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28 January 2011

Videoart feature
CologneOFF 2011 selection

Today, the exhibition context – ATTRACTION OF THE OPPOSITES – opens at CUCOSA, Raampoortstraat 16, 3032 AH Rotterdam – 28 January – 9 March 2011.

‘Attraction of the opposites’ brings 11 professional and international galleries to co-exist under one roof. The project will be presented in the space of Artists Initiative CUCOSA in Rotterdam during 3 major events: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Art Rotterdam en Rotterdamse Museumnacht.
The project is part of IFFR’s XL jubilee program. Especially for this occassion there will be two compilations of Dutch art videos presented with work by Serge Onnen, Jan van Nuenen, Jasper Scheepbouwer, Adonis Migkos, Martin Hansen, Anne Hartog, Alexander van Merle, Toine Klaassen, Cindy Jansen, Gil & Moti and Duro Toomato. In addition 6 International video art festivals are invited to contribute short video programs: Festival Miden (GR), CologneOFF (DE), Art:Screen (SE), FiXc (FI), Black Duck+Red Nomade (SP/ARG) and the global festival ART BY CHANCE.
Curator: Kiki Petratou // Organizers: Bob Smit, Hans Bakker, Kiki Petratou

CologneOFF 2011 selection
Attracted by the opposite? – Selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Do people really feel attracted by the opposite? Black does not exist without white, good not without bad. The one is depending on the other. If an opposite is existing, at all, the existing “standard” is being defined via its opposite, which is setting the actual values, the relations between each other. Being attracted by the opposite is actually no more than searching consciously or unconsciously for the “whole”, an attempt to find an unity combining and relating the two opposite poles to each other. An uptopia? The selection of videos is spotlighting not only the phenomenon of the duality from different points of views and positions, but also the resulting relativity.

participating artists – Mihai Grecu (Romania), Giuseppe Girardi (Italy), Ascan Breuer (Germany), Jamie Waelchli (USA), Alex Lora (Spain), Mikhail Zheleznikov (Russia), Jeffrey Anderson Bliss (USA), Rosa Futuro (Italy), Angela Washko & Chris Skinner (USA), Pablo Fernandez-Pujol (Spain), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Sai Kua Huan (Singapore), Doug Garth Williams (USA)

The complementary NewMediaFest2020 selection

Mihai Grecu (Romania) – Congulate, 2008, 5:56
Giuseppe Girardi (Italy) – Stranger, 2008, 2:54
Mikhail Zheleznikov (Russia) – Together, 2010, 4:20
Angela Washko & Chris Skinner (USA) Washko’s Personal Record, 2010, 2:14
Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria) – [dis] connection – 2009, 1:58
Doug Williams (USA) – Back & Forth, 2009, 2:42