© Eva Medin, SMARS, 2015
From February 3 to April 1, 2018, the association OVNi, based in Nice France, presents at MOCA Taipei, a selection of 7 art videos, which have marked the festival since its launch in 2015. OVNi, Objectif V. Nice is an association whose mission is to promote video art and contemporary art on the French Riviera and internationally, through various formats of appearances from the video festival to the contemporary art fair, through exhibitions, video programming and nocturnes. For this video programme in the public space, we have selected seven videos that were widely acclaimed by the public of the OVNI festival in Nice. Each of these artists carries out a plastic research centred on the body, attitudes and gestures, all sumptuously orchestrated and choreographed. Although their aesthetic sensibilities and practices diverge, these artists share a taste for strong images that frame their narrative. This programme stages singular stories and universes, playing on the ephemeral appearance of Ayoung Kim, Steve Cohen or even Clément Cogitore, on the association of sound and image with Yuri Ancanari and Fabiana Cruz, or on the appropriation of popular film culture with Eva Medin and Florian Pugnaire.
Different artistic registers and mediums converge in the work performed: dance and choreography, music and sound practices, the language of gesture constructed by all the possibilities of the body, all placing the spectator’s experience at the heart of the work. The OVNi association was born in the heart of the Windsor Hotel, a hotel that has been involved in contemporary art for many years and is renowned for its unique collection of 31 artists’ rooms and its site-specific installations in the common areas. A collaborative project from Nice, OVNi is a game of invitation, where each guest contributes to the building. Its original format brings together curators from institutions, art centres, galleries… through two routes associating hotel rooms and art, design, architecture, music or literature spaces in Nice. This unique federation of art-loving actors offers the public the best of video art in domestic and everyday contexts, intimate and playful, to encourage visitors to discover or revisit cultural and singular places in the city of Nice, to address both the general public and the initiated. Every year in November the festival hosts programmes from prestigious institutions, art schools, French and international festivals and galleries, where each presents the artists of their choice, from New York to Seoul via Tasmania.