Inaugural Channels Video Art Festival set to launch - Art Collector

Bindi Cole, Ab Blaster 40,000 (video still), 2010. Courtesy: the artist and Channels Video Art Festival, Melbourne

11 September 2013 | The first video art festival to take place in Australia in over a decade will launch next week. Channels Video Art Festival is a new biennial festival based in various locations around Melbourne that will exhibit national and international contemporary video practice.

Co-directed by Melbourne based multimedia artists Jessie Scott, Rachel Feery and Eugenia Lim, the program will comprise screenings, installation, public workshops, talks and live audio-visual performances from over 70 video artists. Speaking about the decision to launch the festival, Scott states that video has become a powerful currency in modern society and that it is time to re-open cultural conversations about the artform.

The main showcase at the festival is
Video Visions, being held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Curated from an international call out that received over 900 submissions, it will feature Brown Council, Soda Jerk, Deborah Kelly and Bindi Cole - a still from Cole's playful and political Ab Blaster 40,000 is shown above. Being screened at Video Visions, it is a mock infomercial that reveals the secret reason Indigenous people are so good at sport, turning stereotypes on their head.

Neno Belchev, Positive Message (Lord of the Rainbow) (video still), 2012. Courtesy: the artist and Channels Video Art Festival, Melbourne

The forum for the festival is Video Art in the Internet Era. The panel includes Vernon Ah-Kee, Ian Haig and Giselle Stanborough and they will critically discuss the crossroads facing the international video art scene. The festival will also include a program of performance based video showing at Speakeasy Cinema in Brunswick accompanying screenings of Marina Abramovic's famed documentary The Artist is Present.

You can view the full program
here. Channels Video Art Festival will be held at various locations around Melbourne from 18 until 21 September 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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