Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival presents VISIO – European Workshop on Artists’ Moving Images.

VISIO consists of a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists who use cinema in their artistic practice.
VISIO intends to favour the development of a European network of young artists and professionals who work with moving images, promoting encounters and international mobility.

The Workshop will be held in Florence, within the context of the 5th Edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival (21-25 November 2012). The participants will be 15 young Italian and European artists who work with moving images; they will be selected with an open call, in collaboration with some of the most important European Art Academies and Schools. 

The Selection Committee is composed of Leonardo Bigazzi, project curator VISIO, Silvia Lucchesi, director Lo Schermo dell’Arte and Heinz Peter Schwerfel, director Kino der Kunst.
Two participants of the Workshop will be selected for the Young Talent Award organized by the Kino der Kunst Festival in Munich, Germany (24-28 April 2013). These artists will have the chance to present one of their projects to an international jury who will award a prize of 10,000 euro of equipment provided by ARRI, the most important producer and distributor of cinematographic equipment in the world.

Photo: Isaac Julien, The Leopard I 2007 Installation view, Nuit Blanche, Cour de L’hôtel de Ville, Paris Single-screen installation, super 16mm colour film, transferred to High Definition, sound, 19’ 51” Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London Photograph: Martin Argyroglo


VISIO – European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema has a 3-part structure:

1. Festival
The participants are invited to attend screenings, meetings and lectures of the Festival’s official program, and are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions. The themes will then be expanded and developed during the seminars and conversations with the curators and artists hosted by the Festival. This year’s edition will feature works by Isaac Julien, the Otolith Group, Gillian Wearing and Melik Ohanian among others.

2. Seminars
A cycle of 3 seminars will be conducted by artists and curators hosted by the Festival who will discuss various aspects of their artistic process and research methods with the participants. The seminars, which will last 2 hours each, will be structured in such a way to allow also moments of conversation and sharing of experiences between the professionals and the participants.

The three seminars will be conducted by:
Isaac Julien
Artist and filmmaker his early works include Young Soul Rebels awarded the Semaine de la critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize (2001) and he was the recipient of the Performa Award (2008), the prestigious mit Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts (2001) and the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award (2002).
His work Paradise Omeros was presented as part of Documenta11 in Kassel (2002) and in 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne for his single-screen version of Baltimore.
Isaac Julien was visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Schools of Afro-American and Visual Environmental Studies and a faculty member of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Arts. He was also a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is currently a professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. Julien is represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including Tate; Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York; Centre Pompidou; Hirshhorn Museum in Washington and the Brandhorst Museum in Munich. 

Mark Nash
Curator, film historian and filmmaker, with a specialism in contemporary fine art moving image practices, avant-garde and world cinema. Nash has been co-curator of Documenta 11 (2002) and film curator of the Berlin Biennial (2004). He was Director of Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and also a Senior Lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and Visiting Lecturer on the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme in New York. He has also taught in a number of US institutions including Harvard, NYU and UC Santa Cruz, and has collaborated with Università Napoli Orientale, Department of Anglo American studies, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Department of Curating and Jagellonian University, Cracow, Department of Curating. Mark Nash is professor and head of the Curating Contemporary Art Program at the Royal College of Art, London. His exhibition of moving image artists, One Sixth of the Earth, opens in ZKM Karlsruhe November 2nd.

Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Art critic, curator and film director Heinz Peter Schwerfel has been working on the relations between art and cinema since the eighties. Founder and artistic director of the artists’ film festival KunstfilmBiennale in Cologne (2002-2009) he is also the producer and director of several award-winning documentaries on international artists such as Christian Boltanski, Anish Kapoor and Bruce Nauman. Besides many articles on the subject, he has also published ‘Kino und Kunst’ (DuMont Verlag, Cologne 2003).
He is currently the founder and artistic director of the Festival ‘Kino der Kunst’ in Munich. 

3. Conversation room
In this informal environment participants will be able to meet every day, in 30-minute individual encounters, artists, curators, critics, producers and directors of international institutions hosted by the Festival. A day will be dedicated to the curators and directors of local contemporary art institutions. Ranging from the presentation of their own portfolios to simple conversations, these moments are conceived as an occasion for encounters and exchanges, to favour the participants’ professional growth and to extend their networks of international contacts.


Loukia Alavanou

Grecia, 1979

Completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. In 2007 she was the winner of the DESTE Prize. Alavanou makes animations and multi-channel installations composed of collaged fragments from cinematic sounds that are exploration of the language of cinema in relation to desire.
Solo exhibitions include: Next Door to Alice, Rodeo, Istanbul; Chop Chop, upstairs berlin gallery, Berlin; Cactus, The Breeder Gallery, Athens. Group exhibitions include: Identity, Body It, Nca/ Nichido Contemporary art, Tokyo; Yours, Mine and Ours: Appropriation in Contemporary Art, University Gallery, Colchester; Satellite Works, Centre de Production et de Diffusion en Art Actuel et Multidisciplinaire, Quebec; 5th DESTE Prize, The DESTE Foundation, Athens.

Eliane Esther Bots

Paesi Bassi, 1986

Graduated at the Art Academy Utrecht (HKU). She makes short films/videos, which balance between film, documentary and visual art and show the visual cinematic beauty within reality and the daily life surrounding us. Besides her work as an artist she is a teacher in art academy Utrecht and organizes several projects connected to video, film and education in Eastern-Europe and Russia.

Eliane Esther Bots was awarded with the scholarship offered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy.

Fatma Bucak

Turkey, 1982

Works and lives between London, Istanbul and Turin. After her B.A. in Philosophy at Istanbul University, Fatma moved to Italy where she studied Graphics at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts and Photography at the European Institute of Design.
She has completed her M.A. in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2012. In 2009 she had her solo exhibition Melancholia I, at the Zandra Rhodes Gallery, Rochester and in 2011 Daughter of Man, at the Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Turin.

Among her group exhibitions: Vennestraat, Hidden Places and Identities – the Parallel Events of Manifesta9 in Genk-Belgium (2012); Show RCA 2012, Royal College of Art, London; 54th Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo – Arsenale/Academies (2011); 12th Cairo Award, Museum of Permanente, Milan (2011); Dress Code, Art SAWA Gallery, Dubai; Construct – Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK (2011). In 2010 she was in the Past Present Future – Highlights from the UniCredit Collection at Yapi Kredi Art Gallery, Istanbul; Nuovi Arrivi – Get Closer, Turin, where she won the UniCredit Passport Prize. Her documentary film Almost Married was broadcasted to several European TV channels and selected, among others, to the 2011 International Festival of Non-fiction Film and Media, MoMA, New York; IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Amsterdam. It also won the Production and Post-production Funds from the Piedmont Doc Film Funds. In 2012 she won The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Prize with her video performance Blessed are you who come in London and completed the film residency programme CNC – DAEI Film Residency in France.

Kevin Gaffney

Irlanda, 1987

Is a visual artist working in video, photography and text.
In 2011, he graduated from the Royal College of Art’s MA Photography & Moving Image. In 2012, he was awarded the Little White Lies Award from the London Short Film Festival and an Artist’s International Development Fund from the Arts Council of England & the British Council.
Forthcoming exhibitions include the Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, and the Sapporo Biennale, Japan.

Kevin Gaffney was awarded with the ‘OPINIONCIATTI Scholarship’ offered by Opinion Ciatti for a European artist.

Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller

Germany, 1979 / Austria 1984

Live and work in Vienna/AT and Essen/GER. Artistic collaboration in the field of Sculpture and New Media since 2004. In 2011 their work has been featured at 4th Moscow International Biennale for Contemporary Art. They gained several international awards like MAK Schindler Fellowship (Los Angeles, 2008), scholarship at the Cité International des Arts (Paris, 2009), Jury Selection at Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo, 2012).

Markus Hanakam was awarded with the scholarship offered by the Deutsches Institut Florenz.

Constantin Hartenstein

Germany, 1982

Marcin Liminowicz è un designer e artista multidisciplinare. Il suo lavoro naviga in ambienti fisici e digitali e si focalizza sull’agency della materia e sulla dicotomia tra ‘osservare’ e ‘partecipare a’ ciò che ci circonda. Combinando l’analisi di nozioni di geobiologia e filosofia con una varietà di mezzi come la fotografia, il video, l’installazione spaziale e la performance, è in grado spesso di tradurre nelle sue opere l’essenza di ambienti marginali. Ha completato un anno di residenza presso il FABRICA Communication Research Center di Treviso, Italia. È membro del Krzak Collective – una comunità che gestisce un giardino comune e uno spazio culturale a Varsavia. Le sue opere sono nelle collezioni di Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, Grecia e Musée de l’Elysée, Losanna, Svizzera. Attualmente frequenta un master in Arts and Design, Non Linear Narrative presso la Royal Academy of Art di The Hague (NL) e BA presso l’Institute of Creative Photography di Opava (CZ).


Italia, 1982/1983

Was founded in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. Emphasizing on the collapse and subsequent mixture of languages, Invernomuto produces works without a set format such as ffwd_mag, their research ranges from the production of single-channel videos, live-media performances’ design, to the curating of events and special projects.
Invernomuto participated to many group-shows, international festivals, among which Domus Circular (Milan, 2005), Netmage 07 (Bologna, 2007), Invisible Miracles (Milan, 2007), Fair_Play (Lugano, 2008), Biennale Architettura 11 (Venice, 2008), Hors Pistes 2009 (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2009), No Fun Fest (New York, 2009), Kubla Khan (Arte Contempo, Lisboa, 2009), Nothing But a Show (Castello Sforzesco, Milan, 2009), Ars artists residence show (Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan, 2010) and Terre Vulnerabili (Hangar Bicocca, Milano, 2010/2011).
In 2007 they took part to the residency program promoted by Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris. In 2008-2009 they presented the project Village Oblivia at Raum (Bologna), Crisalide (Forlì), Netmage 09 (Bologna) and LAP Lambretto Art Project (Milan); in 2009 the performance Holedigger (Giardino dei Lauri, Perugia).
Solo shows: Whalesland (C/O careof, Milano, 2006), Teastas Mor (Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Parigi, 2008), B.O.B. (Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, 2010), Dungeons and Dregs (Grimmuseum, Berlin, 2010) and Simone (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, 2011).

Iva Kontic

Serbia, 1982

Graduated in painting from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan) in 2006, and received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2010. Iva’s work has been shown internationally in various solo and group exhibitions, art and film festivals: Kasseler DokFest, European Media Art Festival, MADATAC, Espacio Enter, Mikser Festival, etc. She was finalist of several art prizes and won CAC Trust Award in 2009. She had residency at The Woodmill (London) in 2010-2011. Currently, Iva is doing her Ph.D in Multimedia Arts at University of Arts in Belgrade.

Jean-Baptiste Maitre

Francia, 1978

Lives in Amsterdam, he received his art history diploma from Paris-4 Sorbonne University as well as Fine Arts and studio photography at both Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Gobelins-l’école de l’image (2004).
He worked as a Fine Art researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Akademy, Maastricht during 2007 – 2008. In 2010 Maitre completed his residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He has been working in Istanbul in 2012 as an artist in residency at PiST/// Istanbul Project Space (Mondriaan Funds, NL).
His recent exhibitions include Stripe Paintings, La Salle de Bains Centre d’art Contemporain, Lyon; Dans le vêtement…, Anyspace Gallery, Brussels; Not on Sculpture, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi, Milan; Not Necessarily Words, Gallery Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam; Codex Head,Institut Curatorial de Geneve. Future exhibitions includes venues such as Espace d’art 1M3, Lausanne and a solo show at P/////AKT – platform for contemporary art, Amsterdam.

Jean-Baptiste Maitre was awarded with the scholarship offered by the Institut français Firenze.

Peter Sant

Australia, 1979

Is a Maltese artist born in Sydney, Australia, currently living and working in London, UK. He received his MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010. Sant’s moving image practice adopts the contemporary as a framework, seeking inventive means of making representations that speak to us of the moment, whilst insisting on the relevance of historical precedents and theoretical schema that shed light on the unfolding present. There are themes that recur: sea passage, modernity, work, and the mechanism of cinematic film. His works have been exhibited in many international events and exhibitions such as Camden Town Unlimited (Londra, 2012), Journées du Cinéma Européen (Tunisia, 2011), 12th Annual Media Art Biennale, The National Museum Wroclaw (Poland, 2007).

Emilija Skarnulyte

Lituania, 1987

Is an emerging artist who mostly uses video and photography, and produces installations and performances. Emilija’s work consists of a series of poetically active visions, in which she investigates reality with a political and poetic approach. In 2010, she graduated from the Brera Academy, Milan, where she studied sculpting. The artist has recently participated and worked in residencies in South Korea and the Philippines. She has held personal shows in Milan, Norway, Lithuania, Paris and Athens. In 2009, she was awarded the Italian National MIUR Prize of Video Art for her video The Limbic System.

Emilija Skarnulyte was awarded with the “LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE – VISIO scholarship” offered by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

Clea Stracke & Verena Seibt

Germania, 1982/1980

See their artistic work as working with and within locations. They are interested in the breakpoints of reality, those points at which a subtle change in the world actually sharpens our view upon this world. Clea Stracke, 1982 born in Berlin-Tempelhof, studied Fine Arts and Stage Design in Munich, Milan and Hamburg. She lives and works in Munich and Berlin.

Verena Seibt, 1980 born in Dachau, studied Fine Arts in Vienna and Munich, 2008-2010 Curatorial work, Lothringer13Laden, 2011/13 KHM Cologne, lives and works in Munich and Cologne. Clea Stracke & Verena Seibt, collaborating since 2006, both graduated in 2009 at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Exibitions and projects in Germany and abroad, 2012 Holde Kunst, solo show, Esther Donatz Gallery, Munich; UNTER WELT, Maximilians Forum Munich; Echoraum 6, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn/ 2011 Still life, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Facade, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv/BG. 2009 Award for Diploma Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Stiftung, Start Point Prize; 2010 Debutants´ Award; 2011 Artists´ Residency Gallery Klatovy/CZ, 2012 DAAD Sponsorship L.A., artgrant 2012 Malèves-Brussels/B, Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2012 (Bavarian Art Grant 2012).

Verena Seibt’s participation is kindly supported by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Lena Maria Thuering

Svizzera, 1981

Is a swiss artist, based in Zurich. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She has exhibited work at venues such as Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne (2007), Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (2008), Kunsthalle Basel (2008), Kunstmuseum Bern (2010), Kunsthaus Baselland (2012) and had screenings at the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2009), the Reina Sofia National Museum Madrid in Spain (2010), at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in Germany (2010), at Video Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, US (2010) and at the Project Circus, Havanna, CUB (2011).
She received several awards including Swiss Art Award (2008), Grant from Canton Zurich (2008, 2009 & 2012), Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Award (2009 & 2011), BLKB-Art Prize Baselland (2009) and a 6 months artist residency in Paris (2009) and New York (2010).

Vicki Thornton

Gran Bretagna,1981

Is a London-based artist filmmaker whose work explores the role of perception, cinematic memory and visual pleasure in the creation of open or subjective narratives. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and screenings, most recently as part of the OUTPOST Film programme, which is currently touring arts venues, cinemas and festivals across the UK. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA in Photography and was awarded the Painter Stainers’ Company Prize for Photography the same year. She was also nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists in 2008 and was a founding member of the CutUp collective (2005 – 2007), a group of artists linked by a desire to reorder the urban landscape through intervention and play. Her work will be presented at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November 2012.

Clemens Wilhelm

Germania, 1980

Is a multi media artist from Berlin who works mainly in video and photography. He studied at HBK Braunschweig (D) in the classes of Michael Brynntrup (Film Class) and Candice Breitz (“Meisterschüler” in 2009). He received the KSN Northeim (2009-2010) and Pepinieres Europennes scholarships (2011) and was resident artist at Organhaus Chongqing (CN), SIM Reykjavik (IS), Buitenwerkplaats Amsterdam (NL) and SUMU Turku (FI).

Clemens Wilhelm was awarded with the “LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE – VISIO scholarship” offered by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 1st edition

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

promoted and organized by

Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival

in collaboration with 
Festival Kino der Kunst

with the support of

  • Regione Toscana
  • Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze/Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy
  • FST-Mediateca Toscana
  • Deutsches Institut Florenz
  • Institut français Firenze
  • Opinion Ciatti

The selection of the participants in conduced in partnershio with

  • Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
  • Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
  • École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Parigi
  • LE FRESNOY Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Cedex
  • Piet Zwart Institute MFA, Rotterdam
  • Royal College of Art, Londra
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenaghen
  • Zurich University of The Arts