KLONARIS/THOMADAKI: Cyber Retrospective
3rd Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Vidéo / Ordinateur



Founders and artistic directors : Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki

Organized by A.S.T.A.R.T.I. for Audiovisual Art
71 rue Leblanc, 75015  Paris 
tél. 33 1 44 26 08 73,  fax :  33 1 40 60 07 
e-mail : klon.thom.astar@wanadoo.fr

The Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Video / Ordinateur is a major international event focusing on the moving image as visual art. Since its creation in 1990, this large scale event brings together all forms of screen based art such as film, video, computer art, virtual reality, interactive installations, CD-Rom, communication networks / light media and state-of-the-art technology. The approach is both contemporary and historical. Connections are made between past and present art forms, and between the diverse technological tools used in time based arts. The Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Vidéo / Ordinateur aim to activate a memory of technological media in the 20th century, and to propose critical and comparative perspectives on contemporary æsthetic phenomena and their socio-cultural background. 

Raising the issue of Media ecology, the 3rd Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Vidéo / Ordinateur propose that the artistic balance between mechanical, optical, electronic and digital media should be protected as an ecological equilibrium. 

The 3rd Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Vidéo / Ordinateur in Paris lasted seven days, comprised some forty programs (panel discussions, one-person presentations, thematic screenings and installations) and involved more than a hundred artists, scholars and curators from twenty two countries. Panel and program topics addressed issues related to nature, gender and technology. Thematic surveys included light based art forms (light machines, light shows, lasers, holography), projection and robotics, as well as self-representation of women in film and video. A number of one person shows was dedicated to avant-garde pioneers in experimental film, video art and interactive computer art. 

Simultaneous French-English translation was provided. A book of 150 pages with black-and-white and color illustrations was published on the same occasion, featuring essays by art and media theorists and a catalogue of participating artists. 

Funded by the Ministère de la Culture. Assisted by the Cinéma des Cinéastes, l’ARP and by The British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Cultural Services of the Canadian Embassy, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Austrian Cultural Institute, the French Embassy in Moscow. With the collaboration of the Centre de Recherche en Arts plastiques (CERAP) of the University Paris I, Sorbonne.

A selection of the 3rd Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma / Vidéo / Ordinateur will be presented in Athens on the 24th and 25th September 1998 and at the Lux Center For New Media, London, from 29th October to 1th November 1998.