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15 May 2013


video feature
Georgia
CCA Tbilisi

Tbilisi


CCA – Contemporary Art Center Tbilisi/Georgia 16-18 May 2013

Today in 2013, is Wilfried’s 2nd day in Georgia und tomorrow the the screenings @ -CCA Tbilisi will be starting. One day ago, he arrived in Tbilisi coming from Istanbul. During his 3 days presentation Wilfried will be asked, why he actually was considering the collaboration in Georgia, while he obviously has not any benefit of it, the hiddeen meaning of this question was, while the Georgians have no benefit it. Wilfried was explaining, that he was curious of how Georgia, the ex-Sovjet republic located at the edge of Europe, would have developed after the system change and whether there are artists working with audio-visual media – and he found contemporary art in an absolute desolate situation. The local people are still busy with their own survival and have no capacities to deal with art which is like elsewhere recognized rather as a kind of luxury. But the political change did not represent also the change of the personal once in power, and the Georgian society is similiar to Russia and other ex-Sovjet countries now under the rule and influence of the orthodx church on one hand and one or two oligarchs dominating politics and public opinion.

The screening programs @ CCA Tbilisi

Agricola de Cologne prepared 9 special programs – a combination of screenings, lectures and discussions covering a wide range of aspects of art & moving images.
Download the complete program as PDF

1.1

video
Cologne OFF VII -Art & the City
selected by Agricola de Cologne

Matthias Härenstam (Sweden) – Closed Circuit, 2011, 3:01
Albert Merino (Spain) – The City and The Other, 2010, 3:09
Francesca Fini (Italy) – Oasis in the Desert, 2010, 5:00
Sarah Mock (Germany) – Is there a Way Out, 2011, 3:47
Yuriy Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva (UA) – The 7th of November, 2009, 3:36
Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine) – Urban Multimedia Utopia: 10:00, 2002
Johanna Reich ( Germany) – A State of Crystal, 2010, 3’19
Liu Wei (China) – Hopeless Land, 2009, 7:28
Eva Olsson (Sweden) – Labyrinth, 2009, 3:41
Theme Bannenberg & NOK Snel (NL) – Behind Closed Doors, 2010, 7:38
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Just Midnight, 2010, 3:43
My Name is Scot (Canada) – Independance, 2011, 7:56

1.2

video
VideoChannel – Found Footage
curated by Gioula Papadopoulou – Videoart Festival Miden

01. Ran Slavin (Israel) – Facial Witness, 2006, 2:00
02. Andreas Zingerle (Austria) – EXTENSION OF HUMAN SIGHT, 2008, 3:10
03. Rajorshi Ghosh (USA) – pig, 2009, 1:00
04. Borja Alexandre (Spain) – “Suicide”, 2007, 8:00
05. Alexander Mouton (USA) – Stare, 2009, 1:40
06. Constantin Hartenstein (Germany) – LIFTN, 2008, 1:20
07. Maria Canas (Spain) – The Toro’s Revenge, 2006, 2:00
08. Bill Domonkos (USA) – Lu Deux Fois, 2008, 3:11
09. Clint Enns (Canada) – winnipeg stories: sacrificial memories, 2008, 4:38
10. Enrique Freaza (Spain) – Fictional Recall: Episode I, 2007, 1:09
11. Andrea Huyoff (Germany) – On the Waterfront, 2008, 2:30
12. Owen Mundy (USA) – Through a Glass Darkly, 2008, 12:30
13. Renata Padovan (Brazil) – ONCE, 2009, 2:11
14. Jonas Nilsson (SWE) – The Choice, 2009 2:15
15. Joshua Rosenstock (USA) – Dance of the Computer Lab, 2009, 1:18
16. Dr. Boston (USA) – I wish I had a date, 2006, 3:15
17. Lobo Pasolini (Brazil) – The Art of Videoart, 2007, 2:18
18. Angie Eng (USA) – Endings, 2008, 2:39

1.3

video
CologneOFF – Still Facing – performance in Videoart
selected by Agricola de Cologne

Shahar Marcus (Israel) – Still Burnicoffng, 2009, 2:32
Agricola de Cologne (Alemania) – Silent Cry, 3:05, 2008
Cynthia Whelan (UK) – Selfportrait, 3:27, 2005
Jasmine Kainy (Israel) – Comes from Outside, 2011, 3:35
Justyna Maluchnik (Poland) – Freedom – Polish part, 2009, 13:09
Sinasi Günes (Turkey) – Anatolia, 2006, 2:18
Beate Hecher/Markus Keim (Austria) – ln Absentia, 2012, 10:00
Angelika Herta (Austria) – Man of Iron, 2011, 1:53
Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir (Iceland) – Toilet, 5:00, 2005
Johanna Reich (Germany) – BlueRed, 11:04, 2008
Fran Orallo (España) – The Life in White (La Vida en Blanco), 2006, 7:48

2.1

Trace of Transformation
animateCOLOGNE – Cologne Art & Animation Festival
selection coordinated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Tomorrow, 17 March the orthodx church is planning a gigantic demonstration against homosexuals and the liberation of the law again homosexuals. Wilfried will exploring that he was in the morning joining this demonstration by chance while he made his personal sight seeing, not knowing at first what the demonstration is all about, and when he later the day is continuing his presentation at -CCA Tbilisi , the director will tell him about the reason for the demonstration and, what Wilfried will be frightening, by listening to the CCA director, the orthodox church would be right to persecute homosexuals further on like it was in Sovjet times.

Wilfried is thinking, he would be in a wrong film – if already artists would be against homosexuals and other minorities, usually the most open minded social group, how would be the Georgian society in general? Wilfried will see his visit in Georgia suddenly with different eyes – Georgia wasn’t on a good way and for Wilfried – there is no place, because also art is discriminated. Himself completely open-minded, he feels like his sympathy for Georgia is dramatically shrinking, he feels increasingly uncomfortable and he will be glad to escape from the country after 3 days. Wilfried likes the local history and the landscape, but he does not like the mentality of the people he is meeting. The way, how dogmatically conservative the Georgian society was, the way it was art – at least, what is considered officially as contemporary art, and video as an art medium has no relevance, because there is no progressive art education and following studies of moving images is possible only outside of the country. So, the best creative people are leaving the country, like it happens in other post-sovjet countries, as well.

How desolate the situation of art is, shows the fact, that only a few younger people are involved in CCA and the audience attending Wilfried’s presentation is consisting of no more than 10 people, mostly students – but they will be really eager to follow Wilfried’s screenings, because it is a rare moment, that the Georgian people got the chance to view such a diversity of videoart around the world, but in the eyes of the locals Wilfried’s visit has no relevance, because nobody has any material benefit. And initiating a collaboration with CCA does not make sense, because Georgian videart does not exist which Wilfried might present in the framework of his global activities. So, Wilfried’s visit is quite embarassing for all sides, and that will Wilfried avoid in Future!

Schedule for 15 May

  • •CologneOFF 2016 USA @ Torrance Art Museum – Los Angeles/CA – 2 April – 28 May 2016
  • •“The Big Switch: New Media, Film and Video” – Sumter County Gallery of Art (USA) – 2 April- 22 May 2009
  • •Basics Festival Salzburg/Austria – 8-16 May – 2004
  • •Israeli Center for Digital Art Holon/Israel – 16 April – 16 July 2005
  • •SENEF – Seoul Festival for Internet & Film – 01 May -01 July 2005
  • •Vientianale – Vientiane Short Film Festival – 12-15 May
  • •Cultural Observatory Szczecin – 2016 – Baltic Sea I -Szczecin12-14 May
  • •4th International Motion Festival Cyprus 2017 – 11-14 May 2017 – Nicosia/Cyprus
  • •Pixeldance Festival Thessaloniki /Greece 12-15 May 2006
  • •Fonlad – Digital Art Show – Quarteirão das Artes Montemor-o-Velho (Portugal) – 5 May – 15 July 2007
  • •Visitors – The International Video Art Activity Canakkale-Turkey – 14-15 May 2010
  • •CCA – Contemporary Art Center Tbilisi/Georgia 16-18 May 2013