Contour 2013 - 6th Biennial of Moving Image
24 Aug - 03 Nov 2013
Josef Dabernig, Sports Ground Panorama 5 in Gyumri – Levon Ishtoyan Football School (2008–2013). Detail
6TH BIENNIAL OF MOVING IMAGE
Film, video, installations and performances in special venues in Mechelen
24 August - 3 November 2013
Theme: Leisure, Discipline and Punishment
Curator: Jacob Fabricius (DK)
Artists: Søren Andreasen (DK), Sven Augustijnen (BE), Petra Bauer (SE), Sonia Boyce (GB), Alejandro Cesarco (UY), Keren Cytter (IS), Josef Dabernig (AU), Gustaaf De Bruyne (BE), Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (BE), Carl De Keyzer (BE), Edgardo Aragón Díaz (MX), Harun Farocki (CZ), Paul Hendrikse (NL), Judith Hopf (DE), Marine Hugonnier (FR), Liz Magic Laser (US), Pablo Pijnappel & Giles Bailey (FR/UK), Agnieszka Polska (PL), Mark Raidpere (EE), Marinella Senatore (IT), David Shrigley (UK), Dario Šolman (HR), Sarah Vanhee (BE), Pernille With Madsen (DK)
Writers: Arne Dahl (SE) and Anders Fogh Jensen (DK)
Mechelen (BEL) hosts an unique initiative for people with an interest in contemporary art. Contour, the Biennial of Moving Image, was established in 2003 as a platform for presenting cutting edge developments and the best in art of the moving image. The biennial presents artists working with film, video, installation and performance in special locations in Mechelen. Since the first edition in 2003, a different curator is invited to provide the biennial with a new framework, vision and dynamic. The sixth edition bears the mark of Jacob Fabricius (DK). Under the title Leisure, Discipline and Punishment he examines social roles and relations within society.
The sixth edition of Contour will take place at a limited number of venues across Mechelen: the prison, the football stadium of KV Mechelen, the Church of Our Lady-across-the-Dyle and the museum Court of Busleyden. People visit these spaces for pleasure, necessity, belief or are placed there by force.
Jacob Fabricius: “The stadiums, the prison and the church play an important role in the local history of Mechelen. Yet they are also general spaces that can be found in any larger city worldwide. They represent social places that people visit for worship, pleasure, necessity or where they are placed by force. Each chosen location has a very specific energy and a loaded set of rules and codes – each space even has judges to regulate good and bad behaviour – and they represent fundamental institutions and architectural structures within society.”
Fabricius has selected more than 20 artists, with a good balance between established artists and fresh talent from both Belgium and abroad. Contour will show, among others, work from the Belgian Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer, a new performance project with inmates from Mechelen prison by Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee and a new creation by the British artist David Shrigley.
Contour presents visually engaging and intellectually stimulating art, aiming to reach a wide as well as specialist public. Contour is unique in Europe as it offers the opportunity for the viewer to experience top-rate international contemporary art in one of the continent’s historic cities.