New cinema and contemporary art
Our contemporary visual culture is located at the interjection of esthetic, social and political
questionnings of our times, and issues linked to the evolution of production and diffusion
modes. Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin proposes to explore these practices and
their evolutions.
From 13 to 18 June in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Rencontres
Internationales creates a space for discovery and reflection dedicated to moving image
contemporary practices.
Between new cinema and contemporary art, this unique platform in Europe offers a rare
opening for contemporary audiovisual creation. Documentary approaches, experimental
fictions, videos, hybrid forms: the programme is the result of extensive research and
invitations to signficant artists from cinema and contemporary art.
The event offers an international programme gathering 120 works of 40
By bringing together internationally renowned artists and filmmakers with young
and emerging ones, the audience will attend indoor screenings, special events, video
programmes, performances and discussions, in the presence of art centres and museums,
curators, artists and distributors who will share with the audience their experience and
views on new audiovisual practices and issues.
The event is entry free.
Collaborations beside the Rencontres Internationales dates are developed with occasional
screenings, temporary exhibitions and workshops on the invitation of museums, art centres,
biennales and art schools in Europe and internationally. These include the National School
of Fine Arts in Paris, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, the Beirut
Art Centre, the Cartagena Biennial, the Prague Triennial, the National Palace of Arts in
Buenos Aires. These collaborations prolonge the Rencontres Internationales, enable to
reach new audiences and to support artists through regular activities.
Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig run and program Les Rencontres Internationales.
Furthermore they are invited curators in museums, art schools and art centres. They
regularly take part in committees of institutions, such as in the past years at Institut
Français and Ville de Paris.
Nathalie Hénon studied philosophy at Sorbonne university and Louvain-La-Neuve university
where she also received the higher education agregation in philosophy. She teaches at
Science-Po and Paris 3 university, develop a research on Law studies, is translator and
literary critic.
Jean-François Rettig studied philosophy at Sorbonne university, as well as esthetics,
cinema and contemporary musicology. He has taught French and philosophy, and worked
on international projects at Danaé Art Fondation. He is member of the French-German High
Cultural Council, where he represented arts and multimedias fields from 2005 to 2009.