The FOCUS video programmes pay tribute to reknown arts, 'young' artists, the production of a guest country or of a label. They are all curated by guest curators.
In RITUAL GAME – VIDEO TRIBUTE, Nam June Paik pays tribute to John Cage with the installation : « Cage in Cage ».
RITUAL GAME – VIDEO TRIBUTE is a documentary about video art and music, the Fluxus movement and the artistic performances associated with it. It’s about the idea of time, cyclical time (life-death-rebirth). It’s about images and symbols.
« The rejection of Pop art and the Fluxus movement signalled the beginning of the Sixties.
What will signal the Seventies?
VIDEO – VIDEA – VIDIOT – VIDEOLOGY. »
Nam June Paik
A shimmering chaos narrates the evolution from video art to multimedia between 1991 and 1995 in France, Germany and Poland.
In A shimmering chaos video art evolves into multimedia, Ko Nakajima dreams of a Zen landscape using nature with technology and Klaus Von Bruch provokes us to see television news differently. Nam June Paik imagines a « Direct Contact Art » which is able to transmit various signals to many parts of the head and brain in order to stimulate our imaginations. He invites us to assume an « orbital position » in relation to satellite art or to immerse ourselves in an amiotic liquid with video in order to be reborn in a digital universe.
The ZKM’s Multimediale 4 creates a new experimental landscapae with immersive and interactive installations. The WRO Media art Biennale 1995 in Wroclaw leads us to experience sounds and music. In this virtual reality, to communicate is possible via the Internet. For Douglas Davis, it’s the way to increase the power of our subjective presence in the « other reality ». In this voyage through time, some poetic and personal text messages are sent.
In the 90s, after studying cinema in Paris Véronique Mouysset, began artistic research into video art and electro-acoustic music.
In association with Grand Canal, she made two videos Nam Jean Paik-June Paul Fargier and Autopsy (Videoformes’ award in 1994). Since then, she has collaborated on numerous websites: synesthesie.com. Since 2000, she has worked with Christian Zanési, a composer with the Music Research Group, INA/ GRM, on a video-concert Metallic constructions). She has made a documentary, a portrait of Pierre Henry Faidivertissimo. She is currently engaged in a music installation video project EDIFICE.
“Performances have existed for a century now. Their authors are not eternal, yet their intentions remain and speak to following generations. No matter the cultural slide and the misunderstandings caused by the context and tools, the important thing is the how contemporaries approach the energy and spirit produced at a moment in history. John Cage accompanied the Fluxus movement. His taste for life and the unexpected is at the heart of his esthetic. Art is a principle of existence and surprise is the essence of it. It’s the Heraclitean river, always the same, always different, the observer also disturbing the scene.
The evening Cage Suite was conceived with this principle in mind, a random game of editing and of sound that brings together 15 musician-artists around the emblematic work 4’33”. Wondering about duration and silence, intuition brought him to hear his body and choose a duration that makes sense in performances in terms of average attention spans. But 4’33” is 273 seconds which are a multiple of 91 that can be broken down into the prime factors 13 and 7… 273 = 3x (7x13) = 3x91.
The Cage Suite team proposes random editing controlled by a computer application, with an algorithm that puts together a collection of video recordings that last 7”, 13”, and 91”. Thinking theoretically about the project, we were delighted with the result. The intuition and luck of John Cage connected with our taste for “chaotic” symmetries. “Good quality” prime numbers can serve as a constant to an experimental video project.
Similar to a dialogue with the artist after his death, this evening is a sequel that goes beyond generations, showing how ideas and concepts are instruments against entropy and the dilution of the world”. Stéphane Trois Carrés
LIST of PARTICIPANTS
Video : Robert CAHEN Gérard CAIRASCHI Robert CROMA Jean-Paul FARGIER Niklas HALBERG Alain LONGUET Véronique MOUYSSET Kika NIKOLELA Stina PEHRSDOTTER Jacques PERCONTE Triny PRADA John SANBORN Gabriel SOUCHEYRE Stéphane TROIS CARRES Anders WEBERG
Sound : Cécile BABIOLE Marie Sylviane BUZIN Alain CURE Laura FERNANDEZ Juliette GALAMEZ Frédéric LE JUNTER Octavio LOPEZ Natalia MALLO Genevieve MORGAN Enrique RAMIREZ Hélène SAGE Michael SZPAKOWSKI Franck VIGROUX
MADATAC aims to take the pulse on what is new in the international ever-changing environment and on each edition put forward an attention-grabbing and inspirational theme. With this special selection for Videoformes Festival, on one hand we wanted to make a caustic, peculiar, critical and enticing tribute to video art works where oneiric and verity visions collide with intense organic textures and are expanded towards heterogeneous ways of watching unveiled body, landscapes and forgotten emotions, while on the other we have opened the Pandora’s box of cybernetic culture that enables radical new processes to storm the audiovisual creation, conquering screens with groundbreaking pixels and a re-assimilation of the relationship between art, matter and technology.
Lot's shadow / Albert Merino / Espagne / 2010 / 6'29
A visual reflection on the means of inhabiting an empty space through gestures. The same character takes on different, contrasting roles and develops a mime based on slow, expressive movements. The space is thus transformed into a succession of moods, often disturbing or alarming. Certain passages from Antonin Artaud's 'Theatre of Cruelty' were used as a starting point for this piece, which gives a visual form to some of the ideas contained within that text.
Aphasia volutia / Danny Warner / USA / 2012 / 1'59
As the bio-tech era dawns, this short experimental work explores our bared physical scaffolding. Tiny, nanoscopic, biotechnological machines, pulsing with energy, boring holes; tendrils creeping along, quietly going about their unknown business within a vast bodyscape of porous bone and watery ligament. Aphasia Volutia slips along the edge between organism and technology, where nanoforms quietly manipulate the electrical and biochemical impulses through which we sense (and make sense of) the worlds within and around us.
Develop - Movement n°1 / David Rodriguez / Espagne / 2011 / 3'
The process of travelling across a terrain conditioned by the projection of Cartesian geometry at the point where the landscape becomes concentric. A reconstruction of the fractioned memory of this journey. Filmed in Antarctica.
Geostrategic drama at the 38 parallel / Rafaël / Belgique-Corée du Sud / 2012 / 3'25
This work is part of BOM ('Spring' in Korean). It follows KYOUL (Winter), the first part of a 1 year live-cinema project made in Korea. It was shot on an island, near the Korean demilitarized zone.
Ordinary compulsions / Vincent Ciciliato / France / 2011 / 18'10
A character in the distance, in a dark empty space. He comes to the foreground, agitated, as if embarrassed by his clothes. Then a chair appears: a first object with which the subject can make
contact. Here begins a strange history of a lonely, isolated and independent body, grappling with it inner compulsions and an enigmatic territory populated with actor-objects: a chair, a door, a
coat rack, a sink… Each character is a specific compulsion personified (checking, washing, scratching, etc.), invading a space that is becoming more limited and constrained. A strange machine is
set up with repetitive movements, absurd and increasingly frightening.
Neonova / Fernado Garcia Malmierca / Espagne / 2012 / 8'55
Neonova aims to construct or simulate future human evolution. The beings represented here are taller, their spinal curve more pronounced and their skull oversized; they are completely bald and their toes are atrophied. This may be the natural logic of evolution but, most of all, the piece deals with genetic engineering. In this sense, Neonova explores the ethical and existential challenges we face, along with the dilemmas which arise from being able to modify that which is human, altering our natural evolution, from which we are increasingly removed.
Miss Candace Hilligloss' flickering halo / Italie / 2011 / 13'30
The Beginning is an American film noir from the early 60s : disemboweled, tortured and "detourned" images organize themselves into precarious and evolving structures, intertwined in multiple,
twisted plots in a state of permanent collapse. The aim is to incite the explosion of a closed system through a battery of audiovisual implosions. Forget what you see while you are actually
watching it, and soak in a vibrating, optical ancestry. It’s a film against the dialectical opposites in cinema, assembled according to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the use of the
phenomenon of retinal persistence as an expressive tool.
Taxonomy 5 / Isabel Perez Del Pulgar / Espagne / 2012 / 4'29
This work is part of the Taxonomy Project, made up of five videos and a photo series. It is defined as the study of links between organisms and their evolutionary history. Beyond this definition, within a framework for scientific classification or management, the artist addresses the relationship between the body, as an organic element, and its diverse realities. Fractured realities, mirrors that reflect a subjective image. Subjectivity dependent on individual perception, on the fragile and ephimeral nature of the body's structure and direct communication with one's consciousness. At the same time, awareness and knowledge of the finite, of decadence.
Flux / Candas Sisman / Turquie / 2010 / 4'43
Digital animation inspired by the structural features of work by sculptor, İlhan Koman, such as Pi, 3D Moebius, Whirlpool and To Infinity. A red circle is morphologically transformed, re-interpreting the formal approach of Koman’s creations. A sphere is developed from a two-dimensional circle, creating a piece which does not resemble Pi, but is true to its design principle, following through the flow of a circle into a sphere. By integrating the sounds of various materials which Koman used in his sculptures, Flux turns into an impressive spatial experience.
Self destruction for eternity / Wei-Ming Ho / Taïwan / 2011 / 6'
Who decides who is good or evil? Who decides who lives or dies? Who will be the next victim? The calm before the storm. Is it an illusion? Or are there dark realities and tragic flaws hidden
behind the scenes?
Using machinima to record the process of playing games, this video correlates elements from different games and remixes them in order to re-comprehend them in a different way.
Kisito Assangni is a Togolese artist and curator who trained at Lomé and Paris. Currently living between London, Paris and Lomé, his artworks primarily question post-globalisation impact and psychogeography, a concept defined in 1955 by the French writer and situationist Guy Debord. His projects have been shown internationally, including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Arnot Art Museum, New York; Torrance Art Museum,CA, USA; Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Museo/Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Switzerland; Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland among others.
In 2012, Assangni attended Museology courses at David Roberts Art Foundation, London given by Dr Glenn Adamson (Head of research, Victoria & Albert Museum, London) and Prof. Carol Siegel (Director, Freud Museum, London).
Kisito is the founder/curator of Time is Love Screening and [SFIP] project - Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy.
Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy is a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art. It seeks to bring viewers closer to
idiosyncratic readings of African video art and its thematic concerns which are largely ignored.
This programme presents a selection of African video art that stands beyond the clichés that remain associated with the dark continent and the postcolonial image.
‘Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy’ contextualises African video art within a larger cultural framework.
From experimental video to short film, this show focuses on aesthetic and methodological perspectives of fighting ignorance and intellectual perfidy in contemporary African art.
Black brain / Dimitri Fagbohoun / 2011 / Benin / 3'58
Through this video, Dimitri invites us to question our memory, the weight of our actions and our amnesia. He thus allows us to face our own inertia in front of the mutations of the world.
Buttons / Wanja Kimani / 2012 / Kenya / 2'07
Buttons act as objects of memory for the artist; connecting her to an absent friend and the memories they shared. The suceptibility to romanticization; vulnerability to subjective selection and the ability to evolve are innate qualities of memories. They exist in the present; bridging the gap between the past and the future in a place where truth is simultaneously hidden and revealed.
Gela 2 / Ezra Wube / 2010 / Ethiopia / 2'
Gela 2 is about time, place and memory. It's in a continuous dialogue between here and there, tradition and modernity.
Host / Johan Thom / 2010 / South Africa / 4'40
Cette vidéo a été filmée au Musée d'Anatomie du Royal Veterinary College à Londres. Le spectateur devient le témoin d'une rencontre intime entre moi et les spécimens contenus dans les bocaux de verre du musée, pour la plupart des restes d'animaux, d'humains.
Interiority Fresco IV / Michele Magema / 2010 / DR Congo / 2'31
The video talks about the kiss of Narcisse. The artist's relationship with the stories, and the History also allow her to invent a critical posture to dismember better what holds place of a widely shared representation, and what came to replace the History: the exoticism.
In the farm / Kokou Ekouagou / 2012 / Togo / 1'23
This piece narrative is propelled by a desire to reflect on the classifications and constructs of everyday reality.
Kwa Baba rithi undugu / Rehema Chachage / 2010 / Tanzania / 4'30
Kwa Baba rithu undugu explores the themes of "voices" and "voicelessness". This intentional "break in transmission" therefore leaves the viewers with two choices; to either ignor the content of the work-that they may perhaps not even understand or relate to (which seems to often be the fate for the voiceless individual)-or to try to listen and engage with what is being said by this voice that speaks from a place of "difference".
Le petit berger / Saidou Dicko / 2011 / Burkina Faso / 5'14
Saidou uses a shadow subject to invoke the subject matter and emotion he wishes to portray.
Metamorphosis of the linguist # 2 / Said Afifi / 2012 / Morocco / 4'59
Nietzsche's "Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits" (1878) is the base of the artwork's research, to interactively reconstruct and reflect on its meaning, together with the public.
Myopia / Nicene Kossentini / 2008 / Tunisia / 3'13
This experimental piece is a poetic interpretation of the fugacity of time and interpretation. Mindful for her heritage and past, Kossentini seeks to uncover the lost relationships and buried truths of her culture and origins.
Oil man / Samba fall / 2008 / Senegal / 1'
Fall uses in general the creative freedom provided by digital animation in order to examine and reflect upon human behaviour.
Shadow of my shadow / Victor Mutelekesha / 2009 / Zambia / 3'41
Shadow of my shadow was created to reflect illusion of existence. The individuals in the back layer of the videos exist within the Norwegian African diaspora and are well integrated in the Norwegian way of life (so we think) but the allure of what they were once was denies them a complete sense of belonging while at the same time the feeling of complete "belonging" gets constant jolts from not so often but powerful acts of cruelty by individuals like Anders Behring Breivik targeting the supposedly multiculturalism and liberal policies of Norway, such acts reminds you that you don't really belong.
STOP! / Jude Anogwih / 2010 / Nigeria / 2'04
Stop interrogates the concept of identity, mobility and migration.