Festival Images Contre Nature
Today, the Marseille based festival of experimental video “Image Contre Nature” opens with the “carte blanche” screening of CologneOFF IV – Here we are! Wilfried is for the 2nd time in Marseille and for the 2nd time attending the festival – directed very intuitively by Helene and Claude (Ciccolella). Marseille is quite a sympathic city, deeply rooted in the European history, located within the beautiful landscape of Southern France. So. not only the city, but also the whole region is worth to be visited, and for how long one is standing here – for some days or several weeks the time is much too short for exploring the cultural richness.
Wilfried was attending the festival in 2007 for the first time, when he stayed at the home of Isabelle, (Schneider) , who is collaborating with the festival. The 2nd time in 2009, Wilfried has another accomodation, a private flat, not far from the city centre, within a few minutes he is at the famous harbor with the view on the beautiful Notre Dame basilica.
The festival has quite an intimate and very personal atmosphere, it is the contrary to when Wilfried was once attending the more famous Videoformes Videofestival in Clermont Ferrand, which had a cold and anonymous atmosphere.
While during the day, Wilfried has free time to explore the city and the surrounding Mediterranean coast, in the evening the festival attendees are meeting, have a common dinner and screening, and afterwards time for discussions and private talks. So, these actually are ideal holidays in the hot sun of Southern France. One of the days, Wilfried wil be visiting Arles and the Camarque. But the week is very short, as well as the festival. In total, Wilfried is participating eight (8) times, the last time in 2014. The festival in Marseille was the last one Wilfried was submitting to as an artist after 2010, the magical date when Wilfried decided to focus mainly on curating, a kind of compensation after his partner’s Micha death. So, after 2014 the contacts were discontinued, unfortunately. Later Wilfried heard, however, that the festival stopped its activities after the 2018 festival edition, so even if Wilfried would want to participate again in this very nice video festival and visit Marseille, he would not be able to do so. So, let’s be happy today and enjoy the festival opening on 19h!