With films by Marinne Hugonnier, Herman Asselberghs, Joëlle de la Casinière, François Bucher, Maya Schweizer & Clemens von Wedemeyer, Liu Wei.
Curated by Emilie Bujes.
Politics of Vision</h2>
Opening: Fri 1st, 6 pm
With staging and time frames that differ from those created by cinema’s “black box”, arts institutions like FORDE can offer new spaces for thought. In this context, the documentary form asserts itself within an overall trend in which the frontiers between film and video are becoming more and more obsolete.
Video as a medium has always been useful for documentaries thanks to its flexibility, its proximity to the subject, its naturally “cruder” image, etc., although it isn’t such formal considerations alone that make it interesting for documentaries.
While attempting to show fragments of reality, especially (in this case) political reality, the artists take advantage of a more “experimental” context than that of the “classic” documentary circuit. Indeed, fitting as it does into a less conventional approach, the video documentary is not solely concerned with representing the truth or reality. The artists both allow and take responsibility for a certain degree of narrative subjectivity; they try to illustrate the mechanisms of memory or of viewpoint for example, but also pay attention to the fundamental importance of form.
The films will be screened continuously in loops on monitors from 4pm to 8:30 pm from the 2nd till the 9th. On the 10th of february the loops will be screened from 2pm to 6pm. The screenings schedule is indicated below.
Herman Asselberghs, 2006, 24', video, color, soundCeuta is a Spanish town located in Northwestern Morocco. A contemporary iron curtain set up where it won’t bother European eyes or how Africans are “forced” to participate in the struggle against illegal immigration.
<h2>Rose de Lima</h2>Joëlle de La Casinière & Michel Bonnemaison, 1975, 39'59'', 16mm transferred to DVD, color, sound
At the beginning of the 1970s, in the middle of the Villa El Salvador desert, a self-managed and politicized community of 50,000 is created by people excluded from Lima’s residential neighborhoods.
Marine Hugonnier, 2003, 18', 16mm transferred to DVD, color, sound
The geography and relief of the Pandjsher Valley in Northern Afghanistan have always allowed its population to resist attacks.Ariana is the story of a project gone awry. Does landscape influence the history of a region?
<h2>Metropolis - Report on China</h2>Maya Schweizer & Clemens von Wedemeyer, 2006, 42', Beta SP, color, sound
The Chinese megalopolis with all that it implies - progress, growth at any cost, global reality, etc. - is confronted with modern totalitarianism, as staged by Fritz Lang in Metropolis (1927).
<h2>N12°13.062'/ W 001°32.619' Extended</h2>Vincent Meessen, 2005, 8'25'', video, color, sound
A moment suspended in time. Two men work in the African desert in a place both abstract yet precisely defined by its geographic coordinates. They struggle to erect a building in the middle of nowhere.
<h2>A day to remember (Wang Que De Yi Tian)</h2>Liu Wei, 2005, 13', video, color, sound
Tian'anmen June 4th. 16 years after the student uprising, Liu Wei goes to the University of Beijing. The voluntary or forced silence, the forgetting, illustrate the taboos of Chinese society.
<h2>Haute surveillance</h2>François Bucher, 2007, 52', HDV, color, soundIn Medellín (Colombia), a university seminar is the theatre of an experiment around Jean Genet’s works. While depicting Colombian violence through a “mise en abime”, François Bucher explores memory and its mechanisms, via protagonists’ testimonies.