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Call for participation 33rd Festival 2020

Call for participation 33rd Festival 2020


The 33rd edition of the Festival Les Instants Vidéo will start in November 2020 (exhibition, screenings, performances…) in Marseille, Friche la Belle de Mai and in other spaces in the city. As usual, the festival will also take place in other cities in France and abroad. For each of the spaces, a specific program will be display.The following call presents some of the issues our team is dealing with at the moment. It is not a theme. Artists may or may not take it into account.  

The beauty of a boundless (éperdu) gesture 

(a call dedicated to Annie Le Brun who helps us understand the deep beauty of the word éperdu)

The world became uglier. Wars with widespread of ruins and dead bodies, skyrocketing poverty, forests and oceans harmed, this is nothing new.

The unprecedented ugliness is the result of a much more violent epidemic than plague was: the commodification of the nearly entire world. An attack on everything from which (economic) value can’t be gain, a war against passion and unreasonable life. A war against the desire and the bodies without which to think is not possible.

If for long art was an exception to the rule, innumerable art forms being dwelt with an indomitable desire, today its so called “contemporary” form is more and more difficult to distinguish from the pseudo-aesthetics that our eyes and ears suffer with the pervasiveness of commodity. Our bodies, our cities and our contemporary art museums, every where in the world, exhibit the same objects, the same images, the same brands, the same signs, making our planet a huge childish leisure park or a huge shopping center worthy of an airport. Instead of dwelling the world poetically, we are in transit, dead men on leave, consumable and disposable items. We live in a market-positivity empire where objection, struggle, friction, conflict must be banned. But, asWilliam Morris tells us, ugliness is not flat, it acts upon man and deteriorates his sensitivity, so that he will not even feel the degradation, which prepares him to descend a step.

Thinking doesn’t lie outside the globalisation of mediocrity. It abjectly suits to our emptiness-consumption era. The consequences are truly terrifying. Bodies are the first to suffer, petrified in the icy waters of egotistical calculation, they lie mutilated, reduced to their smallest market value, their capacity to generate profit. They have only one freedom left, to obey. One horizon, to get used to ugliness.

In the eye of the economic terror storm, which is the worst climate disaster, COME OUT the meteorologists of desire in places where we do not expect them. These are the ferocious poets, the women and men which dimension is up to their excess, and whose irrepressible gesture, in trying to liberate imagination with a long, boundless and reasoned disordering of all the senses, to follow Rimbaud, frees us from centuries of domestication and insane resignation.

This gesture lead us to a beauty to reinvent. It is the link between the erotic necessity of our bodies and the critical necessity of poetry and images.

These are the gestures the festival wish to grasp.

Instants Vidéo Numériques et poétiques
Friche la Belle de Mai – 41 rue Jobin 
13003 Marseille 
☎ +33 (0)4 95  04 96 24 / inscriptions@instantsvideo.com

Photo: Il est libre / Jean-Jacques Lequeu (France, 1798)


  1. Elena Stelzer · 5 March 2020 Reply


    If selected I do not agree to Art. 6

    My work Passage, 2018, will not enter the Instants Vidéo digital archives will not enter a database which will be net-accessible.

    Thank you.
    Elena Stelzer

    • Instants Vidéo · 5 March 2020 Reply

      Hi Elena,
      Please note that in our archives, no video are publically accessible on the web, that’s the artist responsibility.
      Our database is only with metadata about the art works we presented on the occasion of festivals we hold (and unfortunately, at the moment it is out of order).

  2. Jane · 19 March 2020 Reply

    Art. 2 – Videos must be submitted for selection before June 5, 2020 (any format except DCP):
    – Through the Internet (via wetransfer, vimeo, ftp, etc).
    – On a USB device by mail.

    Does this mean I have to submit the works BOTH through the Internet AND on a USB device by mail, or just take one of the 2 options.

  3. Alexander · 2 April 2020 Reply

    Thans for this open-call possibility – but how many works can I send you from one author? Thanks in advance.

    • Instants Vidéo · 3 April 2020 Reply

      Hi Alexander,
      Just chose the work(s) you would like to submit to our festival

  4. Rania Atef · 23 April 2020 Reply

    Do you accept single channel videos only or also multiple channels can be submitted?

  5. Kirk Tougas · 16 May 2020 Reply

    Could you clarify Art.7 for me. Would this involve an artist fee for each screening in France or abroad. My distributor is LightCone, and this would be in conflict with their wonderful efforts to return some income to the artists….

    • Instants Vidéo · 18 May 2020 Reply

      Hi Kirk, Unfortunately we are not able to pay artist fee. But registrations are free, and all the festival entrance are free.
      Very best

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