The International Electronic Art Festival includes a competitive exhibition of so-called southern circuit and an extensive parallel programme. Art shows, debates, and meetings introduce new ideas and art work, setting new guidelines for contemporary art in Brazil. Every two years, the Festival brings groundbreaking work by cream-of-the-crop artists from all over the world.
International Electronic Art Festival
Curator and general Director Solange de Oliveira Farkas
In 1983, despite the fact that electronic art had just arrived in Brazil, Associação Cultural Videobrasil organized the first edition of what would later become the International Electronic Art Festival, gathering a whole generation of Brazilian pioneers. More than 20 years later, the Festival has established itself as an event of international relevance. Every two years, the Festival brings groundbreaking work by cream-of-the-crop artists from all over the world to São Paulo. In keeping with the constant transformations in media and support, the curatorship has added installations, performances, VJs, CD-ROM art, and internet art to the programme.
The Festival includes a competitive exhibition of so-called southern circuit and an extensive parallel programme. Art shows, debates, and meetings introduce new ideas and art work, setting new guidelines for contemporary art in Brazil.
Exhibitions featuring work by prominent electronic artists are also part of the Festival. Brazilian pioneers such as Rafael França and Olhar Eletrônico, and international guests such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola and Gary Hill, have featured in the event’s past editions. Each edition has a theme of its own.
The desire to break and/or change the paradigms that guide the practices of contemporary art and cinema is the foundation for the curatorial framework.
SESC Videobrasil Meetings
Beginning in April, the Meetings will feature preliminary discussions about the curatorial framework of the Festival.
Marcel Odenbach Considered a trailblazer in video art, the German artist will have the largest exhibition of his oeuvre ever carried out in Latin America, including installations, film screenings, a lecture, and a never-before-seen installation, to be commissioned by the Festival and SESC São Paulo. Political and social issues lie at the core of Odenbach’s recent works, which have been shown at the MoMA in New York and at the Documentas 6 and 8 in Kassel. His work uses excerpts from classic movies, newsreels, and personal photographs to explore the formative role of images of the past in our perception of the present. In Disturbed Places – Five Variations on India, an installation he concluded for the Festival, Odenbach superimposes five short stories which, according to him, “will each take the viewer on a new trip to India.”
Peter Greenaway The British filmmaker brings to SESC Paulista new unfoldings of his Tulse Luper Suitcases project, which he has been developing for almost ten years. Centered around the story of a writer who lived in prisons and disappeared in 1989, leaving his testimony in ninety-two suitcases, Tulse Luper seeks expanded models of cinema: it involves exhibitions, a film trilogy, Web sites, games, and VJing sessions. The participation of the author of The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) in the 16th Videobrasil will begin with a live image performance and includes an installation, lectures, and film screenings. In the blog Peter Greenaway no Videobrasil, open to comments from the public, the artist discusses his participation in the Festival with the board of curators, and talks about Tulse Luper Suitcases.
Kenneth Anger One of the inventors of American underground cinema, Anger was a pioneer in the use of images edited from pop music, and he created the cuts that would later become the foundation for the music video. His surrealistic films are filled with gay fetish and references to the occult. At the Videobrasil, his work will feature in a retrospective never before seen in Brazil, including nine short films shot between 1947 and 1972, including Fireworks, which he made at twenty years of age. Alongside works by Jean Genet, Luther Price, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, James Bidgood, and Isaac Julien, his works comprise the curatorial framework Um punhado de prazeres sublimes [A handful of pleasant delights], by Rodrigo Novaes, dedicated to artists who explored the limits of film, and who were marginalized by the film industry.
Arthur Omar A filmmaker, photographer, multimedia artist, his career has broken down borders between different artistic territories ever since the 1970s. Omar worked with film, photography, video, installations, and Web art. His more recent works were shown in Zooprismas, a solo exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, which redefined the dialogue between cinema and visual arts.
Carlos Adriano Adriano is a filmmaker, holder of a master’s degree in cinema from USP, and organizer, along with Bernardo Vorobow, of the book Julio Bressane: CinePoética. His oeuvre transits between documental and experimental cinema. Remanescências (acquisition/collection The New York Public Library), made in 1997, rescues the eleven frames in the oldest existing footage in the history of Brazilian cinema, and elaborates a study in aesthetic ecstasy that discloses the creative myth of our cinema. His A voz e o vazio: a vez de Vassourinha won a prize for best short documentary film at the Chicago International Festival (2000). More recently, he made O papa da pulp and Militância.
Eder Santos One of the greatest Brazilian electronic artists, Santos straddles the boundaries between video, installation, and performances, using electronic image as a powerful element in scenic design and narrative. He participated in the 23rd Bienal de São Paulo, with the installation Memória de ferro (1993), and in the Biennial’s fifty-year-celebration exhibition, with Planetarium (2001), as well as in festivals and exhibitions in Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.
Edgard Navarro At nearly sixty years of age, Bahia-born Navarro has made some of the most irreverent and original videos in the history of visual arts in Brazil. The Festival will present titles known almost exclusively by the public that attends festivals in Bahia, such as the short films Alice no país das mil novilhas and O rei do cagaço, which became notorious due to a famous scatological sequence. An iconoclast, Navarro became more known after his first feature film Eu me lembro was the grand winner of the Brasília Festival in 2005.
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