The city is all together the shop-window of the European Cultural Capitals but also, and above all the headquarter of Vidéographie. Since a few year, the City of Liege expressed its will to become the window of the Capitals of Culture. The idea was born in 2007, with the intention to create links between Liege and the different Capitals of Culture up to 2015, in order to set up Liege as a pilot-city for Cultural diversity and the crossroads of european cultures. “The idea is to build each year a partnership with the the European Capital, explained the Deputy-mayor Jean-Pierre Hupkens. A 2 levels partnership: on one hand, the organisation of cultural projects in Liege that come in echo to those of the Capital, and on the other hand, the highlight of our local artists in the European Capital“.

Vidéographie yesterday

The TV program Vidéographie, made on the RTBF-Liege television between 1976 and 1986 was a unique pilot experience, that followed the issues raised by the media itself. An exceptional experience, quite pioneer and, when looking backward, one would say foolish and unthinkable, but which managed to gather in at least 135 programs, a large number of the most important “names” in video art (Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Fred Forest, Wolf Vostel, etc.) and activist video (the brothers Dardenne, Jean-Claude Riga).

Vidéographie today

Enriched by this heritage, televisual as well as of internationally renowned video art creations, Vidéographie is coming back with the suffix 21, for 21st century. In this time of digital technologies, the new TV programmes will represent many windows on the contemporary creation. Each programme will be made in two parts : the first one will present an emerging artist, and the second part will open on the amazing archives of the old programmes. Some interviews will complete the programme to show the vitality of contemporary creation. In March, Vidéographie offers 3 evenings to celebrate 50 years of video arts, in the cinema Sauvenière:

1 Carte blanche to Vidéographie and Argos and 2 Cartes blanches to Les Instants Vidéo. Tuesday, 19th – Carte blanche to Vidéographie and Argos Wednesday, 20th – Carte blanche to Les Instants Vidéo (1/2) “Dialogues with pioneers of video art” Thursday, 21st – Carte blanche to Les Instants Vidéo (2/2) “Video art and Mediterranean”

Dialogues with pioneers of video art

El sol en tu cabeza – Gustavo Kortsarz (Argentina, 2008 ) 4’ The reflecting pool – Bill Viola (USA, 1979) 7’ The reflecting pool – Pascal Lièvre (France, 2005) 1’12 Dog duet – William Wegman (USA, 1975) 2’38 Dog duet – Pascal Lièvre (France, 2009) 2’59 Pamela,  pour toujours – Alain Bourges (France, 2003) 35’ Totinouï – Marc Mercier (France, 2007) 13’

Exit - Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine)

Video art and Mediterranean

The monoconcept – Nisrine Boukhari (Syria, 2008) 5’40 Resonances – Ismail Bahri (Tunisia, 2008) 7’ Chic point (Fashion for israeli checkpoints) – Sharif Waked (Palestine, 2003) 7’ Damage – Rania Stephan (Lebanon 2009) 2’ Corrida urbaine – Marc Mercier (France, 2008) 3’15 Rico in the night – Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine/Belgium, 2007) 8’10 Run Lara run – Larissa Sansour (Palestine, 2008) 2’ Exit – Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine, 2009) 10’ Les faiseurs de pluie – Mounir Fatmi (Morocco, 2004) 6’ Dansons – Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria/France, 2003) 5’58 followed an hour later and on the TV channel RTC-TéléLiège by Aca Nada – Gianni Toti (Italia,1998) 27’