Avanca Film & Video Festival
Portugal is playing in Wilfried’s life a particular role, because 1952 just being 2 years old Wilfried moved with his family to Portugal, where his father got the chair as Professor at the Department for Engineering at The University of Oporto. Portugal was at that time ruled by the dictator Salazar. Wilfried was spending the next 3 years in Oporto, but afterwards the family returned Germany. So, Wilfried was spending important years of his childhood in Portugal, but no personal memory is left, just the stories his mothers was telling him. Nevertheless Wilfried was keeping for the rest of his life a particular affinity to Portugal, and he is convinced that his favour for bright intensive colours marking his artistic work has its roots in this most colourful Portuguese years. Portugal became really relevant only again, whe he started curating netart and one of the Portuguese artists, Jose Vieira, started his digital festival FONLAD in Coimbra, Wilfried was participating in all his festival editions – this, however, is the story of another article.
Today, we have the year 2004, when Wilfried is participating for the 1st of three times (2004, 2005, 2007) in AVANCA Film, Video and Multimedia Festival and this evening is the opening at Cine Clube Avanca. Wilfried is participating in the festival with some of his successful multimedia works, like – En [code] ed, Message from Behind a Wall, Bareback – serial DIScharge and Inability of Being Nude, but also with his Film Collection which he is running as a BLOG online, and in this way, all his moving images works – interactive and linear – are presented in the festival edition 2007, as well.
Avanca is located close to Oporto. In the stories his mother was telling, not only Coimbra as a University town appeared, which obviously had some relevance when Wilfried’s father was professor in Oporto, but Wilfried is also remembering the name of Avanca, however only as a small village which the family crossed while exploring the region around Oporto. Only many years later here the Avanca Film Festival was established.
So, Wilfried’s professional participations and collaborations have always also their roots in his own childhood.
Avanca Film & Videofestival Avanca/Portugal