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Biography
Aurèle Ferrier, b. 1975 in St.Gallen, lives in Zurich. He attained a BA in Theatre and an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. His video and cinematic works, actions and interventions explore the limits and connections between nature and civilization. „His video works display a calm contemplation and visual precision (Alexandra Blättler, curator)." He has exhibited in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia. His films won, among others, the Grand Jury Award for Experimental Short at the 2016 edition of the Slamdance Film Festival.


Exhibition and festivals (selection)
2017  Videoex International Experimental Film & Video Festival (Winner Swiss Competition), Zurich
2017  Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo
2017  52. Solothurn Film Festival, Solothurn
2017  Werkschau 2017, Fine Arts Grants of Canton Zurich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
2017  Atelier- und Werkstipendien, Fine Arts Grants of the City of Zurich , Helmhaus, Zürich
2017  Architecture Film Festival London
2017  Near Nazareth Festival, Afula
2017  Archiv und Haus, artistic programm across Europe, Lisbon
2016  22nd Slamdance Film Festival (Grand Jury Award, Best Experimental Short), Park City
2016  Kumu Art Film Festival, Kumu Art Museum / Roterman Square, Tallinn
2016  Infrastructures (solo exhibition), La Bande Vidéo / centre de création en arts médiatiques, Québec
2016  Les Rencontres Internationales, nouveau cinéma et art contemporain (video library), Paris
2016  Urban View Competition, Short Waves Festival, Poznan
2016  Visions in the Nunnery (group exhibtion moving image), Bow Arts, London
2016  Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte, Arte Non Stop (special mention), 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  Infrastructures (screening and talk), Le Foyer / Réunion Zurich
2016  La Bienal Internacional de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Ensenada, Mexicali y Tijuana
2016  Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zurich
2016  Norwich Radical Film Festival, Norwich
2016  ArteNonStop, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte (special mention), Buenos Aires
2015  24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival (Winner Best Foreign Experimental Film), Berkeley
2015  Der entfesselte Raum, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur
2015  Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago-Chile, Santiago de Chile
2015  Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik
2015  Arkipel, Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta
2015  Los Angeles Urban Film Festival, Los Angeles
2015  Currents, Santa Fe International New Media Fesival, Santa Fe
2015  11th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens
2015  Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie
2015  Pune Short Film Festival, Pune
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
2011  Dreck hält warm / Grüsse aus dem Unterholz, Liechtensteiner Kunstverein, Schaan
2011  Soupe Populaire, Nextex / visarte.ost, St.Gallen
2010  Video Night, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Awards
2017  Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2016  Grand Jury Award, Best Experimental Short, Slamdance Film Festival, Park City
2016  Fine Arts Grant, Canton St.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


Studies
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


Collections
Kanton St.Gallen
Collection Bosshard


Project and travel support
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Consulates General of Switzerland in Los Angeles and Santiago de Chile
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 2017
Swiss Films, catalogue short films 2017, p.30
Aurèle Ferrier sucht nach der Leere
, St.Galler Tagblatt, July 27, 2016
Interview in Stigmart Videofocus Biennal Edition 2015, p.102


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).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/427327580731998/


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