The celebrated Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement returns to the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, for an opening in the presence of artists and curators.
For this new edition, curators Nora N. Khan and Andrea Bellini have selected a diverse group of artists to produce new commissions, namely: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Alfatih, American Artist, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sheila Chukwulozie, Formafantasma, Aziz Hazara, Interspecifics, Lawrence Lek, Shuang Li, Diego Marcon, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Sahej Rahal, Jenna Sutela, and Emmanuel Van der Auwera.
Titled A Cosmic Movie Camera, the 18th edition of the Biennale will expand on ever-evolving discourse on the moving image in all its forms, particularly in an algorithmic age. “A cosmic movie camera” is a reference to astrophysicists’ recent discovery of the photon ring around a black hole, the “infinite light trap” that may be the key visible way mankind will learn more about the persistent unknown: the inside of black holes. Each artist presents a host of visual cues to the unseen, and the unknown. They create holographic figures, television shows running in Butlerian ruins, simulations that take on their own life, libraries of generative biological forms, AI courts, games of distributed ancient intelligence, tragic dramas of artificial beings, labs of future genetic exchange, hallucinated cloud cities, endless projections.
Each artist has been invited to produce an original work, set to premiere in Geneva for the opening. Lawrence Lek and Emmanuel Van der Auwera will also present an adapted version of their respective works in railway stations of the city (Léman Express) as part of the Mire project in collaboration with the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain Genève.
The opening of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2024 (BIM’24) marks the first event of an important year for the institution, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the event, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève proposes an initiative around the notion of ‘the gift,’ which is integrated as part of a tailored furniture and architectural project commissioned to Peruvian designer Giacomo Castagnola for BIM’24.
These installations, inspired by the ethos of early data exchange, will serve as interactive hubs for the public to retrieve and pore through archival information, references, texts, poetry, posters, and catalogs throughout the duration of the show. With this project, the institution wants to thank its loyal public, without whom the Centre would have no reason to exist.
In tandem with the physical exhibition of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2024 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, a 3D virtual world-as-exhibition, presented by EPOCH, will live online far beyond the close of the show on May 16th. This virtual world not only translates the artists’ works into a 3D realm into a new virtual context—the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève imagined in a speculative future—but also models the past, present, and possible futures of the city of Geneva.