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.