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April in Egypt

April in Egypt

3rd stop in the celebration of 50 years of video arts

A cooperation Bibliothèca Art Center and Les Instants Vidéo to create the first Video art festival in Alexandria.

The story behind

Since 2009, Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques have been developing cooperations projects on video and digital art with Egyptian partners, cultural organisations and artists :
– 2009: together with ZINC, the project Memory and Futurism in Alexandria and Cairo – a workshop (video as well as more a theoretical approach) following the path of Marinetti (born in Alexandria and founder of Futurism movement), and video art screenings in different spaces;
– 2010: 3 evenings of international video art screenings in the Bibliotheca in Alexandria and one in the French Cultural Center in Cairo;
– 2011: presentation of works of art and invitation of artists from Egypt to the 24th edition of the festival Les Instants Vidéo in Marseilles, and in Palestine in the frame of the festival /si:n/ co-organised by the Qattan Foundation (among others).
– 2012: presentation of video art works and video installations in Marseilles and participation in 4 evenings of screenings and conferences in the Bilbliothéca Art Center in Alexandria.

At the end of this last event, Les IV and Marc Henine (in charge of the temporary exhibition for the Bibliotheca) decided to strengthen their collaboration with the organisation of an international exhibition of video art installations in April 2013. Then, in collaboration with Ahmed Nabil (in charge of the programming of the Art Center), was decided to enlarge the project with screenings and conferences. That how was born the idea of organising the first video art festival in Alexandria. The aim of the festival is to promote video art to a general audience as well as young artists; to defend video and multimedia Egyptian artists and to support exchanges, confrontations and thought about art, images, new technologies. Les Instants Vidéo will be active in such an initiative, in supporting the circulation of the works of art between the two sides of the Mediterranean sea, and also in the countries in the south banks with whom we have been working since years (Palestine, Lebanon, Algeria, Morrocco…). The School of art from Aix-en-Provence, France (Labofictions), together with Transvercités / plateforme Yasmin /Rami (France) will hold an international workshop in the Alexandria Faculty of Fine Arts, from April 14th to 20th.

Likewater
Like water – Taysir Batniji (Palestine, 2008)

April, 18th to May, 20th
Exhibition of video installations, Bibliotheca Art center

Thursday, april 18th

1.00pm
Opening
Like water – Taysir Batniji (Palestine, 2008)
Comment écrire au-dessus des nuages ? – François Lejault (France, 2012)
Fès (vidéographie aléatoire #01) – Nicolas Clauss (France, 2012)
Once Upon A Time… – Hakeem b (Algeria/France, 2007)
The milkmaid – Mariana Vassileva (Bulgaria/Germany,)
L-INK – Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel (France, 2010) –
Between – Nisrine Boukhari (Syria, 2009)
2026 – Maha Maamoun (Egypt, 2010)
Le défilé – Samar Elbarawy (Egypt, 2012)
The escape – Samar Elbarawy (Egypt, 2012

7.00pm
A conversation between Marc Henine (in charge of the temporary exhibitions) and Marc Mercier (artistic director of Les Instants Vidéo)
Encounters with the artists exhibiting their works: Samar Elbarawy, Maha Maamoun, François Lejault, Nicolas Clauss…

8.30pm
Screening for the “50 years of video arts: a tribute to Nam June Paik”
Nam June’s First Tape – Roland Baladi (France, 1989) 20’
Global Groove – Nam June Paik (USA/Corea, 1973) 28’30

Saturday, april 20th

7.00pm
An encounter with Nicolas Clauss “Le spectator at work”
Presentation of some of his works underlying the immersive and generative writing of his creations..
http://www.nicolasclauss.com

8.00pm
An encounter with François Lejault “Tomorrow, the light will be beautiful”
To film is to try each time to remember the crazy and unconscious strengh of the first time. With extract from the films Leda, Dongba, Journal d’inquiétude, Casa.

9.00pm
Screening “Around the video art world, from yesterday to nowadays”
The monoconcept – Nisrine Boukhari (Syria, 2008) 5’40
Statement – Lucia Ahmad (Palestine, 2012) 1’59
Kolo – Natacha Paganelli (France, 2009) 4’17
Combo – Max Philipp Schmid (Switzerland,1995) 7’
Dog duet – William Wegman (USA, 1975) 2’38
Dog duet – Pascal Lièvre (France, 2009) 2’59
Steps – Zbig Rybczynski (USA/Poland, 1987) 25’07

Alexandrie

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