Is this real?
What if the perception of our world was only virtual?
Too much has been said and written about exact sciences as if each scientific approach or discovery should have brought some sort of indisputable truth. What if our perception was only virtual, singular, based on our feeling, and sharing views was just another illusion? What do we really share but… images?

Orogenesis (2016) | Boris Labbé | FR | 07:52 min
A trip towards abstraction, as a hypothesis on how mountains might have been formed.

Transitions (2017) | Aurèle Ferrier | CH | 12:48 min
TRANSITIONS is a journey from the civilizing void of the desert to a maximal urban, capitalistic and hedonistic density, which in the case of Las Vegas assumes some bizarre expression. The film is contemplation without any people or moving machines

Supermarket (2018) | Gianluca Abbate | IT | 08:00 min
A voice says “I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought…” Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go, but they are actually sleeping and they need to dream.

Loving (2016) | Regina HĂĽbner | AT | 06:57 min
loving. It is slow, it seems long. It is short.
On a special day, I was sitting on my terrace in Rome, while I noticed the half-moon in a very rare vertical position. It was on the 9th of September, by chance my grandmother’s birthday, born in 1900. The sky was still bright, voices of people on the streets suggested a serene late-summer evening. My mood was that of a woman with a broken heart while reflecting on her own, lost love. I was here, that strange half part of the moon was there. I observed the moon’s slow crossing over what seemed to me “my sky”. I saw myself as a little individuum on a little place, at a little time, living a little life but with a big sentiment, while I was related to such greater dimensions of distance and time. I started to think about love and time. In my eyes, that image was dramatically beautiful. It was that, what Love meant for me at this very moment: It is slow, it seems long. It is short. The artistic work, which came out from that experience is the video, I called loving.
Regina HĂĽbner, 2016

Mer Violette (2019) | Isabelle Arvers | FR | 04:00 min
In this video, forms and abstract landscapes are developed, in which random movement of some objects like the sea or the waves generated by the Moviestorm game engine plays an important part. Universes of abstract patterns, that fold or unfold, mat or very reflective, are testing the possibility of creating « species of spaces » (Georges Perec), aiming to modify the perception of the movements seen.
Sound design: Alexandre Ollivier (Whadat Experience)

Swatted (2018) | Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis | FR | 21:00 min
Online gamers tell of their difficulties in escaping “swatting”, a phenomenon of cyber-harassment that threatens their lives in every game. Events take shape through YouTube videos and vector images from a video game.

Curated by Gabriel Soucheyre
Gabriel Soucheyre is the director of VIDEOFORMES, International Digital Arts Festival in Clermont-Ferrand since 1986, and the VIDEOFORMES Digital Archive. Gabriel is also the editor of Turbulences Video (video art and Digital Culture quarterly magazine) and the curator for VIDEOFORMES Galerie. He participates in many national and international events as a curator or jury member. Also, he is a former teacher at ‘UniversitĂ© Clermont Auvergne’, Clermont-Ferrand, and a video and digital art producer, vlogger, and videomaker.

BY  Videoformes  (FR)

VIDEOFORMES is a structure for diffusion and artistic production which annually organizes, since 1986, an international video and digital art festival. The festival highlights various artistic forms such as installations, videos, performances, and multidisciplinary digital creations. The event is a chance to bring internationally renowned artists (such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Catherine Ikam, Pierrick Sorin, Chris Marker, Samuel Rousseau, Ko Nakajima, John Sanborn…) and young artists face to face. Beyond the festival, VIDEOFORMES takes part in regional, national, and international cultural events, and initiates a policy of artists-in-residence. While the festival offers a program including multidisciplinary as well as experimental performances, it also publishes a magazine (Turbulences Vidéo) on a quarterly basis and provides artistic and cultural initiatives for the young public. VIDEOFORMES is now committed in the development of Digital Video Archives (“Les archives numériques”), one of the most important video and electronic art collection that has been put together since 1986. VIDEOFORMES also runs an alternative gallery (Chapelle de l’Oratoire). VIDEOFORMES is a member of LE DAMIER (Image and sound cluster), RAN, the international network for digital arts, and FESTIVALS CONNEXION, the network for film festivals in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. VIDEOFORMES is supported by Ministère de la Culture/DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Auvergne-Métropole, Conseil Départemental du Puy-de-Dôme, Conseil Régional d’Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.