Videozone V: The 5th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Avelino Sala
November 23, 2010 – November 29, 2010

Center for Contemporary Art

5 Kalisher Street

Tel Aviv

 

Tel Aviv Cinematheque

2 Sprinzak Street

Tel Aviv

VideoZone V initiated and produced by the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv – will be the Fifth International Video Art Biennial in Israel to be held November 23th – 29th, 2010

During the event’s six-day duration, 30 different programs of experimental films, video and digital art will be screened in the auditorium of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and at Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The program will comprise a unique selection by about 150 Israeli and international video artists.

As it is already a tradition, Video Zone events will be open with an exhibition at the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, titled Into the Eye of the Storm curated by Chen Tamir.

Into the Eye of the Storm brings together video works that use the camera as a protagonist or that otherwise call to question the power the camera has on its environment and the subjects it records. In a media-saturated world, where our personal and collective realities are increasingly mediated by video imagery, we must constantly analyze what forces shape what and how we exchange information.

Also as costumed, Video Zone5 will include an exhibition of video installations at theHerzeliya Museum of Contemporary Art. This time they will be showing Selected Works from the Centre Pompidou New Media Collection, curated by Christine Van Assche and Ghila Limon.

The show will concentrate around 2 main themes: The pioneers of video art and their exploration of television’s impact on society and in the second part will focus on visions of the world.

Among the artists presented in the first section will be Nam June Paik, Valie Export, Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Michael Drucks, Robert Filliou, Samuel Beckett and others.

Some of the artists presented in the second section of the exhibition will be Cristina Lucas, Ursula Bieman, Johan Grimonprez, Zineb Sedira, Ghazel and others.

The CCA will present the exhibition Building Memory featuring recent works by Miroslaw Balka, Yael Bartana, Deimantas Narkevičius and Marcel Odenbach.

The artworks in Building Memory explore different aspects of 60 years of Europe’s most problematic and contested history from a focus on architecture, monuments, and community and geo-political perspectives in Poland, the former-DDR (East Germany), and with reference to the foundation of the state of Israel.

The project is a collaboration between The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (Lithuania); Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund (Germany); Muzeum Sztuki, Łodz (Poland), The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (Israel) and the Goethe Institut, Warsaw (Poland).

The Building Memory curatorium is made-up of: Inke Arns, Dortmund; Elisabetta Fabrizi, London; Maria Morzuch, Łodz; Marcel Odenbach, Cologne; Simon Rees, Vilnius; Diana Shoef, Tel Aviv and Martin Waelde, Warsaw.

Besides, the CCA will present also 2 works by the acclaimed American artist Kara Walker and the Israeli artist Dor Guez relating to the same issue of “Memory” from another perspective.

For the first time, this year Petch Tikva Museum of Art will join VideoZone and will screen in their new well equipped small theater a special program of Heinz Emigholz‘s architectural films.

The opening event will be a premier in Israel of Pipilotti Rist‘s new film Pepperminta at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

As former editions of Video Zone, screening programs of the fifth Biennial will be a combination of selections done by guest curators from different countries and regions in the world to assure we best present the video creation in these regions as well as subjects that are relevant to international video creation. Besides the screenings and the exhibitions, meetings, lectures, master classes and panels will be conducted with some of the artists and curators attending.

Guest curators of VZ V who are curating special programs are: Lori Zippay (Executive Director of EAI, NY); Marcel Schweirin (Independent curator at Trans Mediale, Berlin);June Yap, (Independent curator based in Singapore); Solange Farkas (Director of Videobrasil Festival and of the Bahia Museum of Modern Art); Madeleine Bernstorff(Film maker and Member of the Programming Committee at Oberhausen Short Film Festival); Mike Sperlinger (Assistant Director of LUX, London); Anna Łazar(Independent curator from Poland) together with Olesia Ostrowska-Luta (Ukraine) will curate together a program of video from Ukrain; Cristina Perrela (Curator, Contemporary Art Program of the British School in Rome); Juan Ramon Brabancho(Independent curator from Sivillia, Spain); Irina Cios (Director of the International Center for Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania) and more.

Artist’s special screenings and talks will include, among others, Deimantas Narkevičius, Marcel Odenbach, Constanze Rhum, Francesco Jodice and Irit Batsry.

VideoZone5 will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue and a web-site documenting all the events and works presented.

Sponsors of VideoZone V are: The Israeli Foreign Ministry, SIP-Shpilman Institute of Photography, Geothe Institute Tel Aviv, Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, the Romanian Institute for Culture.

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