Constant floods of images, technology everywhere, the excesses of a globalized society, and photographic challenges: these are some of the themes that are addressed by the photographers in the twenty-first edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, which is focused on the notion of the extreme.
The images presented bear witness to the instabilities of the Anthropocene that are affecting all life on Earth: it can be be difficult to look at them, but humour often acts as a counterbalance. An inquiry into immortality, and artificial intelligence with its armies of crowd workers, project visitors into the future, while an artistic use of archives presents a recreation of the past. Some photographers have created unique works by subjecting their cameras and images to irreversible procedures.
Through workshops and an exhibition, the Image+ project will explore new platforms in post-photography, from the page to the screen. An experimental new mobile workshop is offering a digital arts education programme. In cooperation with the SNSF Scientific Image Competition, the festival is welcoming a specific category of image producers: scientific researchers.
Our twenty-eight exhibitions, three-quarters of which are Swiss or world premieres, will unfurl in a walk through the town of Biel/Bienne. This year a different itinerary is being offered, with three new venues. Whether they are tools for knowledge or objects of entertainment, our society is now unthinkable without images. This is reflected in the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, the rendezvous for emerging photography in Switzerland.