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Aurèle Ferrier (*1975 in St.Gallen, CH) lives in Zurich. He attained a BA in Theatre and an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. With his video and cinematic works, actions and interventions he explores the limits and connections between nature and civilization. „His video works display a calm contemplation and visual precision" (Alexandra Blättler, curator). He has exhibited on all the continents and won prizes, i.a. a Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Exhibition and festivals (selection)

2018  MADATAC, Videoart & New Media Audio-Visual Art, Madrid
2017  IDFA, 30th Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Paradocs Section, Amsterdam
2017  52. Solothurn Film Festival, Solothurn
2017  Werkschau 2017, Fine Arts Grants of Canton Zurich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
2017  Fine Arts Grants Exhibiton City of Zurich, Helmhaus, Zurich
2017  26th Berkeley Video & Film Festival, Berkeley
2017  Leuven International Short Film Festival, Leuven
2017  Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival, Conditional Surplus, Melbourne
2017  Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
2017  Seattle Transmedia & Indepentend Film Festival, Transmedia Gallery, Seattle
2017  Videoex Intl. Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2017  Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo
2017  Play, Semana de Video Arte, Centro Cultural Universitario, Córdoba (Argentina)
2017  Architecture Film Festival London
2017  Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival, Pittsburgh
2017  Architecture Film Days Zurich
2017  UMW Media Wall, Moving Image Exhibition, Universtity of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
2017  Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series, Film Center at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu
2017  Montevideo World Film Festival, Montevideo
2017  Near Nazareth Festival, Afula
2017  Archiv und Haus, artistic programm across Europe, Lisbon
2016  22nd Slamdance Film Festival, Park City
2016  Kumu Art Film Festival, Kumu Art Museum / Roterman Square, Tallinn
2016  Infrastructures (solo exhibition), Centre de Création en Arts Médiatiques, Québec
2016  Les Rencontres Internationales, Nouveau Cinéma et Art Contemporain, Paris
2016  Urban View Competition, Short Waves Festival, Poznan
2016  Visions in the Nunnery, Moving Image Bow Arts, London
2016  Festival Intl. de Cine y Arte, Arte Non Stop, Buenos Aires
2016  Sluice Screens Prize Shortlist Exhibition, video and projected art, London
2016  Cannes Art Film Festival, Cannes
2016  Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow
2016  23rd Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago
2016  Mediterranean Film Festival, Siracusa
2016  Infrastructures, screening and talk, Le Foyer / Réunion Zurich
2016  La Bienal Intl. de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Ensenada, Mexicali y Tijuana
2016  Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zurich
2016  Norwich Radical Film Festival, Norwich
2016  Magwill Film Festival, Los Angeles
2016  ArteNonStop, Festival Intl de Cine y Arte, Buenos Aires
2015  24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley
2015  Der entfesselte Raum, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur
2015  Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago de Chile
2015  Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik
2015  The Indie Film Awards, La Jolla
2015  Arkipel, Intl Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta
2015  Los Angeles Urban Film Festival, Los Angeles
2015  Back In The Box Competition, Toluca Lake
2015  Currents, Santa Fe International New Media Fesival, Santa Fe
2015  Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens
2015  Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie
2015  Pune Short Film Festival, Pune
2015  The Indie Film Awards, La Jolla
2015  Nevada International Film Festival, Las Vegas
2015  M.A.C. Festival, Manaus
2015  Trenton Film Festival, Trenton
2015  Access Code Film Festival, Bangalore
2014  Grosse Regionale, Kunstzeughaus, Rapperswil
2014  Master Fine Arts Degree Show, Shedhalle, Zurich
2013  You Are Here, Canberra Museum, Canberra
2012  Electric Darkness, Sim Gallery, Reykjavik
2012  Black Box, with Hu Jieming (restricted by authorities), Biennale Shanghai
2012  Rólegur Mánuður, Hafnarstraeti, Reykjavik
2011  Dreck hält warm / Grüsse aus dem Unterholz, Liechtenst. Kunstverein, Schaan
2011  Soupe Populaire, Nextex / visarte.ost, St.Gallen
2010  Video Night, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris


2017  Fine Arts Grant, Canton Zurich
2017  Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex Intl. Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2016  Grand Jury Award, Best Experimental Short, Slamdance Film Festival, Park City
2016  Fine Arts Grant, Canton Saint-Gallen
2016  Fine Arts Grant, UBS Culture Foundation
2016  Special mention, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte, Buenos Aires
2015  Best Foreign Experimental Film, 24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley
2015  Award of Merit, Experimental Film, The Indiefest Film Awards, La Jolla
2015  Gold Reel Award, Nevada International Film Festival, Las Vegas
2010  Studio scholarship, visarte.ost, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris


Collection Bosshard, Rapperswil-Jona
Collection Canton Saint-Gallen
Credit Suisse Art Collection



2017  Guest lecture at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), in the context of: ‚The World and its Double', A short film story
for architects, spatial concepts in film and architecture /professorship: Annette Gigon/Mike Guyer, lecturer: Dr. Marcel Bächtiger
2016  Infrastructures, Talk with Gioia Dal Molin, Le Foyer/Réunion, Zurich
2014 - 2017 Talks und Q&A's at various festivals, i.e. at 30th IDFA, Amsterdam


2014  MA Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
2004  BA Leading Artist Theatre, Zurich University of the Arts
2003  Experimental Theatre Exchange, Tisch School, NYU


2017 Transitions, 13 min.
2016 Old Mill, 6 min.
2014 Infrastructures, 23 min.
2014 Desert Talks, 30 min.
various video art works

Project and travel support

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Consulates General of Switzerland in Los Angeles, Santiago de Chile and Sydney
Arts Council Canton Saint Gallen (fine arts commission and film commission)
Swiss Films
Pro Helvetia Cairo
Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung
Erna und Curt Burgauer Stiftung
Volkart Stiftung
Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung
Steo Stiftung
Filmförderung Katholisches Medienzentrum Kanton Zürich
Patronagefonds für junge Schweizer Künstler
Casinelli Vogel Stiftung

Current press / catalogues (selection)

Jury Statement, Videoex Int. Experimental Film & Video Festival 2017
Swiss Films, catalogue short films 2017, p.30
Transitions, Swiss Films
Die Anarchie steckt im Heizkörper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 28, 2017
Aurèle Ferrier sucht nach der Leere
, St.Galler Tagblatt, July 27, 2016
Interview in Stigmart Videofocus Biennal Edition 2015, p.102
Exhibiton and festival catalogues

Curatorial projects

'Cine-Club Perla-Mode' since 2012, together with his friends Anna Hilti (artist),
Krispin Hée (graphic designer), Andreas Mueller (filmmaker) and Thomas Galler (artist).