Cage, the radical thinking of Marcel Duchamp, and the media anarchy of Nam June Paik, and put them in a blender… the result would be PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera).

 

PICO is a video memoir celebrating the lineage of cultural revolution launched by the innovative avant-garde triumvirate Duchamp, Cage and especially Paik and their profound influence on artist John Sanborn.

 

Performing collaborators for PICO are dancers Joseph Copley, Margaret Cromwell, Carlos Venturo, Alyah Baker, Kelly Del Resario and Katherine Wells; composer Wobbly; sound artist Negativland; cellist/composer Theresa Wong; composer Luciano Chessa; architect/designer Megan Kelly-Sweeney; pianist Sarah Cahill; designer Leah Hefner; and Skip Sweeney and Roger Jones from Video Free America.

 

John Sanborn is a world-renowned video artist shown at every major museum in the world, and broadcast worldwide. His works “MMI” “A Sweeter Music” and “The Planets” have collectively played at over 50 international film festivals. Sanborn is also the director of 16 television programs for PBS, a sitcom for Comedy Central, and a rock and roll cooking show for the National Lampoon. In addition Sanborn has been a corporate creative –for Comedy Central, eBay and currently VP | Creative Director of Shutterfly. John Sanborn has a Masters of Cinema degree from ESEC in Paris and lives in Berkeley, CA.

johnsanborn-video.com


Ambiancé - Anders Weberg (Sweden)

Maison du Peuple - Thursday March 20 / 8.30pm

On January 31, 2020 the Swedish artist Anders Weberg end his 20 plus years relation with the moving image as a means of creative expression . After more than 300 films he puts an end with the premiere of what will be the longest film ever made. Ambiancé is 720 hours long (30 days) and will be shown in its full length on a single occasion syncronised in all the continents of the world and then destroyed.

In the piece Ambiancé space and time is intertwined into a surreal dream-like journey beyond places and is an abstract nonlinear narrative summary of the artist's time spent with the moving image . A sort of memoir movie . (Film memoir ) . This in the visual expression that is constantly characterized the work throughout the artists career.

 

As a small tease until the premiere in 2020 shorter teaser/trailers will be presented at different occasions.

 

2014 - Short teaser which is 72 minutes long and that has the intent to convey the mood and tempo from the full piece. (THIS IS WHAT VIDEOFORMES WILL SCREEN)

2016 - The first short trailer with duration 7 hours 20 minutes.

2018 - Longer trailer with duration 72 hours.

 

http://thelongestfilm.com

 

Anders Weberg is an artist working in video, sound, new media and installations and he is primarily concerned with identity. The human body lies at the root of projects that formally and conceptually chart identity and its construction as a preamble to broaching matters of violence, genders, memory, loss or ideology in which personal experiences co-exists with references to popular culture, the media and consumerism. Specializing in digital technologies, he aims to mix genres and ways of expression to explore the potential of audio visual media.

 

He coined the term Peer-to-peer art or (p2p art) in 2006. Also the founder and curator of the Stian [con]temporary art gallery and AIVA, Angelholm International Video Art Festival 2012.


Exquisite Corpse Video Project - VOLUME 4 PORN / POLITICS

Maison du Peuple - Thursday March 20 / 10pm

Curator : Kika Nicolela

 

The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) is a unique video collaboration among artists from various parts of the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the "Exquisite Corpse". Using the semi-blind, sequential method of the surrealists' game, ECVP participants create video art in response to the final seconds of the previous member's work. Each member is asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone's vision is threaded together into an instigating final "corpse." Rather than providing a unitary linear narrative, in the project each individual artist interrogates — permeated by the diverse cultural backgrounds — a number of genres, tendencies and strategies, engaging in performative, documental, conceptual and poetic modes of representation, utilizing the characteristics of participatory platforms and new communication technology. The project is coordinated by the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela since 2008 and has had the participation of over 80 international artists so far, divided in 4 volumes and several videos. The new installment of the project, ECVP Volume 4, proposes the theme Porn/Politics as a frame for the creation of the videos.

 

“...I also conclude that this group delineates the digital culture in which we live, a culture no longer fragmented like the post-modern one, but shattered and precarious in regards to the creation of meaning. The Exquisite Corpse Video Project introduces us to this new world, mimicking its intrinsic shattering and precariousness, while simultaneously generating new meanings for the contemporary experience.”

 

excerpt of essay Digital Blind Date (2009) by art critic Juliana Monachesi

 

http://exquisitecorpsevideoproject.wordpress.com

 

Participating artists:

Alexandra Gelis (Colombia/Canada), Ana Moravi & Dellani Lima (Brazil), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Arthur Tuoto (Brazil), Christian Leduc (Canada), Clémence Demesme (France), Evan Tyler (Canada), Gabriel Soucheyre (France), John Criscitello (US), John Pirard (Belgium), Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Kika Nicolela (Brazil), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Ninja Thyberg (Sweden), noönK (France), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan), Per E Riksson (Sweden), Pila Rusjan (Slovenia), Savio Leite (Brazil), Simone Stoll (Germany), Sojin Chun (South Korea/Canada), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Ulysses Castellanos (El Salvador/Canada)