La grève des femmes 2019 – Women’s Strike 2019

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A small group of women from Saint-Blaise got together to mark the 2019 Women’s Strike in the village on June 14th. They decorated the many fountains, a symbolic choice seeing that it was the women who would have used those fountains to fetch water and to wash clothes and vegetables. The fountains were a place where women would talk together, free from men, who would not go there. Click on any of the photos to visit the gallery.

Un petit groupe de femmes de Saint-Blaise se sont réunies lors de la Grève des Femmes 2019 le 14 juin pour décorer les fontaines du village. Elles n’auraient pas pu choisir un lieu plus symbolique. Les femme allaient aux fontaines chercher de l’eau ou laver des vêtements ou des légumes. Les fontaines étaient des lieux ou les femmes pouvaient discuter sans être embêter par les hommes qui n’y allaient pas. Cliquer sur une des photos pour visiter la galerie.

Alexander Hahn

Alexander Hahn

I have added several photos to the Art gallery taken at the opening of Alexander Hahn’s exhibition entitled All the World’s a Stage that took place at the Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern on Saturday September 12th. I hadn’t seen Alexander for nearly 25 years when I was in my ‘video’ phase. It was really good to meet up, although a busy opening is not necessarily the best place.

I had a quick look back in the archives and immediately found several articles I wrote about Alexander. Here is one in English from the first and only issue of the bilingual Scope Magazine in which Alexander was the feature video maker. It dates from November 1992. (Click to see full page version of these articles.)

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And a review in French of his video Dirt Site in Number 19 of the quarterly magazine Gen Lock.

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New people, old people

François Albera and Johan Van de Keuken

See the new photos added to the Secret Paths People gallery. This photo (taken from one of my notebooks) shows the now professor François Albera but then teacher at the fine arts school in Geneva in discussion with the late filmmaker Johan van der Keuken during a visit of the latter to Geneva in the 80’s.

Folk Tales at GWG

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See the update to the Geneva Writers Group Gallery that includes photos from the meeting about Folk Tales on March 21st 2105. If ever I’ve got the names wrong, please let me know. Thanks.

Video Days

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Video Days is a new photo gallery dedicated to a key period in the history of video art at the beginning of the 80’s. All the photos are taken from Alan McCluskey’s Art Notebooks. He was particularly active during this time, making such videos as La Jonction, La Terre Promise and Game as well as a number of short videos about artists.

More notebook pictures

Notebook 12 Pg.34. Filming my video La Jonction - The terrorist scenes.

I have added a new series of fragments from my notebooks in the Notebooks Gallery. The above image is from Notebook 12 (Pg.34). These were the so-called terrorists from a scene from my video La Jonction. With hindsight, they seem unlikely candidates for terrorism.  If you recognize your younger self in this or the other photos, do get in contact! It’s been a long time.

Artbooks

Nam June Paik at Monte Verita, Locarno during the Locarno Video Festival (1984)

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Nam June Paik

I have published a series of photos from the thirty-seven art notebooks I kept between Summer 1991 and October 1997. It was a period when I was busy making art videos and met such people as John Cage, Bill Viola, Bernard Noel, Johan van der Keuken, David Mach, Philip Sollers, Nam June Paik, Manuel de Oliviera, Steve Dwoskin, Robert Cahen, Jean-Paul Fargier, Jacques Mercantor, Francis Reusser, Cherif Defraoui, Jean Ott, …

Go the Artbooks gallery.

Opening of two exhibitions

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Above, a couple of photos of people attending the opening of my exhibition at the CAC Voltaire on Friday September 4th, 2009. The exhibition space was right next to the ticket desk for the Cinema in the Maison du Grütli where a series of screenings were taking place in honour of the  International Video Week. The latter was a sad occasion as, following the death of André Iten and political changes in the Geneva government, the Video Week was no longer to take place. My exhibition had been possible thanks to the warm welcome of Rui Noguera who had run the CAC Voltaire since its beginning. He too was subsequently ousted by the same “political and administrative” forces that decided it was time he retired.

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In the last of these three photos from the opening of the exhibition in the Centre de Santé in Colombier you can see the gentle curve designed by the row of water photos. I had intended to trace a straight line and have them all at the same distance from the floor, but the roof was curved and a straight line looked out of place. Relaxing the string that was to help ensure they were horizontal, it traced out a natural curve that suggested a wave of water … so that was how it came about.

Guy Milliard

Guy Milliard

The video artist and sociologist Guy Millard at my exhibition at the CAC Voltaire. We made a number of art videos together and both taught  at the DAVI of the Lausanne Art School, for a while. Guy was already ill at the time of this photo in 2009. He passed away Saturday April 3rd, 2010 at the age of 64. He asked to have one of my water photos, the one he is looking at in this picture, but because of his illness I never got round to taking it to him.