VIDEO FOREVER 25 *Jeux de Mémoire*
With, among others, Leila Alaoui, Fanny Bastien, Guillaume Chamahian, François-Xavier Courrèges, CT Jasper, Maha Kays, Gianluigi Maria Masucci, Frank Smith, Valérie Winkler and the artists featured in BODY MEMORY
As a follow-up to BODY MEMORY, “Jeux de mémoire” will further explore the multiple links between memory and video.
Memory is an essential dimension of our relation to time: As an individual act that on some occasions expresses a collective reality, the memory that serves as an artistic vehicle is, for that very reason, complex, fluctuating and heterogeneous. The persistence of time that it proves posits the principle of protean recollection. Memory does not exist, but memories do. Memories are cerebral and corporeal, but also cellular, immunological, electronic and physical. They are social and collective. Hence their extraordinary complexity.
Video proceeds as memory does: the video image acquires the status of a memory the moment it ceases to appear before us; the recording of what is seen and the “stocking” of the image are almost simultaneous. We can then call on the images thus stored or preserved, the way memory summons a specific recollection when we need it (the phenomenon of “destocking”). Video, a mirror of memory.
Special thanks to the Nuits Photographiques: Guillaume Chamahian, director ; Valérie Winkler, winner of the 2015 award ; Fanny Bastien, winner of the “public award”.