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This exhibition brings together artworks, films and documents from the last thirty years.

Their common denominator is a concern with cinema (its technology, modes of production and dissemination, and the world of film) and a geographical connection to Grenoble and its region.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Grenoble, and in particular the Villeneuve quarter, was a recognised centre of social experiment. The production of filmed images was one practical aspect of this. Out of a concern to democratise the modes and conditions of filmmaking, and in parallel with his pursuit of an aesthetic of the real, Jean-Pierre Beauviala created lenses and cameras for the Nouvelle Vague. A resident of Villeneuve and comrade of Beauviala, Jean-Luc Godard shot Numéro 2 in his flat. Impelled by a critical vision of the economy and aesthetics of industrial cinema, local activists created Vidéogazette (1972-1976), which can be considered as one of the first neighbourhood television channels, while others subsequently became involved with experimental cinema (MTK).

Some fifteen years later, young artists trained at the art school by figures such as Ange Leccia, Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Georges Rey took up the question of cinema, shifting it into the field of art in order to explore such issues as modes of production by organising a series of collaborative and collective undertakings.

This “particularity” is now characteristic of the functioning of the contemporary scene. The Ann Lee project is based on an animated character, whose rights have been bought by the initiating artists, each of whom has created a film that adds to or extends those that already exist.

The exhibition will show films or works by: Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Parreno, Ange Leccia, Bernard Joisten, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Joseph, Vidya Gastaldon, Philippe Perrin, Christelle Lheureux… And archives from le Vidéogazette (Villeneuve, Grenoble 1974-1976), MTK, Jean-Pierre Beauviala….


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Filme, Arbeiten und Archive von Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Vidya Gastaldon, Liam Gillick, Jean-Luc Godard, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Bernard Joisten, Pierre Joseph, Ange Leccia, Christelle Lheureux & Apichatpong Weerasethakul, M/M Paris, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Perrin, Georges Rey, Thomas Struth, Videogazette, u.a.