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Rendering Time

White Frame (Basel), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV, Montreal) and Bildwechsel (Hamburg) joined forces to present Rendering Time. The project was an initiative from White Frame who wished to underline the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage introduced in Basel on June 26th, 1966.

On Filmexplorer it is possible to see two excerpts from two of the many videos screened at the Neues Kino Basel on the 17th of April (Rendering Time Screenings): «In Your Room» by Sonja Feldmeier (2008) and «Frequency» by Esther Hunziker (2008).

White Frame (Basel), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV, Montreal) and Bildwechsel (Hamburg) joined forces to present Rendering Time. The project was an initiative from White Frame who wished to underline the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage introduced in Basel on June 26th, 1966. This one-day event saluted through five curated programs the contribution of women’s artists subversiveness of convention of norms and forms, challenging themselves and expanding our viewer experience.

Furthermore, we highlighted the continuous work of two organisations: Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Bildwechsel dedicated to present a panoramic view of women’s artists working in the media arts.

The Swiss program of the Rendering Time Screenings included videos by the following artists from Basel: Ariane Angereggen, Anne Hody, Sandra Knecht, Florine Leoni, Barbara Naegelin, Sonja Feldmeier, Bettina Grossenbacher, Esther Hunziker, Muriel Kunz, Muda Mathis/Sus Zwick/Fränzi Madörin, Hildegard Spielhofer, Lena Maria Thüring and Käthe Walser.

The Canadian program encompassed 3 curated programs. The first program curated by Nicole Gingras called Witnesses presented the following artists: Louise Gendron, Tamara Vukov, Gabriela Golder, Lamathilde, Petunia Alves, Byol - Nathalie Kimura-Lemoine, Kinga Araya, Nikki Forrest, Jackie Gallant and Anne Golden.

The second program curated by Dayna McLeod called Gestures of performativity presented the following artists: Sabrina Ratté, Kim Kielhofner, Lamathilde, Eugenie Cliche, Ilse Gassinger, Élaine Frigon, Karen Trask, Victoria Stanton, Ines Szigety, Nikki Forrest, Sojin Chun, Larose S. Larose, Sheena Hoszko, Byol - Nathalie Kimura-Lemoine and Coral Short.

The third program curated by Cheryl Sim called Piercing Sideways presented the following artists: Claudia Del Fierro, Dana Inkster, Sojin Chun, Tran T. Kim Trang, Byol - Nathalie Kimura-Lemoine, Dayna McLeod, Myriam Jacob-Allard and Michelle Smith.

The German program completed the Rendering Time Screenings. Chris Regn introduced Bildwechsel with fragments from artists durbahn with video letters of different artists and activists, Chris Regn and Andrea Saemann.

Following our screenings in both cities, White Frame featured on its Video Channel, a selection of seven videos from the Swiss program of «Rendering Time Screenings» for 168 hours.

Information about the two videos here available (excerpts):

In Your Room, Sonja Feldmeier, 2008

In the video you see a woman with a drum set under her burqa. She plays her instruments reaching dramatic heights despite the voluminous folds of material in which she is enveloped. She begins with filigree rhythms that gradually swell into ear-piercing and almost enraged but precise drumming. Only her eyes are seen in the beginning, then slowly her entire figure comes into view and finally the camera pans towards the audience.

Sonja Feldmeier's Website

Frequency, Esther Hunziker, 2008

«Frequency» is a movie which has been compressed several times in low resolution until the sharp edges started to blur and the original movie signal disappeared, vanished into color abstractions. The absence of concrete images and the electrospheric soundtrack from overlapping radio frequences, causes an abstract hypnotic void, a space without beginning or end where everything melts away.

Esther Hunziker's Website

Text: Chantal Molleur
First published: May 18, 2016

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