NEW TITLES

SOMETIMES, SOME OF THEM, HERE

Marie José Burki
« L’homme peut (…) bien perdre sa qualité fondamentale d’homme, sa dignité humaine. Seule la perte de l’appartenance à une communauté politique l’exclut de l’humanité » (H. Arendt) « because I know that time is always time And place is always and only place » (T.S...

HEARING THE SHAPE OF A DRUM

Marie Voignier
It was the end of April 2008, when the sleepy Austrian village of Amstetten was shocked by the news about the so-called ‘Amstetten Monster’. It turned out that for years villager Josef Fritzl had sexually abused his daughter and that he had locked her up—together with three of the children he had father by her—in a cellar he had built especially for this purpose...

PORTRAIT OF KARL MARX AS A YOUNG GOD

Gernot Wieland
Portrait of Karl Marx as a young god is an absurd documentary about (political) desire. The film consists of collages and drawings with voice over comments by a telephone speaker. The images visualize specific historical reminiscences from recent German history, while the voice over extends and counteracts these images with a multitude of absurd and humorous interpretations....

INTERFÉRENCES ET VARIATIONS

Marie José Burki
For this video, I had quite a simple idea: to confront seeing and listening, audio and video, image and voice. First I wrote two fragments. In the final edit, one of them opens the video and the other one closes it. Then I collected fragments of texts, notes and quotations, between which I established a dialogue...

THE LAND WAS ALREADY OCCUPIED (THE FUTURE)

Marie Voignier
For the Ateliers de Rennes 2012, and in keeping with the spirit of Les Prairies, Marie Voignier has put herself in a real-life situation, that of looking at a building plot and investigating the different ways of approaching construction on it...

GROSSE KLEINE WELT

Marie José Burki
Robert Walser wrote many CV’s – for employers, editors and so on – but we know little about himself. I started from a CV written by Walser, to which I added a line, and I looked for traces of Walser, or rather the absence of them, in the city and region where he was born. I’ve started a sort of antiportrait of Walser, inspired by his novels and other texts...

STANDING STILL

Marie Voignier
“In your film Standing Still, the myth of the white colonist finds its most destructive embodiment: the hunting guide. Hesitating in between a spontaneous violence and its religious imitations, he utters the most economical remarks about death images that assess the game of violence and culture...

INTERNATIONAL TOURISM

Marie Voignier
How an individual or group relates to other things/the Other that are situated far-off, is highlighted in the absolute cliché of the tourist. For indeed, at his or her destiny the tourist who wants to escape the everyday narrow-mindedness is supposed to pay little or no heed to the ‘reality’ of the other place...

ONE BY ONE

Marie Voignier - Vassilis Salpistis
One by one is a fifteen minute experimental film-collage, which is composed by a number of testimonies and texts relating to historical events and crisis in Greece. The assemblage converges the exploration of contemporary applications of the function of myth. To a great extend consisting of filmed photographs, even when in motion the images of the film suggest the stillness of a stable shot...

„HELLO, MY NAME IS…” …AND… “YES, I´M FINE.”

Gernot Wieland
“Are we holding on to the objects of remembrance – or is it the objects that are holding on to us?”Gernot Wieland links in „Hello, my name is…” …and… “Yes, I´m fine...

LA SCALA

Aglaia Konrad
Modernist architecture is the subject of Aglaia Konrad’s 16mm films but rather than – and beyond – a form of architecture on film, or film on architecture, what her films propose is an investigation into the potential for film to embody the experience of architecture as sculpture...

MY HOME IS ON THE OTHER SIDE

Yun-tien Chu
I’m in contact with my family through the screen of my computer, even tough we are on opposite sides of the globe we share a moment together. Where is home? Here or there? I interview other people with a similar background. We talk about the reasons we left our homeland to seek a new life in Belgium. What will happen if I stay in Belgium? Will it become a new ‘home’? ...

PAPERS

Yun-tien Chu
For migrants documents are essential. They determine if you can stay or have to go back. I was wondering how much documents we need to cross a border? I film administrative documents from different people. It’s their paper story about applying for a foreign residence....

THIEVERY AND SONGS

Gernot Wieland
In Thievery and Songs Gernot Wieland has made an exceptionally beautiful, tragicomic and humerous work, framed by the story of a dancer, Hilde Holger, who had to flee from Austria into exile in Bombay in 1938 because she was jewish.
 This collage of moving images is composed of Super 8 film, video, watercolours, drawings, Claymation and his father´s photos...

A FILM

Marie José Burki
In her video works, the Swiss artist and photographer Marie José Burki explores how the visible can be classified, formatted and categorized. Burki sets out from observation and plays with audiovisual codes. The arbitrarily entitled A film wants and doesn’t want to be ‘a film’. Conceived deliberately for a projection room — i.e...

BLESSED AMULETS

Ria Pacquée
As per usual Blessed Amulets is constructed out of images shot during Ria Pacquée’s ‘street ramblings’, the artist’s own term for roaming the streets of cities, of her home country as well as around the world, with a camera and capturing scenes of daily life she finds unusual...

FLÂNEURS

Matthew Lancit
Between film projects and following the birth of his daughter, a Canadian in Paris (Matthew Lancit) must confront his slacker lifestyle and decide if there is something in it worth passing on to the next generation, or if he is better off getting a job...

KALÈS

Laurent Van Lancker
An initimate and immersive perspective on the 'Jungle of Calais', evoked by a polyphony of men, stories and feels. A sensory journey through the daily life of migrants, characterised by survival strategies.A film of wind and despair, of fire and solidarity, of hope and hell...

MISSING EYES

Emmanuel Van der Auwera
Missing Eyes is a single channel video installation in cinemascope format displayed in a projection room. A facial recognition and eye tracking software has been used to measure the eye movement and emotional responses of a group of viewers to a video of the terrorist group ISIS...

OPERA AND STEEL

Grace Schwindt
Opera and Steel portrays the dilemma of an ornithologist studying the effects of oil pollution on seabirds. The victims he records symbolise the efficiency of capitalism. Schwindt creates a poignant sketch of the relationship between capitalism and morality – and the individual experience in this kind of setting...

THE GIRL

Hans Op de Beeck
The Girl is a slow, suggestive, perception-oriented animated film in which the viewer is transported to the strange world of a silent, 14-year-old girl. The dreamy landscape images show a dark forest, a vast landfill, a gas station, a highway landscape, a meadow, a factory site and a mysterious lake. Amidst all this stands an old caravan...

UU

Teresa Cos
"Countless people die everyday, yet those who remain live as if they were immortal." * UU is a two-channel film and sound installation produced during a 12-month residency at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels...

VASCULUM

Pieter Geenen
In speaking about what's far, exotic and unknown lies what's close and familiar. vasculum turns to the central region of the province of Limburg in Flanders, Belgium. The artist's own native land. In the twentieth century it was known for its coal mining. Here it finds itself between appearing and disappearing, between the utopian and the dystopian, amidst efforts of preservation...

INGAHY KAMA

Bie Michels
In the film Ingahy Kama, inhabitants from Madagascar and its capital Antananarivo read aloud (fragments of) the correspondence of James Cameron and other missionaries. The fragments refer directly to the series of 34 photographic prints of letters that are on view at the exhibition (the work Letters of Cameron and his Fellow Missionaries between 1825 and 1875 (2018)...

LA COULEUR DE LA BRIQUE

Bie Michels
The 485 km long Ikopa river passes through Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. In the middle of the wide river there is what looks like a miniature town, right in the middle of the metropolis. Here, on a manufacturing site called La Digue, the inhabitants use the river mud to make bricks. Elsewhere in the city and in the countryside there are similar sites...

AND TO

Peter Downsbrough
We don't know where we are. We're in a car, looking at other cars, roads, structures, tunnels – wasteland. Position? The Global Positioning System informs us, with its horde of satellites, orbiting Earth. Guiding us with its synthesised voice, transporting us, 'translating' us. Telling us what to do...

BETWEEN RELATING AND USE

Nazli Dinçel
"Exhibitons, whether of objects or people, are displays of the artifacts of our disciplines. They are for this reason also exhibits for those who make them, no matter what their ostensible subject. The first order of business is therefore to examine critically the conventions guiding ethnographic display.....

CURUPIRA, BICHO DO MATO

Félix Blume
Deep in the heart of the Amazon, Tauary inhabitants invite us to listen to the sounds of the jungle, the birds, and animals. However, some weird sounds appear: a creature prowling around the trees. Some of them have heard her, very few have ever seen her, and those who did find her never came back...

DERRIÈRE LES VOLETS

Messaline Raverdy
An empty factory, a family’s name, a pregnant girl, and some archives in a big house, and a women’s world… Trough feminine figures, a poetic dreaming about the invisible, the materiality of memory and transformation....

FAIRE-PART

Anne Reijniers - Rob Jacobs - Nizar Saleh Mohamedali - Paul Shemisi Betutua
On the eve of postponed Congolese elections, two Congolese and two Belgian cineasts make a film about Kinshasa and its resistance against the legacies of colonialism. The four filmmakers want to tell a story together, but having grown up on other sides of history, they have different views on how to tell that story...

IL CRETTO

Aglaia Konrad
Over the years the Brussels-based artist Aglaia Konrad brought together an enormous archive of images shot in such diverse cities as Sao Paulo, Beijing, Chicago, Dakar, Tokyo, Cairo or Shanghai. In her new film, Aglaia Konrad brings us to Sicily where we discover one of the most extensive contemporary artworks in the world...

INK IN MILK

Gernot Wieland
Ink in Milk is Wieland’s most recent film – a knotted string-figure of histories, fictions and images. Through the flickering vignettes of a schoolboy trauma, visits to a friend at a psychiatric institution and encounters with animals, Ink in Milk exposes the anxious, web-like structures that underpin the tragicomedy of existence...

I WATCHED THE WHITE DOGS OF THE DAWN

Els Dietvorst
Sound. A polyphony of wind, breaking waves, shrieking gulls, and rattling ships. The sea: a place of memories for those who survive her, a mother who confronts us with the powers of nature. Circulating and all-encompassing. Beneath her horizon there is only darkness and mystery. The separation of air and water creates a different world. A place where other rules and other laws apply...

LA FORCE DES CHOSES

Bernard Mulliez
The film is a portrait of the father of the artist, who lived off a private income provided by a familial commercial empire—for which he simply had to thank his birth. Mulliez has tried to render visible the exterior forces that influenced this man. There’s of course the issue of money, but there’s also the matter of an interiorized user’s manual that comes with capital...

LA MAZDA JAUNE ET SA SAINTETÉ

Sandra Heremans
A conceptual experiment on what it means to start a film with a black image, develops into a subtle personal essay about the filmmaker. The story of a missionary falling in love with a Rwandese girl, blends with what images and colonial history mean to their daughter....

LIGHT DISPLACEMENT

Meggy Rustamova
The starting point for this film were Meggy Rustamova’s many attempts to photograph a tree in Hiroshima, Japan. Aspects of war, escapism and fear are expressed in this audiovisual trip. The atomic bomb in Japan and the current nuclear threat between the US and North Korea is translated into the white, overexposed photographs, which fade into complete 'white-out' in the film...

LIMBO

Laurent Van Lancker
In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. (Canto Primo, Inferno, Dante) The starting point of the project is the 5 channels video installation Limbo that physically aims to stage, through a vortex movement so dear to the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, the perpetual drive of migration...

OBJETS PERDUS TROUVÉS

Mira Sanders
Early 2018, Mira Sanders created Théorie des Objets—a series of inkjet prints and drawings that translate her observations of objects, based on the book Théorie des Objets (1972) by Abraham A. Moles...

OJO GUAREÑA

Edurne Rubio
In the film OJO GUAREÑA we join a group of speleologists that enter the gigantic cave of the same name in Burgos, Spain. We barely notice the prehistoric traces and the contours of the spaces, but we can hear all the better: drops of water that, for ages, have been recreating the shape of the cave and continue to do so to date, as well as echoes of human footsteps...

OUR AFRICA

Alexander Markov
1960. The USSR starts humanitarian aid programs based on Marxist ideology in several newly independent African countries. For more than 35 years the Soviets expand their influence in Africa. Soviet filmmakers are sent along to document the glorious advance of socialism on the entire continent...

STILL FROM AFAR

Eva van Tongeren
An audiovisual dialogue between the filmmaker and a convicted sex offender. In Still from afar, Eva van Tongeren translates a months-long correspondence between the convicted and incarcerated pedophile Thomas and herself into an audiovisual monologue. The correspondence forces them to adjust their thoughts to the rhythm of each other's letters...

THE BIRDER

Grace Schwindt
The Birder focuses on fragility in a world driven by capitalist logic. In a capitalist society it is easy to forget that bodies are vulnerable and death does not seem to exist – until it happens...

THE MEASURE OF DISORDER

Teresa Cos
The Measure of Disorder follows the trail of the Austrian scientist Ludwig Boltzmann, who is know for his ground-breaking findings about the phenomenon of entropy, but also for his tragic suicide in the village of Duino, not far from the Adriatic town of Trieste...

WAKE ME UP AT 4:20

Emmanuel Van der Auwera
Emmanuel Van der Auwera’s newest work is a video that uses novel imaging technologies to explore the use of avatars, identity politics and recent internet trends dealing with YouTube celebrities and suicide memes...

YOU WERE AN AMAZEMENT ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN

Cooper Battersby - Emily Vey Duke
You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born is a visually stunning film that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humor, love, and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early 70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humor...