"Chant silencieux" d'Agnès Quillet

50 years : 1st stop in February in Tokyo

The choice of Japan for the first stop of the anniversary of video art was made at first from an historical point of view. The first light camera (the Sony Portapack) was invented there and we all know how decisive was this technological invention in the career of the pioneer of video art, Nam June Paik, who used it in the USA from 1965. But we mustn’t forget that Japan was not only the place where was invented this great technology, but also a breeding ground of artists since the beginning of the seventies, with the foundation of the group “Video Hiroba” , the organisation (with the Sony company) of the first big exhibition in Ginza “Do it yourself kit” in the Sony Building… We red that the Thompson Company declared at that time: “We do not believe in the development of portable video”. Then why did Sony believe in it ? Did the Sony society imagine that artists where going to take it over ? Is the engineer who invented it still alive ? Does Sony have archives about it ? On another hand, the links between Les Instants Vidéo and Japan have been existing for a long time and works of art by artists from Japan were presented regularly in the festival. In february 2012, we had the chance to meet two important characters who gave us another perspective on japanese video art: Hirofumi Sakamoto, media art historian and the artist Kentaro Taki (also member of Tokyo Video Centre). They helped us to discover the richness of video art in Japan, thanks to two DVD: “Vital Signals Early Japanese video art” in the frame of Electronic Arts Intermix (New York) curated by Hirofumi Sakamaoto, “Kikai de Mirukoto : Eye Machine/Seeing by chance. The pioneers of Japanese Video art” by Kentaro Taki. In the end, our encounter with the Franco-Japanese Institute was also decisive and we are partners of their event “Digital choc V2.0 : Territoires numériques” to celebrate video arts.


Monday, 18th – Cinemart – screening Video art and Mediterranean and encounter with Marc Mercier in the frame of the Japan Media Arts Festival.

Tuesday, 19th- Franco-Japanese Institute – screening “A glance at French video art” – round table “Where does video art come from? What about video art today? Where is video art going?” with Ko Nakajima, Michael Goldberg, Kentaro Taki, Sakamoto Hirofumi et Marc Mercier

Wednesday 20th – Franco-Japanese Institute – screening 1: “international video art creation” – screening 2: “Looking at Japan from elsewhere” and encounter with Kawai Masayuki

Thursday, 21st – Ginza Apple Store – screening “South of France video art creation”

February 18th to March 3rd – Franco-Japanese Institute

4 video installations: Yama by Claudia Larcher, Fès (vidéographie aléatoire #01) and Flyingpuppet by Nicolas Clauss, Taburen by Pascal Lièvre

Video art and Mediterranean

Les faiseurs de pluie – Mounir Fatmi (Morocco, 2004) Dansons – Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria/France, 2003) The monoconcept – Nisrine Boukhari (Syria, 2008) Resonances – Ismail Bahri (Tunisia, 2008) Chic point (Fashion for israeli checkpoints) – Sharif Waked (Palestine, 2003) Damage – Rania Stephan (Lebanon, 2009) Corrida urbaine – Marc Mercier (France, 2008) Statement – Lucia Ahmad (Palestine, 2012) Rico in the night – Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine/Belgium, 2007) Exit – Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine, 2009)

For the round table

Videoflashs – Michel Jaffrennou, Patrick Bousquet (France, 1982) Dog duet – William Wegman (USA, 1975) Dog duet – Pascal Lièvre (France, 2009) Solo – Robert Cahen (France,1989) Répons – Marylène Negro (France, 2009) Kolo – Natacha Paganelli (France, 2009) Totinouï – Marc Mercier (France, 2007)

Looking at Japan from elsewhere

Nijuman No Borei (200 000 fantômes) – Jean-Gabriel Périot (France, 2007) Gengo – Pascal Lièvre et Stéphen Sarrazin (France, 2009) みみがキュッとなる (Ears are Dazzled, touched by sound) – Amanda Belantara (USA, 2009) Atome Japon 2002 – François R (France, 2004) Corps flottants – Robert Cahen (France, 1997) Momoshima or the possibility of an island – Collectif_Fact (Switzerland, 2012)

South of France video art creation

Plastic magnetic – Sofi Urbani (France, 2012) Corrida entrevue – Marie Herbreteau (France, 2008) Depressive fighter 1 & 2 – eKrim (France, 2003) Dérive – Inés Wickmann (France/Colombia, 2010) Chant silencieux – Agnès Quillet (France, 2011) Plumerage – Giney Ayme (France, 2006) Le rêve de cachalot – François Lejault (France, 2001) The Road That White Men Tread – Samuel Bester (France, 2008) IPS – Dominique Comtat (France, 2010)

International video art creation

The Great Suds your Duds Robbery – Ira Schneider (USA, 1963) Glucose – Mihai Grecu et Thibault Gleize (Romania/France, 2012) (In) – Mikko Kallinen (Finland, 2011) Link – Nelly-Eve Rajotte (Quebec, 2009) At the museum – Susanne Wiegner (Germany, 2012) Zindan – Shaarbek Amankul (Kyrgyzstan, 2007) Combo – Max Philipp Schmid (Switzerland,1995) 五行:《火》(Wu Xing : huo) – Jac Min (Singapore, 2011) Displacement – Liliana Resnick (Croatia, 2012) Traces of Places – Roddy Simpson (Scotland, 2011) 10’