VIDEOFORMES is a structure for diffusion and artistic production which annually organizes, since 1986, an international video and digital art festival. The festival highlights various artistic forms such as installations, videos, performances and multidisciplinary digital creations. The event is a chance to bring internationally renowned artists (such as Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Catherine Ikam, Pierrick Sorin, Chris Marker, Samuel Rousseau, Ko Nakajima, John Sanborn…) and young artists face to face.
Beyond the festival, VIDEOFORMES takes part into regional, national and international cultural events, and initiates a policy of artists-in-residency. While the festival offers a programme including multidisciplinary as well as experimental performances (vidéobars), it also publishes a magazine (Turbulences Vidéo) on a monthly basis and provides artistic and cultural initiatives for a young public.
VIDEOFORMES is now committed in the development of Digital Video Archives (“Les archives numériques”), one of the most important video and electronic art collection that has been put together since 1986. VIDEOFORMES also runs an alternative gallery (Galerie de l’art du temps/Chapelle de l’Oratoire).
VIDEOFORMES is a member of LE DAMIER, RAN, the international network for digital arts, and FESTIVALS CONNEXION, the network for film festivals in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Our modern societies are going through tremendous turmoil: migration flows are increasing, borders are rising or exploding and democratic as well as economic paradigms reach their time of validity, leaving human beings in distress. All of a sudden, everything seemσ viable, from liberating and progressive utopias to apocalyptic opportunities. In a disoriented world, to whom, to what shall we turn?
While some assert that art is the only truth, nowadays creators’ proposals may enlighten us. Using high-performance digital tools, these artists are able to draw potential worlds and even to create them.
This selection of artists’ videos is based on the shifting time we are experiencing. It sets out inherited assessments and conceived futuristic projections: metaphorical thoughts from Frédéric Bonpapa, mention of transhumanist evolutions, apocalyptic visions, the relationship of Man with his environment, urban utopias, the living, the wanderings of humans….
Curator | Gabriel Soucheyre
Gabriel Soucheyre is a producer, vlogger and videomaker based in France, where he teaches at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and participates in many national and international events as curator or jury member. He is the director of the International Digital Arts Festival VIDEOFORMES since 1986, and the VIDEOFORMES Digital Archive. Concurrently, he also is a curator for the Galerie de l’art du temps (Time based arts gallery) as well as an editor of Turbulences Video (video art and Digital Culture quarterly magazine).
Here is some food for thought… if art is the only truth.
Metabolism | Pierre-Jean Giloux | France | 2015 | 11’04
Nostalgia for nature | Hugo Arcier | France | 2013 | 8’59
Ghost Tracks | Jérôme Boulbes | France-Japon | 2015 | 5’07
Light Motif | Frédéric Bonpapa | France | 2014 | 4’15
Post Rebis | Alessandro Amaducci | Italie | 2016 | 3’39
Final Gathering | Alain Escalle | France | 2016 | 24’41