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Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presents the sixth 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 10th Edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (15th – 19th November 2017). 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. The deadline to apply is September 28th 2017.

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival will organize a new exhibition project to celebrate its engagement in promoting, producing and exhibiting the works from a new generation of visual artists. Titled Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s (14th Nov – 10th Dec, 2017), the exhibition will present one video work for each of the 12 selected artists along with a selection of works from VISIO’s previous participants and nominees of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival Prize. 

Confirmed for the third edition is the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (3rd edition) 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, a 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 400 visual artists have applied to participate in the first five 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 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.

Structure

VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a 6-part structure:

1. Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s
The exhibition will at Palazzo Medici Riccardi and in other locations in Florence (14th November – 10th December 2017) and will present one video work for each of the 12 selected artists along with a selection of works from VISIO’s previous participants and nominees of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival Prize.
Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the exhibition is an overview on the practice of a new generation of visual artists working with moving images in Europe. 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 and video installation and multichannel works.

2. Festival
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 Hassan Khan, Roee Rosen, Yael Bartana and Ben Rivers among others.

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 Cinema La Compagnia 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.

5. Seminars
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, Sarah Perks and Erika Balsom.

6. Conversation room
In this informal environment participants will meet 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.

  Participants  

EXHIBITION

Directing the Real.
Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s

The exhibition, on view at Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, brings together works by nineteen international artists who work with moving images. This generation of artists, born after 1980, operates at a time when confrontation with the “real” and its representation often become necessary and inevitable. Our experience of the world around us is however more and more mediated and altered by screens and electronic technologies, to the point that the borderline between real and virtual can be blurred.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 6th edition

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

promoted and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival

in collaboration with
Fondazione Sistema Toscana – La Compagnia

with the support of 
Regione Toscana nell’ambito di “Toscanaincontemporanea2017” e Giovani Sì

realized as part of
Progetto Sensi Contemporanei per il Cinema

supported by

  • Città Metropolitana di Firenze
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
  • Nuovi Mecenati, Nouveaux mécènes – Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea
  • Institut français Firenze
  • Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
  • In Between Art Film
  • ottod’Ame
  • Famiglia Cecchi
  • Seven Gravity Collection
  • B&C Speakers

The selection of the participants is conducted in partnership with

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
  • Kingston University (London)
  • De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
  • HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme
  • Pavillon Neuflize OBC research lab del Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
  • Royal College of Art (London)
  • Vilnius Academy of Arts
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Viafarini (Milan)
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Bruxelles)