Carte Blanche to TRANSCULTURES
Thursday, March 19 at 08:30 p.m. – Maison de la Culture / Salle Boris Vian
Transcultures evening proposed and presented by its director Philippe Franck
TRANSCULTURES, an interdisciplinary center for digital and sound cultures, was created in 1996 in Brussels to promote and develop links between contemporary art practices and art/society/technology issues. The center explores more specifically the fields of digital creation and sound arts in a spirit that is both future-minded and unifying. Transcultures has been located in Mons since 2008 and organizes two international festivals: City Sonic which is dedicated to sound art in the urban area and Transnumériques, a biennial for digital cultures that covers the cities of Mons, Brussels and other associated ones.
Transcultures has been invited by VIDEOFORMES to present audio-visual and digital creations supported by this Center that is a pioneer of digital and sound cultures in Mons, Belgium. A selection of videos, AV performances (during the Transcultures evening and the BYOP), an exhibition of Gif Art (in a partnership with VIDEOFORMES), participation in the international jury, as well as a panel discussion will give a glimpse of the dynamism and creative “interdisciplinarity” of the French-speaking Belgian scene. Transcultures will host proposals and artists supported by VIDEOFORMES during the Biennial of Digital Cultures (27 November – 12 December 2015), an event associated with Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture.
Video selection made in Transcultures (60’)
A selection of videos made by visual, digital, and interdisciplinary artists supported by Transcultures who are or were present at the Festival Vidéoformes: Natalia de Mello (Be/PT), Christophe Bailleau (Be), Jacques Urbanska (Be) & Paol Dos Santos (CH/PT), Régis Cotentin (Fr), Stéphanie Croibien (Be).
MÔWN (Movies on my own) – projection/performance/work in progress Ariane Loze (Belgium)
MÔWN is a project in two parts: screening of a finished film made in festival locations and a live performance. For VIDEOFORMES 2015, Ariane Loze will film at the Maison de la Culture de Clermont-Ferrand, a central location of the festival. In a location with cinematographic potential, she plays all the roles of a film that she is making and for which she will also manage the technical aspects of the shoot. The shots are filmed in the order of the final montage, which forces the actress to transform into different characters very often and enables the spectator to follow the narrative that is being created. The technical system that the actress/director is handling is very simple: a camera and a tripod. The actress and camera duo sometimes resembles a dance that alternates between technical gestures and character acting, which take form through the regard, actions and physical contact.
MÔWN also challenges the spectator since he/she cannot see the filmed images during the performance but must imagine them, which also makes them co-authors of the film. The regard of the spectator also frames the performance that he/she is watching, their eyes become in turn a camera that records each gesture of the characters and composes a personal montage along with the shots and sequences created in this pas-de-deux of the actress with the camera.
The MÔWN project started in 2008 during a year of post-graduate research at Apass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies) in Anvers. The videos of the series were filmed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, at Singel in Anvers, at P-af (Performance Art Forum, France). The videos were accompanied by a performance at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, at the Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, at the Festival Dansand Oostende, and recently at the Nuit Blanche in Brussels.
Ariane Loze studied drama and scenography at the RITS School in Brussels and is a graduate of the Advanced Performance Training in Antwerpen during which she developed a research project that questioned film mechanisms. Based on the same principles of MÔWN, she made a short film, Hinterhof, with the support of VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund) in Berlin. Ariane Loze also performed for Superamas (Empire, Art and Politics), Alexander Baervoets (Hortus Conclusus).
(No)meaning ? Performance Audio-visuelle de Pastoral (Belgium)
The Belgian duo Pastoral (Christophe Bailleau + Philippe Franck) proposes a concert combining electronic processing, evanescent or distorted guitars, celestial or low-pitched voices, post pop songs and ambient pieces, put to images specially for Vidéoformes by these two hybrid artists of the Belgian alter scene, in the off-beat and poetic world.
Paradise Now (Belgium)
Transcultural and sound designer/creator based in Brussels, Paradise Now favors an actively interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. He has worked closely with various video-makers (Régis Cotentin, Hanzel & Gretzel), poets/authors (Ira Cohen, Gerard Malanga, Simon Dumas, Werner Moron…), choreographers and directors. He has collaborated since 2005 with the holistic performer/masseuse Isa Belle for a series of installations at the intersection between essential sounds and sonic senses shown in many festivals and international events. He has also collaborated with the musician/visual artist Christophe Bailleau with whom he founded in 2007 the electro-guitar-vocal Pastoral, as well as the musician and sound artist Gauthier Keyaerts (previously at VIDEOFORMES 2014) with whom he launched Supernova (somewhere between post pop and sound poetry) at the end of 2011. He produced and participated in several discs on various independent labels (Sub Rosa, Optical Sound, Transonic…).
Christophe Bailleau (Belgique)
Interdisciplinary artist, Christophe Bailleau has developed an atypical musical project for more than 15 years. His compositions are based on acoustic sources (guitar, percussions, sound of voices) grounded and mixed with concrete and domestic sounds. He designs thus a game on waiting, silence, and stormy tension. Since 2004, his compositions have been published on different European labels (Le cri de la harpe, Stilll, Carte postale, Eglantine, Annexia, Fenetre, Soundscaping, Optical Sound…). He also created several radio plays and hybrid installations. Christophe makes intriguing and poetic short films, recording lost moments, before or after an action. A DVD of his short films from before 2008 was released by 68/70 (Brussels) and they were shown in many European festivals (Rotterdam, Argos, Vidéographies, City Sonic, Les Transnumériques,….).