May 3, 2008 - Rencontres Internationales - New cinema and contemporary art
May 3, 2008

New cinema and contemporary art

Joan Leandre
At My Limit: In the Name of Kernel!

New cinema and contemporary art in Madrid, from the 5th to the 14th of May 2008

Complejo El Águila | Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía | Instituto Cervantes | Auditorio del Ministerio de Cultura | Filmoteca española

From the 5th to the 14th of May 2008, the Rencontres Internationales will create during 10 days a space of discovery and reflection between new cinema and contemporary art, an extraordinary circulation in between different spots all around the city: at the Complejo El Águila, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, at the Instituto Cervantes, at the Auditorio del Ministerio de Cultura and at the
Filmoteca Española.

The Ministerio de Cultura and the Comunidad de Madrid support this new edition of the Rencontres, as well as the Instituto Cervantes.

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, concerts – gathering 250 works from Spain, France, Germany and 60 other countries, internationally-known artists and filmmakers with young artists and filmmakers presented for the first time in Madrid. With many film premieres, a video program, an exhibition, multimedia concerts, a cycle of debates and panel discussions. A video library will offer a space where the whole programming, made of 95 percent of premieres, could be viewed and reviewed on request.

(documentary approaches, new fictions, videos, experimental film)
Notable works include:
- a Carte blanche by Pedro Costa (PT).
- The latest video by Antoni Muntadas (ES) “On Translation: Miedo/Jauf,” premiered in Madrid.
- The latest film by Christelle Lheureux (FR), a film premiered by Manon de Boer (NL), a documentary by Alfredo Jaar (CL).
- A fiction by Adel Abidin (Irak/FI), the latest film by Knut Asdam (NO), the new video of Herman Asselberghs (BE).
- A rare film by Gordon Matta-Clark (USA).
- A film by Hans Op De Beeck (BE).
- The latest work premiered by Peter Downsbrough (USA).
- Some focuses on several artists and a selection of rare films and videos coming from Colombia, Taiwan, Canada.

Among the programmed artists, we could also mention:
- Jon Mikel Euba (ES), Olivo Barbieri (IT)
- Shaun Gladwell (AU), Volker Schreiner (DE)
- Carles Congost (ES), Yves Netzhammer (CH)
- Emmanuelle Antille (CH), Nicolas Provost (BE), Nicholas & Sheila Pye (CA)
- Steven Cohen (South Africa), Ane Lan (NO), Ken Jacobs (USA)

Each screening offers a journey built around a subject, a transverse theme related to different audiovisual forms and practices.

(installations, videos, multimedia works, net art)
An international exhibition organized following various thematic modules, in order to propose to the audience several journeys.

Among the exhibited artists:
Claude Closky (FR), Übermorgen (AT), RYBN (FR), Christophe Bruno (FR), Mi_Ga (LT), Michael Takeo Magruder (USA), Joan Leandre (ES), JoDi (NL), Riccardo Iglesias (ES), Franziska Cordes (DE), Norbert Pfaffenbichler (AT), Camille Henrot (FR), Mario Opazo (CH), Peter Downsbrough (USA), Peter Rose (USA), Hans Op De Beeck (BE), Lisa Klapstock (CA), Marcellvs L. (BR), Charly Nijensohn (AR), Johanna Domke (DE), Erik Olofsen (NL), Daniel Crooks (AU), François Bucher (COL), Tony Cokes (USA), Immo Luedemann (DE), Armand Morin (FR), Kader Attia (FR), Lawrence Weiner (USA), Philipp Lachenmann (DE), Wayne Clements (UK), Ed Osborn (USA), Veit Landwehr (DE), Jérôme Joy (FR), Alexander Schellow (DE), Francis Naranjo (ES), Carlos Pazos (ES).

Among the programmed artists, we could mention the following:
Thomas Köner (DE), Igor Stromajer (SL), Telcosystem (NL), Catherine Bay (FR)

The Rencontres Internationales invite directors and curators from European and extra-European national museums, contemporary art centers and biennales in the fields of contemporary cinema, video and new media. These debates aim to develop a reflection on the concerns and tracks explored in each country in order to debrief this creation and accompany it, from a critical point of view as well as from the point of view of audiences and artists themselves.

More than a simple presentation of works, the Rencontres Internationales propose a real intercultural forum where the attending artists will exchange with the audience while talking about the artistic practices in their countries.

In 2007, the Rencontres Internationales, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. The same programme will be presented in Madrid in April 2008 and in Berlin in June 2008. This event now constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and different audiences.

The Rencontres Internationales reflect the specificities and convergences of art practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging art practices and their critical purposes and give a chance to this necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.

The event wish to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a demanding program open to everyone.

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