Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin questions hybrid spaces and offers a unique audiovisual experience live from Louvre auditorium.
A major event dedicated to new cinema and contemporary art, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlinwill take place from February 23 to 28, 2021, live online from the Louvre auditorium. This new edition will have a hybrid form, to rethink the notions of shared cultural space and time, with events and programmes filmed and broadcast live on the event’s website, as well as in an immersive online space developed for the occasion.
This experimental space will offer a unique exploration of the venue, from the emblematic Louvre pyramid to the hidden parts of the auditorium, using 3D scans and photogrammetry. Through a simple web browser, visitors can dive in the programme and discover an augmented version of the event.
Conceived as a laboratory for discovery and reflection, the event offers a rare opening onto contemporary audiovisual creation. Documentary approaches, experimental fictions, videos, hybrid and multimedia forms: the programme is the result of in-depth research and invitations to prominent artists from the world of cinema and contemporary art. In the presence of artists and filmmakers from all over the world, on site or remotely, this new edition offers an exceptional programme, bringing together 122 works from 39 countries, internationally renowned artists alongside young artists presented for the first time.
The whole event will be held online with free access.
The chosen theme is hybrid spaces. It will run through the entire programme and will be the occasion for a reflection on the future of audiovisual forms and their modes of distribution.
This new edition offers many highlights. These include an exceptional carte blanche to an iconic multidisciplinary artist, Laurie Anderson (USA), a carte blanche to an unclassifiable artist, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand) whose next feature film is one of the most expected films of 2021, and a special screening with Heinz Emigholz (Germany), a major figure in European contemporary cinema.
There will be also new works by George Drivas (Greece; exhibited notably at the 57th Venice Biennale and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens), Salome Lamas (Portugal; Berlinale, Do Chiado National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon), Christelle Lheureux (France; Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume), Masbedo (Italy; MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Locarno Festival), John Menick(USA; dOCUMENTA (13), MoMA PS1), Wojciech Pus (Poland; Warsaw Museum of Modern Art), Ben Rivers(UK; Tate Modern, Whitechappel Gallery), Stéphanie Roland (Belgium; Venice Biennale, Rencontres d’Arles), Ubermorgen (Austria/Switzerland; Whitney Museum, Liverpool Biennale), and many others.
For six days, the Louvre auditorium will be the prism of a genuine artistic and cultural effervescence. What are the specificities of our contemporary visual culture? What are the singularities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art? What are the aesthetic, social and political issues facing artists today? And in the pandemic context of the COVID-19 health crisis, how can we reinvent ourselves – as artists, as an audience, as an event – in a sustainable way?
A major event with free admission, accessible to all audiences and professionals, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin is a unique platform in Europe: a space for exchange and experience, with a rare openness to contemporary audiovisual creation and a special focus on singular approaches.