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Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid




La discorde will be presented: Thursday 2nd July 2009, at 4pm at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The 'Rencontres Internationales' reflects specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging media art practices and their critical purposes, and makes possible a necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.

The 17th Rencontres Internationales create a space of discovery and reflection between new cinema and contemporary art, at the Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume national museum, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Beaux-Arts de Paris, the Entrepot and the Nouveau Latina movie theatres.


Previous screenings:

at the Reina Sofia Museum, Wednesday 22 April 2009 at 6pm as part of the Rencontres Internationales.

The Rencontres Internationales took place in Madrid on April 16-25, at the Reina Sofia National Museum, the Spanish Cinematheque, the Ministry of Culture, the Edificio de Tabacalera - future National Centre of Visual Arts, and the CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo.

and November 28 to December 7, 2008 (Paris)


Curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig

still from La Discorde by the Centre of Attention


La Discorde (still) by the Centre of Attention 2008


LA DISCORDE (ZWIETRACHT) by the Centre of Attention

The individual and the group: social, political and economic grading Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib present an epic animated and wild travel through a devastated urban landscape where wildlife has taken over. William Wegman films in a New York park a society made of human beings and dogs, each handling their business, in a fair distribution of daily work and pleasure. Bertrand Dezoteux presents a social fable of a digital society where hybrid animals gather and move around pointlessly in various landscapes, ending however in a protesting march. Umut Sakallioglu parades through different processions, deconstructing the rite of protesting. Egle Budvytyte reveals a society, which identity manifests through often quite opaque behaviour in public spaces– could it be a cult, a political or social group, or quite simply our society? The Centre of Attention orchestrates the docile audience of an art gallery, from a friendly greeting to a barehanded struggle. Manuel Saiz presents an effective crowd reallocating and grading system, thanks to a plug area. Danilo Prnjat pays two hundred men, asking them to gather in front of the biggest perfume shop in Belgrade and to wander inside the shop, underlining the contradiction between a liberal economy and a post-socialist and patriarchal society. Nooshid Farhid films a young man, who looks totally adrift in an urban area, emptied from any social link. Anna Ådahl choreographs a couple in an apartment, whose gestures are similar to some they could have among a crowd. Those images are interrupted with movie excerpts showing crowd gatherings. Daya Cahen observes the summer camp of Putin’s youth movement. Propaganda and group activities can function as an instrument in a process of mass radicalization.

(Oliver Kielmayer and Dimitrina Sevova for the catalogue of Aggression, Kunsthalle Winterthur, 2008)


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