Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima, "Xapiri", 2013

Longing, lust and other obsessions at the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2017

(Frankfurt, Germany)

After a year full of exciting artistic events – for the first time in a decade, Documenta 14 in Kassel, the Skulptur Projekte in Münster and the Venice Biennale took place simultaneously –, yet one more biennial is added to the row. Starting this Wednesday, November 29th, the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image reunites 250 artists, academics and media producers from all over the world in works that discuss the overarching theme of human desire.

“With the digital media and the Internet, we experience a fabric of desire that proposes new relationships to the production, perception and appropriation of moving images, music and art”, write curators Bernd Kracke and Anita Beckers in the introductory text to the show. “The B3 responds to these new conditions with a wide range of international artworks that use the moving image. Within their aesthetic semantics, these well-formulated artistic positions respond to the ubiquity of desire/aspiration and related topics such as love, sex, freedom, religion, obsessions, individuality, power and greed.”

Titled “On Desire. Über das Begehren”, B3’s main exhibition takes place at what will soon be the city’s new FOUR Frankfurt high-rise district, showcasing moving image works by 70 artists from 20 different countries. The event also includes an extensive short and feature film program, recent 360-degree productions, full-dome films, as well as a special focus on current virtual and augmented reality projects.

Among the participating artists is the Brazilian duo Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima, who will be presenting their experimental film “Xapiri”. Inspired in the shamanism of the Amazonian tribe of the Yanomami, the work avoids a more documentary take to pay a visual homage to the poetic and intellectual treasures of the transcendental practices of the Yanomami shamans. Watch the trailer below:

B3 Biennial of the Moving Image
On view from November 29th through December 20th, 2017
Junghofstrasse 5-9, as well as various other venues
Check out the full B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2017 program here



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