IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art
Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art
KanonMedia – Vienna
Free Biennial New York
Free Manifesta Frankfurt/Germany
After Wilfried had opened in 2000 already, JavaMuseum & Le Musèe di-visioniste (The New Museum of Networked Art), there were several similiar attempts to create a virtual museum run by a virtual director/curator to be filled with art works (netart) by releasing regularly open calls asking artists for submitting artworks. Another such initiative had been Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art and the curator “Mehmed Sinan” or KanonMedia’s NewMedia Line run by Alexandra Reill (Vienna), who was realizing such a show online however just once in 2002. It is remarkable, that these initiatives start 2002 and end nearly at the same time 2003/2004 and mostly nearly without leaving any trace. If there wouldn’t be community platforms like Rhizome NY , or such online magazines like Neural , Noema or Random, where partially press releases or articles are still online. In many case, Wilfried needs to act again and again as a media archeologist to put at least some basic information together in order to give evidence, that the venues/ project participations Wilfried is listing in his biography were existing at all. The “art history” spotlighting this important phase of a transformation is neglegting completely the media reality at that time and focus instead of obsolete ideologies.
But there are also some exemplary initiatives existing like those by Sal Randolph – Free Biennial (2002) and Free Maniifesta (2002), which are completely documented online, so Sal is estimating her own projects as relevant as they are, because at the time around 2000, the development of artistic digital media was changing slowly the perception concerning art and technology, some years later only the computer was widely accepted as a tool for artistic creations – so the years 2000 – 2004 were representing a kind of intermediate phase of a new orientation in the arts.
Like many others of his collegues, Wilfried was participating in many of the uprising inititiatives just for finding out, that after the enthusiasm of a starting phase, it becomes more and more difficult to continue the initial success.
Free Manifesta was a project for Manifesta 4, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from May 25 to August 24, 2002. A place in Manifesta 4 was purchased for $15,099 in an ebay auction by New York artist Sal Randolph, and any artist who wished was invited to exhibit their work as part of Free Manifesta. Over 225 artists & groups participated in free public art projects of all kinds which took place around Frankfurt am Main as well as through the broadcast airwaves, telephone and mail systems and on the internet.
So, nobody needs honestly to ask why after 2010 no more such initiatives came up again looking for independance and freedom of expression.