Roland Baladi

Roland Baladi (born 1942, lives in Bourges) is one of the pioneers of video art in France. In his early videos, he often explored the relationships between movement and space, the writing of the camera at the scale of landscape. From the 1980s onwards, he created twenty-two episodes of a video “soap opera” entitled Michael & Jello that humorously interrogated the languages and structure of both the art world (in both France and the United States) and the television industry. Watch My Face to Read My Thoughts (1975) uses the same humor to question the telepathic desire underlying many technologies as well as the explosion of political surveys in 1970s France and the myth of transparent understanding that they promoted. Throughout his career, Baladi has taught in various French art schools (ENSA Nancy, ENSA Dijon and ENSA Bourges) and shown his work at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the MoMA, New York as well as in numerous video festivals across the world.