George Bures Miller
This festival has been a major event for exchanges between artists, videomakers, museums, cultural institutions and the public. The programme usually consists of: artists' retrospectives, competition of videotapes, exhibitions and special programmes poresented by curators, seminars and lectures on or by artists presented during the week. This 9th edition revolves around the central theme of art and sound, more precisely art and music.
9th Biennial of Moving Images
The 1st biennial festival was held in Nov. 85, the 7th in Nov. 97.
For 12 years, this festival has been a major event for exchanges between artists, videomakers, museums, cultural institutions and the public. The programme usually consists of: artists' retrospectives, competition of videotapes, exhibitions and special programmes poresented by curators, seminars and lectures on or by artists presented during the week.
As it always has been, the Biennial is a multiple event, based on several partnerships with Geneva art centres, museums and galleries.(see below...)
This 9th edition revolves around the central theme of art and sound, more precisely art and music.
During ten intense days at the Centre for contemporary Images (November 2-10), more than 400 hours of videos and films will be screened, among which an international competition of recent videos and films; performances, concerts and many meetings with the artists present at the workshop will also be proposed to the public.
An important catalogue (180 pages, French/English) will be published, with up-to-date information about all the artists invited and many new texts by young Swiss art writers.
The noticeable news of this 9th Biennial will be the VideoLoft (a space designed by Swiss designers, allowing the public to view video tapes Â«Ã la carteÂ»), and the artistsâ€™ space by German group of artists Saas Fee (1st floor of the Centre for contemporary images), and above all a very important exhibition of video and sound installations at the Mamco, with 16 international artists.
One last word about three concert nights organised by attitudes, and the very rich program of several Geneva galleries and art centres, all related to the Biennial.
Among the 783 video tapes and films received from 46 countries, the selection committee of the 9th Biennial selected 53 works for the competition, and 13 for special out-of-competition screenings.
The committee was composed of AndrÃ© Iten, director fo the Biennial, Ana Axpe, artist, and Celya LarrÃ©, freelance curator.
The Jury will be composed of Christa BlÃ¼mlinger (F/D), Eugeni Bonet (E), Rosanna Albertini (I) and Pierre-AndrÃ© Lienhard (CH); it will award prizes for a total amount of CHF 25â€™000.-.
Â«The generic theme of this competition seems to be travelling and wandering, with numerous variations. The Â«cheapnessÂ» of video, in terms of costs and of use, surely is of some influence in this respect. [...] It can be roughly said that the selected works give response to the necessity of a new approach, far from the very theoretical one that prevailed in the 90â€™s, i.e. an approach taking the contemporary cultural context into account. We have chosen works that reveal the very essence of a point of view, of a relationship, of a form or of a situation, be it technically or artistically, works that are crystal clear in their composition.Â»
Celya LarrÃ©, selection committee.
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Alexandre Bianchini, Pierre Bismuth, Lee Bul, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Rodney Graham, Martin Kersels, Ann Lislegaard, Christian Marclay, Eva Marisaldi, Elena Montesinos, Adrian Piper, Pipilotti Rist, Sidney Stucki, Mungo Thomson.
The exhibition curators (FranÃ§oise Ninghetto, curator at Mamco, Catherine Pavlovic, assitant at Mamco and AndrÃ© Iten, director of the Biennial) have tried to show a large panel of the many uses of sound and music in contemporary art.
From pure physical phenomenon transforming the perception of space to the use of music as a cultural (and industrial) product.
Sound can be the very focus of the work, as is the case with Ann Lislegaard or Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller; soundtrack is sometimes principal, leading the course of images (Pierre Bismuth, Eva Marisaldi, Martin Kersels).
Music, its cultural codes, its production structures, its dramatic impact are at stake (Christian Marclay, Adrian Piper, Jeremy Deller).
Nearer to a social critic of the fashions and utopic trends in pop music (Mungo Thomson, Sam Durant), or to the techno world (Sidney Stucki, Elena Montesinos, Alexandre Bianchini), and last but not least the compelling story of rockâ€™n roll and country music (Pipilotti Rist and Rodney Graham).
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from november 2 to 10, 2001
10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, 1205 GenÃ¨ve