November 29, 2008 - Rencontres Internationales - Rencontres Internationales Opening In Paris
November 29, 2008

Rencontres Internationales Opening In Paris

Opening In Paris
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

New cinema and contemporary art
In Paris: Nov. 28 – Dec. 7, 2008

Centre Pompidou | Jeu de Paume national museum | Paris-Villette Theatre |
and other key locations

After Madrid in May and Berlin in July, the 17th Rencontres Internationales will create during 10 days, from November 28th to December 7th, a space of discovery and reflection between new cinema and contemporary art, a circulation between different spots in the city: at the Centre Pompidou, at Jeu de Paume national museum, at Paris-Villette Theatre, at New Latina Theater, at Goethe Institute, at Cervantes Institute, at Canadian Cultural Center, at Swedish Cultural Center and at Finnish Institute.

With the participation of 150 artists and filmmakers from all-over the world, this exceptional edition will propose an international program – film, video, installation, net art – gathering 200 works from France, Spain, Germany and 60 other countries, internationally-known artists and filmmakers with young artists and filmmakers presented for the first time in Paris. With many film premieres, video programs, an exhibition, 2 multimedia concerts, a cycle of debates and panel discussions. A video library will offer a space where the whole programming, made of 95% of premieres, could be viewed and reviewed on request.

The event is supported notably by the City of Paris, the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, as well as the Spanish Embassy, the Goethe Institute, the Cervantes Institute.


(documentary approaches, new fictions, videos, experimental film)
Notable works include several Carte blanche by:
- Pedro Costa [PT].
- Chantal Akerman [FR].
- Artavazd Pelechian [RS].
- The latest video by Antoni Muntadas [ES] “Political Advertisement VI 1952-2008″ in collaboration with Marshall Reese.

Among the programmed artists, we could also mention:
Emmanuelle Antille [CH], Vasco Araujo [PT], Knut Asdam [NO], Herman Asselberghs [BE], Christian Barani [FR], Carles Congost [ES], Manon de Boer [NL], Eleonore de Montesquiou [FR], Peter Downsbrough [USA], Christophe Girardet [DE], Philippe Grandrieux [FR], Ken Jacobs [USA], Lamia Joreige [LB], Francis Naranjo [ES], Yves Netzhammer [CH], Volker Schreiner [DE], Liu Wei [CN].

Each screening focuses on a subject, a transversal theme related to different audiovisual forms and practices (documentary, video, experimental…).

The exhibition titled “DATA MEANINGS” presents 10 installations – multimedia installations, net art. It focuses on diversion and circulation of the data on internet.
Presented artists: Christophe Bruno [FR], Claude Closky [FR], JoDi [NL], Übermorgen [AU], Mindaugas Gapsevicius [LT], Ricardo Iglesias et Mario Ruiz [ES], Joan Leandre [ES], Michael Takeo Magruder [UK], RYBN [FR].

Telcosystems (NL) and The Pink Twins (FI) experiment sounds and visual images on the base of computer codes.

More than a simple presentation of works, the ‘Rencontres Internationales’ propose an authentic intercultural forum gathering guests from the whole world – artists and filmmakers, directors of institutions and emergent organizations – to testify about their experiences and analysis of these cultural and artistic contexts that often undergo deep changes.

The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ reflect specificities and convergences between artistic forms in new cinema and contemporary art, explore the emergent artistic practices and its critical purposes and allows this necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.

In 2007, the ‘Rencontres Internationales‘, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. This event now constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and various audiences. The venues in the three cities are in particular the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume national museum in Paris, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Reina Sofia National museum and the Spanish Cinematheque in Madrid.

The event aims at presenting works to a broad audience, at creating circulations between different art practices and between different audiences, as well as creating new exchanges between artists, filmmakers and professionals

It seeks to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a compelling program opened to everyone

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