EXPERIMENT 120

EXPERIMENT 120

Experiment 120 is an itinerant programme of experimental films for young audiences initiated by the artist and curator Marie-Pierre Bonniol in the spring of 2020. Exploring 120 years of experimental films, Experiment 120 offers perspectives of different types of filmic expressions in historical programs, which also include animation, video art, documentation on artworks and films made by children. The Experiment 120 programmes can be presented to young and less young audiences, from any country and from any language.

More info on Experiment 120 / Transports (April 2021)

“Beautiful and weird movies, carefully selected, to watch with the children.”

“Brilliantly curated film work for wide-open minds of all ages!”
— Guy Maddin (Filmmaker)

The programmes

18.04.2021 / Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France

Two online programmes on Transports Sunday April 18th 2021 at 16h and 18h French time, with films of Lenka Clayton, Peter Stämpfli, Len Lye, Tomonari Nishikawa, Pierre de Vaulchier, Mariette Auvray, Harun Farocki, Shirley Clarke, Chris Gallagher, DA Pennebaker, Tony Hill, Oscar Veyrunes and Robert Breer.

In collaboration with Light Cone, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Cinédoc-Paris Film Coop, The Film-Makers’ Cooperative and the artists. Programme counselling by Théo Deliyannis, Ute Aurand, Miguel Armas and Mariya Nikiforova.

More info | The programme on the website of Le Lieu Unique

20.03.2021 / Borealis Festival at Cinemateket, Bergen, Norway

One programme on Fantastic gardens on Saturday March 20th 2021, curated with Maria Pia Santillo. With films of Mirai Mizue, Marie Menken, Jodie Mack, Ishu Patel, Marie-Pierre Bonniol and Isabelle Dehay.

In collaboration with Carte Blanche, National Film Board of Canada, The Film-Makers’ Cooperative and the artists

More info | The programme on the website of Borealis

08.03.2021 / Le Lieu unique, Nantes, France

Two experimental films programmes for children aged 7+ on Holidays, curated with Francesca Veneziano. With films of Valérie Mréjen, Joël Bartoloméo, Jonas Mekas, Eric Baudelaire, Vivian Ostrovsky, Érik Bullot, Chris Marker, Guillaume Cailleau, Robert Breer, les frères Lumière, Théo Delidis, Hélène Moinerie and Gabriel Serre.

In collaboration with Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, LUX, Re:Voir, Les Films du Jeudi, L’Agence du court-métrage, Light Cone, Collectif Jeune Cinéma and the Lumière Institute.

More info | The programme on the website of Lieu unique

14.02.2021 / Le Lieu unique, Nantes, France

Two programmes on Fantastic gardens on Sunday February 14th 2021, at 4 and 6 pm on the YouTube channel of Lieu Unique, curated with Maria Pia Santillo. With films of Mirai Mizue, W. Franz for Wasser Biennale, Marie Menken, Jodie Mack, Ishu Patel, Joseph Cornell and Rudolph Burckhardt, Anne-Valérie Gasc, Isabelle Dehay…

In collaboration with Carte Blanche, Wasser Biennale, Light Cone, Dampfzentrale, National Film Board of Canada and The Film-Makers’ Cooperative

More info | The programme on the website of Lieu unique

11.11.2020 / Le Lieu unique, Nantes, France

Two programmes on Nature, machines and objects on Wednesday November 11th 2020. With films of Jill Kennedy, Jean-Pierre Valladeau, Pierre Rovere, Norman McLaren, Denise Batchelor, Maki Satake, Kate Woods, Woody Vasulka, Dominique Willoughby and Sabrina Ratté

In collaboration with Circuit (Mark Williams), Cinédoc Paris films coop (Mélanie Forret) and Cinémathèque de Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Patrick Malefond).

More info | The programme on the website of Lieu Unique

14.10.2020 / Le Lieu unique, Nantes, France

Two programmes on Cinema, games and objects Wednesday October 14th 2020. With films of Marie-Christine Theiler, Patrick Rebeaud & Eric Reynier, Clint Enns, Andreï Tachou, Marie Losier, Jonas Mekas, Walter Duncan & Marie-Pierre Bonniol, Nino Pfeffer, Patrick Bokanowski, Hector Ghikas, Jean Sousa, Yuri Muraoka and Olga Radic.

In collaboration with Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Théo Deliyannis and Judit Naranjo Ribó).

More info | The programme on the website of Lieu unique

20.09.2020 / Festival MV/Interface, Dijon, France

A programme on Music and sound presented Sunday September 20th 2020 at Interface in Dijon, within the frame of Festival MV. With films of Nicolas Renou (music by Albert Marcoeur), Pierre Bastien, Jodie Mack, Norman McLaren, Marie Losier (with April March & Julien Gasq) and Lenka Clayton.

In collaboration with APARR / Docs Ici, Courts là (Aurélia Besnard), Cinédoc Paris films coop (Mélanie Forret & Mathilde Bila) and Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Judit Naranjo Ribó).

More info | Facebook event

19-20.09.2020 / CAPC-Museum of Contemporary art, Bordeaux, France – Cancelled

A resume of the June programme on Language and writing, on September 19th and 20th 2020, for Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine). With films of Takahiko Iimura, Doris Chase, Courtney Hoskins, Dae In Chung and Davorin Marc. 

In collaboration with Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Théo Deliyannis and Judit Naranjo Ribó)

More info | The programme on the website of CAPC

02-04.06.2020 / CAPC-Museum of Contemporary art, Bordeaux, France

A programme on Language and writing, from June 2nd to July 4th 2020. With films of Takahiko Iimura, Doris Chase, Courtney Hoskins, Dae In Chung and Davorin Marc. 

In collaboration with Collectif Jeune Cinéma (Théo Deliyannis and Judit Naranjo Ribó)

More info

28.04.2020 / Original YouTube playlist

A YouTube playlist of 22 films covering 120 years of Experimental films history, compiled during the confinement for school pupils and our local youth community.

This playlist has been made in collaboration with my 7 years old son, Walter Duncan.

More info | Press | Playlist


Experiment 120 is open to invitations, collaborations and commissionned work!

Developed since Spring 2020, Experiment 120 is born with the confinement. Coated in screens, education to other images becomes even more important. Experiment 120 was at first a playlist, and is now an itinerant programme. We’re open to invitations, commissionned work and collaborations! also to explore collections.

Contact: Marie-Pierre Bonniol, Studio Walter, Berlin.

Curator profile | ZKM entry

The administration of these programmes is made in cooperation with the French production agencies Julie Tippex and Un-Je ne sais quoi. Counselling by Collectif Jeune Cinéma.

The images credits are in the corresponding programmes pages. Logo painting by Walter Duncan.