Founded in 1985 by André Iten, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (BIM) was initially called the “International Video Week” and was one of the first events of its kind in Europe. It has provided a platform for art and ideas by surveying the ever-shifting territories of moving images while aiming to make sense of this extraordinary profusion of images that has progressively invaded all aspects of contemporary art. Over a period of 30 years the BIM has brought together the very best in video art, showing works by artists such as Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Robert Filliou, Chris Marker, Guy Debord, Vito Acconci, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Chantal Akerman, Rebecca Horn, Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol, Philippe Garrel, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, Artavazd Pelechian, Harun Farocki, Matt Mullican, Anri Sala and the Straub/Huillet duo.

In 2009, the Centre inherited the former Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement founded and run by the Centre for Contemporary Image from 1985 until 2007. The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève then became one of the few institutions worldwide to organize a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition such as a biennial.

The Centre launched in 2014 a new event format, which considers its history, whilst looking to the future with a commitment to a young generation of artists.
Comprising a wide array of multimedia installations, films and documentaries usually shown in cinemas, as well as performances, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement is a one of a kind hybrid situated somewhere between a cinema festival, a constellation of solo exhibitions and a site for research and production. The originality of the new BIM resides in the fact that it consists exclusively of works commissioned and produced for the occasion.

Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2018

For this 2018 edition, the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement will be transformed by an innovative project. At its center—alongside an extraordinary series of films, performances, and concerts—is an exhibition designed to form a single, vast, immersive environment. The concept for this show, which covers over 2,000 square meters, revolves around a fundamental principle: that moving images now live outside the screen, lingering on in a fascinating kaleidoscope where vision can be shaped even by sound.
Inevitably, this edition of the Biennale explores the status of the moving image and its exhibition format, building on the idea that the era of projection on screens is coming to an end, and will give way to environments that reverberate with the radiant echo of their implosion.
Emphasizing the innovative potential of new languages connected to the moving image, the 2018 Biennale forges a series of dialogues with a generation of artists from a wide range of countries and backgrounds.
The artists featured in the exhibition are Meriem Bennani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Fatima Al Qadiri & Khalid Al Gharaballi, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ian Cheng, and Tamara Henderson, each with a work commissioned and produced by the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement. Andreas Angelidakis has been entrusted with tying all of these installations together into a single, cohesive project.
Ligia Lewis will offer a preview of her new choreography—the final part of a trilogy—co-produced by the Biennale with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin; musician Elysia Crampton will present a new live work, and artist Pan Daijing will premiere a performance piece.
Ten films and single-channel videos, made for theatrical screening, have been commissioned from Sarah Abu Abdallah, Neïl Beloufa, Irene Dionisio, Kahlil Joseph, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Tobias Madison, Florent Meng, Bahar Noorizadeh, Eduardo “Teddy” Williams and Leslie Thornton & James Richards. These films and videos, like all of the installations in the exhibition, have been commissioned and produced by the Biennale; together, they form an extraordinary series of new works that will be premiering at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and in other venues around Geneva during the opening week, from November 8 to 11, 2018.
The Biennale will be accompanied by a series of special events featuring the participation of Nkisi, Ninos du Brasil, and Angela Dimayuga.
The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 is curated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film) at Tate Modern, and Andrea Bellini, Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.


Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2016

Under the artistic direction of Andrea Bellini, in collaboration with Cecilia Alemani, Caroline Bourgeois and Elvira Dyangani Ose, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 will feature 27 new productions, which will be presented during an inaugural week between 9 and 13 November 2016. The exhibition will then remain open until 29 January 2017.

The 27 new projects produced for the BIM do not aim at surveying the moving image in a broad sense, but rather tries to create a dialogue around today’s world from an often feminine point of view. The Biennale will explore how artists depict today’s major themes of life and manage to make their work necessary and remarkable, through their strong engagement and their ability to raise awareness.
This edition of the Biennale makes spaces for differing and converging positions among a group of artists. For example Boychild, Wu Tsang, Emilie Jouvet, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz or Phoebe Boswell’s works question the notions of gender, the female figure and empowerment. While others, such as Salomé Lamas, Karimah Ashadu, Bertille Bak, Hicham Berrada and Bodil Furu investigate the exploitation of human and natural resources in various locations around the world. These projects, along with Yuri Ancarani’s documentary on the exuberant leisurely activities of the Qataris and the anthropological researches made by Trisha Baga, Tracey Rose, Cally Spooner and Kerry Tribe, underline the polarities of our world. Additional new works by Sophia Al Maria, John M. Armleder & Stephan Eicher, Brian Bress, Loulou Cherinet, Massimo D’Anolfi & Martina Parenti, Alessio Di Zio, Jenna Hasse, Evangelia Kranioti, Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado, Boris Mitic and Emily Wardill have also been commissioned and produced for the occasion.
The BIM 2016 encompasses a variety of artistic practices including video, sound, dance, performance, installation and even clubbing, broadening the scope of the moving image beyond the digital condition under which we often reductively see the world in 2016.

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Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2014

In 2014 the Centre relaunched the Biennale of Moving Images (BIM) in close collaboration with the Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain (FMAC), the Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain (FCAC), the HEAD – Geneva, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) (Tasmania, Australia), Arthub Asia (Shanghai, China), and the R4-Ile Seguin (Paris, France).
Under the artistic direction of Andrea Bellini (Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Curator and co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London) and Yann Chateigné (Head of the Department of Visual Arts at the HEAD – Geneva), the BIM 2014 presents 22 new works produced and commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.

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