Video Visions is Channels Festival's flagship open-call video art program, running since the inaugural festival in 2013.
Presented as a feature-length screening, the 2019 Video Visions program showcases a curated selection of recently created, single-channel works that highlights the energy and breadth of contemporary video art.
The 2019 screening will feature video by Gianluca Abbate (Italy), Pablo-Martín Córdoba (Argentina/ France), CROSSLUCID, (Poland/Hungary/Germany), Di Hu (China/Ireland), Maren Dagny Juell (Norway), Deborah Kelly (AU), Sonia Leber(AU), Juyi Mao (China), Alison Nguyen (USA), Caroline Rumley, (USA), Ella Parkes-Talbot (AU), Devis Venturelli (Italy), and Sophie Penkethman-Young (AU).
The works were selected by a panel of Australian video artists and curators from hundreds of submissions from around the globe.
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Di Hu is a video artist and film researcher based in Shanghai and Dublin. He studied Chinese Literature at Zhejiang University before going on to study cinema at several universities in Paris (Paris 1, Paris 7 and Paris 3). His work across film, video and photography investigate the legacies of the cinema through the interpretation of forms, codes and narratives of films by means of art-making. His practice also engages with film language as gestures to demystify complex social-political constructions, especially those embedded in Chinese society.
Currently based in Berlin, CROSSLUCID is a cross-disciplinary collective and the synthesis of Sylwana Zybura and Tomas C. Toth. Appearing in a transitional reality its aim is to instigate new associations and investigate novel arrangements. Its current practice spans moving image, photography, collage, installation, character design and creative direction. CROSSLUCID accelerates the intersection between realities with their combinations of multifaceted visual systems, experience-led interventions and performative practices.
After a first autodidact artistic experience followed by studies in Art History and Contemporary Art and Photography, Pablo-Martín Córdoba structures his work around the notions of temporality and movement. In his practice, the spatiotemporal domain is expanded through a free exploration of digital technologies, its possibilities and its limits. Through photomontages, videos and installations, the artist proposes a particular vision of reality, without excluding shifts towards fiction. Currently based in France, his work has been exhibited in Europe, America and Asia.
Caroline Rumley is an American filmmaker and visual artist who combines solo-shot film, found and archival footage, text, and sound to process a public or personal experience. Her experimental, documentary, and poetry films have screened at venues internationally including Sundance, Athens International Film and Video, Anti-Matter, Haverhill, Blue Danube, the Zebra, Film-Poem, Indie Cork Ó Bhéal, and Juteback Poetry Film Festivals, the Atlanta Film Festival, and the Houston Center for Photography. A video-based body of her work is included on Charlotte Cotton’s “Best of 2017” list in the British Journal of Photography.
Australian artist Ella Parkes-Talbot is an emerging thinker living on stolen land in the Eora nation. She is the chief pathogen of ULTRAVIRUS, a multi-tentacled project concerned with exploring, interrogating, and celebrating the internet. Operating under an ethos of 'edutainment', ULTRAVIRUS recognises that learning and dancing are two sides of the same bitcoin. ULTRAVIRUS takes place URL, through social media channels (but is working on deplatforming); and AFK (away from keyboard) - as a one day mini-festival of ideas and cyber-informed, boundary-pushing electronic music. When Parkes-Talbot is not falling through hyperlinked vortexes and mining the web for ideas, she is completing her law degree and working in criminal defence.
Maren Dagny Juell
Maren Dagny Juell is a Norwegian artist working in moving image, installation and Virtual Reality. Interested in means of control, command and instruction, her work explores the format of the video tutorial and VR works where the fragility of the body in VR and the (current) inclusion of the hardware and tech is included as an essential part of the work. She received her MA from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2004 and has exhibited widely in Norway, including solo shows at Trafo Kunsthall, Trøndelag Senter For Samtidskunst, Akershus Kunstnersenter, Podium Oslo and group shows at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and Stavanger Kunstmuseum. Juell also co-runs the artist-run space She Will with Liv Tandrevold Eriksen and teaches moving image and installation at Einar Granum School of Art.
Deborah Kelly is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in the Biennales of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Tarra Warra and Venice. Her projects across media are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange, and practices of collectivity on small and large scale. Her new work is an experiment in models of sustained creative collaboration between strangers.
To produce the work The Gods of Tiny Things she led open-call workshops that included collaborations with Joanne Albany, Alana Ambados, Kate Andrews, Justin Ashworth, Kathryn Bird, Karen Golland, Amanda Holt, Kath Lim, Lex Lindsay, Megan Rushton, Rie Tamaoke and Anna Tregloan.
Juyi Mao is a filmmaker, writer, and composer. Born in Hefei, China, in 1991, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts from Xiamen University in 2013, and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art with focuses on new media, critical theory, and cinema study. In his films, installations, and performances, Mao queries and investigates the relationships of people, space and objects within contexts of contemporary life and socio-political conditions. His work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, New York City; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; CICA Museum, Gimpo; Space Camp, Baltimore; T Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Baltimore; SANDAO Museum, Xiamen; among others. His work has been featured in Modern Weekly. He lives and works in Long Island City, New York.
Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive installation artworks, using video, sound, architecture and public participation. Developed through expansive research in places undergoing social change, Leber and Chesworth's works are speculative and archaeological, responding to architectural, social and technological settings. Based in Melbourne, the pair have exhibited internationally in Greece, Poland, Sweden, Russia, New Zealand, and were included in the 56th Biennale of Venice, Italy. The pair have had numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries across Australia and were awarded the Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2016); Gold Coast Art Prize (2014); and Screengrab International Media Arts Award (2014). Their work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Art Gallery of Western Australia; and National Gallery of Victoria.
Sophie Penkethman-Young is interested in the mass consumption of digital and natural objects, and how ideas and experiences translate digitally. Her works have been included in exhibitions across Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Europe and the UK. Penkethman-Young has been a finalist in several prizes including The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2018) and the Fisher's Ghost Art Award Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2017). She has worked collaboratively with dancer and artist Amrita Hepi on The Ropes (2019) and A Caltex Spectrum (2018). In 2016 the artist worked with Amrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala on Passing, which was presented in association with Darebin Arts and Next Wave Festival. Penkethman-Young is the Digital Manager of Runway Australian Experimental Art and is currently completing a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney, focusing on digital museum culture and internet-based practice.
Devis Venturelli is a multi-disciplinary artist and architect based in Italy In his practice he uses the languages of video, performance, sculpture and installation to document ephemeral architectures and temporary utopias. He has taken part in solo and group shows in museums, institutions and art galleries such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Antology Film Archive, New York; PAC, Milan; Medialab-Prado, Madrid; Museo de Arte, Lima; Xinjiang Biennale; MACRO, Rome; Kulturhuset Museum, Stockholm; MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art , Moscow; la Biennale di Venezia; Ace Gallery, Los Angeles; Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York; Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Amsterdam; Spazio Oberdan, Milan; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Kunsthalle, Wien; Stadtgalerie, Kiel; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Fondazione Merz, Turin; Kunstverein, Augsburg; Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood; National Museum, Wrocław; Mart - Galleria Civica, Trento; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome. His videos and experimental films have been shown in International Film Festivals and have been awarded prizes including the Premio Aletti – Banca Aletti; VIDEO.it / Fondazione Merz; and the Hong Kong Arthouse Prize – Best Experimental Film.
Gianluca Abbate is an Italian video artist and filmmaker based in Rome. His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, including at the Macro Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, the Torrance Art Museum, at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, at Maxxi Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, at Palais de Tokyo; and at MMoma Moscow Museum of Modern Art. His work has been shown at more than 20 film and video art festivals in the USA, Italy, France, Poland, Greece and Australia and his works have been broadcasted on ARTE TV. He has won awards including the Silver Ribbon (Nasto d'Argento) by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, the best short film at TFF32 (Torino Film Festival), awards at Videoformes in Clermont-Ferrand (FR) at Visioni Italiane in Bologna, and a special mention at Genova Film Festival.
Alison Nguyen’s work explores the ways in which images are produced, disseminated, and consumed within the current media landscape, exposing the socio-political conditions from which they arise. Creating strategies for dissent, she re-articulates mainstream cinematic language in unsettlingly seductive installation, video, and sculptural works that generate a self-aware gaze within which the viewer becomes both producer and consumer of their own spectacle. Her work has been screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Crossroads presented by SF MoMA/SF Cinemateque, True/False Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Leeds International Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Unseen Film Festival, Marfa Film Festival, L’Alternativa at CCCB, and Traverse Vidéo, among others. Her work has been exhibited at AC Gallery Beijing, Centre Des Arts Actuels Skol, Chashama, BOSI Contemporary, The University of Oklahoma, and Satellite Art Show, Miami.
Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, Myriad Falls (video still), 2017. Image courtesy of the artists.