Independent Artists’ Association – Platform and Experimental Ground for Dance, Performance and related Art Forms

Kenji Ouellet

Born in Quebec City, Canada, and now based in Berlin, Germany, Kenji Ouellet comes originally from the music world, being a trained classical pianist. (BA, Laval University, Quebec, Canada. MA in Piano Performance, City University of New York, USA).
He graduated in Digital Art at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna in 2006 and in Experimental Media Design at the University of the Arts of Berlin in 2007. His work includes experimental, fiction and dance films, media concepts for contemporary dance choreographies, and performances.

Works (selection):
Zwei (2000) – Dance Film
Finalist, Dance on Camera Festival 2001 (New York City), Dancing for the Camera Festival (American Dance Festival, N.C.), DTW dance film festival (NYC).

Lektion 13 (2005) – Experimental Film
1st Prize Media Forum, Moscow International Film Festival 2006, 1st Prize Kansk International Video Festival 2006, 3d Prize Videologia (Volgograd) 2006.
Special Mentions:
Bild-Kunst Förderpreis at the Kunstfilmbiennale Koeln 2005, Strange Screen Festival 2006
(Thessaloniki), Partouche Experimental Film Award 2008 (Le Havre Art Biennial). Nominated
for the ISMAF award (Media Art Festival Friesland, NL).
Other screenings (selection):
Videoex Festival 2006 (Zürich), European Media Art Festival 2007 (Osnabrück), L’Etrange Festival (Paris), Alucine Festival (Toronto), IFCT (Jacksonville), KW (Kunst-Werke, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), Art Athina International Art Fair (Athen) 2007.

Piece touchee No 1 (2006, Performance for the touch sense)
Solo exhibition “Nothing to see” (with sound art) Gallery E4 (Berlin),
Crossbreeds 2007 (Vienna)
Tanztendenzen Festival 2007 (Greifswald, Germany)
Intrude366 Performance series 2008, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (China),
Arena Experimental Theater Festival 2008, Erlangen (Germany) Experimental Theater Festival, Cluj-Napoca October 2008 (Romania)

Of Vienna, Love, Language and Forgetting (2006–7, Documentary /fiction/essay)
Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid 2007/2008
Strange Screen festival 2008 (Thessaloniki).

Louis Maurcie Armbanduhren (2008) – Advertisement critique
1st Prize, (non)commercial Award, Backup festival (Weimar).
B16 Festival (Brno, CZ).
Self cinema No 1 (2008) – Videoloop
Finalist, Celeste Art Prize Berlin 2008.
Honorary Award, 1st Montijo Art Biennial (Portugal).
His work includes fiction, experimental and dance films, performances and media concepts for contemporary dance choreographies, and has been shown or received prizes at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Kansk international Video Festival in Russia, the Cologne Art Film Biannual, VideoEx in Zürich, DieTheater in Vienna, the Dance on Camera Festival, W.A.X. and the Puffin Room in New York City, the KunstWerke and the nyrt gallery in Berlin, l’Etrange festival in Paris and the Strange Screen festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.