B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2021
15 to 24 October
Frankfurt Rhein-Main & online
Film, art, games, XR, AI, conference, masterclasses
Focus on identity
B3 Moving Image Forum: The art program of B3 2021
(Frankfurt/Main; Offenbach, 1 October 2021)
Identity is the focus of the B3 Biennial 2021. In its art program, "B3 Moving Image Forum“, 25 artists will shed light on this subject, showing 40 works and asking the question: What does identity mean for the individual, what for the collective? What connects us, and what becomes binding? What is the role of narration and its artistic implementation in this context?
The works from the "Moving Image Forum" can be experienced online and at 2 venues:
At MyZeil shopping center, a new partner of B3, 25 artworks from the art program "B3 Moving Image Forum" will transform 5 vacant stores into temporary galleries. The goal is to give people the opportunity to rediscover public and inner-city space through art. Among the works are some from a new B3 project: The "B3 Talent Forum“ is dedicated in a special way to promoting emerging creative talent.
In addition, 10 works by artists from the "B3 Moving Image Forum" will be shown in the THE ARTS+ area at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Since 2018, the B3 Biennial, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the creative festival THE ARTS+ have been strategic partners.
B3 Moving Image Forum - selected artists
In the video IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES (2021), Canadian artist Sin Wai Kin (aka Victoria Sin) persisflates the visual language of identity categories such as gender and race. In the film series NARRATIVE REFLECTIONS ON LOOKING, the artist in turn explores the question of gender and femininity as social constructs.
The artistic work of Tabita Rezaire (France/French Guiana) focuses on themes of colonialism and technology and their impact on identity, technology, sexuality, health, and spirituality.
GOLF CLUB WASTELAND (2021) was received by the games press as a true work of art. The art game (available for Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC) was created by Igor Simić (Serbia) appears to be a socially critical snapshot in which greed, environmental pollution, wars and pandemics are thematised.
Jonathan Monaghan (USA) addresses unconscious fears resulting from technology and consumerism in his video installation DEN OF WOLVES. He also dedicates himself to CryptoArt, making him a highly sought-after artist.
Jonathas De Andrade (Brazil) works with installation, photography, and video, describing the lasting consequences of the cultural change that has profoundly altered Brazilian society due to various political decisions that were made in the 20th century.
Photographer Sandra Mann (GER), who has just been awarded the Goethe Plaque of the City of Frankfurt, deals in her series WALDLIFE with the relationship of people to each other, to nature, to the environment, and to wildlife.
The puppet and collage animation CHRILLERICHE by Shirin Damerji (GER) plays with national clichés and reflects the artist's personal experience of living between two cultures.
The coexistence of two cultures within one identity is also at the core of British-Ghanaian artist Anita Safowaa's work A SINGLE BRACELET DOES NOT JINGLE.
In his work IL-WIDNA, British artist Joseph Wilson uses a combination of live action, VHS footage, animation, and archival footage to portray the realities of life for queer people in the late 1980s and 1990s in the UK.
In addition, as usual, B3 reflects current trends pertaining to the moving image in its exhibition and conference modules. For example, Russian digital artist Faraday (Sergey Barabanschikoff) presents an NFT making reference to the famous Matryoshkas, entitled RUSSIAN DOLLS.
About B3 – An Alliance for the Moving Image
As a cross-media, cross-genre and international moving image festival offering film screenings, exhibitions, conference and workshop programs as well as various competition formats, B3 addresses the discourse on all trends and developments pertaining to the moving image in the areas of film, art, games and VR/XR. The aim of the Biennial, which was launched in 2012, is on the one hand to create a broad interdisciplinary alliance for the moving image, and on the other hand to offer the international cultural and creative industries a comprehensive platform for innovation and exchange. From October 15 to 24, 2021, the sixth edition of the B3 Biennial will offer the world's film, art and media professionals an international platform for innovation, exchange and visibility. B3 2021 will take place as a hybrid festival. A total of around 80 contributors from 25 countries will be featured. The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image is organized by the Offenbach School of Design (HfG) and funded by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (HMWK). Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt are main sponsors. Partners include Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt as well as Sylvia and Friedrich von Metzler. Strategic partners are the Frankfurt Book Fair, THE ARTS+, Film London and many more. Main event partners are ASTOR Film Lounge MyZeil, MyZeil Shopping-Center, and Satis&Fy.
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