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26 March 2002


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Le Musée di-visioniste
Exhibition Hall
Edition 04

The New Museum of Networked Art is the marriage between Le Musée di-visioniste and NewMediArtProjectNetwork:cologne. While the latter was aimed to art creations and activities dedicated to new media, Le Musée di-visioniste was the manifestation of philosophical ideas based on holistic points of view having always the all encompassing “whole” in mind. So, the networking idea was placing Wilfried as an artist and curator as a “primus inter pares”, whereby the whole in terms of the “whole community” and the responsibility for the “whole” was standing in the foreground. The individual gets his real meaning only as a part of the whole – what is happening is standing in the context of the all encompassing “whole”.
In order to understand Wilfried’s work, this holistic or divisionistic point of view is essential, because from the beginning on 1 January 2000 the divers initiatives und the continuous launch of new projects and the general development depend on each other and take influence on each other. At the same time, when Wilfried started the feature series an Le Musée di-visioniste, he was working on the JavaMuseum shows, launched open calls for A Virtual Memorial, all that had a huge learning potential and simultaneously Wilfried is taking back life, Wilfried’s way was on an incredible fertile soil. It was a kind of “dreamtime”, which ended abruptly on 9/11 2001, but it was this desaster which afterwards will represent an enourmous motivation to continue what had started before the terror attack. The features at Le Musée di-visioniste were part of Wilfried’s initiative to overcome the heavy impact which the 9/11 terror had been causing on Wilfried’s heath.

About 'Divisionism'
The New Museum of Networked Art , also named “Le Musee di-visioniste”
is the manifestation or visualization of an Utopia, the Utopia of Agricola de Cologne. Thus the basis is representing an artistic, respectively philosophical concept, which cannot compared with anything else.

What or Who is Agricola de Cologne and what is his Utopia?

Agricola de Cologne is representing the brand for the virtual artist, curator and designer of culture of the same name. Initiated, founded and established on 1 January 2000, Agricola de Cologne stands for a new millenium. This is also good for a new millenium in art. Rooted on the new technologies developing rapidly after the foundation of this “brand” in art, Agricola de Cologne is practicing a new field of artistic creations which have not been possible before: eg. global and local networking.

This “networking” is not only related to a wide range of artistic projects depending on each other using the Internet and releated communicating technologies, but also the result of its creating and establishing networks on different levels via curating, a new and very personal kind of artistic expression practiced by Agricola de Cologne during the past 15 years. networking as artworking.

The Utopia in establishing “le Musee di-visioniste” as such a networked art project was, that when the artist initiated the idea of such a museum, the contents for building a museum collection did not exist, yet. It was even like that, that nobody, and at least the artist himself, knew, what would become out of “Agricola de Cologne”, at all, and how the work of the virtual instance would actually look like. Any definition used these days is based on a retrospective view, this is good for the virtual artist, curator, designer of culture, programmer, festival director and all those other functions normally whole institutional teams are working on. But Agricola de Cologne was and is combining all in one person. Agricola de Cologne is representing a network of itsown – he is the network.

It was also not like that, that the “museum” was constructed intentionally in a usual process of building the home for existing and yet to establish collections, but the idea of the “museum” was accompanying the artist while he was establishing himself as such, and only by doing, the utopean idea of the unknown museum took slowly shape.

Born on 1 January 2000 and starting from point zero, materially and immaterially, it was his chance, after the artist had lost his memory completely temporarily caused by a coma, which is described in detail at another place, to write his own history and memory completely free from ancient conventions, and re-collect memory of a lost (firstly unknown and later re-known) Past simultaneously, and establish and re-establish identity. Thus, there are good reasons, why “memory & identity” became the artist’s “credo” in anything he was doing since 2000, and a basic condition for the museum project.

Thus, the “utopean” idea was not based on an intellectual concept prepared in advance, but the unknown to come, and this is good even nowadays after many aspects of the Unknown, which was only unknown at the time when it was unknown, got a concret shape during the past 15 years, so that only today actually, it is allowed to speak of a real museum, “le Musee di-visioniste” is representing according to its progressing concept.

The idea of the divisionsm was not unkown to the artist, this became evident via the shadows of the Past. In his former artistic life before 2000, he had become aware of the analytical character of his personality. In an artistic sense, this manifested itself in a kind of creating conventional paintings by using traditional art media in most unconventional ways. In project phases when he was using “watercolour” 1980-1984 and “pastel” 1984-1988, he executed paintings according to the divisionsitic principle of the Pointillist artists of the 19th century, whereby the actual painting was not the individual art work which was consisting, as such, of countless colour dots which only formed the unity of the image in the eye of the spectator, but it was already at that time a virtual painting consisting of all art works executed during a certain working phase. These individual works executed during the project phase were actually the colour dots the virtual picture was consisting of.

The same analytical character was manifesting itself in his memorial project “A Living Memorial”, realised between 1993 and 1998 and its physical manifestations 1995-1998, when he designed a mobile memorial to be presented at the same time at different places for a temporarily limited period of time.

So, the idea of “le Musee di-visioniste” to form a virtual sculpture consisting of a wide range of layers of perception does actually not represent anything new because it was always present and the condition for being creative as an artist, but rather a kind visuaization of the genetic condition to deal with art in a completely new way. The artist became only aware of these characteristics after he had lost his entire memory and he started to establish a new person and re-establish its shadows of the Past after 2000, a process which is lasting until these days.

The project of “le Musee di-visioniste” can be considered as a kind of “life” project, a manifestation of the genetic tendency to face always the encompassing whole, instead of parts of it. It is the nature of that kind of perception, that the dimension of the all encompassing whole is never known, but only parts of it. The individual art works included in this encompassing whole, get their real meaning in the context of the whole, one might also speak of a “Gesamtkunstwerk”, whereby the artist himself is not representing the “Gesamtkunstwerk” as such, but he is just a part of the whole, even he is the main condition for the existing of the whole which he is a part of it. So, The “Gesamtkunstwerk” will become only visible after the artist finished his life conceptually or physically.

The project “le Musee di-visioniste” is not based on a utopean idea, but it is an Utopia itself, as well as “Agricola de Cologne” is representing “an”, respectively “the” “UTOPIA”.


The featured artists series, released @ Le Musée di-visioniste 2001-2003 are presenting a variety of artistic concepts. Edition 04 is published today valid for April & May 2002, to be followed by Edition 05 in June 2002. Edition 04 is featuring these artists,

Shirin Kouladjie
Gregory Chatonsky
Mandy Morrison
Max Greenberg

Le Musée di-visioniste - Featured Artists - Edition 4
In the featured artists series starting in October 2001 with the British new media artist STANZA and his work Central City (1996-1998) – The Central City is an audio visual, interactive, net art, experience. The Central City consists of text pieces, embedded sounds, all made for the internet. The city becomes an organic network of grids and diagrams, juxtaposing urban sights and sounds. There are now over 30 areas of the Central City, and each area has lots of things within each section so chances are you won’t find everything. Each area has multi soundtracks and multiple choices of pictures, using generative audio and image environments built into 3 d spaces. In total there are now over thirty areas of the Central City, and each area has lots of things within each section – similiar ideas is following Gregory Chantosky in his collaborative work “IO-N.net” (2000) and the others – Shirin Kouladjie, Teheran born media artist and her net based diary project “Photomontage” – Mandy Morrison, New York based video and installation artist and the visualisation of six selected installations taken place between 1994 and 1999 in Chicago and Max Greenberg, New York based photographer and his project “Catharsis” a collage of photographic works from the series: HIV, Candy, Homeless, and Cathedral.

Gregory Chantonsky’s work is unfortunately only rudimentaryly cut available via some screenshots. But also Le Musée di-visioniste and its Exhibitionhall are not in the original state available online, but after 2020, also these first museum shows will be reconstructed.

NOEMA – press announcement – 26 March 2002

Schedule for 26 March

  • •Mediateca -CaixaForum-, Barcelona 14 February – 7 April – “Violencia sin cuerpos” 2006
  • •Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France – VideoChannel – 4 Videos by Unnur A. Einarsdottir – Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/F – 11-28 March 2009
  • •VidFest07 – Museum of New Art Detroit/USA – 9-30 March 2007
  • •Artpool Budapest – Dimensioniste World Meeting – 19-28 March 2008
  • •Generation Loss Festival Manila – 14-28 March 2012
  • •Videoformes – 24th Festival of Video & New Media Clermont Ferrand/F – 11 – 27 March 2009
  • •FILE – Electronic Language Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 26/02-29/03 2008
  • •MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (5 March- 30 April 2004) – RRF
  • •BEK Bergen (5 – 28 March- 2004) RRF
  • •Video Art Screenings Västerås, Sweden- 26/27 March, 23/24 April, 21/22 May –
  • •Japan Media Arts Festival 24/03 – 05/05 2006