OK Video Festival
Today, Wilfried is wandering again through time and space – finding himself suddenly in Jakarta in front of the National Gallery where OK Video Festival is still running . (28 July – 06 August 2009). Yes, that’s a really strange experience in Indonesia – Wilfried invited by the festival to attend, contacts the local Goethe Institute branch and receives a remarkable response on his request for travel funding (the Goethe Institute is the only institution in Germany funding German artists abroad) – yes this old guy (Goethe Institute director) is respnding, the Goethe Institute would be the only instance which would be allowed to practice international networking in Asia, Wilfried would be a non-permitted competitor and therefore the travel funding needed to be declined.
Yes, unfortunately many of these responsibles at the Goethe Institute are thinking German culture abroad would be a kind of ancient colony occupied by the German Emperor or Hitler himself, it is a shame that these new colonialists, racists are taking control over German culture abroad, and – from Wilfried’s point of view, only one answer is possible to demonstrate that German culture practiced by real cultural activists is not based on colonialism and racism, but like Wilfried is practicing it since 20 years very successfully – in mutal respect for all partners – so the only way of practicing international networking is copmpletely different. Another old Nazi was preventing that Wilfried could attend an event, this time in Jakarta. He would have loved to be confronted with the exiting Indonesia, so other people probably understand, that Wilfried does not allow anybody any longer to take influence on his life and manipulate his living as a human and artist/curator.
So, such episodes have, on the otherside the advantage to make up one’s mind, and the course of events shows that Wilfried is right!
Wilfried was requested to prepare a screening program on the festival topic “Comedy”, and he is happy that he was able to prepare another very original video program!
The exchange collaboration is scheduled for 2011 – video art in a global context.