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Filmmaker, video artist. Born in 1970, lives in Paris. Education : Degree in Communications, Art, and Performance Art at Bordeaux (1992) ; Masters in Law, Montpellier, 1991. Valerie’s work has been selected at a number of international film festivals including Cannes (2000) as part of the En Avant program. He work has received a number of awards including the First Prize Award at the documentary film festival of Gentilly (2003) ; the Jury Award at the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement in Geneva (2003); special mentoin at the Retina Festival in Hungary (2003) ; Second Prize at the Novossibirsk (Russia) International Documentary Film Festival (2003) ; First Prize at Vidéoformes Clermont-Ferrand, France (2000) ; First Prize Split Film Festival, Croatia (1999). In 2001 she received a grant from Afaa and Mairie of Paris to make the film Le Rêve de l’Ours (Dream of the Bear) in Moscow.
Valérie Pavia, the most Russian of French video artists, has for several years now occupied a special place in the world of video art. In a daily dream state, and in order to better accommodate the leftovers of our civilization, she collects first hand accounts by letting her lense float over events. In search of life’s fly-by-night urges that throb within beings, Valérie Pavia is not a moralist : evaporated at a protective distance, but loaded with a learned dosage of naivity and malice, she ascertains with impunity. She aims just right.
• La valse de l’aiguille creuse (1995) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• L’infini des métamorphoses (1995) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Rouja et le petit Bojan (1996) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Lucy et le fantôme de Marcushelmons (1996) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Vidéo esquisse: Berlin (2001) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Vidéo esquisse: Pigalle (2001) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Vidéo esquisse: Moscou (2002) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Enceinte (1997) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Georges 2 (1998 ) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• C’est bien la société (1999) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• B. Stéphane (2000) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Il était… (1997) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• La vie heureuse (1998 ) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Sofia (1998 ) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
• Le rêve de l’ours (2003) [ DVD : Valérie Pavia ]
Born in Ingolstadt in 1947.
Studied German and Romance Languages and Literature in Munich, Paris ans Frankfurt (1967-1973).
Studied at the Art School, « Städelschule », in Frankfurt (1987-1992) and at the Cooper Union in New York City (1992-1993).
Since 1990 her work is represented in film museums, museums of modern and contemporary art, exhibition spaces, galleries, art house cinemas, and other locations she has selected :
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt ; Arsenal, Berlin ; Portikus, Frankfurt, Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Basel ; Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna ; Anthology Film Archives, New York ; Museum für Modern kunst ; Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Geneva ; Musée d’Art moderne, Strasbourg ; Kunsthalle Bielefeld ; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Centre Wallonie de Bruxelles, Paris ; The New York public Library, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris ; Babylon Mitte, Berlin ; Cineteca di Bologna…
FRAGIL(E) is a book and DVD that presents 11 Super 8 films by Helga Fanderl, made between 1986 and 2005. Helga Fanderl uses a shoot and cut technique where the act of perceiving and filming are one and the same. There is no post shot editing involved, everything is done in the camera. The films show what’s happening in front of the camera as well as the simultaneous logical process of its transformation by using the chronology of the event as cinematographic writing. Helga Fanderl is accustomed to creating programmes of her films that are specific to each screening. These distinct programmes play on the relationship that each individual film have with eachother in terms of subject and style and that make up a coherent world of relations and contrasts.
- Ours blanc (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Passants (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Roseaux (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Fontaine (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Filles (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Grande roue (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Avions II (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Cascade (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Sous les nénuphars (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Weybridge (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
- Feu d’artifice (1986-2006) [DVD : FRAGIL(E)]
Johanna Vaude lives and works in Paris. She studied visual arts at the University (1994-97) and started producing her own films. The experimental cinema gives her complete liberty of expression to translate, through plastic hybridization, her sensory trips and experiences.
Her creations are widely recognized and her films are shown in Europe, Asia, North America. Retrospectives were organized at the Cinémathèque Française (French Film Archives), Côté Court Film Festival, the Pesaro Film Festival (Italy), MK2 Beaubourg, Traverse Vidéo, etc.
In 2005, the « Court-Circuit » magazine, a production of Arte, the French-German TV channel, realises a portrait of the artist.
Hybride is a selecion of films by Johanna Vaude. Each film contains it’s own language, it’s own theme, and submerges us in unique worlds where the hybridation of different types of media and techniques used presents us with unexected poetic imagery. The diversity of the subjects and types of techniques contained in her films (mixture of painting on film, synthetic images, 3D, photos, Super 8 films, ans digital video) encourages us to think about the inventiveness and possibilities of contemporary experimental cinema.
• Wild Eye (1998 ) [ DVD : Hybride ]
• Our Icarus (2001 ) [ DVD : Hybride ]
• Samourai (2002) [ DVD : Hybride ]
• Totality Remix (2005) [ DVD : Hybride ]
• Love and Death (2006) [ DVD : Hybride ]
• Exploration (2006) [ DVD : Hybride ]
After her studies at IDHEC (the wellknown French cinema school) Françoise Romand directs her first film in 1985: “Mix-up”, discovered by the New Directors New Films at MOMA, is acclaimed by the American critics and chosen as the Favorite Film of 1988 by Jonathan Rosenbaum and one of his 15 best of the 80′s. Again on the borderline between fiction and documentary, still questionning about identity, her second film, “Call Me Madame”, tours around the USA. Her thriller, “Past-Imperfect”, and her comedy, “Vice Vertu and Vice Versa”, drive her to teach at Harvard. More experimental than ever, her last film, “Theme Je” (“The Camera I”), is an autobiographical essay which flirts with the Webcam to raise issues of cinema. This time on the borderline between cinema, theater, web, her happening Cine-Romand opened on the underground scene in Paris in 2007.
One of the most remarkable and innovative documentaries ever made, the film follows the famous true story of two English women who as babies got switched in the hospital and 20 years later discovered that they’d been raised by the wrong sets of parents. Romand enlists all the surviving family members in her haunting and bizarre inverstigation, which involves not only a recounting but a reenactment of all the significant events in the two daughters emotional stories. The seriousness and thoroughness with wich she pursues her approach create a formal beauty and a witty precision in framing, pacing, editing, use of music, and mise en scene that is inseparable from the film’s ethical and philosophical project…
The mix-up of the title refers not only to the putative subject but to manystylistic and formal collisions : fiction versus fact, French versus English, memory versus imagination.
Jonathan ROSENBAUM – Chicago Reader
• MIX-UP (1986) [ DVD : MIX-UP ]
Maurice Lemaître is amongst one of the most important and creative artists of the second half of the 20th century. His cinematic work has led to a fundamental questioning of the relationship between film and spectator, image and sound, art and criticism, cinema and other types of image. His art is characterized by its inventiveness, it’s joy of creating, and a radical and loud critique allowing for Lettrism to flourish as an avant-garde movement.
- Ganeden (2003) [DVD : Cinéma Différent Volume 1]
- Le Petit Dieu / The Little God (2002) [DVD : Nos stars / Le Petit Dieu]
- Nos stars / Our Stars (2002) [DVD : Nos stars / Le Petit Dieu]
Video artist, Pierre-Yves Cruaud, has been on the international visual art and media scene for a number of years now. Apart from video, Pierre-Yves is also involved in photography and sound creation. The work issued from his visual and sonic research laboratory have received several awards from around the world. Each of his videos tackle issues and problems pertaining to our contemporary world: the agonizing speed of cities, global surveillance systems breaking barriers between public and private life, the omnipresence of images resulting in a transitory appearance.
- Fausse solitude (2000) [DVD : Urban Visions]
- L’hôtel des vies reproductibles (2000) [DVD : Eyeshift]
- Images (2001) [DVD : Eyeshift]
- En travaux (2001) [DVD : Eyeshift]
- Regard de pierre (2002) [DVD : Eyeshift]
- Vivantes lueurs (2002) [DVD : Eyeshift]