press release

Biennale of Moving Images 2016
27 new works commissioned and produced (or co-produced) by the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
Exhibition until 29.01.2017
Inauguration 9-13.11.2016

In November 2016, a new edition of the Biennale of Moving Images (BIM) will be presented. It is organized by the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève and co-produced by the Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville et du Canton de Genève, Faena Art, In Between Art Film and the HEAD – Geneva, in close collaboration with the Théâtre de l'Usine (TU) and Everybody's perfect.

The Centre launched in 2014 a newly thought version of the Biennale, in light of the history André Iten and the Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine bequeathed, looking to the future and committed to a young generation of artists. The originality of the new BIM lies in that fact that it consists exclusively of works commissioned and produced by the Centre, distinguishing itself from the usual format of the biennial.

Under the artistic direction of Andrea Bellini (Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève), in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois (Curator of Fondation Pinault, Venice), Cecilia Alemani (Curator and Director of High Line Art, New York) et Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2015), The Biennale of Moving Images 2016 will present in exclusivity 27 new productions, produced (or co-produced) and commissioned for the occasion.

The Biennale of Moving Images was founded by André Iten in 1985, during a workshop with the artists Silvie and Chérif Defraoui. It was initially called the “International Video Week” and was one of the first events of its kind in Europe. In 2010, the Centre inherited the former Biennale of Moving Images founded and run by The Centre for Contemporary Image from 1985 until 2007.

Over a period of 30 years the BIM has brought together the very best in video art, showing works by artists such as Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Robert Filliou, Chris Marker, Guy Debord, Vito Acconci, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Chantal Akerman, Rebecca Horn, Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol, Philippe Garrel, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, Artavazd Pelechian, Harun Farocki, Matt Mullican, Anri Sala and the Straub/Huillet duo.

The Biennial of Moving images will also travel to other venues accross the world, which will be announced soon.