“The Sound of Screens Imploding” Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève
While the project’s strategic focus remains on production, the 2018 edition takes a new approach: alongside an extraordinary series of films, performances, and concerts, it presents an exhibition conceived as a series of individual environments. The concept for this show, which covers more than 2500 square meters, revolves around a fundamental principle: that moving images now dwell outside the screen, lingering on in a fascinating kaleidoscope where vision can be shaped by sound as much as by the image itself, or even more so. Inevitably, this edition of the Biennale explores the status of the moving image and its exhibition format, building on the idea that the long era of projection on screens is coming to an end and will give way to environments that reverberate with the radiant echo of their implosion.
We have decided to dream up an immersive exhibition, presenting a series of contiguous, differing worlds that alternate within a densely packed space that is a unified whole, yet teeming with eclectic forms. As visitors are sucked into these universes, they may begin to lose their grip on reality and their sense of time. The future could start to blur into some vague, digital present, while primeval sounds bear echoes of a past that struggles on, refusing to fade away.
Emphasizing the innovative potential of new languages connected to the moving image, the 2018 Biennale forges an intense dialogue with a generation of artists from a wide range of countries and backgrounds.
The artists featured in the exhibition are Meriem Bennani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic, Ian Cheng, Tamara Henderson, Kahlil Joseph, and Fatima Al Qadiri & Khalid al Gharaballi, each with a work commissioned and produced by the Biennale. Meanwhile, Andreas Angelidakis has been entrusted with tying all of these installations together into a single, cohesive project.
Ligia Lewis will offer a preview of her new choreography—the final part of a trilogy—co-produced by the Biennale with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theater in Berlin. Musician Elysia Crampton will present a new live concert, and artist Pan Daijing will premiere a performance piece.
Nine films and single-channel videos made for theatrical screening have been commissioned from Sarah Abu Abdallah, Neïl Beloufa, Irene Dionisio, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Tobias Madison, Florent Meng, Bahar Noorizadeh, Eduardo Williams (with Mariano Blatt), and Leslie Thornton & James Richards. These films and videos, like all the installations in the show, have been commissioned and produced by the Biennale; together, they form a remarkable series of new works that will be premiering at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and in other venues around Geneva during the opening days, from November 8th to November 10th, 2018.
The Biennale will be accompanied by a series of special events, featuring contributions by musician and visual artist Nkisi and chef Angela Dimayuga, among others.
Curated by Andrea Bellini and Andrea Lissoni
at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
until 3 February 2019