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Set of 8 DVD, 1 CD and 1 book

Robert Barry
Details

Samuel Bianchini
Poursuite de Poursuite

Charles de Meaux
Marfa Mistery Lights, a concert for the UFOs


Peter Downsbrough
From to

Peter Downsbrough
ET/C

Liam Gillick
Underground (Fragments of Future Histories)

Carsten Höller
The Beat

Pierre Huyghe
Le Château de Turing

Jutta Koether and John Miller
Selling Short

Laurence Weiner
Liberté et Contrainte



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Robert Barry
Details

Colour & black and white video, 16/9, 31 minutes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2007

Details shows a succession of scenes filmed in static shots, sometimes in black and white and sometimes in color. The spectator must construct their subject through a black mask. A word, different for each scene, is cut out within the mask: INSTEAD, BECOMING, CONTINUE, ALONE, UNKNOWN, FORGOTTEN, EXPECT... The drawing of letters seems to dig a hole in the black screen and lets one catch a glimpse of the scene shot by the artist.


Samuel Bianchini
Poursuite de Poursuite

Colour video, 16/9, 12 minutes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2008

Following Follow Spot, made from a "machinic solo" by Samuel Bianchini, appears as an enigma somewhere between artist video, clip and documentary. In the urban space, a huge spotlight is activated. What is it looking for? By whom? For what reason? The video goes with an original sound creation, following upon the installationin situ, itself inherited from a dance performance.


Charles de Meaux
Marfa Mistery Lights, a concert for the UFOs

Colour video, 16/9, 66 minutes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & Les Presses du Réel) in 2007

In February 2006, Charles de Meaux met up with the Texan psychedelic rock band The Secret Machines for a performance in Marfa, the city of the Mystery Lights. This film is the private notebook taken from this experience lived in the shadow of some "Giants" of the American culture. A close encounter of the third kind, which tells a lot about the contradictions of our contemporary culture.


Peter Downsbrough
From to

Black & white video 16/9, 14 minutes 30 secondes
Edition of 350 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2003

The artist's camera follows very closely the endless race of trucks on highways and explores the tension occurring between straightness and speed, mass and structure. Alternation of sound and silence gives tempo and inserted words on the screen such as "here" or "there" add some more abstract touch to this brief "road movie".


Peter Downsbrough
ET/C

Black & white video, 16/9, 8 minutes 25 seconds
Edition of 1000 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) and le Frac Bourgogne en 2004

With ET/C, Peter Downsbrough suggests a journey traveling through different cities. He reveals how important the urban matter is and how its perception is increased by frequency of traveling. The space is defined as a series of distinct environments, rather than as one single reality that would be fully understood from only one point of view.


Liam Gillick
Underground (Fragments of Future Histories)

Book, 20 x 14 x 1 cm, 104 pages
Edition of 500 copies
Printed and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2004

The starting point of Underground (Fragments of Future Histories) by Liam Gillick is the first science fiction novel ever written, entitled Fragments d'Histoire future and written in 1884 by Gabriel Tarde. The French philosopher, sociologist and criminologist depicts in his novel the collective functioning of a society that has taken refuge in the heart of the Earth, following a climatic disaster. Liam Gillick has made a contemporary adaptation of Tarde's text, by rewriting the English translation from 1904 that had a preface by H.G. Wells. Gillick included a preface on his own by the Italian sociologist Maurizio Lazzarato.


Carsten Höller
The Beat

Colour video, 16/9, 45 minutes 31 secondes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2008

The Beat is a documentary conceived by the artist from the starting point of an exhibition whose lightning system is made to flicker at a frequency of 7,8 Hz. A mix of dark-pop music from the eighties and nineties emphasizes the psychedelic effect.


Pierre Huyghe
Le Château de Turing

Colour video, 16/9, 17 minutes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2006

This video document recreates a walkthrough the exhibition "Le Château de Turing" by  Pierre Huyghe on the occasion of the 49th Venice Biennial.
Three rooms, three entrance for a total of nine differents possible itineraries.
To not impose a specific walkpath the film is edited in the way that all rooms follow one other randomly and endlessly.


Jutta Koether and John Miller
Selling Short

Audio CD, 29 minutes 2 secondes
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2009

Selling Short by Jutta Koether and John Miller is the live recording of the performance the artists have made at the NBK in Berlin on August 17, 2008.


Laurence Weiner
Liberté et Contrainte

Colour video and black & white, 16/9, 5 minutes 2 seconds
Edition of 500 copies
Produced and published by IMPORT (mfc-michèle didier & les Presses du Réel) in 2006

In Liberté et Contraintes, the artist films from his boat alongside a dock in Amsterdam. Language is used as material, and here it appears on screen as part of the image itself, which is typical of Weiner's art.

 

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