Marie-Pierre Bonniol (*1978, Marseille, France) is an artist, curator, producer, author and researcher based in Berlin and Paris. She holds a Maîtrise (Master) in Arts from the University of Aix-Marseille, and a Master in Aesthetics and Sciences of art from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is also an alumna of CABS Antiquarian Books (St. Olaf College, Minnesota) and Oberhausen film festival seminars.
Active since 1993, at first with fanzines, and then with many different projects, her current main research subjects are experimental film, shifts of perception, the myth of Bachelor machines and the dispositives of transformation and transmission of energy. As researcher and speaker, she is currently engaged in projects on amatorat, philia and the aesthetics of books, also as ensembles and collections.
Her work as artist and curator has been presented in several institutions such as ZKM in Karlsruhe, Anthology Film Archives in New York, Consortium in Dijon, CAPC in Bordeaux, Palace in St.Gallen, Dampfzentrale in Bern, Borealis festival in Bergen, Cafe OTO in London, Goethe Institut in Boston, LagosPhoto in Lagos, Centre Pompidou in Metz and the National Library of Argentina in Buenos Aires, on an invitation of Alberto Manguel. In 2023, she is invited curator of Xcèntric, the film department of CCCB in Barcelona with Experiment 120, her programmes of experimental short films for children. In 2024 and 2025, she’ll present a solo exhibition at CEAAC in Strasbourg along with a yearly cycle of lectures and talks.
Never too far from books and documents, obsessed by certain novels (Borges’ Fictions, The Invention of Morel), her artistic practice takes the form of videos, photographs, drawings, installations, assemblages, programs and texts, through dispositives, collections, projections, imaginary structures and fictions that have been quoted by the writer Enrique Vila-Matas in some of his texts.
Transdisciplinary, her work has multiple entries (literature, visual arts, experimental film, research, curating), often in articulation with music and aesthetics. It follows, in its acts, the motto of the Argentinian writer Fogwill on “writing to not be written” in a general sense of self-determination, self-realization and responsibility, with a strong interest in experimental and crossover practices. This practice has received in 2021 the Joseph Rovan prize for the project Hôtel des Autrices, which has also been nominated for the european Blauer Bär Prize of the Senate of Berlin in the same year.
Her studio, Studio Walter, is based in Berlin, Germany. Her films are distributed by Film-Maker’s Cooperative (New York), Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Julie Tippex (Paris) and Studio Walter (Berlin).
Berliner Zeitung, Libération, France Culture, France Inter, Le Monde, Kulturaustauch, Dokdoc, Livres Hebdo, ARD1/Das Erste, Senses of Cinema, Actualitté, La Nación, El País.
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