Moving Stories: an introduction

 EU project 2009-2011 An enquiry into new narrative modes in media-based arts 6 co-operating art organisations as a laboratory for innovation
Six organisations in six different European countries decided to join forces in a 2-year project. Together they selected six artists and invited them to explore new or innovative narrative strategies involving moving images. Each of the partners committed himself to coach one of these artists, from concept to complete realisation, i.e. to support and assist the artist in all matters related to the research, the creation and production of the art work.

6 art organisations:
Co-ordinator:    Contour, Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen (Belgium)) Co-organisers:    EMAF, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (Germany)

6 artists:
6 exhibitions:
INVIDEO, International Exhibition of Video and Cinema beyond, Milan (Italy) OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (Austria) Vidéoformes, Video Art & Digital Cultures, Clermont-Ferrand (France) WRO Art Center, International Media Art Biennial, Wrocław (Poland)

Nicolas Provost (Belgium) Candice Breitz (Germany/South-Africa) MASBEDO (Italy) Rainer Gamsjäger (Austria) Mihai Grecu (France/Roumania) Paweł Janicki (Poland)


The end result of the co-operation is a coherent series of 6 works of art - projections or installations - variations on the same theme, i.e. innovation of narration. They all tell a story with moving images, each in a highly personal artistic way. The six art organisations involved put special energy in an original and accurate presentation of the whole package of art works.


Contour - Malines, Belgium -

Contour Mechelen is an organisation dedicated to art being made in the moving image. Its mission is to promote the creation and exhibition of art in the moving image. Contour is based in Mechelen (Belgium). This historical city has many interesting spaces which can be transformed into intriguing and surprising exhibition venues through considered adaptations.
Every two years, Contour Mechelen organises the Biennial of Moving Image, also known as‘Contour’, the project for which it has become most known. The biennial offers a platform to curators and artists working with different forms of moving image, from film and video to installation. The biennial also stimulates a dialogue between contemporary art and architecture in the city of Mechelen. Almost self- evidently the biennial acquired the format of a circuit, walk through the city centre, thus bringing art in the moving image closer to the public.
In between the biennial, Contour also instigates and produces public projections and installations. Contour has participated in several European projects. Since 2006 it has been developing and coordinating a network of art organisations. Contour is currently the co-ordinator of Moving Stories.


EMAF - European Media Art Festival - Osnabrück, Germany -

EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international media art. As a meeting point for artists, curators, distributors, galleries and an audience of experts the festival in Osnabrück (Germany) has a
great impact on the topics and aesthetics of media art.
Each year the festival offers its visitors a current overview of experimental films, installations, perfor- mances, digital formats and hybrid forms, with content ranging from personal and political subjects to formal experiments to provocative statements from the pulsating area of ‘media art – society’. The festival sees itself as a place of experimentation and as a laboratory where extraordinary works, experi- ments and ventures are created and presented.
Every year an international jury presents at the festival the EMAF Award for a trend-setting work in media art and the ‘Dialogpreis’ of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the promotion of intercul- tural exchange. Furthermore, the jury of the German Federal Association of Film Journalists awards the prize for the best German experimental film.
EMAF also presents cinema: experimental shorts and feature films, music videos, new forms of nar- ration and documentation as well as specials and retrospectives.
EMAF als presents expanded media projects, a media campus and a congress with theoretical de- bates covering the various issues of the festival in talks, workshops, artist presentations and panel dis- cussions.


Invideo - Milano, Italy -

AIACE, or the Italian Association of Arthouse Cinemas, has its headquarters in Milan (Italy). Its aims
are to carry out cinema and audiovisual activities through exhibitions, meetings, publications and mul- timedia projects, stimulate the production of experimental audiovisual works, promote the diffusion and development of audiovisual communication means by offering advice and assistance and orga- nising meetings and exhibitions and promote awareness of the authors of audiovisual works both in Italy and internationally.
AIACE’s largest project is INVIDEO, an international exhibition of video and cinema. Since 1990, INVI- DEO has established itself as an international benchmark for the full range of audiovisual production connected to electronic art and new technologies. From the outset, the aim has been to create a per- manent archive of non-fiction art from around the world, including video art, research, experimental film, video, documentaries, music, theatre, dance video and portraits of artists, based in Milan. Every year, INVIDEO undertakes an in-depth and wide-ranging selection process, after which the most signi- ficant Italian and international works are acquired for the archive and presented to audiences at a major exhibition. As part of this annual event, alongside the rich and varied programme of screenings, there are meetings with video makers, introductory presentations to premieres, debates, retrospectives, per- formances and video installations. Throughout the year, the complete collection of works, acquired since 1990, can be viewed at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, where it is stored.
In recent years, INVIDEO has also focused its attention to the promotion of video makers and their films in Italy and Europe. Thanks to its international team of partners and contributors, today INVIDEO can count on a permanent network of interaction with artists, critics, industry professionals and broad- casting and production centres, creating a truly global—but never uniform—picture of the world and its mutations, with exploration into new languages of expression and new audiovisual horizons.


OK Centrum - Ostereiches Kunst Centrum - Linz, Austria - The OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz (Austria) is a publicly funded institution for contempo- rary art. Its organisers have set themselves an ambitious task; the programs, centring around multime- dia and space-related group or individual projects, focus not merely on the exhibition but also, and
especially, on the production of art works.
The OK Linz was founded in the late 1980s as the ‘Offenes Kulturhaus Linz’ (the ‘Open House of Culture’). The concept of the institution underwent a change, shifting its focus towards internationality and crossover programs. The building went through extensive renovation from 1994 to 1998, and it was adapted to suit its specific purpose as an exhibition and production venue. The house was reope- ned in April 1998.
‘Projects in residence’: a contemporary form of support
The realisation of site-specific artistic projects is supported at the OK Linz all the way from idea to exhibition. The OK initiates projects and supports the in-situ work of artists through various forms of assistance, such as the production staff of the house, including technicians, carpenters and media ex- perts, financial aid and access to infrastructures during the production. The house’s facilities include a sound studio for experimental sound and radio productions plus a well-equipped video studio, which offers possibilities for computer-assisted and professional quality images.
In this way, a public platform and laboratory situation are provided for a generation of usually youn- ger artists working internationally. The OK not only focuses on fine arts; new music, film and perfor- mance form part of a program that is selected on the basis of interdisciplinary innovation and artistic quality. Related symposia, mediation and art education work and live acts all form a network, linking projects and recipients. The projects are documented through catalogues and video and CD produc- tions.
Forming quite a unique concept for the support of art and artists in the region of Upper Austria, the aim is not to do big-name, blockbusting shows, but to form a link between artists who live in the region and others from abroad, by creating possibilities for meaningful confrontation and collaboration within the framework of an exhibition.
Within the system of institutional operations, the OK is distinguished, with its flexible, process-orien- ted structure, as a site of discourse and agency. Curatorship at the OK is supported by an artistic advisory board that changes according to a principle of rotation.
The architecture
Like New York’s PS1, the institution occupies a former school building complex; the building itself, situated in the city centre, dates from the 1930s. In the course of renovation work, an area of 3,300 m2 was adapted (forming an area of 1,700 m2 for exhibition and production) including artist-in-residence apartments and expanded media and material workshops. With an open area of 4,000 m2 in front of the building, the OK can maintain direct access to its urban surroundings for art.


WRO Biennale - Wroclaw, Poland -

Paweł Janicki’s ‘Oceanus’ was produced by the WRO Art Center, a non-profit institution that arose
out of the experiences of the WRO Center for Media Art Foundation. The WRO is the only indepen- dent organisation in Poland specialising in contemporary art, media and technology, and it has been organising the WRO International Media Art Biennale since 1989. The WRO Art Center features regu- lar presentations of contemporary art intertwined with emerging communications technology and processes. The Center offers exhibitions, showings, concerts, screenings, lectures, workshops and pu- blications, featuring both Polish and international art. It is designed for artists, curators, critics and art theoreticians, as well as the wider culture-orientated public, while its original projects cultivating crea- tivity encourage children and teenagers to get acquainted with media art. The WRO Art Center’s aims are to support artistic and educational activities, expand the WRO collection and make it accessible and organise international cultural and intellectual exchanges, by organising residencies for artists and curators, collaborating with international art galleries and institutions and developing and producing new works of media art. An example of this kind of collaboration is the Moving Stories project, carried out with five other partner institutions in Europe. Moving Stories is presented as an exhibition at the 14th WRO International Media Art Biennale ‘Alternative Now’.


TRANSIT - European Young Talents Forum - 1 Sep 2009 > 31 Aug 2011
TRANSIT is funded by the European Union with the culture programme.
The main objective the TRANSIT project is to discover new talents in moving image art and to offer them appropriate developing and presenting facilities on a European level, so that a number of promi- sing artists can make their way, their transit to the art world.
That’s why we are building up a network of art schools who share a well-grounded vision on moving image art and a strong belief in its prospects. The network includes ten outstanding schools in six countries of the European Union. Transit has the ambition to be an European young talents forum. It will create a trans-national mobility of a large number of artists as well as a trans-national circulation of works of art. The theme will be: “Moving Image Art as a Witness” (as an individual memory of past events, as a personal observer and commentator of things happening now, as a visionary of future developments).
The project follows a 2-year plan in which students are given the opportunity to show their work. After local pre-selections in the art schools, there will be a final selection of 26 artist whose art will form the content of two special Transit-exhibitions at the European Media Art Festival and the Vidéoformes in spring of 2011. Six of those students will also get the privilege to to develop their work in the studios of the artists’ centre FLACC in Genk (Belgium).
Coordinator: European Media Art Festival (EMAF) • Osnabrueck, Germany • Attendant: Hermann Nöring ( Co-organizers: Vidéoformes • Clermont-Ferrand, France • Attendant: Gabriel Soucheyre ( FLACC • Genk, Belgium • Attendant: Sarah Indeherberge (