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06 September 2020


video feature
Los Angeles
Torrance Art Museum
06-20 September 2020

Los Angeles

WOW Jubilee 2020 IX Los Angeles

TAM – Torrance Art Museum – @ Maiden LA
01 – 20 September 2020

 

NewMediaFest2020’s Seven Memorials for Humanity-
TAM’s Dark Room is presenting all Seven Memorials for Humanity videos as a special extended recap from September 6-20 in the framework of Maiden LA (1-20 Sept.2020)

MAIDEN LA is an inclusive and expansive county-wide survey of art happenings that in encouraging the use of alternative spaces, considers Los Angeles as a platform for generative discourse and creative exchange. An egalitarian program aimed at dissolving hierarchies, MAIDEN LA accepts all projects submitted and gives participating artists total autonomy in the presentation of their work. By being 100% inclusive, the program provides its audience a unique opportunity to consider all participants – regardless of race, gender expression, religious beliefs, age, economic status, or education – on the same plane.

Both a playful anagram and homophone of the Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in LA’ (a biennial featuring emerging or underrepresented LA artists), MAIDEN LA’s focus is not exclusively tied to the Hammer’s curatorial efforts, but a way to consider and broaden how a city’s artistic landscape is defined. MAIDEN LA‘s relevance is amplified in today’s politically charged climate, as our ethos of radical inclusivity eschews hierarchy and aims to disrupt established systems of representation while fostering accessibility for artists and audiences who find it difficult to navigate the art world’s various social and financial constructs.

This year marks MAIDEN LA’s 4th iteration, taking place September 1 – 20, 2020.

NewMediaFest 2020 is a retrospective of video art curated from around the world during the past 20 years, taking place between 26 December 2019 and 31 December 2020 – as an event structure in an exchange between virtual and physical space in collaboration with networking partners all over the world, like the Torrance Art Museum. The Seven Memorials for Humanity, curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne draws on the conceptual structures of “social and networked media” to present a kind of multi-dimensional virtual sculpture.

Agricola de Cologne is not only a living witness of the development of the digital technologies in art, he was a pioneer of a time when there were few or no experiences yet to explore their potential for artistic use. As a curator, mediator and catalyst , Agricola de Cologne encourages artists in different disciplines of digital technologies; (digital) video, internet based art (netart), soundart, etc.

The Seven Memorials for Humanity deals with new forms of commemorating and respectively generating awareness to related to topics that matter in the current global and local escalating political, social, ecological and cultural situations, which endanger a free, open and democratic society, and Humanity in general. It is a plea to contemporary society to keep and defend humanity as the highest human value for future generations.

Enter the TAM Darkroom directly
http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/darkroomonline/

7 programs
01-20 September 2020


During the 7 weeks, each week will present another program. After a program has been screened by TAM, NewMediaFest2020 will include the respective program in itsonline screenings.

1 – Corona! Shut Down?


Ronnie Sluik, (NL) .How to be alone, 2020, 1:00
Ebba Jahn, Berlin based filmmaker since 1980 – Stay Home, 2020, 1:00
Gili Avissar, Israerl – Ganges River, 2008/2020, 8:15
Danielle Imara and Yolande Brener, UK/USA – Y&I Lockdown, 2020, 1:00
Werther Germondari, Italy – Constraint 19, 2020, 0:55
Dee Hood, USA – Chant for Chant For A Pandemic, 2020, 5:08
+ including contributions by the global artists: Finn Harvor, Maria Korporal, Sandra Bougerch, Tushar Waghela, Muriel Paraboni, Lisi Prada, Eija Temiseva, Ian Gibbons, Jutta Pryor, Sarah Bliss, Darko Duilo, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Erick Tapia, lori Ersolmaz, Sarahjane Swan, RogerSimian, Lino Mocerino, Francesca Giuliani, Luis Carlos Rodriguez, Willow Morgan
Antonio Alvarado, Spain – Cloistered, 2020, 3:27
Lorenzo Papanti, Italy – Disease, 2020, 1:02
Ulf Kristiansen, Norway – title of video: Coronavirus waltz, 2020, 1:00
Matteo Campulla, Italy – The COVID-19 Spring Breakers, 2020, 3:00
Agricola de Cologne, Germany The Corona Video, 2020, 4:24
Alina Tofan, Romania – Ritual of the Quarantine, 2020, 0:52
Jack Williams /Uk/Poland – Entangled, 2020, 1:00
Shivkumar KV, India – Stay Home, 2020, 1:00
Isabel Chiara, Spain – A Bout Of Fever, 2020, 2:15
Tova Beck – Friedman, USA – Pregnant with the Dead, 2020, 3:36
Alireza Amin Mozafari, Iran – You were Zhkvnd, 2018, 4:00
Kenji Kojima, Japan – Techno Synesthesia: open mailbox, 2020, 3:15
Kokou Ekouagou, (Togo) – VICTORY AGAINST COVID-19, 2020, 1:36
Dawn Westlake/USA – Touch, 2020, 7:35
Manon Pichon, France Quarantine Contact, 2020, 0:59
Bernhard Hollinger, Austria – “ME, MYSELF & I”, 2020, 1:56
Ellen Maiorano, Australia – Home Safe Home, 2020, 1:45
Noviki, Poland – Covid-19 Playgrounds, 2020, 1:52
Marie Bismonte, USA – Emergency, 2020, 3:36
Johannes Christopher Gérard, NL – Isolate, 2019, 2:58
Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani (Togo)- Social Distancing, 2020, 1:40
Robert Frankle, Luxembourg – Washing, 2020, 5:00
Amy Alexander, USA – What The Robot Saw, 2020, endless
Anja Strelec, Croatia The Shift, 2020, 1:20
Katya Kan, KZ – Self-isolation Film, 2020, 1:00
Igor Krasik, Belarus – Love is for free, 2020, 1:40
Musical Friends, Germany – Musical Friends – Covid Who!?, 2020, 2:58
Stephan Groß, Germany – Panda Nikogda, 2020, 3:24
Jerry Galle, Belgium – The Soul, Stats and Feelings of a lockdown, 2020, 2:31
Artoldo (Sara Ferro / Chris Weil), Germany -. Vespertillio Spillover, 2020, 4:16
Katherine Sweetman, US – Weird, 2020, 1:00
Amadeu Rodrigues (Portugal) – “Cityados” (besieged) , 2020, 1:31
Kim Maree, New Zealand – MMXX, 2020, 2:27

2 – WOW – THE WAY IT WAS

curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Marek Ranis (USA) – Like Shishmaref, 2016, 16:00
Viktor Brim (Germany) – monoscape, 2017, 16:00
Simon Welch (UK) – Focus, 2014, 7:37
Szymon Krzyżanowski (Pl) – VHS, 2016, 1:00
Alex Anikina (Russia) – Some Entropy in Your Tea, 2013, 8:15
Collin Bradford (USA) – Deep Horizon, 2013, 6:35
Cinzia Sarto (Italy) – Forbidden Fruit, 2009, 4.40
Marek Ranis (USA) – Hold On, 2010, 3:00
Muriel Montini (France) – Constellation, 2011, 5:00
Mickey Petersen (USA) – Slip Away, 2014, 2:24
Andrea Torrice (USA) – A Message from the Island of Kiribati, 2013, 5:11
Julie Stephenson (Australia) – Melting Memory, 2019, 2:34
Renata Padovan (Brazil) – Aral Mermaid, 2015, 4:12

1h 31 minutes

3 – WOW – about human nature

curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
1h 38 minutes

Stine Gonshold (Norway) – Human Nature, 2008, 1:50
Roland Quelven (France) – Harey Solaris, 2015, 4:51
Gregg Biermann (USA) – Crop Duster Octet, 2013, 5:32
Sándor M. Salas (Spain) – De cara a la muerte, 2013, 03:52
Theresa Khalil (Egypt) – It goes on, 2013, 5.40
Istvan Horkay (Hungary) – The Lords Prayer, 2014, 5:04
Laurent Pernot (France)- Still Alives, 2005, 2.34
Francesca Lolli (Italy) – The Dying Lilium, 2016, 03:27

WOW – Earth Games/Erdspiele
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Eija Temisevä (Finland) – An Attempt to be Earth, 2016, 5:15
Kristina Frank (Sweden) – Earth One Minute, 2013, 1:43
Coalfather Industries (USA) – User History, 2018, 6:02
Albert Merino (Spain) – Bestiary, 2018, 5:10
Lisa Birke (Canada) – Endgame, 2017, 7:05
Emma Zukovic (Macedonia) – Post Memory From A Lost Country, 2018, 4:33
Farid Hamedi (Iran) – 947, 2019, 4:44

WOW Insight
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Koorosh Asgari (Iran) – Shahrzad, 2012, 7:34
Celine Barakat (Canada) – Tallulah, 2013, 7:30
Kostia Vozniuk (Ukraine) – Woman in Her Room, 2017, 4:08
Isabel Perez Del Pulgar (Spain) – Expediente No. 0/2, 2013, 5:56
Catherine Del Buono (USA) – How to Not Get Raped, 2014, 3:09
Karin & Didi Fromherz (CH) – Happy Noon!, 2014, 5:45

1h 38 minutes

4 – WOW – Contaminated Progress


curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Robert Dohrmann (USA) – All Systems Go – Neil Armstrong, 2009, 3:16
Anna Garner (USA) – Lineage (USA), 2013, 1:54
Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) – Fleeced,2009, 4:22
Paul Turano (USA) – Toxic Red Sludge, 2010, 5:00
Ben Fox (UK) – Recent Tactile Nonsense, 2012, 2:17
Manuel Ferrer and Alena Mesarosova (Spain/Slovakia) – Irreal Time, 2012, 3:30
Diego de Los Campos (Uruguay) – Still Life, 2012, 2:28
Luis Patino (Spain) – Echoes of the Forest, 2012, 6:52
Javier Velasquez Cabrero (Spain) – My City a Bit Cleaner From Advertising, 2012, 6:00
Xiaowen Zhu (China) – Terminal island, 2013, 10:50
Claudia Borgna (Italy) – L’ultimo Accordo I, 2016, 06:05
Carolin Koss (Finland) – Plastic Child, 2016, 12:11
Francois Knoetze (South Africa) – Plastic, 2012, 5:00
Laura & Sira Cabrera (Spain) – Climate Disorder, 2019, 4:18

1h 19 minutes

5 – WOW – In Troubled Waters

curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Enoh Lienemann (Germany) – In My Head, 2015, 6`34 min
Angelina Voskopoulou (Greece) – Blind Traveller, 2018, 1:27
Abe Abraham (USA) – Salt Water, 2017, 5:52
Francesca Lolli (Italy – No country for everyone), 2015, 01:52
Fu LE (France) – Mass, 2019, 10:00
Cigdem Slankard (Turkey/USA) – Fresh Start, 2017, 12:50
Sonia Guggisberg (Brazil) – Skaramanga Camp, 2017, 9:00
Mathilde Babo (France) – After The Spring, 2016, 4:00
Vito Alfarano (Italy) – I have a Dream, 2018, 11:32
Alessandro Inglima (Italy) – Breathe, 2014, 2:41
Daniela Lucato (Italy) When I dance, 2016, 67:00

6 – WOW transcendental roots
Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne


Cody Healey-Conelly (USA) – Glitch Noir – Datasifter Prelude, 2015, 2:41
Peter Whittenberger (USA) – Don’t Worry, You’ll Get There, 2016, 4:53
Hdys (USA) – We The People, 2018, 3:51
Daniel Zezelj (Croatia) – The World of Wonder, 2015, 5:34
Ezra Wube (Ethiopia) – Twilight Galaxies, 2017, 7’52”
Tomislav Findrik (Croatia) – Oyashio, 2017, 04:29
House of Style (Bryne Rasmussen-Smith and Andrew Smith-Rasmussen) (USA) -Infinite Leaks in the Memory Palace, 2013, 5:04
Rui Hu (USA) – Metropolitan Triangle Garden, 2015, 5:52
APOTROPIA (Italy) – The Kiss, 2016, 1:19
Christina Lykoka (Greece) – Death Of A Blackbird, 2017, 6:26
Maurizio Sanhueza (Peru) – Parasite, 2016, 6:23
Harold Charre (France) – Requiem, 2017, 9:18
Henry Gwiazda (USA) – Knowledge, 2017, 3:05

WOW Babylonia /WOW Babylon
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Annetta Kapon (USA) – Synopsis, 2017, 0:35
Perry Bard & Richard Sullivan (USA) – NO FLAK, 2017, 7’23
Maria Korporal (NL/Germany) – Breaking Borders, 2017, 5:36
Marie-Paule Bilger (France) – Sweet Fight, 2017, 4:35
Lidia Starodubtseva (Ukraine) – Time Is Up, 2018, 4:00
Lisi Prada (Spain) – Illuminationi Mattina, 2014, 3:14
Pierre & Jean Villemin (France) – Lake, 2012, 5:35
Laura Petrilla & Brooke Schooles (USA) – Wrong Me A Love Life, 2012, 4:50
Alexander Delnevo (Italy) – Transhumances, 2012,3:48

1h 41 min

7 – WOW – Switching the Change
Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Uri Kloss (Israel) – Word, 2017, 1:29
Fran Orallo (Spain) – Death Dance, 2017, 1:00
James Murphy (Ireland) – Moving Water, 2019, 1:59
Zlatko Cosic (Bosnia) – Even The Birds Know It, 2017, 2:55
Alan Sondheidoartoldo-subt. (USA) – American Life, 2018, 6:03
Dmitry Kmelnitsky (USA) – URTH LING, 2019, 3:43
Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) – Pillard of Cloud, 2016, 4:00
Oleg Kharch (Ukraine) – Fakemet, 2019, 3:46
Lana Z. Caplan (USA) – Canaries in the Mine, 2015, 8:19
Kristina Frank /Mervi Kekarainen (Sweden) – 2Rabbits in Purgatorio, 2019, 05:11
Arie Sigal & Ben-David Sigal (Israel) – Perlite, 2018, 4:17
Marcha Schagen (NL) – Melt Less CO2, 2019, 3:48
Adrien Gaumé (France) – Dry by innocence, 2018, 4’53”
Kate Walker (USA) – Cloudship, 2018, 14:33
Xia Han (China) – The Gift, 2019, 14: 23
Michael Carmody & Elissa Goodrich (Australia) – Common Time, 2018, 12:23
Boris Marinin (Israel) – Greenhouse, 2019, 3:19
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Today, 2019, 5:00
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Sunrise, 2019, 5: 46
Gabriele Stellbaum (Germany) – Shame, 2019, 1:11

1h 50 m

The 7 Memorials for Humanity

The 7 Memorials for Humanity

developed, created and curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne & released in 2019, the 7 Memorials Project is a multi-facetted digital media art context – a “platform for commemorating” – to be understood as a kind of multi-dimensional virtual sculpture – working in an exchange between virtual and physical space. While the memorial sites are located online for permanent – accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of a year, there will be temporary locations in physical space hosting a manifestation of one or more memorials to be complemented by interventions like screenings, a symposium, lectures, discussions, artists meetings, exhibitions, performances etc in order to reach a higher degree of sustainability by sensitizing people via art.

Commemorating can be understood as an advanced and, additionally, collective form of perception as the contrary of consuming in which the aspect of time is receiving generally a particular relevance – stimulating the “audience” permanently or at least regularly to be activated again and again and reflect and re-reflect – and, in the given case, also as a higher goal of art which goes far beyond the visual or sensual sensation.

Based on 7 differently aimed ongoing audio-visual media art contexts, launched between 2001 and 2020, the project is dealing with new forms of commemorating, respectively generating awareness, related to topics that really matter in the currently globally and locally escalating political, social, ecological and cultural situations endangering a free, open and democratic society and Humanity as that fundamental human value, at all. It is a plea to the contemporarily living people to keep and defend humanity as the highest human value also for future generations.

The Memorial context and its creator are acting as mediators between different parties by demonstrating diversity, eg. activating on one hand artists to articulate and contribute their (artistic) opinion, on the other hand by doing so, activating the audience to use the artistic interventions as the basis for their own reflections.

It is said, that art cannot change world as it is, but this is not completely true, art as the most human of all human expressions has that particular potential to sensitize people and change awareness, this way. However, it lies in the responsibility of the individual what he/she is doing with this awareness.

Each one of the incorporated memorials is rooted on another collection of audio-visual art, which can be experienced online. The Sonic Memorial is the only one using the non-visual medium of sonic art, generating different kinds of associations than the visual medium of video or film: for instance, The Refugee Film Collection, incorporating more than 100 videos from documentary to video art & experimental film.

As a media art work itself, the 7 Memorial commemorative platform is incorporating 20 individual projects acting individually as Memorials, commemorative projects contexts which are each one representing works of media art for itself, created by Wilfried Agricola dde Cologne, simultaneously they are based on the engagement of (external) artists by contributing (mainly audio-visual) art works which form in the sum of all, related to each topic differently, individual art collections in a community based responsibility, curated and coordinated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.

The works created before 2010 are completed – standing as Memorial sites for a PAST to be commemorated, the works created after 2010 referring partially to historical, and partially to most recent incidents and events are ongoing and still in an active conceptual progress.

In total more than 2000 artworks by 1700 artists from 60 countries are forming the fundament of the commemorative platform and the individual Memorial sites, give the 7 Memorials project a multi-dimensional character – including & complementing each other: the global, as well as the local: while the online context is available 24 hours a day to the global community, the individual local manifestation to be realized in an exchange between virtual and physical space in collaboration with worldwide networking partners allow people to meet each other at venues that change their meaning and the awareness related to it by becoming a temporarily limited memorial & space of art.

The main medium of the active part is „art & moving images“ – mono channel art films & videos in an hybrid format, allowing to present the works in different presentation formats, eg. screening, projection & installation.

The short films & videos are forming outstanding collections to be presented to an open minded audience, but together with other artistic media like digital static images and the non-visual medium manifested in sonic art – the form also the basis for exhibition installations of different kind, online and in physical space.

The manifestations are realized in the framework of “The W:OW Project” – We Are One World – http://wow.engad.org – a global networking project, launched in 2017.


The 7 Memorials for Humanity

  • The Refugee Memorial – based on – The Refugee Film Collection – why and how become people refugees
  • d/i/light Memorial – based on Shoah Film Collection – dedicated to the victims of Holocaust
  • The Never More Memorial – no more genocide – dedicated to the victims of genocides
  • The Wake-Up Memorial – for an open and free society- against populism and intolerance
  • The Hiroshima // Fukushima Memorial – based on “The Hiroshima//Fukushima Film Collection – dedicated to the threats of nuclear power
  • The iTERROR Memorial – dedicated to the victims of terror
  • The Sonic Memorial – soundart as a tool for commemorating – collective trauma & identity

a digital media art project context created & curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Concept, text & realisation
copyright © 2001-2019 by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Included art works (video, digital, images, soundart, text etc & related images/screenshots)
copyright © by the artists or owners

The 7 Memorials for Humanity
are part of The New Museum of Networked Art
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Schedule for – 06 September

  • •Linoleum Animation & Media Art Festival Moscow – 10 July – 09 September 2012
  • • Digitraffic@Germany – SENEF 2005 – Seoul Net & Film Festival Seoul/South Korea – 01 July – 01 Sept.
  • •Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles – 18 July – 5 September 2020
  • *FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Br 13/08 – 09/09 2007
  • *FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo – 25/08 – 05/09 2006
  • FILE Hipersonic Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil – 13 August – 9 September 2007
  • *FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo – 25/08 – 05/09 2006
  • Kansk International Video festival – 17-25 August 2012
  • MIVA – Muestra Internacional de Videoarte Alterego – Quito/Ecuador – 22 August – 14 September 2014
  • MIVA – Muestra Internacional de Videoarte Alterego – Quito/Ecuador – 24 August – 19 September 2012
  • CologneOFF 2012 Beirut – 30 Aug-3 September 2012 – Shams Art Center Beirut
  • BEAP – Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia – 1 September – 17 November 2004
  • Linoleum – Internation Festival of Animation and Media Art 3-6 September 2015
  • Busho – Budapest Short Film Festival – 4-9 September 2012
  • International Film Festival in Walthamstow (London/UK) – 3-12 September 2010
  • FestiNova Festival Garikula/Georgia – 5 Aug – 20 Oct 2009
  • Madeira International Art Biennale – FONLAD – 1 September – 13 October 2008
  • *RecyclingArt Festival – 3. Internationales RCA Festival in Berlin – 4 & 5 September 2004
  • Busho – Budapest International Shortfilm Festival 5-7 September 2008
  • 3rd 0110 Digital Film Festival New Dehli/India – 05-08 September 2005