Since its inception in 1985, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement has provided a platform for art and ideas by surveying the ever-shifting territories of moving images while aiming to make sense of this extraordinary profusion of images that has progressively invaded all aspects of contemporary art.



The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 is organized by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, in collaboration with the Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC) and the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, Genève (FCAC) and co-produced by Faena Art and In Between Art Film.

November 2016 marks the 15th edition of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (Biennale of Moving Images, BIM), presented under the artistic direction of Andrea Bellini, director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, in collaboration with Cecilia Alemani, director and curator of High Line Art, New York; Caroline Bourgeois, chief curator and conservator of the Pinault Collection, Paris; and Elvira Dyangani Ose, curator and lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada.
The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 will feature 27 new productions, produced and/or supported for the occasion and presented as installations (at the Centre d’Art Contemporain and the Mamco), performances (at the Théâtre de l’Usine (TU) and the Zoo de l’Usine), or feature films (presented with the artists at Cinéma Spoutnik and then shown at the Cinema Dynamo).
The 2016 edition of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement marks the return of the international competition, which was held during the first editions of the Biennale. BIM special projects: Generations is a prize aimed at encouraging young film directors studying in prestigious local and international art and cinema schools. The winner will receive a grant for the creation of a new work, which will be presented during the next edition of the Biennale.
Finally, the new Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement is not a single exhibition. The 2014 edition traveled to several venues, including the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia, and the Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, Fondation Pinault, Venice. The BIM evolves from city to city, according to the format adopted to present the works (screening, exhibition of installations, etc.).
BIM 2016 will be presented in several institutions and festivals on at least four continents:

Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, Fondation Pinault, Venise : 14 – 16 November 2016
Schermo dell’arte, Florence : 16 – 19 November 2016
Faena Forum Miami Beachpreview 1 – 4 December 2016, exhibition Spring 2017)
Tent, Rotterdam: 19 December 2016 – 1st January 2017
Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal: 23 February – 8 April 2017
Faena Art Center Buenos Aires (in collaboration with Untref, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires) Exhibition from 24 may 2017

The year 2014 marked a new BIM event format, which considers its own history while looking to the future with a commitment to a young generation of artists. The originality of the new BIM resides in the fact that it consists mainly of works commissioned and produced for the occasion. The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement seeks to investigate new exhibition models and formats by building a show as a choir, bringing together polyphonic voices to offer a window onto contemporaneity.
Comprising a wide array of multimedia installations, films, and documentaries usually shown in cinemas, as well as performances, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement is a one-of-a-kind hybrid situated somewhere between a cinema festival, a constellation of solo exhibitions, and a site for research and experimentation. With this format, artists are invited to push the boundaries of traditional media.


The Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement was founded by André Iten in 1985, during a workshop with the artists Silvie and Chérif Defraoui. It was initially called International Video Week and was one of the first events of its kind in Europe.
Over a period of 30 years the BIM has brought together the very best in video art, showing works by artists such as Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Robert Filliou, Chris Marker, Guy Debord, Vito Acconci, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Chantal Akerman, Rebecca Horn, Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol, Philippe Garrel, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, Artavazd Pelechian, Harun Farocki, Matt Mullican, Anri Sala, and the Straub/Huillet duo, among others.



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