Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva

Main venue: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
1205 Geneva

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artists & participants

Enrique AguerreRodrigo AlonsoSolvej Dufour AndersenJ. Tobias AndersonEmmanuelle AntilleClaudia AravenaKnut AsdamMichel AuderEmilie Aussel AzorroMatthew BarneyAlexandre BianchiniRichard BillinghamRaphael BoccanfusoLoic BontemsStan BrakhageCandice BreitzErik BullotRobert CahenGustavo Caprin collectif_factCecilia ConditPierre CoulibeufAnouk de ClercqSilvie DefraouiAndres DenegriSebastian Diaz MoralesChristoph DraegerEdgar Endress eteamHarun FarockiPhilippe FernandezDoug FishboneEnrique FontanillesJonah FreemanJoe GibbonsChristoph GirardetGabriela GolderPiero GoliaJohan GrimonprezAlexander HahnJulieta HanonoHarald HolbaRuna IslamChristian JankowskiDamian JurtBouchra Khalili Liu ZhenchenKristin LucasMaria Luisa FernandezTim MacmillanIván MarinoDaria MartinMarcello MercadoChristian MerlhiotChantal MichelAriane MichelAdrien MissikaAvi MograbiSarah MorrisFrederic MoserFrederic Moser & Philippe SchwingerYves NetzhammerMiranda PennellJan PetersEmilie PitoisetElodie PongRicardo PonsFrederic PostKoka RamishviliReynold ReynoldsJay RosenblattJulika RudeliusRaul RuizManuel SaizCarolina Saquel SarkisMartin SastreVolker SchreinerPhilippe Schwinger SemiconductorShelly SilverJohn SmithAnnelies StrbaMike Stubbs Sylvie Boisseau & Frank WestermeyerMika TaanilaCarlos TrilnickXavier VeilhanAlexia WaltherIngrid Wildi 

press release

The Biennial offers local and international viewers a unique opportunity to discover a fast-growing artistic field through its extensive selection of videos, films, and installations.

The Biennial of Moving Images is a multifaceted event that boasts a wonderfully varied program. This 11th Biennial also features a special focus on the contemporary artistic output of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

This year’s retrospectives are devoted to three major artists and filmmakers: Michel Auder (France), Stan Brackhage (USA), and, as part of the Biennial’s focus on South America, Raoul Ruiz (Chile). The retrospectives offer participants the chance to view a significant number of films by these three artists, clarifying current output in light of historically oriented films.

The film and video programs are given over to the work of young artists from Switzerland and abroad who already possess a significant body of films, which the Biennial would like to make known to a broader audience, as well as the latest work of established artists who have already figured in some of our earlier Biennials. A program of art-school films likewise offers viewers a glimpse into tomorrow’s output.

This year again, numerous partners of the Biennal of Moving Images will present many exhibitions connected with the festival. Among them, the MAMCO (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Geneva) will show an important exhibition, Attitudes and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, whose event is the following : The Artist’s Body. Then and Now, 26 october to 18 december 2005. Since the mid-1960s, many artists have used their own bodies as both the subject and the object of their work. To understand the evolution of this phenomenon, the exhibition presents a large selection of historical and contemporary videos divided in four chapters. An occasion to (re)discover works by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Francis Alys, Chris Burden, Franco B, Josef Beuys, Fabrice Gygi, Sigalit Landau, Steve Mc Queen, Mariko Mori, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Stéphanie Smith et Edward Stewart, Salla Tykka. This project is co-curated by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and Clare Manchester, in parallel to the 11th Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement at the Centre pour l’image contemporaine.

For the Biennial’s 20th anniversary, lectures and round-table discussions have also been programmed in order to provide a theoretical reflection on the event’s history and consequently on the history of artist films. These gatherings will enable members of the public, critics, and artists to come together and share points of view.

Indeed, in response to the wish on the part of artists and the public alike to have the chance to meet and interact, we are opening the space of the Center for Contemporary Images to a friendly informal salon as well as a video-viewing lounge that will allow visitors to watch on demand a panorama of recent works—the result of an invitation to several international distributors—in a setting created by the Swiss artists and designers Sabina Lanz and Daniel Baumann.

And the international competition, a key feature of the Biennial that has continued to grow since its inception (more than 1200 cassettes submitted in 2003), will help to bring to light current trends in art video and film. The international competition aims to compare and contrast personal works that clearly stand apart from traditional commercial or TV productions. No limits are set in terms of genre, language, or length of the works submitted. Participants may only submit one work. The latter must have been produced in 2004 or 2005. This year the Jury will award prizes worth about CHF 30000.- (euro 17500.-)

Rules for submitting works can be viewed and downloaded at this page, or will be sent to you simply by requesting a copy. Attention: the new deadline for submitting works is 16 May 2005.

Finally, a richly illustrated bilingual catalog in French and English documenting many aspects of this event is also slated for publication.