Opening: Friday 30 November at 6pm

Artists in the exhibition: Théodora Barat, Véronique Béland, Anaïs Boudot, Maya Da-Rin, Renaud Duval, David Rokeby, Joachim Olender, Zahra Poonawala

Artists in the film program:
Mohamed Bourouissa, Slavica Ceperkovic, Jean Christophe, Alice Colomer, Maya Da-rin, Clorinde Durand, Ibro Hasanovic, Vimukthi Jayasundera, Hayoun Kwon, Zhenchen Liu, Laurent Mareschal, Tsai Ming-liang, Benjamin Naishtat, Enrique Ramirez, Anri Sala, Momoko Seto, João Viera-Torres

In the exhibition “Ground Control”, which was held at the Contemporary Art Centre in 1997, Lithuanian and British artists raised the following questions: “When electronic devices interact, are people interacting? […] What are the boundaries between visitor and alien, participant and transgressor? How does the documentation of reality connect to the pleasure of voyeurism? […] What is the effect of the pronounced visibility of electronic equipment, and what is changed when documenting technologies remain hidden?” One of the works in the exhibition PANORAMA 14: selected works from Le Fresnoy annual exhibition by young artist Veronique Beland is entitled Ground Control to Major Tom. Are the similarities in title accidental, or do they perhaps indicate that this exhibition will also raise similar questions? In the selected video pieces, photographs, animation works and installations of sound and light, young French artists and their teachers present research into how technologies mediate our perception of reality merging fact and fiction, science and mysticism, perceptible and imperceptible reality. The exhibition is accompanied by a special film programme.

Le Fresnoy – is a unique art centre and school, which was established in 1997 near Lille, France, and is dedicated to studies in audiovisual art and the production of new artworks, which are presented to the audience during the annual Panorama exhibition and other related events. The director of the centre is the renowned photographer and film director Alain Fleischer.

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission

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