BIENNALE DE L’IMAGE EN MOUVEMENT
Since its inception in 1985, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 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.
The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement was founded by André Iten in 1985, during a workshop with the artists Silvie and Chérif Defraoui. It was initially called International Video Week and was one of the first events of its kind in Europe.
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, among others.
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement is produced by Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.
Founded in 1974 as Geneva’s “Kunsthalle”, the Centre is the first contemporary art institution in French-speaking Switzerland. A “Kunsthalle” is a space for production, research, and experiment. Its purpose is to develop exhibitions and to actively put the public in contact with these exhibitions, with a view to opening up a space for dialogue around contemporary culture, as well as to publish art catalogs and books. Unlike a museum, the Centre has no collection. Focusing on the future, it showcases emerging artists from the local and international scene.
That is how, for over forty years, the Centre has anticipated trends, discovered new talents, and presented emerging Swiss and international artists. The Centre’s program involves all the fields of contemporary practice: architecture, dance, design, drawing, new media, installation, music, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. More than 300 pioneering exhibitions have been presented at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, with artists including Joseph Beuys, Olaf Breuning, Maurizio Cattelan, Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, Dan Graham, On Kawara, William Kentridge, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Scheibitz, Shirana Shahbazi, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Ingrid Wildi, Christopher Wool, Joan Jonas, Philippe Decrauzat, Fernando Sanchez-Castillo, Martin Boyce, La Ribot, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Adrien Missika, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Josh Smith, KLAT, and many more!
Located since 1989 at Rue des Bains, within the Bâtiment d’art Contemporain (Contemporary Art Building), which it shares with the MAMCO, the FMAC, and the Centre de la Photographie Genève, the Centre has a two-story 1,000 m2 exhibition space, a cinema, an artist’s residency, a Project Space and a library.