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"Call for Entries: 9th Biennial of Moving Images"
2001-11-02 until 2001-11-11
Saint-Gervais - Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine
Genève, , CH

Since its first edition in 1985, the Biennial of Moving Images has been one of the major European events in the field of contemporary arts and electronic medias. Organised by the Centre for contemporary images, the Biennial gathers the very best of film, video TV and multimedia creation, thus offering its Swiss and international public a unique occasion to get in close touch with an exciting and happening field of art.

9th Biennial - Sound System
exhibition - new spaces
festival - new sections
competition - new rules

The idea of the Sound System will run as a red thread across some of the events, screenings and exhibitions of the Biennial; the theme of sound and music in moving images will be investigated through concerts, live performances, artists statements and installations, but also through screenings of films and video tapes. The traditional retrospectives will be dedicated to Nam June Paik, the founder of video art, who has constantly collaborated with musicians since his meeting with John Cage in the early 60s, and Laurie Anderson, who makes art mixing rockn roll, electronic music and images. The Mamco (Museum of modern and contemporary art of Geneva) is hosting the exhibition of the 9th Biennial; many installations of Swiss and international contemporary artists will be shown.

The 9th Biennial launches two new sections:
Focus is a mix of several programs (screenings) which present a series of works by important artists who are still too young to be honored with a retrospective. Quartier libre (free quarters) is an agora, the vivid heart of the Biennial; a user-friendly space created by artists, Quartier libre proposes daily meetings and discussions with artists, critics, writers and journalists wanting to create new ways of exchanging ideas. Special events by artists, live performances and concerts will also take place at Quartier libre; theoretical discussions and statements will be organised in cooperation with the Ecole supérieure des arts appliqués of Geneva (college for applied arts), within the frame of a workshop by Philippe Dubois about the display of moving images in exhibitions.

The 9th Biennial opens its competition to works on films:
The Biennial opens its competition to video tapes and films for the first time; the works must have been produced in 2000 or 2001; the Biennial competition is oriented towards artistic and experimental video tapes and films. It aims to confront works that are personal and strongly different from traditional commercial or TV productions. Therefore, no limitation in genre, language or length is imposed. The exhaustive Competition Rules can be found on line; deadline for registration is June 30th, 2001. About 40 works will be shortlisted from the more than 600 expected, and will participate in the competition; prizes for a total amount of CHF 25,000.- (approx. USD 15000.-) will be awarded.

As usual, cartes blanches will be proposed by young curators and critics specifically interested by the intersection of contemporary art and music; the major Swiss artschools will present the best productions by their students; a bilingual catalogue (French/English) documenting the whole Biennial, of about 160 pages in color will be published.


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