Since the mid-1990s, Berlin-based South African artist Candice Breitz (Born in Johannesburg in 1972) has produced a body of work treating various aspects of the structure of identity and psychological identification. Since 1999, she has predominantly created multi-channel video installations, in which the relationship between an individual channel of footage and the larger grid of moving imagery provides a space in which to think about the relationship between individual and community. Central to her work is the question of how an individual ‘becomes’ him or herself in relation to a larger community, be that community the immediate community that one encounters in family, or the real and imagined communities that are shaped not only by questions of national belonging, race, gender and religion, but also by the increasingly undeniable influence of mainstream media such as television, cinema and popular music.
Candice Breitz has been a Professor of Fine Art at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig since 2007.
In recent years solo exhibitions of her work have been hosted by the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), De Appel (Amsterdam), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Collection Lambert (Avignon), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), White Cube (London), and Bawag Foundation (Vienna). During 2009, she presented solo exhibitions of her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Power Plant (Toronto), Yvon Lambert (NYC) and during 2010 at Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz), Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Espoo), White Cube (London) and STUK Leuven (Leuven).
Justine Emard was born in Beaumont in 1987. She developed an interest for video and images at the age of 10 when she discovered her parents’VHS camera. A student at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Clermont Métropole (ESACM), she studied in Oklahoma City (USA) in 2008, which ended up being a turning point in the development of her practical experience and reflection. Her videos were presented on two occasions during the Vidéoformes festival in a selection of ESACM student submissions. In 2010, she was awarded the DNSEP (Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique).
Maurice Falise was born on May 14, 1956 in Yssingeaux. A painter since 1973, he has presented his videos and participated in many personal and collective exhibitions in France and abroad: Festival d’Hérouville-St Clair (1988) ; Festival VIDEOFORMES (1991 - 1992) ; Search for Art, Milan, (1998) ; Festival du Court-Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand ; Festival du Film d’Aubagne ; 8th BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Brooklyn Museum ; SAN GIO FESTIVAL, Verona, Morbegno Festival, Italy ; Festival Internacional de FILMET DE BADALONA, Barcelona, International Izmir Short Film, Turkey (2005 - 2006) ; Showroom Galerie Gastaud (2009) ; Chantal Mercier, Antique dealer - Festival Vidéoformes (2009)
Rainer Gamsjäger (born in 1974 in Bad Ischl, Austria) graduated in 1993 from Höhere Tech- nische Bundeslehranstalt für Graphic/Design in Graz (Austria). In 2003, Gamsjäger held a foreign exchange scholarship in Berlin Weißensee and in 2007 he graduated form the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz / Experimental Design, Her- bert Lachmayer.
In his work, Gamsjäger focuses on video ins- tallations, taken not as a sequence of images but as three-dimensional spaces. The landscapes
that are the point of departure for his works are elaborated using software created by the artist himself. Starting from the idea of the digital space formed by the video, the linear sequence can be totally restructured by computer graphics, crea- ting irritating but at the same time comforting distortions.
Rainer Gamsjäger is presented in a series of international exhibitions and festivals.
Mihai Grecu was born in Romania in 1981. After studying art and design in Romania and France, he has been pursuing his artistic research at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts. Recurring topics such as environment, water, city life and war articulate the whole of his exploration of mysterious and subconscious beginnings. These visual and poetic trips, mix several techniques and styles and may be seen as propositions for a new dream oriented technology.
His work hes been shown in numerous film festivals (Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal, Videoformes) and exhibitions ("Dans la nuit, des images" at the Grand Palais, "Labyrinth of my mind" at Le Cube, "Studio" at "Les Filles du Calvaire" Gallery, etc).
Felix Grünschloß was born in Stuttgart in 1977. He received a degree in civil engineering, German studies and journalism before taking up his course in media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 2006, where he has studied under Mischa Kuball, Elger Esser, Armin Linke, Michael Clegg and Isaac Julien.
He lives in Karlsruhe and works as a freelance photographer to finance his art projects.
His work has been shown at the Luminale, Frankfurt a. M. (D), Nam June Paik Award, Cologne (D), 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (KR), Galeria Contemporaneo Mestre, Venice (IT), Freies Museum, Berlin (D) and the Kunstraum Morgenstrasse, Karlsruhe (D), among others. 2011 Upcoming shows are Videoformes, Clermont- Ferrand (FR), EMAF, Osnabrück (D) and „five in a row“, Kunstraum Morgenstrasse Karlsruhe (D).
Paweł Janicki (born in 1974 in Poland) creates interactive audiovisual environments, installations and performances, often utilising motion detection systems, and focussing
mainly on microsound aesthetics and algorithmic composition. Janicki, who majored in cultural studies at Wrocław University (Poland), has been working with the WRO Art Center since the late 1990s
as a curator and the head of R&D. He also teaches in the Intermedia Department of the University of Arts in Poznań, as well as giving lectures and holding workshops on the programming of
interactive systems. In 2004, his internet mu- sical performance ‘Ping Melody’ was awarded the ‘netarts.org’ grand prize by the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo (Japan), and was
nominated for an award at the Viper International Film, Video and New Media Festival in Basel (Switzerland). Janicki is a co-founder and long-time member of the Gameboyzz Orchestra Project, a
collective exploring ‘lo-fi’ aesthetics, using computer gaming consoles to create audiovisual compositions; their work has been presented at the WRO Media Art Biennale (Wrocław, Poland), the
Transmediale festival (Berlin, Germany), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France).
Janicki’s new interactive audiovisual installation ‘Mapping Chopin’ was part of the exhibition ‘Where’s Chopin?’, presented in September 2010 at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival (Warsaw, Poland) and at the Dilston Grove Gallery (Southwark Park, London, UK). In the immersive environment of the installation, various musical parameters of Chopin’s compositions—the dynamic range, tempo and articulation—are linked with data from a motion detection system, generating phrases and longer passages.
MASBEDO is a name that combines segments from the duo’s two members: Nicolò Massazza (Milan 1973) - Iacopo Bedogni (Sarzana 1970), who live and work in Milan. They exhibit in museums internationally and take part in various different film festivals (Locarno, Rome, Trieste, Lisbon, Athens, Bologna, etc…).
From the very beginning their artistic development has been transversal and multidisciplinary, involving them in various joint projects with writers (Aldo Nove, Michel Houellebecq), musicians (Marlene Kuntz, Gianni Maroccolo, Eugenio Finardi, Vittorio Cosma), film actors (Juliette Binoche, Ernesto Mahieux) actors working in live theatre or dance theatre (Erna Omarsdottir, Ramon Tares, Fura dels Baus).
Born in 1981 in St. Etienne, a graduate of School of Fine Arts of Strasbourg and from Fresnoy. Awarded the Rhône Alpes writing grant for the film La fin du monde (The End of the World), the Dicréam grant for design and project production, and an individual grant from the DRAC Ile de France for Hôtel/Série (Hotel/Series).
Stéfan Piat (1979) lives and work in Brussel. Graduated from the school of art of Aix-en-Provence in 2005. he is actually part of the postgraduate program Transmedia in St-Lukas Brussel. His work have been presented in such venues as Arborescence, Acces-s, Videoformes, Q-O2, Sint-Lukasgalerie. Working with various mediums as interactive video, photography, or sound. It starts with the observation of events, and try to think the spatial and temporal potentiality of an image.
Ilse Proost was born in 1987 in Turnhout, Belgium. Where she lives and works. She is a performance and video maker. Ilse Proost is fascinated by the process of making art. She manipulates this process by creating certain rules and restrictions for herself. Very different than limit herself to one particular medium or particular style. It appeared that these rules not only stimulate inventiveness, original application form and a different kind of thinking. The rules work as a motor, a driving force in the evolution of her work. The introduction of a rule leeds to creativity.
Nicolas Provost is a filmmaker and visual artist and recently moved back to Belgium after a 10 years stay in Norway. He now lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His work is broadcasted, screened and exhibited worldwide on both visual art platforms and film festivals and has earned a long list of awards and screenings at prestigious festivals as among others The Sundance Film Festival, The San Francisco International Filmfestival, Cinevegas, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Viennale, The Locarno Film Festival.
His work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. It intends to walk on the fine line between dualities and balances between the grotesque and the moving, beauty and cruelty, the emotional and the intellectual. Time and again his phantasmagorias provoke both recognition and alienation and succeed in catching our expectations into an unravelling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative language is analysed, accents are shifted and new stories are told.
August Sai (1983) is an artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. August graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts, painting. He is currently continuing his studies in an MA program. His work centres around the question of how identities are formed and how different identities can be transformed by information.