VIDEOBRASIL 2008 – 2009 TOUR
Sydney Film Festival
Dendy Opera Quays
Introduced by Solange Farkas , Director Videobrasil and MAM. Presented with Sydney Film Festival and The Brasilian Consulate with support from the Australian Film Commission
A center of international reference in the field of electronic art, Associação Cultural Videobrasil was created in 1991 to give shape to the drive to nurture, promote, and map artistic production throughout the geopolitical south begun nearly ten years earlier with the International Electronic Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Through festivals, exhibitions, documentaries, publications, meetings, and seminars, as well as activities related to the maintenance and circulation of its important collection, Associação endeavors to bring southern production closer to the main circuits and feed a network of connections that stimulates reflection on contemporary artistic practices and interchange between artists, researchers, and the public.
The support of such fundamental partners as SESC São Paulo has enabled Associação to keep up a series of continuous programmes, chief amongst which are: International Electronic Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil
This biennial mapping of southern art saw its 16th edition in 2007, with a programme centered upon confluences between cinema, video, and art. With its guiding theme in Limit: moving images and lots of strangeness, the Festival featured videos, films, installations, and performances by Peter Greenaway (Great Britain), Marcel Odenbach (Germany), Kenneth Anger (USA), and the Brazilians Eder Santos, Detanico & Lain, Carlos Adriano, Edgard Navarro, and Arthur Omar, as well as a cycle of debates and seminars.
Investigative depth and apprehensions concerning contemporary society mark the prizewinning works at the 16th International Electronic Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. The jury was composed of David Cranswick (Australia), director of d/Lux/MediaArts in Sydney; Jean-Paul Fargier (France), cinema critic and lecturer; Martin Mhando (Tanzania), filmmaker, curator, and academic; Berta Sichel (Brazil), director of the Audiovisual Department of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; and Daniela Bousso (Brazil), director of Paço das Artes and Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo.
In addition to the prize-winning works on this programme, awards were also conferred for the loops As mãos do Epô (Ayrson Heráclito, Brazil-BA) and Jerk off 2 – Projeto dízima periódica (Alice Miceli, Brazil-RJ).
The video The Chemical and Physical Perception, in the Eye of the Cat, in the Moment of the Cut (Marcello Mercado, Argentina) received honorable mention.