Crosstalks Videoart Festival
4th Gaza International Video Art Festival
Budapest is a city Wilfried visited the first time in 1996, like he had come to Rome by chance a few weeks before, and while visiting Venice on the way back home, he got the idea to choose another route, instead of making a stop in Milan and passing Switzerland on the way to Germany, he was choosing a completely unknown path in order to visit Budapest and return to Germany via Prague.
Then something really strange was happening which Wilfried did not understand, not at that time and not later, he knew that Budapest had the Eastern times zone, but when he coming from Venice arrived after a night ride through Slovenia and Croatia in the morning in Budapest, he was completely upset because the time in Budapest was not one hour ahead, but somehow he had lost a whole day, and he had no idea how this could have happened. That’s really one of big mysteries. Budapest was at that time in an early reconstruction phase, 1996 was just a few years after the system change caused by th collaps of the Communist systems in 1989, so the building substance in downtown Budapest was really in a bad state. The next time, Wilfried was visiting Budapest 10 years later in 2007 when he was invited to attend Budapest Short Film Festival which had accepted Wilfried’s video – Truth Paradise Found. Nominated for the award of the best experimental video, Wilfried received the award during the award ceremony personally on stage. Afterwards he got contacts to Crosstalks Video Art Festival in Budapest, and that’s the reason why Wilfried is jumping today for a few hours to the Hungarian metropole, but afterwards it becomes again rather adventurous, because Wilfried is jumping via the Balkan countries and Turkey to Middle East, where today the video festival in Gaza stripe in Palestine is starting presenting Wilfried’s selection from CologneOFF V and his video “En [code]ed.
Wilfried is admiring the fact that artists in Gaza have the emotional capacities to be creative in such a permanently desastrous existential and political situation. After Wilfried had visiited Israel and Palestine for the 1st time in 2005, he refused to estimate the local situation of the people living in Middle East from an ideological point of view.
Wilfried saw the big ideologies fail in the process of system change in Europe 1989 and Wilfried’s maxims and the basis for all consideration became – humanity. This allowed Wilfried to have friends among the Israeli, as well as Palestinians. The confrontation between both was rooted on false and inhonest ideologies, and Wilfried had learned to look for the common, and not for the separating. So, it was a great idea, when Wilfried was invited to contribute art in order to share the ideas of the freedom of the word through art with the Palestinians at different places on the Westbank. Unfortunately, these times are always very hard especially for cultural activists, and the video festival unfortunately discontinued, very likely due the desolate living circumstances in the Palestinian territories.