VISIO Production Fund
1st Edition, 2022/2023

THE PROJECT

During November 2023, as part of the 16th edition of the Festival, the world premiere of the movies of the artists selected for the VISIO Production Fund 2022/2023, produced by Lo schermo dell’arte : Bliss Point by Gerard Ortín Castellví (with In Between Art Film Foundation), Look On the Bright Side by Yuyan Wang (with FRAC Bretagne), Single File by Simon Liu (with L. Pecci Center for Contemporary Art). The artists participated in the 11th edition of VISIO. Movie by the fourth selected artist, Maryam Tafakory (with Seven Gravity Collection), is in progress.

selected artists
Simon Liu
1987, Hong Kong. Lives and works between New York, Hong Kong, and Stoke-On-Trent
Ph. credits KVIFF – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Gerard Ortín Castellví
1988, Spain. Lives and works in London
Maryam Tafakory
1987, Iran. Lives and works between Shiraz and London
Ph. credits Ji Aiqing
Yuyan Wang
1989, China. Lives and works in Paris
PRODUCED WORKS
Courtesy the artist, Lo schermo dell’arte, and Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci

by Simon Liu

In the wake of cataclysmic regional change in the artist’s homeland of Hong Kong, Simon Liu’s new Cinema-Strobo-Scopic film features a laborious sequence of analogue darkroom practices and dense shrouds of video processing techniques which actively work to both conceal and reappraise approaches to personal expression in the face of censorship. Times ahead and behind collide – a new linearity is in need of; the glittering lore of the way things were, generations lost to resolution errors. Sifting through new realities of misinformation, digital consciousness, and cultural disappearance, Single File seeks new lexicons of civil disobedience through formal experimentation.

The film will be in competition at the NEW:VISION AWARD of the CPHD:DOX, Copenhagen, March 13-24, 2024

It will also be presented at the MOMI Museum of Moving Image, New York, at FIRST LOOK 2024, March 13-17, 2024

Courtesy the artist, Lo schermo dell’arte, and Fondazione In Between Art Film

by Gerard Ortín Castellví

Bliss Point focuses on the transformation of food into moving images by documenting the new regimes and infrastructures of distribution. From the advanced technologies of circulation in AI-managed warehouses to commercial perception and representation in food photography studios, the journey portrays fragmented coexisting realities. The term Bliss Point refers to a specific amount of an ingredient such as salt, sugar or fat in order to optimize the palatability of a product. In the film, this concept is expanded to include other aesthetic and scopic qualities. As the third piece of a trilogy on food production (Agrilogistics, 2022), distribution (Bliss Point, WIP) and consumption (Future Foods, 2021) it completes his long-term investigation Technologies and Ecologies of Food Regimes.

The film will be presented at Tate Modern London as part of its Politics of Food trilogy, March 6, 2024

Courtesy the artist, Lo schermo dell’arte, and FRAC Bretagne

by Yuyan Wang,

The Moon Also Rises is inspired by China’s 2018 initiative to launch three artificial moons for endless daylight. The film envisions a drift into the eternal glow through a nocturnal society dominated by relentless efficiency. A collective hallucination sustained by everlasting activity, accessibility and connection. Lethargic crowds are immersed in fluorescent landscapes while machines enter a trance-like state performing repetitive tasks on the production line of luminous gadgets. Haunted by memories of omnipresent brightness, people search for the fossils of light within the mineral dust tracing the “light” back to its earthly origins. Guided by Édouard Glissant’s call for “le droit à l’opacité” (the right to opacity), the film contemplates the myth of immaterial new technologies, offering an enigmatic interplay between technology light and darkness in our modern world. A first version of the work was presented as an installation at the 12th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2022.

The film will be in competition at the NEW:VISION AWARD of the CPHD:DOX, Copenhagen, March 13-24, 2024