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30th edition (1988 – 2017) of the Festival Les Instants Video

30th edition (1988 – 2017) of the Festival Les Instants Video

Editorial

We dedicated to our friends who died too early Phil Spectrum (musician / Leda Atomica) and Jean-Paul Curnier (philosopher).

30 years that our desires are disorders
30 years that we break through cultural, social and economic barriers
30 years that together with the artists, we draw escape plans
30 years that we forge networks of international poetic and political complicities

We are celebrating therefore in 2017, 30 years of poelitic intercontinental video agitations in 30 events without borders (Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Argentina, Italy, France…) and in a completely undisciplined way (art spaces, social spaces…)…
Together with our partners, we are building enlightening spaces of resistance to human, mercantile, warlike, xenophobic… stupidity. Video art is savoir + savours. Indeed, the world “savoir” in french comes from the latin world sapere: (to dare) to know or to savour. In other words, what has no savour can’t be a knowledge, it is junk food, reader’s digest content, or any other insipid ready-made thinking that turn our brain into big fat bellies.

By the fall, we reached Marseille, our launchpad and home base. A month of November spiced up with exhibitions of video installations, screenings, performances, round tables, concerts, spread in 11 spots: FRAC (Regional collection of contemporary art), Gallery Deux, SARA (working with persons in exile), ADPEI (Social economy), Cinema Les Variétés, Friche la Belle de Mai, La Fosse (Artists atelier), ARI (working at the integration of mentally handicapped persons), Italian Cultural Institute, Canopé (Library resource centre for teachers) and Vidéodrome 2 (Alternative cinema). The “official” opening (to new possibles) will take place on November 10, at the cinema Les Variétés, which name is so relevant in expressing the flavour of the hybrid world we demand.
On your way, you will surely meet our guest from Libya who, together with our partners from the REF (French Euromed Network) and La Ligue de l’Enseignement share an issue of very great concern: how to have our cultural and poetic rights enforced regardless of our social, mental or physical living conditions?

Warm greetings to the social activists, to all our welcoming partners, to all the artists who again this year offered their art works without any salary (because of ever growing funding shortage) for providing to the public a cultural service that must resist the commodification of art and bodies. And indeed, all the entrance to the festival are free of charge.
Long live to the International of wounded and happy, singing and multicoloured seagulls, whose wingbeats will blow out the 30 candles of the festival, critically digital and madly poetical.

Marc Mercier
(Translation Naïk M’Sili)

From November, 10th to 16th 2017 : International encounters (screenings, performances, round tables)
Cinema Les Variétés, Friche la Belle de Mai, La Fosse, ARI, Italian Cultural Institut
* Opening of the festival on Friday, 10th at 6pm at les Variétés
* Opening of the exhibition on Saturday, 11th at 1pm at La Friche la Belle de Mai

From November, 2nd to December 10th 2017: Exhibition of installations, performances, screenings
FRAC PACA, Gallery Deux, SARA, ADPEI, Friche la Belle de Mai, Vidéodrome 2, Canopé

More info coming soon…

 

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