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OVNi video art festival transforms for 2020


OVNi Festival

OVNi, or Objective Video Nice, is an experimental video art festival that explores multiple forms of video art. Each year, it takes place in multiple venues across Nice with a general mood that questions concepts of the self, in unusual and unexpected places such as hotel rooms, private properties and libraries. But 2020 looked like it would cancel it completely until artists used their creativity to innovate a solution.

OVNi (a play on the French term for UFO) was created in 2015 as an innovative program to advocate art in videography, bringing together emerging video artists to create installations allowing the public to discover or rediscover various locations in Nice though a new creative lens. Certain hotels also participate by enabling artists to transform their rooms into spaces of artistic hospitality. The Hotel Windsor hosts the festival’s annual closing reception and the final exhibition called "Camera Camera".

Originally scheduled between 20 November and 6 December, the ruinous 2020 had different plans. But all is not lost! In a creative way to keep the festival going despite the impossibility of this year’s events, they have come up with a more creative solution in order to maintain the festival in 2020.  

Whereas the OVNi festival was to take place in about twenty places: hotels, museums, cultural spaces or unusual places in the city, its final version will be projected on twenty windows at the Hotel Windsor on December 17th, 18th and 19th, 2020. An original solution adapted to the health crisis but still committed to showing the young artists’ creations.

The newly titled "OVNi - ouvre la fenêtre!" will illuminate the façade of the hotel, a project initiated and led by Pia Maria Martin in residence confined to the hotel, with the collaboration of her students and the Villa Arson ...

Taking advantage of the fact that the rooms have been unoccupied for a few weeks, the artist had the idea of using their windows as spaces for film projections. A total of about twenty videos, each made by a student, will be projected from the inside to the outside. Like windows open to contemporary art, passers-by will be able to contemplate them from the street at nightfall.

Pia Maria Martin, a professor at the Villa Arson, then invented another way of working and of giving art and culture public visibility: "a sign that life must continue, against all odds".

Don’t miss "OVNi - at the window!" on 17, 18 and 19 December, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at the corner of rue Dalpozzo and avenue Maréchal Joffre, Nice. The event will also be to be followed live on the OVNi festival's social networks.