Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques (Marseille) in partnership with the A. M. Qattan Foundation, the French-German Cultural Centre, the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre (Ramallah), are organising the third edition of /si:n/ festival of video art & performance. Taking place during Ramadan, July 17th – 23rd, the festival program will run in the nighttime, 9 pm to 12 am in the streets, shops, parking lots, nooks and arches of the city of Ramallah. The festival this year is running under the title “The Lonely Crowd” and will be made of different programs.
An exhibition of commissioned artworks curated by Lara Khaldi (Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre) and Reem Shilleh (A. M. Qattan Foundation). Nine artists have been invited by the curators to produce video installations and performances that will be dispersed throughout the public spaces of Ramallah:
Majd Abdel Hamid, Alaa Aboasad, Noor Abu Arafe, Dia Barghouti, Shuruq Harb, Ihab Jadallah, Yazan Khalili, Samar Haddad King, Tarek Knorn
Compiled programs of videos created by Mosireen, a Cairo based collective of media activists.
3 screening programs of video art works by international artists curated Les Instants Video. 1963/2013: half a century of international video art. This year Les Instants Vidéo decided to celebrate video art in a few towns: february in Tokyo, March in Liège, April in Alexandria, June in Yokohama, July in Ramallah and November in Marseilles. The stop in Palestine is the most important for us. Because it is the fruit of many years of cooperations, exchanges, shared trust. Because it is the proof that video art started a new life next to the people who fight resolutely against the injustice of our world. And because the festival we organised in Marseilles was largely enriched (in its content as well as its ethic) by sharing these years of experiences with the Palestinians. For /si:n/ 3rd edition, we enjoyed creating three programs dealing with different aspects of international video art creation, old ones and more recent ones; Inviting Willy Legaud to present the project LaboFictions, launched by Aix-en-Provence School of arts in Ramallah in 2011, and followed in Alexandria and Aix in 2013; Asking Robert Stéphane from Vidéographies (Belgium) to share his experience, unusual, of a television that produced and broadcast video art. And we are happy about the participation of the German musician-performer Rochus Aust and his group, which is a way for us to twin Ramallah and Marseilles, as we also choose to invite them for the opening of the 26th edition of the Festival Les Instants Vidéo next November.
1: INTERNATIONAL (1973/1982) Video art was invented by the Korean Nam June Paik who exhibited in 1963 thirteen “prepared” TV sets (Parnass Gallery in Wuppertal, Germany) for the avant-garde festival Fluxus (Music/Electronic Television). It was just unthinkable to celebrate the 50th anniversary of video art without beginning by one of his more important works, Global Groove. And what else ? What could we present to tell the story ? We choose a fews works that are significants of the different aesthetic orientations of the seventies, orientations still developed by other artists in their own way, up to nowadays. In these works, we can see the thirst of the artists for experimentation of digital tools, together with a sense of poetry and of fun . Global Groove by Nam June Paik (Corea, 1973) Hand No. 2 by Keigo Yamamoto (Japan, 1976) Trompe l’œil by Robert Cahen (France,1979) Holzstücke by Jean-François Guiton (France/Germany, 1982) Videoflashs by Michel Jaffrennou and Patrick Bousquet (France, 1982) 2: HISTORY OF JAPANESE VIDEO ART Video art historians often say it is in Japan that the first light camera (the Sony Portapack) was commercialised in 1963, camera that was then used by American and European artists. But we know less the amazing dynamism of the Japanese creation from the seventies to today. The artists and works presented in this documentary are some of the most important ones in the world. Kikai by Mirukoto (eye Machine / Seeing by chance the Pioneers of Japanese Video Art) by kentaro Taki (Video Art Center) Shuya Abe, Kohei Ando, Takahiko Limura, Mako Idemitsu, Nobuhiro Kawanaka, Shigeko Kubota, Hakudo Kobayashi, Ko Nakajima, Fujiko Nakaya, Sakumi Hagiwara, Michael Goldberg, Toshio Matsumoto, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Keigo Yamamoto, Morihiro Wada… 3: THE CRITICISM OF THE MEDIA Relationships between video artists and mass communication technologies (television, internet…) are often a source of conflicts as well of love. Most of the time full of passion. The works presented here show different approaches, playful, poetic, critical. That’s one of the features of video art since its beginning: to invite the audience to think the media, to watch differently the images on TV. And sometimes, like here for Zbig Rybczynski, to remember that a television is first of all an object. Media by Zbig Rybczynski (Poland, 1980) Video composition ≠2 « Stolen Air » by Kentaro Taki (Japan, 1998) Media cage de Kentaro Taki (Japan, 2001) /anote = a or For Davatas Who keep on Dancing by Masayuki Kawai (Japan, 2011) An interview of the artist : Masayuki Kawai An interview of the artist: Kentaro Taki 4’ About a Theological Situation in the Society of Spectacle by Masayuki Kawai (Japan, 2001) Negotiation by Mohamed Harb (Palestine, 2011) 3’40 The Mistery Black Nightmare In The Box Office by Juan Szelagowski (Argentina, 2012) Luftnummer bonfortionös by Frank Bubenzer (Germany, 2011)
/si:n/ invites VIDEOGRAPHIES LIEGE
A talk by Robert Stephane : video art and television 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). A screening program made of works produced by Vidéographie / RTBF-Liège and presented by Robert Stéphane and Nadine Janssens (Belgium).