Exhibition catalog of “VideoArt Festival Locarno: a Prospective” organized by ECAL / François Bovier, Adeena Mey, Maud Pollien from August 8 to October 20, 2019, Centro culturale e museo Elisarion, Minusio.
The bilingual catalogue (EN+IT) documents the exhibition held at the Elisarion Museum offering a new approach to the history of the VideoArt Festival Locarno, selecting videotapes and installations from its first editions, updating the spirit of Monte Verità and its avant-garde and utopian experiments. The works of international artists are presented alongside the festival archives and a circular painting by Elisàr Von Kupffer, historically inscribed in the architecture of the venue. Divided into two parts, the first is an essay by Lorenzo Bianda retracing the history of the festival, while the curators of the exhibition present the issues at stake. In the second, the exhibits are described and analysed.
VideoArt Festival Locarno: a ProspectiveVideoArt Festival Locarno: una Prospectiva190×260 mm, 50 pages, 700 exFirst edition Italian/English, 2019Published byECAL / Centro culturale e museo ElisarionISBN 978-2-9701209-7-1Read the book
The book traces the diffuse international networks through which video art and experimental films circulated during the late sixties and early seventies. It explores forgotten exhibitions both in Switzerland and France, the activities of public television channels and alternative art spaces in the US, a production art center dedicated to video in Italy and an Argentinian collective of conceptual artists, aiming to shed new light on the production and diffusion of moving images.
This volume is divided into two parts: the first part, which is longer and more extensively documented, explores the emergence and consolidation of video art networks at international level; the second focuses more specifically on two exhibitions of artists' films (New Forms in Film and Une histoire du cinéma) and one of the main instances of the museification of experimental cinema, Anthology Film Archives. Indeed, this particular story has wider currency insofar as several important works in recent years have focused on artists' films and expanded cinema. We have adopted the principle, wherever possible, of providing rare and previously unpublished images and documents alongside the essays specifically commissioned for this volume, the choice of which has been left to the discretion of the author of each particular chapter.
Early Video Art and Experimental Films NetworksAward Most Beautiful Swiss Book 2017
231×308 mm, 268 pages, 700 exFirst edition English, 2017
Published by ECAL/François Bovier
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Part of Weltformat exhibition Designing Tools
The publication is based on an archive of three major events in video art in French-speaking Switzerland. Each of these events has a different layout. The selection work and the layout were carried out in collaboration with Tristan Lavoyer. The object is composed of five parts of images at the beginning of the book, followed by texts. The first five parts are mixed. This desire to distribute the pages in an almost random order is due to the fact that it makes the book non-linear to its reading and underlines the idea that the extracts have no defined place and do not necessarily respond to each other.
Publication for the exhibition: Impact Art Video 74. An exhibition as part of a research project led by François Bovier and Tristan Lavoyer (Cinema exhibited: the year 1974 in French-speaking Switzerland, between the white cube and the dark room).
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231×308 mm, 72 pages, 500 exFirst edition French, 2016
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