Behind the scenes with Ma Li at the Bird Bridge in the Milky Way

In this two part video series, artist Ma Li takes us behind the scenes of her installation and performance project Meet You at the Bird Bridge in the Milky Way at Recology San Francisco’s Artist in Residence program. Built entirely using trash that was scavenged by the artist at the San Francisco dump during her residency, the tangible dimensions to this project are a marvel of repurposed beauty, coming together to re-tell The Cow Herd and the Weaver Girl, an ancient Chinese folk tale of love, community, patience, and celebration. As agents of the birds, the volunteer performers are brought together by the dynamic Ma Li to form a bridge of whimsical movement that reunites loves of all kinds.

Part I includes an interview with the artist about the project and the materials involved, interwoven with footage of the performance rehearsal. Part II includes behind the scenes footage of the performance, after which the tangible materials in the work are examined closely by the curious camera. Following this (and not shown here), the second part of the total work unfolded at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where Ma Li led another group of volunteers in a choreographed performance to assemble the installation – Gathering Among the Stars.

Part I: Interview with Ma Li

Part II: Peering in to the Performance and around the Installation

Birds and Spaces: A Conversation with Stephanie Vidal

Documentation of the exhibition Birds and Spaces at B4BEL4B Gallery in Oakland, California and interview with curator Stephanie Vidal. Featuring the artists Caroline Delieutraz, Enora Denis, Marie-Luce Nadal, and Géraud Soulhiol, Birds and Spaces explored the notion and the tension of borders at a time when we are feeling the pervasiveness of made-man boundaries (political, technological, sociological and otherwise) by revealing their materiality and questioning the phenomena of possession/dispossession they induce. The exhibition took place October 15th – November 15th 2016.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

What is a Chill Anime Beat? Conversation with Mahmoud Hashemi

What really is a Chill Anime Beat? And what role might spreadsheets and pivot tables play in defining one? Hashemi goes behind the scenes of an emerging new art form involving chill music and quality animation, tastefully paired in 6 second loops.

Immerse yourself in more Chill Anime Beats here.

Video by Niki Korth and Alyn Divine; produced for the BCC Channel, hosted by le149.net

Conversations about Power, Fear and Information @ CAC Brétigny

Letters to the Editor : Conversations about power, fear and information @ CAC Brétigny

For the exhibition JUMP, curated by Céline Poulin in the French art center CAC Brétigny, TBCS hosted conversations on the subjects of power, fear and information with visitors. Prompted by a set of question cards, the visitors speak their minds, trying to build a reflection on the spot, sharing their various points of view in the hope of adding to a collective reflection. These excerpts show highlights of several hours of discussion over two sessions.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

The Televised Chomsky-Foucault Debate, On Human Nature, 1971 (excerpts)

From the Archives : The Televised Chomsky-Foucault Debate, On Human Nature, 1971 (excerpts)

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault debate on the subjects of power, justice, knowledge, creativity and the aspiration for a fair and creative society on a Dutch television program almost 50 years ago. Their methods and approaches differ greatly, one being an American linguist, and the other a French theorist, prompting us to reflect on the current state of personal and collective creative freedom in our society, and the evolution of coercion from institutions that claim to nurture and protect such freedoms.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

Memory is Built to Match our Values and Identity

Memory is Built to Match our Values and Identity: Interview with Martial Van der Linden

Martial Van der Linden, professor of neuropsychology at the University of Geneva, discusses how memory works in our brains, and how we habitually create “false memories” in accordance with our value systems.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

Les Incessants (The Incessant Ones)

An exhibition review at Villa du Parc, in Annemasse, France.

Curated by Céline Poulin, Les Incessants featured artworks that play with imitations and familiar appearances to induce confusion between originals and copies, reality and fiction, exploring themes of deceit, false identities, and copycats.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

Anonymous Art Show Review: Undercover at the Museum

This covert video features two anonymous visitors to the Paris Museum of Modern Art, capturing their candid conversation and reactions to the exhibition Co-workers, le réseau comme artiste / Co-Workers – the Network as Artist. Taking place in the Fall of 2015, the exhibition is described on the museum’s website as “a selection of international artists trained during the 2000s whose innovative practices are largely based on networking.”

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

French Prime Minister’s Speech on Surveillance (2015)

Recent laws in France regarding the scope and methods of surveillance and intelligence gathering have raised questions and weariness after the NSA revelations in 2013. Failures in the existing intelligence operations have been shown when facing a growing number of terrorist attacks on French soil from 2012 to 2015. Those threats and the fear they provoke raise many issues around the efficiency of intelligence services and at the same time the preservation of individual rights to privacy and freedom of opinion and religion. With these issues in mind, we present edited excerpts from Manuel Valls defend the law on intelligence operations in April 2015 in front of the National Assembly.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

Game Show Competition – Buying & Selling Artwork

A role playing game where two art-lover participants embody a gallerist and a collector and compete to convince or be convinced to buy an artwork. Using an ephemeral piece of art from French artist Ben Vautier, our guests improvise to find arguments – logical or absurd – to define the value of the artwork, in an highly competitive and elusive market.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

Vanishing Point: How to Disappear in America without a Trace

Book Review Chronicle – Vanishing Point: How to Disappear in America without a Trace

De Montgolfier reviews a book published in 2006 by Revolver and edited by Suzanne Burner after a text she found on the Internet (sic). The romantic aspects of disappearance are addressed, as well as a popular fantasy to abandon everything and one’s past, family or loved ones, to disappear and start over. We are also reminded of how many more traces of identity we leave behind today in our daily interactions, and how much more difficult it would be to disappear now, only 10 years after the book’s publication.

Video produced for the BCC Channel, a collaboration with le149.net

BCC Channel

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The BCC Channel is an experimental online environment that cultivates meaningful encounters with moving-image works that transcend the screens through which they are viewed. Hosted by le149.net and produced by TBCS in special collaboration with programmer Alexander Rohbs, the BCC Channel is a platform that uses live Internet broadcasts of video works alongside real-time chat to explore new spaces for discourse, where cultural and civic engagement and debate can take place, and where contemporary history can be recorded (and challenged) using contemporary tools.

The BCC Channel aims to foster an environment that supports the creation and sharing of moving-image works that reflect on, critique, or play with contemporary cultural, political, or artistic themes and the history of media that we have inherited.

Learn more and watch the replays here, or click on the individual episodes below.  OR – find those videos created by TBCS for the broadcasts here, or just drift around this site and you are sure to run into them.


Episode 1: Love, Magic, and Misdirection
=> live broadcast on 5 November 2015

Here we explore the relationship between magicians, illusions, and inventors from the early days of cinema to the present. Through video art, film, interviews, and role playing games, we discuss collaboration, conflict, friendship, inspiration and isolation in creative practice and in daily life; the role of humor in breaking beyond our assumptions; Magic as a practice of disbelief and a development of the skeptical gaze; belief and Materialism in the visual, literary, and performing arts; and the role of bluffing, distraction, and experience in games of chance and skill. 


Episode 2: Secrets, Anonymity, and Transparency
=> live broadcast on 27 February 27 2016
How, why, and when do we decide to withhold knowledge, information, or feedback in our daily lives, both private and public, and what motivates us to share it? In Secrets, Anonymity, and Transparency we explore issues of privacy, security, and openness in an age of mass Internet surveillance. We examine the liberty to choose our own systems of governing, in states as much as museums and personal computers, and ask how citizens and governments choose to distinguish between investigative journalism, whistleblowing, and treason.


Episode 3: Dreams, Fantasies, and Desires
=>live broadcast date: 13 July 2016
Here we explore the relations between reality, perception, imagination, and wishes, pondering such questions as: what is reality, really? Are machines capable of desire? What functions do fantasy personas and alter egos serve for the players involved in contemporary society, and contemporary art? What is dream work, and how does it relate to the work of memory? In asking these questions, we will examine together the role of narratives in shaping our individual and collective ambitions, and explore the ambiguous nature of truth in shaping narratives themselves.


Episode 4: Power, Fear, and Information
=> live broadcast date: 13 January 2017
In Power, Fear, and Information, we take an orthogonal look at these concepts which evoke varied impassioned, and often defensive, reactions in the present moment, where we face political uncertainty and the rise of various forms of hypermediated nationalism in several western democracies. Arguably, we are in a moment that warrants reflection on the idea of the “tyranny of the majority,” and the influence of media on the thinking and actions of the populations that carry the potential to form majorities. It is time to unpack what power, fear, and information mean to us today, and how we might repurpose these concepts to grant us more agency as tools for us to use, rather than consent to their use on us. In particular we want to examine the coercive power practiced through educational, political, and economic institutions and the agency of human creativity and thought in society that resists this power; and the role of platforms, communities, and toolsets in fostering creative practices and maintaining safe spaces for experimentation, failure, and discussion.


Episode 5: Empathy, Knowledge and (Self) Government

=> live broadcast upcoming  : 7 November 2018 (FR) & 14 November 2018 (US)

In today’s often disembodied social space, where bonds in the private sphere face a perpetual desire for public recognition and publicity, reputation and « being seen, » the public discourse focuses on the fear of others, on new mythologies of invasion, presenting the quest for truth as a vain pursuit, and encouraging the impulse to protect oneself from a supposedly dangerous « outside » that could threaten one’s way of life. (…) In this context, we propose to explore how empathy and free knowledge could re:work institutions, ways of governing, capacities to organize, private spaces, public discourses, personal and professional relationships, and administrations, making the structural systems of self-censorship, limitation, compliance, and competition obsolete. We will look at how individual and group initiatives, authors, artists and researchers have been looking for new ways of being and working, living, loving, and being together in a complex and conflicted world.


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