Video is used as a means of recording reality; it captures images in a manner that seems objective. However, unlikedocumentary film, which demands verisimilitude, an art film focuses on experimentation—it is fictional. Many artistsappropriate the methods of documentary filmmaking, interviewing people in seemingly objective, truthful ways, thenediting the narrative, and using post-production, to bring forth different representations of reality. Mixing documentary and fiction, they attempt to reveal hidden truths.
In this first edition of “Video Talks,” Marie Voignier (recipient of The Marcel Duchamp Prize 2018 nomination), Jiang Zhi (artist) and Dong Bingfeng (curator/critic) are invited to share their unique views on the relationship between fiction and documentation in video art.
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15:00-15:50 Film Art Exchange
Marie Voignier (Artist)
Marie Voignier (1974, born in Ris-Orangis, France) currently lives and works in Paris/Lyon. She is a professor and chief coordinator of École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, France. After studying physics and then photography, Marie Voignier concentrated on the medium of video for her artistic practice, devising a new method of approach for each of her projects. She is driven by a spirit of inquiry and a desire to bear witness to complex realities, stories in which several truths intermingle. From post-industrial mass entertainment to the vanity of media culture, from tourism in North Korea to cryptozoology in East Cameroon, her narrative subtly combines the tools of observation and editing to stretch the boundaries of the tangible and the imaginary. Voignier was nominated for the 2018 Marcel Duchamp Prize.
Jiang Zhi (Artist)
Jiang Zhi (1971, born in Hunan, China) graduated from China Academy of Art in 1995. Jiang works with a wide range of media, including photography, painting, video, and installation. Fiction and poetry have also been an important part of his artistic output. Consistently engaging with contemporary social and cultural issues, Jiang consciously positions himself at the intersection of poetics and sociology, while weaving mundane social and personal experiences into his works. As one of the most versatile Chinese artists of his generation, His work has also been exhibited by international institutions and biennials, Jiang was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) in 2000, the Academic Award of Reshaping History in 2010, and the Credit Suisse Today Art Award in 2012.
Dong Bingfeng (Curator, Critic)
Dong Bingfeng (1974, born in Shanxi, China) is a curator and producer based in Beijing. He is a research fellow in School of Inter-media Art, China Academy of Art. Since 2005, Dong Bingfeng has worked as curator in Guangdong Museum of Art and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Deputy Director of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Art Director of Li Xianting’s Film Fund, and Academic Director of OCAT Institute. In 2013, Dong Bingfeng was awarded the “CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award.” In 2015, he was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award by Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. In 2017, he was awarded the Robert H.N.Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant.
KADIST believes contemporary artists make important contributions to progressive societies, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists represented in its collection, encourages this engagement and advocates for the relevance of contemporary art in our lives. Its programs develop collaborations with artists, curators and many art organizations around the world, facilitating new connections across cultures. KADIST has locations in Paris and San Francisco, where it organizes exhibitions, public events, residencies and educational initiatives. Complemented by an active online network, it aims at creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.
Video Bureau is a not-for-profit organization focusing on video art. It is officially launched and open to the public from March 25, 2012. Its work primarily consists of archiving works of film art and related documents in order to build a comprehensive and searchable database. By organizing artist talks and publications to further the academic impact of its organization, Video Bureau is a foremost platform that provides services to researchers, curators, artists, collectors, students and others working in and out of the art world. Its continuous dedication to this specific artistic medium has become an important tool in the research on film art in China.
- English with Chinese Translation