International Festival of New Film & Media
Pula Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
Wilfried visited Split already as a young boy when he was spending his summer holidays 1962 in former Yugoslavia together with a youth group on the island of Brac located in the Adriatic Sea in opposite of Spilt. He likes that kind of places deeply rooted on history – Dioclecian – the Roman emperor had his origin in Split, and there is also a palace wearing his name. Where ever one is walking around the city centre, ancient relicts of palaces or temples show that Spilt was an importance place already before and after the Romans, it belonged to influence of Venice as a sea power. In 2003, Wilfried was participating for the 1st time in International Festival of New Film and Media – so, the proper environment for showing Wilfried’s new media works. In 2003, it was the CD-Rom based media work “Urban.early sunday morning_raw”, and in 2004, Wilfried is invited to attend the festival where he will be showing the installation of “The RRF Project” in one of the ancient palaces forming the location for such media art installations. It is the version like it had been installed earlier in 2004 at MNAC – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest/Romania (4 March – 30 April 2004). During one week Wilfried is residing in a first class hotel outside of the city centre, he has to walk about half an hour along the seaside, time for reflecting and being inspired by the Mediterranean atmosphere. During the opening hours, Wilfried is sitting together with one of the Croatian artists aside his installation and is answering the questions of the visitors, there are many and many questions, because such new media projects, especially when they are globally connected via the net are still quite unusual. Visiting Split belongs to the good experiences, also because the festival direction was caring about him and the other visiting artists and film makers. But finally, the festival remains a film festival, because the final prize and award ceremony is really attracting most people, but Wilfried really cannot complain, because it is most honourable that the festival opened the doors for a new field of using images – in an interactive way!
Here waiting for the visitors, he will also meet Branka Bencic , a Croatian curator who prpeared a contribution including Croatian artists to The RRF Project (version 2003) realized on occasion of its premiere at Interactiva Biennale 2003 in Merida/Mexico (topic of a later article).
Participating in the film festival in Pula, is connected with the person of Branka Bencic, who it the curator of a parallel event organised in the context of the “traditional” film festival – dedicated to new moving images, called “Cinemania(c)”. Wilfried is participating in 2003 and 2004, and in 2004 the same exhibition is shown in Zagreb at “Galerija Ulupuh”, unfortunately Wilfried will not attend personally any of these curated events, retrospectively seen a pity, but in 2003 and 2004 Wilfried was so busy with realising his extraordinary complex and complicated works, that he is actually glad, when he does not need to travel and “waste” his time.
Participating in the Media Art Forum @ Moscow International Film Festival, has a special meaning, because his video “House of Tomorrow” has been selected. This video is dealing with the questions of gay identity and Russia was always famous for both, the gay males and the same time the persecution of homosexuals in society. The selection shows that the topic is possible as kind of exotic in the framework of the festival – but, because Wilfried does not attend the festival, he does not know how the audience is reacting. Another aspect is, that his video is standing in the selection together with other artists, Wilfried is collaborating with in the field of netart, so Moscow is representing a kind of virtual meeting place of people who will not meet as physical persons.