August 2, 2007 - Associação Cultural Videobrasil - 16th Videobrasil at SESC Avenida Paulista
August 2, 2007

16th Videobrasil at SESC Avenida Paulista

Atos do Diamante (1997), Arthur Omar

16th International Electronic Art Festival_SESC Videobrasil
September 30 to October 25, 2007

SESC Avenida Paulista
Av. Paulista, 119 CEP 01311-903,
São Paulo, SP
Promotion: SESC São Paulo
Concept and production: Associação Cultural Videobrasil

16th Videobrasil researches ties between
video, visual arts, and cinema

The ties between video, cinema, and the visual arts are the object of investigation of the 16th International Electronic Art Festival_SESC Videobrasil, to be held at SESC Avenida Paulista, in São Paulo, from September 30 to October 25, 2007. Synthesized in the curatorial theme Limite: Movimentação de imagem e muita estranheza [Limit: image movement and lots of strangeness], the relations among those fields, which unfold into expanded images and multiple narratives, are present in all sections of the Festival, from the competitive exhibition to the special curatorships, from the conferences to the participation of guests Peter Greenaway, Marcel Odenbach, Kenneth Anger, Arthur Omar, Carlos Adriano, Edgard Navarro, Eder Santos, and Detanico Lain.

The theme of the 16th Videobrasil was inspired by the feature film Limite (1930), by Mario Peixoto, which caused surprise by introducing, into Brazilian cinema and audiovisual production, all sorts of hybridizations and experimental strategies, using a camera that assumes its own visibility and the intentionality of writing. The film will receive a special tribute at the Festival, and is one of the subjects of the third edition of the annual publication Caderno Videobrasil, to be released during the event.
Southern Panoramas
Curated by Solange Farkas, director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil and of the Museum of Modern Art – Bahia, the 16th Videobrasil will bring together, in the Southern Panoramas competitive exhibition, sixty-six works produced during the last two years in seventeen countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania. The selection was made from 791 works submitted, and includes both productions by artists with a background in the field of electronic art, and those who use video as a research tool.

The exhibition will feature work by the Brazilians Eustáquio Neves, Wagner Morales, Cao Guimarães, Giselle Beiguelman, Marcellvs L., and Nuno Ramos, the duo Maurício Dias (Brazil) and Walter Riedweg (Switzerland), the Argentines León Ferrari, Andrés Denegri, Gustavo Galuppo, Marcello Mercado, and Federico Lamas, the Australian John Gillies, the South African Gregg Smith, the Lebanese Akram Zaatari, the Chilean Claudia Aravena Abughosh, the Moroccan Bouchra Khalili, and the Mexicans Marco Casado and Salvador Ortega.

Divided into the sections State of the Art (for the production of established artists), Contemporary Investigations (for research processes), and New Vectors (for emerging artists), Southern Panoramas will highlight proposals that use cinema as raw material and/or “data bank,” remixing sequences, recontextualizing scenes, and reprocessing classic images by Hitchcock, Antonioni, Tarkovsky, and Godard.
Guest artists
The quest for a deterritorialized cinema, the procedures of which are in line with contemporary artistic practice, has also determined the choice of guests such as Peter Greenaway, who will bring to the event new developments of Tulse Luper Suitcases, his project-manifesto on the future of cinema. His participation includes a live image session, an installation, lectures, and a blog . The German video art pioneer Marcel Odenbach will have his largest exhibition to date in Latin America, featuring installations, films, a lecture, and a previously unseen work, commissioned by the Festival. Kenneth Anger, one of the inventors of underground cinema in the United States, will have a retrospective screening of nine short films produced between 1947 and 1972.

The Brazil Axis will feature artist Arthur Omar, who has been breaking down borders between different artistic territories since the 1970s, as he travels between film, photography, video, installations, and Web art; Edgard Navarro, from the state of Bahia, whose résumé includes some of the most irreverent and original videos in the history of Brazilian visual art; filmmaker and master in cinema Carlos Adriano, who operates between documental and experimental film; Eder Santos, one of the foremost Brazilian electronic artists; and the duo Detanico Lain, which is also responsible for the graphic identity of Videobrasil.

For more information on the 16th International Electronic Art Festival_SESC Videobrasil and other Associação Cultural Videobrasil activities, visit our Web site:

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