Lowave is a Paris-based film and curator label founded in 2002 by Marc Horchler and Silke Schmickl to promote experimental film and contemporary video art and make them accessible beyond the film festival, gallery and museum circuit.Lowave provides an insight into the vibrant world of contemporary artistic creation. Alongside historic figures such as Marguerite Duras, Maurice Lemaître, Takahiko Iimura, and Helga Fanderl, Lowave has put forward some of the most important emerging artists from around the world, working with different techniques and multiple modes of expression.
The collection features artists with a background in video art, such as Marylène Negro, Jean-Gabriel Périot, HC Gilje, Larissa Sansour and Triny Prada, experimental filmmakers such as Massimilian and Nina Breeder, Sylvia Schedelbauer and Richard Kerr, documentary photographers and videomakers such as Taysir Batniji, Ismaïl Bahri, Zineb Sedira or Raqs Media Collective, literary filmmakers such as Françoise Romand, avant-garde musicians such as Rodolphe Burger, Frédéric D. Oberland, Romain Kronenberg and Yoshishiro Hanno, and live performers such as Label Ombres, Yuki Kawamura and Nástio Mosquito. Brought together under the Lowave label, these films resonate with each other. Trends are clearly visible in the skilled creativity which forms the foundation of Lowave’s catalogue: the simultaneous creation of both sound and image; the dissipation of the human form; the work on urban landscapes; political and regional subjects.
In addition to individual, monographic titles, the Lowave catalogue also features an important number of compilations, including Different Cinema, a collection of experimental film co-edited with the Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Hors Pistes, co-produced with the Pompidou Center, Resistance[s] I-III and Re:Frame, two collections of avant-garde Arab and Indian film and video art. A series of documentaries on art, artists at work, as well as portraits complete the label’s editorial selection.
Originally conceived as a DVD label, Lowave has expanded its activities during the last four years. Production, distribution and in particular curatorial projects have become the label’s main activities. With a strong international focus including Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Lowave concentrates on bigger artistic research projects (e.g. Human Frames, Resistance[s], In/Flux…) that can take different forms, ranging from exhibitions, screenings, artist talks, academic lectures to DVD publications. Artistic innovation and experimentation, interdisciplinarity, interculturality, and a strong human interest caracterize Lowave’s work philosophy. Lowave is a think-tank and an open platform where ideas around contemporary art and moving images in particular are explored.