a 3-day platform (9th-11th December 2010) at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in snowy Geneva, Switzerland

Background: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from, a unique space for the production of art, films and ideas in East London, and I have been invited to contribute an event for the Biennale for the Image in Movement at the Centre d’Art Contemporain.

Urgency: to discuss the production of images against the background of a looming conversatist turn in Europe and beyond, to thicken the tension between language and action, to create a post-Communist, post-colonial collective network through which we will imagine our future desires.

Participation: We would love it, if our audience would include our London FaCs! If you would like to attend please Save the Date and Book the Flight.

Money: There are cheap flights for £60ish with easyjet. We are also attempting to organise free accommodation with the Geneva student community, so if you are planning to come please email me, Maxa, and I will forward you the respective contact in Geneva. Otherwise there are cheapish youth hostels etc in Geneva as well.


“Released transcripts of mobile phone calls during the Mumbai attacks between the terrorists in Mumbai and their leaders in Pakistan show how the attack was staged in terms of creating images. Thus the ringleaders repeatedly insisted a fire be started in the Taj Hotel “to give the news cameras something to look at”. They also dictated terms to the Mumbai police using a film metaphor “Tell them this is only the first act of this film, the main feature is still to come …”.

Mirza / Butler, On Language as Violence, forthcoming 2011

IMAGE | EVENT explores the fictionality between the cinema, the live event and our experience of “the real”. The presentations and discussions will take place over three days and will be shared by six international participants, the audience and the IMAGE | EVENT curators: Maxa Zoller and

There are events embedded in image, events which take place outside the frame, events which exceed visual representation. There are images, which produce a physical experience, there are images, abstract or figurative, which give birth to an event. But how do artists respond to the conditions of image production today? How do we as viewers embody images? What are the thresholds of the Image as Event – the Event as Image?

IMAGE | EVENT proposes an exchange between the audience, and the work of six international contemporary artists and/or collectives that take up a critical position in the face of the complex realities of living in a world system. The proposal is not only to witness what occurs inside or outside these associated ways of seeing/relating, but to think about what occurs between these locations, the ‘organ-ic’ space of the apparatus, of which the IMAGE |EVENT is. This idea will be explored in each event through the camera as a presence. The camera as an interlocutor for events ‘evidenced’ in frame (news), as an apparatus that changes the pattern of events by its presence (social / intervention), and as a translator of events that would not happen had a camera not been present (choreography for the camera). Participants and audience members acknowledge that by attending they may be filmed.


Chto delat? Russia.

The platform Chto delat? What is to be done? was founded with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers. Their aim is the collaborative realization of critical and independent research, publication, artistic, educational and activist projects. An interdisciplinary practice producing urgent questions around post-Socialist geographies and attitude

Rene Gabri, Ayreen Anastas and François Bucher. Colombia, Germany, Iran, Palestine, USA

For over a decade Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri have engaged in politically engaged, experimental work in their documentary films/videos as well as through discursive platforms and collaboratives such as 16 Beaver Group and e-Xplo.  Together with François Bucher they are revisiting a crucial question: “how do you live?”.

The Museum of non Participation. UK

The Museum of non Participation seeks thresholds in language and new possible sites of exhibition (and (non) participation) that provoke a contradictory pull between ‘autonomy’ and social intervention, and reflect on this both in the structure of the work and in the conditions of its reception.

Grzegorz Kowalski. Poland

Grzegorz Kowalski’s radically participatory approaches to art translate into experimental films and paedagogic experiments, which continues the Polish tradition of Oskar Hansen’s the ‘Open Form’. In his task ‘Common Space, Personal Space’, for instance, teacher and students actively participate in the process of communication without using verbal means. A new ‘language’ is created through action, space and colour.

Charles Heller / Research Architecture. Switzerland / UK

Charles Heller’s work is currently focused on the politics of migration and the politicity of art and media, ideas recently articulated as “The Aesthetics of Evidence” held at the United Nations in collaboration with other member of Research Architecture at Goldsmith’s University.

Casa Tres Patios, Columbia:

Based in Medellin, Casa Tres Patios promotes contemporary art via exhibitions, artist residencies, publications, conferences, lectures, classes and workshops that focus on artistic and intellectual and cultural exchange and development.

In conjunction with IMAGE | EVENT you are invited to a film screening of  Bamako (2006) by the Mali filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako which will be presented at the Akari Cinema on the 9th Dec at 8pm

More info about IMAGE | EVENT and parallel screenings, exhibitions and discussion at the Centre will be updated soon on

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