Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presents the fifth edition of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images.
VISIO consists of an exhibition and a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists, who use moving images in their artistic practice. By promoting encounters and international mobility VISIO has favoured the development of a wide network of institutions, artists and professionals working with moving images.
The VISIO Programme, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, will be held in Florence, within the context of the 9th Edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival(15th – 20th November 2016). The participants will be 12 young 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, Schools and Artist Residencies. Thanks to the generous contribution of our partners, this year there will be no participation fee.
The deadline to apply is October 3rd 2016.
After the success of the exhibition held at Palazzo Strozzi in 2015, this year one video work for each of the 12 participating artists will be selected for a new exhibition project: VISIO. Outside The Black Box (16th Nov – 20th Nov, 2016). The exhibition will take place at the Cinema Teatro La Compagnia in Florence. The building, converted in 1987 into a theatre by Adolfo Natalini, founder of the famous radical architecture firm Superstudio in the late 1960s, will soon re-open as a cinema dedicated to documentary and art-house films.
Questioning traditional film formats, the selected works will be displayed in the hidden spaces of the former theatre that usually are not accessible to the public. The exhibition is produced and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in collaboration with FST-Mediateca Regionale Toscana.
Also confirmed for the second edition is the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize that will be assigned to one of the participating artists and consists in the acquisition of one of his/her video works by the Seven Gravity Collection, private Italian collection that focuses on video works by contemporary artists. Through this Prize Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, thanks to the partnership with the Seven Gravity Collection, aims to support young artists by promoting the practice of collecting moving images works and video installations.
VISIO is creating a significant archive by mapping a new generation of artists working with film and video and based in Europe. Over 300 visual artists have applied to participate in the first four editions of the Programme. While maintaining its original identity as a training and networking project, VISIO has now developed into a much wider exhibition and research platform that is generating new opportunities and collaborations on an international level.
As a result of the research and debate generated by the Programme over the past five years, an extensive publication will be published in the spring of 2017 by Mousse Publishing. The book will feature contributions by leading international curators, artists and critics and a section dedicated to all the artists that have participated in the programme.
VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a 6-part structure:
1. VISIO. Outside The Black Box
The exhibition will take place at the Cinema Teatro della Compagnia in Florence (16th – 20th November 2016) and will present a work for each of the 12 participating artists as an overview on the practice of a new generation of visual artists working with moving images in Europe.
Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the exhibition intends to reflect on the variety of themes and languages used by young international visual artists working with film and video, and provide an opportunity to discuss exhibition formats and audience reception of moving images works. The selection will reflect the diversity of mediums and formats in contemporary moving image practice: from analog to digital works, single-channel video and films projected on screens or played on monitors, and video installation and multichannel works.
The participating artists are invited to attend screenings, meetings and lectures of the Festival’s official program, and are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions. The main topics 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 Omer Fast, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige.
3. VISIO. Young Talent Acquisition Prize
The Prize will be assigned to one of the participating artists and consists in the acquisition of one of his/her video work by the Seven Gravity Collection, a private Italian collection that focuses on video works from contemporary artists.
The Prize will be assigned by the Founding Members of the Seven Gravity Collection and the winning artist will be announced during Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.
4. Artists Presentation
The participating artists will be asked to introduce their work in a 15 minutes presentation at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Here, they will have the opportunity to present the fundamental themes of their artistic practice to the other participants and to a selected audience.
A series of seminars will be conducted by artists and curators who will speak about various aspects of their artistic practice and research methods with the participants. The seminars, which will last 2 hours each, will be structured in such a way as to allow also moments of discussion and sharing of experiences between the professionals and the participants. In the previous editions the seminars have been conducted by Isaac Julien, Marine Hugonnier, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Filipa Ramos, Deimantas Narkevicius, Mark Nash, Maria Lind, Alain Fleischer and Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Sibylle Kurz and Sarah Perks.
6. Conversation room
In this informal environment participants will meet every day, in 45-minutes round tables and individual encounters, artists, curators, critics, producers and directors of international institutions hosted by the Festival. Ranging from the presentation of their own portfolios to simple conversations, these moments are conceived as an occasion for encounters and exchanges that can foster the participants’ professional growth and extend their networks of international contacts.
VISIO. Outside the Black Box
VISIO. Outside The Black Box, on view at Cinema La Compagnia, offers an insight into the images and video production of a new generation of artists working across Europe. This exhibition aims at featuring the multiplicity of codes and themes used by these young artists and, at the same time, it reflects on the relations between video formats and exhibition space.
VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 5th edition
curated by Leonardo Bigazzi
Promoted and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival
in collaboration with
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and FST– Mediateca Regionale Toscana
with the support of
- Regione Toscana
- Comune di Firenze
- Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze/Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee
- Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy
- Institut français Firenze
- Deutsches Institut Florenz
- Seven Gravity Collection
The selection of the participants is conducted in partnership with
- Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera
- Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
- Kingston University (London)
- De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
- Pavillon Neuflize OBC research lab del Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
- LE FRESNOY Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing)
- Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam)
- Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
- Royal College of Art (London)
- Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen)
- Universität der Künste Berlin
- Viafarini (Milan)
- Vilnius Academy of Arts
- WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Bruxelles)
- Zurich University of The Arts