Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2017
24-year-old Samuel Lecocq emerged triumphant from a field of 52 competitors to win the Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst 2017 for his work "A FUTURISTIC (MOVIE) SET-UP." He was presented with the award – and prize money of CHF 10,000 – on February 23, 2017.
The video work by Samuel Lecocq is truly exceptional. Not just because it alternates between documentary, trailer, animation and short film, often blurring the lines between fact and fiction. The video also captures the desire for a utopia, which is currently an underlying topic in society. In the 1970s and early 1980s, this desire expressed itself in architectural schemes such as the Futuroscope theme park in Poitiers, France, devoted to the science-fiction experience. The viewer is introduced to the theme of this hybrid video through an interview with a fictitious Russian student, who describes her encounter with the theme park. In the process, another story unfolds – an alternative version of the park, fragmentary and fictional, an achronic vision: Futuropolis. This gripping yet disconcerting interweaving of events captivates the audience. In its verdict, the jury described Lecocq's video as sublimely permeated by time and space, vision and memory, fiction and reality.
Samuel Lecocq is the sixth winner of the Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst, and his work – like that of all those before him – is a testament to artistic excellence and originality. The young artist, born in Paris, initially dedicated himself to photography, before moving on to multimedia. But imagery is still at the very heart of his creations.
In his speech at the award ceremony, André Rogger, jury member and Head of the Art Unit and the Credit Suisse Collection, praised the young artist's work in these words: "With 'A FUTURISTIC (MOVIE) SET-UP,' Lecocq has accomplished a vision of tremendous intensity and impact, which shines a light, not least, on his own era and its endless quest for new technologies." It will be exciting to discover what the future holds for Samuel Lecocq, and to see and hear where his career will take this prodigious young talent.