“The starting-point of critical elaboration is the product of the historical process to date which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory…. Therefore it is imperative at the outset to compile such an inventory.” Antonio Gramsci. It is about questioning the diverse evolutions of video art, from its birth up to nowadays, taking into account the technological, aesthetic, cultural and political contexts. This very strong relation work of art – context is underlined in the title given to the event: Video art has been invented by the children of the 2nd World War and it is a contemporary art… of arabic revolutions and the Greek tragedy. If tributes will be returned to certain pioneers (Paik, Vostell, Averty, Godard, Forest, Sambin, Cahen, their works will be broadcast with those of less visible artists on the international scene of the contemporary art. To explore vidéographies less known,others propositions will be developed in time and space which are entitled ” Terrhistoires of the video arts “: Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland(Swiss), Quebec …
Instants Video are not intended to be exhaustive showcase of the video art history . Each of the events that we produce are so many composed acts.. The festival is designed as a laboratory of experimentation of scenery, stories, works and words … The way we look at the past of the video art is also oriented towards our present and future. This is from a territory (Marseille and the Mediterranean) and time (ours, the Arab revolutions and the current Greek tragedy) that we question an artistic practice. . That is why for the occasion, we asked the multimedia video artist
to create a work entitled : ” Moon is the first tv “, in reference to a statement of Nam June Paik. Tragic and joyful work in which “selected pieces” of video will have survived from war and economic disaster but also from the generalised amnesia. To mark this event, Les Instants Vidéo have asked a French pioneer of digital arts,
Michael Gaumnitz to create the poster.
Mapping of the event
The public is invited to travel through several areas of the Friche Belle de Mai: a sensitive human poetinerary within areas of the Friche divided into several districts (of the moon and the fight).
Exposed districts (five districts)
welcome the video installations by Dominik Barbier (Fr), Taysir Batniji (Palestine), Nisrine Boukhari (Syria), Robert Cahen (Fr), Samar Elbarawy (Egypt), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco), Fred Forest (Fr), Jean-François Guiton (Germany), Catherine Ikam and Louis Fléri (Fr), Haleh Jamali (Iran), Fernando Lancellotti (Argentina), Pierre Lobstein (Fr), Raeda Saadeh (Palestine), Kentaro Taki (Japan), Bill Viola (USA), Max Philipp Schmidt(Switzerland), Toni Mestrovic (Croatia), Kacha Legrand (Fr), Sophie Urbani (Fr), Richard Skryzak (Fr), Marianne Strapatsakis (Greece), Rocchus Aust (Germany), Roland Baladi (Fr), Michele Sambin (Italy), Jean-Pierre Senelier (Fr).(From November 7th to 30th – Opening 7 at 5.30)
The historic district
where to visit the “anarchives of memory from here and elsewhere, from yesterday and now” : works by Thierry Kuntzel (Fr), Chris Marker (Fr), portals GAMA and 24/25 : access to 28 European video and multimedia archives (France, Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic) : historical documents, references and links, works of arts (or extracts) The district of hybrid emigrations to discover “Terrhistories of videos arts, plural and singular”: consultation of international video programs, historic and recent ones: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Equator, France, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Island, India, Kirghizstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Peru, Quebec, Switzerland… (From November 8th to 17th)
The district under the baobab tree
with its “garden of the theories, sensibilities and practices ” where every day artists, critics, curators will discuss with the audience about the issues of archiving, broadcasting, video arts origins, television, artistic exchanges in Mediterranean. (From November 8th to 11th)
The district free of Rights
intersection cosmopoetic where meet artists and public non-aligned on the market criteria. Video screenings. International encounters. Performances by Rocchus Aust (Germany), Fatima Miranda (Spain), Pascal Lièvre (France), Masayuki Kawai (Japan), Michele Sambin (Italie), Nisrine Boukhari (Syrie), Guido’Lu (Belgium). (From November 7th to 11th) Traduction Emmanuel Trime