© 2015 By Dan Robert Lahiani

artist statement

Dan Robert Lahiani is a French video artist and scientist, who reflects on the relation between spaces, individuals and memory. He revolves his approach around architecture, body movement and oral language.

Lahiani makes use of the video medium as his main tool for reflection. He draws his inspiration from familiar and unfamiliar spaces. An apartment. A dining room. An observatory dome. A childhood staircase. A gymnasium. The facade of a urban modern building. He visits or revisits detached insides, vagabonding from a “room” to the other. He apprehends the spaces with a formal approach, examining textures, tints and lines. He eventually assigns to his video ballade past memories or future projections. 

His caméra vivante sets the world around it in motion, generating impossible, unstable vantage points and axes of motion, while the sounds synchronized into the camera movements validate them momentarily, meeting our need in signification and order.

 

Through body movements, oral testimonies, he rebuilds scenes with the present interpretation and gives birth to a surrealistic language. The performers involved are either his partner, his family, or himself: “ We act or reenact “. Questioning the relation between a character and a space, and the relation between multiple cultural identities put into play, he tells, and retells fragments of memories, sowing the seeds of tension between documentary and fiction.

contact

dan.lahiani@gmail.com

+972 54 981 2311 

Studio Address:

26 HaOman Street, Sadnaot HaOmanim

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Education 

2013-2017  B.A - Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Screen Based Art Department,Major: Video Art, Israel

2008-2011  M.Eng -  Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering - École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy, France

2005-2008  B.S - Bachelor in Math, Physics- Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Écoles, Louis Le Grand, Paris,France

1999-2004  Cours Florent Acting School, Paris, France

Selected Solo Exhibition

2018  Pre-Conditioned Tracks - The Artists' House, Jerusalem - Curator: Ohad Matalon

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016-2017 From Generation to Generation -  Audition for a Joke  - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - Curated by Sophie Schwabacher and Pierre François Galpin,  San Francisco, U.S

2017  Emerging Talents - Kung Fu - NEU-NOW - Selected by Susanne Hoffman & Neu-Now 2017 Jury, Amsterdam, Holland

2017  The Secret Language - Kung Fu, Chapter - Curated by Catherine Angle, Cardiff, Wales

2017  Jerusalem Meets Berlin - Kung Fu, Dock 11 - Curated by Ruby Edelman, Berlin, Germany

2017  Body+Camera - The Orphan’s Gifts II,  Gallery Mana Contemporary Chicago,Chicago, U.S

2017  Nylon - The Orphan’s Gifts II, Tower of David Museum -  Jerusalem, Israel

2017  Inside, Outside, City  - Skyline, Gallery Beita - Curated by Sharon Balaban, Jerusalem, Israel

2017  Fokus - Jeu Claques, Nikolaj Kunsthal -  Curated by Andreas Brøgger, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017  Electric Videos - Jeu Claques, Santa Fe Museum of Art  - Curated by Currents New Media,  Santa Fe, U.S

2017  Special FONLAD Video Selection  - Jeu Claques, Museu de Agua - Curated by Jose Veira, Coimbra, Portugal

2016  Fragments - Jeu Claques, Housatonic Museum of Art - Curated by Crystal Heiden, Bridgeport, U.S

2016  Vagabondage - Jeu Claques, Gallery Beit Hansen - Curated by Maya Yavin & Adi Ornai, Jerusalem, Israel

2015  Jerusalem International Dance week - Kung Fu, Machol Shalem Dance House- Curated by Ruby Edelman, Jerusalem,Israel

2014  24 hours in Jerusalem  - 6 Videos 6 Seconds, Arte Channel - Curated by Arte Channel, France, Germany

 

SELECTED VIDEO ART AND FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

2017  Jeu Claques, Columbus Film & Video Festival,  Finalist, Ohio, U.S

2017  Le Départ, San Diego Underground Film Festival, U.S, 2017

2017  The Orphan’s Gifts II, Bideodromo,International Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain

2017  The Orphan’s Gifts II & Le Grand Tour, Short International Film Festival, U.S

2016  The Orphan’s Gifts II, L.A Underground Film Forum, Los Angeles, U.S

2016  The Orphan’s Gifts II, Berlin Experimental film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2016  Jeu Claques, Art Video International Festival, Official Selection, Jerusalem, Israel

2016  Stand Still, Canada Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada

2016  Stand Still, NYLA Film Festival, Official Selection New York

2016  Stand Still, Castellaneta Film Festival, Winner, Italy

2016  Stand Still, Apex Short Film & Music Festival,Official Selection Tucson, Arizona

2016  Stand Still, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Official Selection, York, UK

 

OTHER PROJECTS PARTICIPATION AS A VIDEO ARTIST or  PERFORMER

2017  Body Montage by Yoanna Blikman, Artspace Gallery,Tel Aviv, Israel

2013  Wonderland by Dina Goldstein, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel

2016  Untitled by Tal Harring, Short Film Corner Cannes Festival, Cannes, France
 

AWARDS

2017  Excellency distinction from Judging Panel of the Screen Based Art Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2016-2018  Member of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, U.S

2016  Price of Excellence of the Screen Based Art Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2011  Winner of the Entrepreneurship Innovation and Conception Competition of East of France, Nancy, France

2010  Distinction from Judging Panel of the Energy & Environment Department of Les Mines de Nancy

2008  Excellency distinction from Judging Panel of Classe Préparatoire du Lycée Louis Le Grand, Paris, France

OTHER PROFESSIONS

2011-2013  Engineer - at BrightSource Energy - Project: development of a system capable to convert grayscale images into temperature maps, thanks to visual range video cameras, Jerusalem, Israel

2013-2016  French Linguistic instructor for Cinema & Art Projects: Selected Collaborations: Sivan Levy, Maayan Turgerman, Shlomi Elkabetz, Inbal Yomtovian, Sivan Handelsman, Alma Dishy,

 

PUBLICATION

The CJM, San Francisco 2017 | KultureMagazine, Copenhagen 2017 | The Sprout Magazine, Wales 2017 | Harama Magazine, Israel 2016 | Nylon Magazine 2016 |Portfolio Magazine, Israel 2015 |Machol Shalem, Israel 2015|Midnight East, Israel 2014 | Neu Now 2017|