Curto Circuito (1979) from andre parente on Vimeo.
An anonymous character stars in a plot in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in continuous escape, without knowing who or what he is running away from.
André Parente (b.1957) is a Brazilian artist and new media and cinema researcher.
As with the most unnerving comedy, there is no laughter soundtrack – viewers are left to decide for themselves in which of the ambiguities to place their trust.
Marcos Chaves (b.1961) is a Brazilian artist based in Rio de Janeiro. Chaves searches for different meanings, or manoeuvres the existing ones inherent to objects, words and life-situations. His work extracts poetry and alternative representations by shifting the values of ordinary, everyday objects, landscapes and words.
The Artist builds a wall between the viewer/world and himself.
Paul Hage Boutros (b.1982) is a Lebanese visual artist based in Sweden. In his work, Hage Boutros is interested in the notions of life and time. Time is held in suspense in order to evoke our attention and curiosity to what has been neglected, rejected and ignored.
This film-essay is structured on a long reflection on the use and perception of time and memory, composed with images captured over the last 15 years.
Gian Spina was born in São Paulo and lives in Cairo where he teaches at CILAS (Cairo institute for liberal arts and science).
Some harsh truth said in this instructional short film filled with dark humour and cynicism… What is our place on this planet? Inaction might be the most effective way of being...
Basim Magdy (b.1977) is an Egyptian visual artist based in Basel, Switzerland and Cairo, Egypt. His drawings, sculptures, videos and installations are conceived with a taste for the absurd. Like dreams, elements of a familiar landscape stem out of reality.
A bubble slides between the empty rooms of a house, being observed by a silent camera, leaving space for the viewer to inhabit the poetics of solitude.
Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967) is a Brazilian artist. In her installations, film, and photography, Neuenschwander employs fragile, unassuming materials to create mesmerizing aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as "ethereal materialism".
Cao Guimarães (b. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist. Awarded at national and international video and film festivals, publishes articles, art reviews and short stories in literary supplements for newspapers and magazines.
Inùtil Paisagem from louise botkay on Vimeo.
A visual essay about solitude in relation to the landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Perhaps a video for the song of Antonio Carlos Jobim, which shares the same title and questions the meaning of life for a lonely soul.
Louise Botkay (b. 1978) is a Brazilian artist and film-maker. She takes photos and films using cell phone, digital video and super8, 16 and 35mm film cameras, handcrafted by the artist herself. Her films, permeated by silence and made in countries like Haiti, Congo, Niger, Chad, Holland, France and Brazil, address cultural syncretism in the post-colonial context.
The artist was woken up from a nap by his nephew and niece improvising a musical piece on the synthesizer.
Ziad Antar (b.1978) is a Lebanese video artist and photographer. In his work, Antar explores the dynamic interaction of places, cultures, memories and disciplines.
Guaracys from Cristiano Lenhardt on Vimeo.
The film in super 8 presents an imaginary community that obtains food by foraging, and that's deeply connected to nature, relying on its supernatural healing powers to cure ailments of the body and spirit.
Cristiano Lenhardt (b.1975) is a Brazilian artist, with an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, video and sculpture.
Exercises is a sequence of 8 videos in which different women perform a movement repeatedly. We present Exercise III, in which a sculpture is produced from the body movement.
Janaina Tschape was born in 1973 in Munich, Germany and was raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tschäpe’s interdisciplinary practice spans painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture.
A state of limbo, a migrant of sorts...
Rami George (b. 1989, Somerville, MA) lives and works in Philadelphia. He takes personal and embodied experiences as points of departure to re-appraise enduring civic and social issues, ranging from the legacies of the civil war in Lebanon to familial and queer histories.
Anri Sala. Long Sorrow from Anastasia on Vimeo.
Long Sorrow is a requiem for the end of dreams. Its protagonist is the famous free jazz saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, who appears in a surreal scenario, hanging in mid-air outside the top-floor window of a building on the outskirts of Berlin, a classic architectural example of 1960s housing developments. Neighborhood residents have rebaptized this building “the long sorrow”, a nickname that becomes the title of Anri Sala’s film. In it, the African-American musician’s improvisations build a cathedral of sound, imbued with a sense of mounting tension. Part social documentary and part metaphor for artistic creation, Long Sorrow closes with the image of an airplane that seems to crash into the building.
Anri Sala (b. 1974 in Tirana, Albania) lives and works in Berlin. His films, photographs and videos explore the boundaries of history and geography, seen through the eyes of marginal characters who become accidental actors in collective dramas.
Oikos from Pedro Zylbersztajn on Vimeo.
Oikos is a Greek notion defining the family, the house, the property, the ecosystem...
Pedro Zylbersztajn (b. 1993) is a Brazilian artist living and working between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. He is a graduate of MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.
Extracts from "Under a Rainbow" from Roy Dib on Vimeo.
This experimental film intersperses VHS samples of a film starring the 1980s-era child performer Remi, female TV performers and archive footage of the Lebanese Civil War.
Roy Dib (b 1983) Roy Dib is an artist and filmmaker who works and lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His work focuses on the subjective constructions of space.
Devastação from claudia paim on Vimeo.
This video is one of the artist's last performances. Throughout her life, Paim investigated the representation of the body in relation to Nature. Having herself battled with illness, Devastação presents an extreme image of the contemporary world.
Claudia Paim (1961-2018) was a Brazilian artist who developed research on collectives and public space, performance and body art.
,Beirut (2003) from Raed Yassin on Vimeo.
,Beirut is a documentary on the marginal characters living in the city’s peripheries. Patient or restless, they occupy the sea but also the rooftops, watching over the waking hours of the city and the somnambulant wanderings of its citizens.
Raed Yassin (b.1979) is a Lebanese artist and musician, whose work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their workings within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production.
FERROLHO from Evandro Machado on Vimeo.
A narrative of unexpected events.
Evandro Machado (b.1973) is a Brazilian artist, with an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, video and sculpture.
Cassandra didn't want Apolo anymore. The God went out into the village saying that Cassandra's gifts were delusional. Motivated by revenge, Cassandra's sensibility became some invented madness. Was she the first "crazy" woman? Chauvinism is also cruel in overloading the female body and putting it to the test. The woman wakes up, takes care of the house, works, dreams, pays the bills, reconciles her mother's life with other projects and is always in danger of being condemned to convenient madness.
Cissa Borges (b.1983) is a Brazilian artist, works with installations and performances investigating themes such as motherhood, feminism, personal archeology and routine.
HEAVEN from Luiz Roque on Vimeo.
2080: the Epstein-Barr virus has mutated into something more aggressive... The plot illustrates the health and sociopolitical implications of this virus for trans people….
Luiz Roque (b.1979) is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in São Paulo.
Thoughts On Screen from Clara Abi Nader on Vimeo.
Since the confinement has begun in France, Clara Abi Nader's ongoing photographic projects have been put on hold. Creating stories with words and images has always been her playground: these short videos were born out of lack of equipment. She shoots and edits everything on her smartphone, simply by screen recording. Every day a theme or question comes up to her mind, it's a matter of what state of mind she is in.
Clara Abi Nader (b.1989) is a Lebanese landscape and portrait photographer based in Paris, whose work mainly evolves around the question of identity, belonging and territorial problematics.
The domestic intimacy is an inspiration for the construction of a dreamy universe of bees, where the artist portrays herself inside her house transformed into a beehive.
Brígida Baltar (b.1959) is a Brazilian multimedia artist.
27-#TOUCH IVAN ARGOTE. ALTRUISM, 2011, 1’20"
The subway bar is probably on of the objets that people find more disgusting, but why? Probably because it’s supposed to be touched by thousands and thousands of unknowns daily, which means that it’s disgusting because others are in contact with it. From another perspective, there are many statues and religious icons that people want to touch for spiritual reasons or simply to have luck. Nobody is disgusted by those, so here Argote, decided to look at the subway bar differently, and as an altruist act kiss it with passion, precisely because it’s touched by thousands and thousands.`
Iván Argote (b.1983) is a Colombian visual artist based in Paris, France.
He creates videos, photographs, sculpture, public interventions and performances, as a way to explore our inextricable links to history, tradition, art, politics and power.
The filling glass from Anna Costa e Silva on Vimeo.
It fills up, it spills over.
Anna Costa e Silva (b.1988) is a visual artist based in Rio de Janeiro. Her multidisciplinary practice is often participatory and spans across mediums.
O Século from tiagomatamachado on Vimeo.
A viewpoint on a protest… The potential revolution in everyday life.
Cinthia Marcelle (b.1974) is a Brazilian multimedia artist focusing in photography, video, and installation work. Tiago Mata Machado (b.1973) is a Brazilian film critic, curator and filmmaker.
This film is a montage of footage of people dancing found in the BBC archives. Curtis collected over two thousand shots from all kinds of TV programs and edited them together to music by the 70s German band Neu.
"I think it gives a sense that we are all together in the dance." - Adam Curtis
Adam Curtis (b.1955) is a British documentary filmmaker. In his work, he explores areas of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and political history. He has worked for the BBC throughout his career.
Paradox of Praxis 5 from Francis Alÿs on Vimeo.
Sometimes we dream as we live, and sometimes we live as we dream…
Francis Alÿs (b.1959) is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice.
The Voisin Tarot from Jennifer May Reiland on Vimeo.
In March 1679, an astrologer, tarot-card reader, potion-maker, and midwife named Catherine Monvoisin, also known as La Voisin, was arrested on charges of sorcery and poisoning. Her arrest led to the accusation and arrest of many of the most prominent women of Louis XIV's court on similar charges. This is the story of the scandal told through a new set of Tarot cards.
Jennifer May Reiland (b.1989) is a visual artist from Houston, based in NYC. She revisits contemporary as well as medieval tales and narratives through meticulous watercolors, pen drawings and paintings, which are often accompanied by animations. She intentionally blurs the lines between the event and its fantasized representation.
Sympathy for the Devil from Claudia Joskowicz on Vimeo.
Sympathy for the Devil can be understood as a reflection on space and its influence on the human social dimension. Using the iconic view of the Illimani (a prominent mountain in the Bolivian Andes) two synchronized screens narrate an anecdote from 1970s Bolivia. They each depict the daily encounter between a Polish jewish refugee who arrived in Bolivia during the Second World War and his upstairs neighbor, the former Nazi Klaus Barbie (who lived under an assumed identity) in a building in a well to-do neighborhood in the city of La Paz. Both men lived parallel lives as neighbors and as European immigrants in exile in Bolivia, mutually aware of each other's presence in the building, meeting daily in the elevator.
Claudia Joskowicz (b. 1968) is a Bolivian visual artist, lives and works in New York and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
COMO VIVEM OS MORTOS from marceloamorim on Vimeo.
An actress interprets a text by the english writer Will Self from the book "How the dead live". The character of a woman who has passed away speaks of how women tend to be underrepresented in history, always as supporting and never as protagonists.
Marcelo Amorim (b.1977) is a Brazilian artist who collects and appropriates images to produce drawing, painting and video works.
AVIS from Sirine Fattouh on Vimeo.
Avis consists of a series of cancellations of cultural and artistic events as they appeared in the Lebanese newspaper L’Orient le Jour during April 1975 when the Lebanese civil war started and when events were canceled due to circumstances. This archival research was part of a public art commission the artist did in 2015 consisting of fake cancellations of cultural and artistic events of the same day referring to the dire political upheaval the country and the region were still and are still going through.
Sirine Fattouh (b. 1980, Lebanon) is an artist and researcher living between Paris and Beirut. Her work examines the consequences of violence and displacements on people’s identities.
Conceived around a litany of terms, including wound, scar, orthopaedics, bones and chemical substances, this works is about the way of translating the unrepresentable brutality of our daily newsfeeds.
Setareh Shahbazi (b.1978, Tehran) is best known for her drawings and installations that are primarily based on found visual material that is digitally manipulated by the artist.
This film was made in 1966, never released, recently restored by Academy Film Archives, Los Angeles.
Bruce Baillie, (b.1931) is an North-American director of experimental film. Founder member of the Canyon Cinema Independent Cooperative and the San Francisco Film Library.
O Pulsar is a poem by Augusto de Campos with music by Caetano Veloso. This video made in 2014 by Gonzalo Aguiar and Augusto de Campos is inspired by the original video from Paulo Barreto.
Wherever you are
On Mars or Eldorado
open the window and see
the pulse almost silent
light years hug
that no sun heats up
and the dark hollow forgets
Augusto de Campos (b.1931) is a Brazilian poet and a representative of "Poesia Concreta".
A car advances towards a dense cloud and then penetrates the darkness.
The audio, a mixture of photographic beats and flashes, belongs to the artist's sound archive, and was recorded during the demonstrations against the World Cup in Brazil.
Janaina Wagner, (b.1989) is a Brazilian artist based in France who works with the relations of limit, control and contention that men-kind establishes with the world.
Gestures used to activate new devices are patented – for example, the »slide-to-unlock« movement patented by Apple in 2011. Julien Prévieux started to collect these specific movements in 2006. His assumption was that the gestures patented today are the movements we may all have to do in the near future: patents as an archive of gestures to come.
Julien Prévieux (b.1974) is a French artist who has a penchant for juxtaposing conceptually engaging ideas with an intriguing range of formats and strategies. His projects offer fresh ways of considering current paradigms as they relate to the past and the future.
Desfi(L)ando from CORPOS INFORMÁTICOS on Vimeo.
The artist goes to the streets through choreographic creation experiences, producing new forms of interaction with the places and people he meets along the way.
Corpos Informáticos is a Brazilian research group on performance and digital technologies.
It is finished once the balloon hits the ground. Each player uses two bells to keep it from falling. It is played in a field of a carpet. A conversation is taking place between two unseen children that are playing a separate game on the internet to the left. This conversation becomes part of the music through its proximity to the playing field.
Alberto Aguilar is a Chicago based artist, his creative work often incorporates whatever materials he has at hand and has extended into collaborations and exchanges with others, including his own family.
The title of the video refers to the brazilian popular song "Sonífera Ilha" and presents a poetic image of two floating platforms side by side, building an analogy of broken relationships.
Analu Cunha (b.1964) is a Brazilian visual artist, teacher and filmmaker.
A possibility of a new world is born, starting in the transformation of ourselves?
Wanted to change everything
I changed everything
Now post everything
Augusto de Campos (b.1931) is a Brazilian poet and a representative of "Poesia Concreta".
VOLTA AO MUNDO from cinthia marcelle on Vimeo.
Nine white vans move around the same square, where they can all be seen at the same time. The vehicles enter one at a time into the circuit, moving simultaneously around the place. The vans leave the square the same way they did to enter, leaving a track in an empty space. How many vans are moving around squares right now?
Cinthia Marcelle (b.1974) is a Brazilian artist working with photography, video, and installations.
This video by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla in collaboration with science fiction writer Ted Chiang presents a letter to humanity narrated from the point of view of a group of Puerto Rican parrots that are facing extinction.
Jennifer Allora (b.1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b.1971) are a duo working with sculpture, performance, video, sound and photography through which they evoke contemporary geopolitics, cultural artifacts and archaeological history.
The Navigator, 2016 from Bahar Yurukoglu on Vimeo.
curator, writer, and graduate student in the Art History PhD program at UCLA.
An unidentified figure clad in a golden hooded cape traverses the Arctic Circle. She really hasn't brought along much besides a stash of neon-colored fabrics and flat reflective objects. While others travel to this region to escape from themselves or what some unfortunately call "civilization," she is here to enact mysterious rituals for an interior journey. An invigorating beat of drums and a tune similar to that of a sad ice cream truck accompany her, as her magical touch paints the Arctic landscapes with psychedelic colors. All in all, The Navigator, 2016, is about survival, navigating through inhospitable inner and outer landscapes with resolve and joy, but also making the most out of being lost. It may not be easy or bereft of risks, but at the end of the road, Yürükoğlu consoles us, the journey is worth it.
Bahar Yürükoğlu (b. 1981) is an Istanbul-based artist. Using photography, video, sound and installation, her work examines the contemporary societal space that requires existing somewhere between a state of utopia and dystopia.
Two men accept the CCTV cameras in their city as their extended family and take awkward home videos using their Super8. Like in a family BBQ, relatives invade each other’s privacy, and in return, they act like tourists recording memories of traumas that will be dealt with later.
Roy Dib (b.1983) is an artist and filmmaker who works and lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His work focuses on the subjective constructions of space.
Raafat Majzoub (b.1986) is an architect, author and artist based in Lebanon.
Gimnasio from marceloamorim on Vimeo.
One who spies on others.
Marcelo Amorim (b.1977) is a Brazilian artist working with collected images he appropriates to produce drawings, paintings and video works.
O AR DO CORPO from Tunga on Vimeo.
Through the metaphor of the body, the artist presents us the alchemical processes of transformation of matter into poetry.
Tunga (b. 1952 - 2016) is a Brazilian artist, sculptor, and performance artist.
AIRPORT from Simone Couto on Vimeo.
The video, conceived in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, explores transitional spaces and memory. These a-temporal places embody loss as anonymous happenings.
Simone Couto (b.1975) is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist, poet, curator, and educator. She is interested in how the interconnection between place and individuals, both in nature and urban settings, shapes identities and impacts society and ecosystems.
Rõm-Ófice is a poetic survey on the notion of work. Through an unpredictable combination of everyday objects and paraphernalia, it investigates the relationship between domesticity and labor. With this unusual yet capturing performance, the artist brings on a reflection on how late capitalism has affected work, especially when confined to the quotidian spaces of the home.
Érica Storer de Araújo (b. 1992) is a Brazilian artist interested in the relationship between performance, labor and the body. She participated in many international festivals in South America and Europe.
BREAKDOWN (2008-2013) from Gwenael Belanger on Vimeo.
Conceived as a follow-up to his photographic project 100, rue Blainville Ouest (2009), Breakdown (2008-2013), a recent work by Gwenaël Bélanger, is an animated 3D short showing in a single take of a house in free-fall, disintegrating along its way, its origin unknown.
Gwenaël Bélanger (b.1975) is a Canadian, Montreal based artist. A close, critical observation of what forms a vivid picture in our everyday world is the starting point for all his projects.
In 2013, Ahmed was given permission by the Saudi Arabian government to film the holy city of Mecca, the grand mosque Al Masjid al-Haram, which houses the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, and its environs.
Over the course of the past decade, Mecca has undergone an unprecedented urban transformation, with massive extensions of the mosque and mass gentrification of historic areas of the city. This is due in part to the increasing number of people performing the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage. In this scene, pilgrims perform the ritual of 'Stoning the Devil' at the Jamarat. The murmur of crowds and the continuous rhythm of pebbles striking a wall gently draw us into Mecca, one of the most restricted yet highly visited cities in the world. At several different points during the hajj, pilgrims perform this stone-throwing ritual, symbolizing stoning the devil and the casting away of temptations.
Ahmed Mater (b.1979) in Tabuk and grew up in Abha; the capital of Aseer (a region to the south of Saudi Arabia), far from the urban centers of Saudi Arabia, of which he remains rooted to it’s identity. His recent practice presents an unofficial history of Saudi sociopolitical life. It is concerned with the representation of traumatic events of collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which films, video, image, performance and text can document physical and psychological contention.
This film is a documentary video about an emblematic leisure zone on the flanks of Beirut, the "Sporting club", during low season, where different social bodies and physical matters get in close contact and the relations of construction and erasement of space are portrayed.
Lorde Selys (b.1986) is a Belgian artist working collaboratively with words, lenses, multi-definitions of space, their users and inhabitants.
The Dancing Plague is an episode that took place in Strasbourg during the summer of 1518. In early July a woman named Frau Troffea went out to the streets of Strasbourg and began to dance for no reason. Attracting the attention of passersby with her clumsy and frenetic dance, she went on dancing with no signs of joy for hours until she collapsed from exhaustion. Soon to follow more people joined her in this absurd dance, the incident lasted all summer affecting as much as 400 people that danced together, most until they died. By the end of it the epidemic killed 15 people per day. There are more recorded episodes in history of people dancing for no reason until their death, but nothing to the scale of this episode and a full explanation for what took place is still uncertain.
The most reasonable approach is to understand this occurrence as the release of an incredible amount of accumulated social stress related to the collapse of the social and economic structure of the city affected by consecutive years of failed crops, hyper inflation and speculative markets.
André Romão (b.1984) lives and works in Lisbon. His practice has been dealing with the human aspects hiding in cultural and economical systems of production, exploring the confrontation of macro and micro structures in contemporary society through an ‘against the grain’ research on economics, eroticism, violence, and appropriation.
The video shows the artist performing the gesture of placing herself in the closet and closing its doors. The video shot during the Brazilian dictatorship finds echo in the current experience of the lockdown, and reflects another type of political unrest the country is experiencing.
Letícia Parente (1930 - 1991) is a Brazilian artist, researcher and pioneer of videoart in Brazil.
Estação is a digital video of a subway station. It integrates installations that recreate subway trains to explore the lines between virtual and physical locations.
Ana Maria Tavares (b. 1958) is a Brazilian artist. Her works explore the concept of space using geographic and urban sites on installations, digital images and videos.
The artist presents a poetic cartography using a mask - the iconic object of our times - as a support.
Enrica Bernardelli (b.1959) is a Brazilian artist and photographer.
Insônia presents questions about issues that deal with the life of the artist in his later years, experimenting with creative alternatives for videographic fiction.
Rafael França (1957-1991) was a Brazilian artist and videomaker.
The work deals with the passage of time, and the present happening with the promise that it will pass. The affirmation is repeated on each page, and is projected onto the inside page, which in turn becomes a place of accumulation of past moments.
Maria Laet (b.1982) is a Brazilian artist whose work is created by actions and through the results of gestures and subtle interventions, in a practice which involves drawing, engraving, photography and video.
american curator based in istanbul and new york, and founding director and curator of Protocinema.
#POTENTIAL_FUTURES_FOR_ALL_OF_US ATALAY YAVUZ.TUNNEL, 2014, 2'40"
Atalay shot this video in Üsküdar, near the Beşiktaş Marmaray ferries when he lived in Istanbul. He loves the way the puddle turns into a portal/wormhole when the trains move in the video. It feels like you can just jump in there and end up somewhere far away. For me it is something I have longed for during these internal months. Atalay’s captures of simple reflections in water become potential futures for all of us.
Atalay Yavuz (b.1988) is a Turkish artist who alters readily available materials and our perception of them. Yavuz's work shares the approach of Process Art, a movement in the US and Europe in the mid-1960s, whereby installations included their process and/or interaction and experience as a key feature.
Protocinema is a nonprofit art organization that makes transnational, site-aware exhibitions around the world, based in İstanbul. Collaborations, interventions and exhibitions are presented in spaces specific to each artist. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to realize new work and exhibit existing work, in a variety of contexts that are accessible to a wide range of individuals.
In Outlook, stories of regret and disenchantment are told by different people, filmed in profile by the artist. The video invites viewers to become witnesses, by listening to these personal confessions, in this intimate setting.
Bill Lundberg (b.1942) is a North American artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. He is a pioneer in the fields of performance, film, video and installation.
Valor #1 from núria güell on Vimeo.
Value #1 is structured in two parts. The first one is a video showing how the phrase “El día de mañana” [The Day of Tomorrow] is permanently tattooed on the sole of my right foot; the second one is the documentation produced daily with a scanner of the wear and tear that the tattooed sentence suffers, as a result of the daily friction when walking. The documentation process ends when the only words remaining on the sole are «día de», words which, because of their location on the foot, will remain inscribed there for life. The tilt of the time horizon towards the future is one of the characteristics of Western civilization. This tendency to project ourselves towards tomorrow conditions our way of living in the present. Instilling this value is a form of control over the individual.
Núria Güell (b.1981) is a Spanish artist whose work reformulates and deals with the limits of legality, the analyzes of ethics practiced by the Institutions that govern us detecting abuses of power committed through the established legality and hegemonic morality.
Milan, Spring 2020: while most of the population was confined at home, an army of essential workers kept providing a range of primary services. In this context, food delivery riders played a central role.
Milan is considered the national capital of food delivery, with an estimated number of 3000 riders working across the city every day. More than half of them are migrants and delivering food represents their only source of income.
2050+ is an interdisciplinary architecture studio based in Milan, working across technology, environment and politics.
-orama is Milan-based creative agency that works across art, design, cinema and architecture.
This documentary was made in collaboration with artist and rider Lupo Borgonovo.
A maldição tropical from ulisa carmens on Vimeo.
A friction between two nation-building projects forged for Brazil in the mid-20th Century: one is a tropical imagery personified by the singer and actress Carmen Miranda; another one is a late modernism established in Brazil by the end of the 50's, beginning of the 60's, embodied in Rio de Janeiro by Flamengo Park.
Luisa Marques (b.1985) is a Brazilian visual artist, filmmaker and film editor.
Darks Miranda is a combination of self-fiction and the incorporation of dark and comic uncontrollable forces.
Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the V&A, London
#BRUTAL LYDIA MOYER. THE FORCING (No.1),11'06"
I've been reflecting in recent months on Moyer's frank, ambiguous, and sometimes brutal series, The Forcing. The work addresses the entanglements of climate change + social justice struggles with capitalism and its manifestations. During this period of global lockdown, it echoes with our current experience of nature - as voyeurs, through screens, watching deer drink from a swimming pool - and with the altered social fabric the pandemic is inaugurating.
Since I submitted this work to Covideo-19, protests against the racist killings of George Floyd (and too many others), and against systems that enables police brutality, have erupted across the US. As we grapple with our complicity in and with such systems - even in silence, as viewers from a safe distance - Moyer's work reminds us that injustice is always uncomfortably close to home.
Lydia Moyer is a contemporary video and print artist who works primarily with themes of feminism, the environment, and history. She often appropriates existing materials and objects and blurs the premise of non-fiction.
The Day Before the Fires from louis henderson on Vimeo.
Downtown Cairo, January 2012.
An archaeology of popular uprisings from 1952 - 2012. The film is conceived in one long circular take, following the path of the Cairo fire of January 26th 1952 - an act of anti-colonial protest that led to the Egyptian military coup of 1952, and subsequently the Nasser regime.
"A voice speaks of something. Something is spoken of. At the same time we are made to see something else. And finally what is spoken of is under what we are made to see...speech rises into the air, what it speaks of sinks underground."
Louis Henderson (b.1983) is a filmmaker whose works investigate connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history.
In November of 2017, people from across Beirut came to the National Museum and gave their voices to a number of objects in the collection. The people spoke to and for and about these objects from the past, and, in doing so, they revealed fragments of the present. They did not attempt to disclose a particular historical narrative. Nor did they attempt to create a fiction. They did not lie and they did not try to tell the truth.
Mathaf Mathaf | Chou Hayda is an audio guide project by contemporary artist Annabel Daou and the people of Beirut. It is a commission by BeMA in collaboration with Temporary Art Platform (TAP) with the partnership of the Ministry of Culture / Directorate General of Antiquities and the National Museum of Beirut.
Annabel Daou (b.1967) is a Lebanese-American visual artist whose work takes place at the intersection of writing, speech, and non- verbal modes of communication.
In Strike II, the artist and her daughter hit the camera with a pair of hammers, attacking image-making apparatus and representation.
Hito Steyerl (b.1966) is a filmmaker, video artist and writer.
In Preparação II, the artist gives herself four injections of vaccines labeled “anti-cultural colonialism”, “anti-racism”, “anti-political mystification” and “anti-art mythification”.
Letícia Parente (1930-1991) was a Brazilian visual artist and a professor with a PhD in Chemistry. She was a pioneer of Brazilian video art during the 1970s.
green ray by tacita dean from veronika fee on Vimeo.
For sailors, green rays are seen as harbingers of great change or fortune. From the Madagascan coast, Dean captured the rare natural phenomenon in one roll of film, while others, present at the same time, were unsuccessful in capturing it on digital video.
Tacita Dean (b.1965) is a British visual artist who works primarily in film.
artist and filmmaker
Thinya is a semiotic experiment born from director Lia Letícia’s experience when she first visited the Old World. As an Afro-Brazilian woman occupying the land of plenty in the other side of the seas, dealing with its natives - so ethnically distinct from her - and discovering its treasures, she imagined an inverted journey like the ones braved by those natives’ ancestors five centuries earlier.
What is the effect of a particular discourse on images of a distant land?
Lia Letícia exploits the power of old narratives and anonymous photographs to explain the importance of what is said, by whom, and over which symbols. The film is a mindful subversion of History, twisting the point of view of centuries-old transatlantic relations, and inviting us to reflect on identity and territory under colonisation. Thinya is narrated in Yatê, the language of the Fulni-ô tribe of Northeast Brazil, by Thinya Fulni-ô (Maria Pastora). Its original music was composed by Claudio N and performed with the help of Fulni-ô musicians. Experimental composer Thelmo Cristovam was responsible for sound capture, design and editing. The images came from anonymous pictures bought at a flea market in Berlin.
Lia Letícia (b. 1975) is a Brazilian artist who started her career in the Arts as a scenographer in theatre plays and samba schools. In the late 1990s, she explored the use of paintings on several media, including audiovisual. Later, she researched video-art methods and applications, and started to write and direct experimental films. Lia Letícia also acts as an art director for other film directors, as a curator and organiser of art exhibitions and events, and as an educator.
The video crosses images of protests in Africa and raves in the United Kingdom with the song Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good), by Zimbabwean singer Rozalla as a soundtrack. Dancing as a form of protesting.
Dan Halter was born in Zimbabwe in 1977. As stated by himself, his artistic creation processes are similar to a DJ remixing cultural artifacts.
Following the traces of Glenn Gould and his so-called Solitude Trilogy up north at Lake Superior seemed a welcome alibi for a Middle-European to explore a little bit of what is called THE NORTH for Canadians, what it means to drive hours and hours without one single settlement, having the car radio and the camera as sole companions. And what community might mean under the circumstances of the periphery. What I brought back from there? The certainty that there is definitely no marxist in the White House! And that even in the most remote retreat: Beware of the dogs!
Daniel Kötter (b.1975) is a director and video artist whose work oscillates deliberately between different media and institutional contexts, combining techniques of structuralist film with documentary elements and experimental music theater.
The repetition of a primitive, violent gesture as a cry against anger, un-satisfaction and unease, embodying a fight – one fight, too many – with one’s own incapacity to share emotions.
Sanja Lasić (b. 1987, Sarajevo) is a visual artist based in Vienna. Using her personal experiences as a starting point, she investigates cultural identity, trauma and memory from a female point of view.
A kinetic video flickering a sign of medicine and perhaps also death?
Albrecht Pischel (b. 1981) is a German artist, lives and works in Berlin. His conceptual art practice comprises photography, film, installation, ready-mades, sound, and performance and aims at the transgression of boundaries between disparate mediums, genres, and cultures.
In 2010, a video posted on Youtube entitled Yosemite Bear mountain double rainbow went viral...
Haig Aivazian (b.1980) is a Lebanese artist and curator who creates installations, drawings, sculpture and performances that connect a political reflection to biographical references.
Recôndita from Carla Santana on Vimeo.
curator and art educator
#THIS_IS_A_BREATHING_BODY CARLA SANTANA. RECÔNDITA, 2017, 2'22”
What exists or emanates from the soul. Something that cannot easily materialize. The work addresses the subjective experiences and social questions concerning black women in Brazilian society.
Carla Santana (b. 1995) is a Brazilian artist, and a member of the Rio de Janeiro based Trovoa Collective.
Keyna Eleison is a griot of shamanic heritage, a narrator, a singer, an ancestor chronicler. By way of earthly background, she’s a prolific museum, gallery and street independent art curator and educator based in Rio de Janeiro.
Between 2017 and 2018, Anais made trips to Japan and the backwood of Ceará, Brazil. From the tracks, remains, and cracks she proposes a connection between the Brazilian backwood (known as “sertão”) and Japan. Looking at these two diasporas, seeks to constitute unique readings that return to understandings about the still, starting from personal experiences translated into aesthetic experiences.
Anais-Karenin (b. 1993) is a Brazilian artist, working on objects and installations searching for an ecology’s experiences between art and nature.
Oum Ameen, a Palestinian grandmother, returns to her hometown Haifa through Google Maps Streetview, today, the only way she can see Palestine.
Razan Al Salah (b.1987) is a Lebanese-Palestionian artist who works across a range of image, text and installation practices investigating the politics of dis/appearance of places and bodies in colonial image worlds - photographic// digital// virtual - breaking these thresholds of view into elsewheres here - where colonialism no longer makes sense.
90-#BINGING ATALAY YAVUZ. BUTTER, 2013, 14’32”
Isn't it so nice that people have sculptures in their fridges? They just didn't know.
Atalay Yavuz (b.1988) is a Turkish artist who alters readily available materials and our perception of them. Yavuz's work shares the approach of Process Art, a movement in the US and Europe in the mid-1960s, whereby installations included their process and/or interaction and experience as a key feature.
Yavuz’s video was suggested by Mari Spirito, founder and curator of Protocinema.
Protocinema is a nonprofit art organization that makes transnational, site-aware exhibitions around the world, based in İstanbul. Collaborations, interventions and exhibitions are presented in spaces specific to each artist. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to realize new work and exhibit existing work, in a variety of contexts that are accessible to a wide range of individuals
The video discusses invisibility and it deals with standardization of everyday life. The more one is classified as a “citizen”, the more individuality is canceled out. Bodies become an amorphous mass, without identity, surreptitiously integrated into the urban landscape. Is this how we save time?
Aline Motta (b. 1974) is a Brazilian artist. She works with photography, video, installation and performance.
Booked The Movie from Karmelo Bermejo on Vimeo.
92-#FILL_THE_THEATRE_WITH_SPECTACLE KARMELO BERMEJO. BOOKED THE MOVIE, 2008, 19’19"
The artist bought all the tickets for Saturday’s number one ranked film at 10pm with public money, so that nobody can watch the film… The video, (the only part of the installation selected for this exhibition) is documenting an empty room from the beginning to the end of the movie… As we are watching the theatre waiting to be filled up or for something to happen. The absence of usual movement, allows the manifestation of another form of spectacle to occur.
Karmelo Bermejo (b.1979, Malaga) is a Spanish artist. He seeks to reveal the value systems, whether religious, commercial or of prestige, that influence the various structures sustaining the world.
93-#BEIRUT_SPRING_2020 GHASSAN SALHAB. REAR WINDOW, 2020, 5'28"
Shot in Beirut during Covid-19 lockdown while the Lebanese Revolution was on a halt.
Ghassan Salhab (b. 1958) is Lebanon’s most prominent independent filmmaker and scenario writer.
Independent curator, editor and translator from Rio de Janeiro /associate curator of Videobrasil
#ISOLATION_ALIENATION MARCELLVS L. 9493, 2011, 11’16”
Protected by a camping tent in the midst of a windstorm, a boy is distracted playing an electronic game. The shapes of the tent suggest biological structures, such as cells or organs, and compose, together with the sounds of the game and of the wind, an environment at the same time artificial and cozy, where alienation and await combine. The work is part of the series Videorizomas, where the artist investigates the potential of the concept of rhizome, shifting it from philosophy to art.
Marcellvs L. (b.1980) is a Brazilian artist whose work with sound and moving image takes the form of videos and video installations. Dilated times and an acute photographic perception, which alter the perception of the ordinary, are often found in the artist’s production.
Literally swimming in a labyrinth…
Lia Chaia (b.1978) is a Brazilian artist whose work investigates the tensions of everyday life.
Adeus às Coisas from Ian Schuler on Vimeo.
The secret life of objects.
Ian Schuler is a Brazilian filmmaker who lives and works in Portugal.
justice and barbary from Jaime Lauriano on Vimeo.
Texts and images of people, mostly black men, tied to public poles populate the headlines of major Brazilian newspapers. In their digital versions, such news gains repercussion in the comments left by the readers who, excited by such events, elevate the "vigilantes" to national heroes. In Justice and Barbarity are presented images of lynchings that occurred in Brazil. Along with the images, dialogues taken from comments from readers of the largest Brazilian digital newspapers are added. In common, images and commentaries naturalize the violence perpetrated by civil society, transforming murderers into vigilantes. Such practice actualizes, in a perverse way, the Brazilian colonial and dictatorial past.
Jaime Lauriano (b.1985) is a Brazilian artist whose works synthesize the content of his researches and formalization strategies, calling us to examine the structures of power involved in the production of history.
Tropicos from Carla Chaim on Vimeo.
Tropicos explores the relationship and interaction between elementary geometric shapes and the body and space.
Carla Chaim (b.1983) is a Brazilian artist who works with different medias such as drawing, sculpture, video and installation. She uses the body as a central element in her practice, thinking about it as a place of conceptual discussion and exploring its physical and social limits.
Hold is part of the series 'The Long Minute', conceived by William Kentridge for the Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg.
Music by Micca Manganye & Volley Nchabeleng; Video editing by Janus Fouché.
William Kentridge (b. 1955) is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again.
Pleasure is power.
Renato Bezerra de Mello (b. 1960) is a Brazilian artist, working with video, drawing and embroidery.
head curator of the Sesc_Videobrasil association, Festival then Biennial in São Paulo since 1983
#I_AM_HAVING_VISIONS. COLETIVO MADEIRISTA. ALEGORIA, 2012, 3’33”
In the shamanic visions induced by peyote—a psychotropic substance—described in books like The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, the Peruvian author Carlos Castañeda often mentions the visualizations of ovoid forms, which the author interprets as manifestations of human figures in their primordial spirituality. Here, the artists use distorted images of a Carnival samba school parade to recompose such a vision.
Coletivo Madeirista, based in Porto Velho, is a group of artists and thinkers that came together in 2001 to produce and discuss contemporary art, literature, and poetry.
Only the beloved keeps our secrets invites us to consider the forms of entanglement between the destruction of bodies and the erasure of images, and the conditions under which these same bodies and images might once again reappear.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (both b.1983) work together across a range of practices, investigating the political, visceral, material possibilities of sound, image, text and site, taking on the form of multi-media installations and live sound/image performances.
In Ever Is Over All, Rist transforms a destructive impulse into a hopeful, cathartic gesture.
Pipiloti Rist (b.1962) is a Swiss artist whos practice is rooted in popular culture, technology, and historical feminist video art.
In Stop Peeping, the narrator, obsessed with a female neighbor he observes through a peephole, collects her sweat to make a Popsicle for his own consumption.
Through animation, sculpture, and immersive installations, Wong Ping (b.1984) creates disturbing and crude narratives that challenge conventional concepts of human desire, obsession, shame, isolation, and repressed sexuality.
We know that you are taking online classes, so what are you learning at a deeper level?
Rodrigo Moreira (b. 1983) is a Brazilian visual artist based in New York. He works mostly in photography, photo-collage, video and installation.
La Vie Nue draws us into a hallucinating journey: from the incandescent set of a city under lockdown, with few people wandering aimlessly, to a hospital where the nurses and the patients carrying the virus are applying a daily ritual of life and death gestures.
Antoine d'Agata (b.1961) is a French photographer and film director whose work often deals with topics such as addiction, sex, and prostitution.
We begin by unpeeling our most rooted beliefs in order to observe how deeply affected we are…
Ynaiê Dawson (b.1979) is a Brazilian visual artist, member of the OPAVIVARÁ collective.
DESENHO / CANTEIRO from Wagner & de Burca on Vimeo.
A video collage on the real estate market in Brazil and the rise of gated communities.
Bárbara Wagner (b.1980) & Benjamin de Búrca (b.1975) have been collaborating since 2011. The Brazilian-German duo is interested in the space documentary and art both share. Their more recent investigations concentrate on collective practices and traditional rituals specifically manifested in the body of youths living in the peripheries of Brazil’s Northeast which lose their connotations of symbolic resistance to become products of the tourism and entertainment industry.
STILL ALIVE from pedro.flutt on Vimeo.
The video came out of a quarantine experiment. Impermanence and reframing make up a still life. From its decomposition, new beings emerge, as alive as the rest of its existence.
Pedro Flutt (b. in 1988) lives in Rio de Janeiro. He has been working as art director and set designer for 10 years.
This video-letter is part of an ongoing artistic research that focuses on the cemetery of Brasilia, the last function planned in the pilot plan by Lucio Costa in 1956. Neither chronological nor linear, it seems to be in a spiral that operates the evolution of Brasilia. Almost mundane element of the landscape - the cemetery - at the same time renegade and inseparable from the urban, it reveals an economy, planning and politics of death.
Marcia Ferran (b.1968) is a Brazilian architect, researcher and Professor at the Art and Cultural Studies Department at UFF, currently based in Rio de Janeiro, whose production have been dealing with ideas of hospitality, theatricality, and cultural policy.
Ligia Nobre (b.1973) is a Brazilian curator, artist and researcher, currently based in São Paulo, whose practice deals with multiple languages and collective initiatives.
Shot in 2016 in Syria in the midst of the ongoing civil war.
Since the start of the Syrian uprising in spring 2011, the Abounaddara collective has been engaged in a war of images unfolding on several fronts. First of all, there is a battle against the Syrian regime: its state propaganda, the strategy of murdering peaceful demonstrators during the uprising, the bombs launched against the population during the civil war. There is also the relentless battle against the media coverage of the Syrian conflict, insofar as mainstream media render invisible the thousand-and-one faces of the “revolution” (Abounaddara continues to use this term to describe the situation in the country)—a revolution that is trapped in the grotesque outside perception that there are now only two protagonists confronting each other: the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad on one side, jihadist extremists on the other.
Dork Zabunyan, excerpted from the documenta 14: Daybook
Abounaddara is a collective of anonymous filmmakers from Syria.
Can you read between the lines? A study of body and silence.
Rafael Couto (b.1983) is a Brazilian artist, working with performance, photography and video.
Who is the enemy?
Carlos Motta (b.1978) is a Colombian artist based in New York. His interdisciplinary practice includes cinema, photography and sculpture.
The video tries to provide a sensorial experience of the endless waves of internet data through visual and musical representation. A jazz drummer improvises with the Internet archive to explore the ways our stories adapt to technological innovation and big data. A video essay about virtual agglomeration and how it affects people’s social and subjective lives, taking place in a social, aesthetical and acoustic site, a church.
Alyona Larionova (b. 1988) is a russian visual artist and filmmaker based in London, interested in social narratives and the way technology shapes them. Her work superposes abstract concepts and places provided by the digital world such as internet archives and data to embody them through sensorial storytelling.
The earthquake victims in Kathmandu from Chuchepati Camp sing songs expressing their feelings. Some sang traditional Nepali folk songs while others improvised their life stories, emphasizing common values and the simplest of human desires: to be free from suffering.
Charwei Tsai (b.1980) is a Taiwanese multimedia artist with a politically engaged performative practice.
Tsering Tashi Gyalthang is a Tibetan filmmaker.
Sounds from Beneath centers on a sound work for which a coal miners’ choir is invited to recall and vocalise the subterranean noises of a working coal mine. The sunken mine transforms into an amphitheatre resonating sounds of underground explosions, mechanical clangs cutting the coal-face, wailing alarms and shovels scratching the earth, all sung by Snowdown Colliery Choir grouping in formations reminiscent of picket lines. Sounds from Beneath extends Karikis’s exploration of the sculptural and political dimensions of voices and their relation to professional identity and marginalization, and connects with Orlow's interest in landscape as a site of memory and history.
Mikhail Karikis (b.1975) is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances which emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent.
Uriel Orlow (b.1973) is a Swiss-born artist who lives and works in London and Zurich. His multi-disciplinary practice is concerned with residues of colonialism, spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and plants as political actors.
As he outstretches his hand to the world, the artist is trying to question the nature of human relationships, and to draw attention to the contradictions and complexity of social relations essentially marked by conflict and mistrust.
LucFosther Diop (b.1980) is an artist from Douala, Cameroon currently based in Rotterdam. He Seeks out visual strategies to express specific aspects of the influences and impacts of neo-colonialism and imperialism, particularly on the African continent, and on the world in general.
Have we seen it all yet?
Lenora de Barros (b.1953) is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist and poet.