“The common element connecting art and politics is that they are both phenomena of the public world.”. That is, to have an interest in art in a political way is to be someone “who knows how to choose his company among men, among things, among thoughts, in the present as well as in the past.” (Hannah Arendt).
Since 1988, the festival Les Instants Vidéo is an event dedicated to video, digital and poetic arts (monobands, installations, performances, multimedia… ). It takes place every November in Marseilles Friche la Belle de Mai , but either before or after, we act in concert with partners to organise the festival stopovers in other spaces in Marseille, the Region…and abroad. We like to name the whole stopovers a poetronic constellation. There is no competition, the entrance is open and free, as well as the call for participation open from January to June. It is all together a festival and a laboratory where international renowned artists and works of arts can meet with works that are more fragiles, still in progress, delicates.
We do not give a theme, but every year we give a title to our manifestation like one does for a collection of poems:
Burn your own patience,
Resistance my sweet concern,
Man is earth walking,
And we are beautiful!
You wanted me a virgin, I wanted you less dumb! …
Each one of the artists can take it into account or not.
We pay much attention to encounters (artists/audiences/art works) and try to draw out new connections: conversation-tour, video awareness sessions… In order to cross-fertilise ideas, to exchange words, to let imagination run, to re-think/re-invent the elsewhere, our actions are are framed as inviting places and times, or even in a supreme hospitality.