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6 May 2017


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Athens/Greece

Athens


This article, is meant to be an extension of the May edition of NMF2020.
While obviously ADAF – Athens Digital Arts Festival is standing for continuity since its foundation in 2005, Athens is standing also for the contrary – discontinuity, which the events, venues and organisations give evidence Wilfried was connected with since 2002.

Today, in 2017 a venue appeared thanks to Festival Miden (Kalamata) and Gioula Papadopoulou, by name TwixtLAB. It is the occasion for Wilfried to visit Athens for the first time, and made up his mind about Athens through pre-judications, Wilfried is more than positively surprised, he likes Athens very much. He is staying in a small (but clean!) hotel, close to the historical museum and he meets for the first time some of his virtual friends as physical persons like Anna Hatziannaki, Florentia Oikonimidou and Gioula Papadopoulou who all spend some time with him making his stay comfortable and pleasant. Yes, Wilfried is thinking, if he would be 30 years younger, he would love to spend some longer time in Athens, which has a good creative spirit. But the travel to Athens is the first one after his heavy accident in January 2017, and walking around very much is unfortunately not possible, and for exploring Athens good feet and legs are required.
Florentia Oikonomidou , Gioula Papadopoulou & Wilfried

TwixtLab 2017


CologneOFF 2017 Greece
WOW.04 / Greece
@ TWIXTlab – 6-7 May 2017 – Athens/Greece
a collaboration with International Videoart Festival Miden – Kalamata/Greece

No Return – The Refugee Film Collection
selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

video
Luca Nanini (Italy) – A Hope – a Perpetuum Mobile, 2012, 2:00
Simone Stoll (Germany) – FAREWELL – ABSCHIED, 2016, 06:08
Theodoris Trampas (Greece) – Scorched Earth, 2015, 14:53
Isabel Pérez del Pulgar (Spain) – Línea Imaginaria , 2016 , 06:39
Mo’ Mohamed Benhadj (Algeria) – GOD WILL KNOW HIS OWNS, 2014, 08:32
Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece) – Borderline, 2015, 3:06
Florentia Ikonomidou (Greece) – Heart Attack, 2016, 02:44
Daniel Wechsler (Israel) – Exi(s)t, 2016, 01:45
Panagiotis Kalos (Greece) – Gasping for Air, 2015, 1:36
Anni Kaltsidou (Greece) – The Refugees, 2015, 2:48
Monika Zywer (Poland) – Golden Life Jacket, 2016, 01:00
George Symeonidis, Artemis Stathakou (Greece) – “Refugee”, 2015, 04:08
David Gutema Gamatchis (Hungary) – Traffickers, 2015, 4:18
Lucija Konda Labas (Croatia) – We are the dogs – Wir sind Hunde, 2016, 1:11
Max Hattler (Germany) – Stop The Show, 2013; 1:00

@ TwixtLAB )photos copyright © by the authors)
TwixtLab is a small underground space, which is not made for hosting a huge audience, but videoart unfortunately is not attracting too much people, generally, but Wilfried is surprised how many visitors have been mobilized.
Screening space
Screening space
Wilfried’s introduction
Anni Kaltsidou, Florentia Oikonomidou, Wilfried, Gioula Papadopoulou
Gioula Papadopoulou, Anna Hatziannakis & Wilfried
Anna Hatziannakis & Wilfried

Synch Festival 2005
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Synch Festival 2005
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Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – Message from Behind a Wall, 2005, 10:00
The segregation wall in Palestine is a fact. In November 2004, an artistic action against the wall ended, taking place at six different places in Palestine where walls were under construction, initiated by Palestine artists by inviting artists from different countries to paint an artistic message on the concrete.
When Agricola de Cologne was in Bethlehem in February 2005, he visited several places where the Israeli were erecting the wall. The part of the wall he was filming, is situated in opposite of the AIDA refugee camp (UN), and was at that time a temporary playground for children. And these children made their own contribution to the huge wall paintings.
“Message from behind a Wall”is transporting different messages, but the main message represents the action of children’s innocence.
The moving picture is a unique document of the day of 17 February 2005. Meanwhile, the construction of the wall in Bethlehem is since long time completed, and the area around the wall does not motivate children to use it further as a playground.

Micropolis 2005 Festival
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Micropolis Festival
– here

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Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – Urban.early sunday morning_raw, 2002, 4:40

Video based on a poetic text by Agricola de Cologne inspired by the Central Station of Milan (Italy).
Metropolis: sunday morning, between open end and twilight, between hope and resignation, between following a dream and returning that night to the home town or village outside.
Coming from the disco, full of the impressions of that juicy girl or that horny boy, doubtful of whether preserving innocence or following the instinct for an outstanding erotic adventure.
It is the moment of not yet knowing, vacillating between yes or no.
It is a same ritual each week-end, even if decisions are made once.
It is a game between identifying and identity.
The work describes the urban landscape as a scenario of a play, where the protagonists are embedded in without any chance to escape.

Medi@Terra 2002 - Fournos


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MediaTerra 2002 @ Fournos
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Fournos is a center for digital culture situated in Athens, Greece that functions as a flexible Model in the research and production space of the Digital Culture of the 21st century. Fournos collaborates with a network of media and cultural centers, art institutions and scientific labs, with researchers, technologists, artists, philosophers, and representatives of cultural centers, of governmental and non-governmental organizations, aiming to explore new modes of cultural expression and create a platform for a broader public that can play an active role in the upcoming digital culture. open –

Urban.early sunday morning_raw @ MediaTerra 2002
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Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – Urban.early sunday morning_raw, 2002, 4:40
Video based on a poetic text by Agricola de Cologne inspired by the Central Station of Milan (Italy).
Metropolis: sunday morning, between open end and twilight, between hope and resignation, between following a dream and returning that night to the home town or village outside.
Coming from the disco, full of the impressions of that juicy girl or that horny boy, doubtful of whether preserving innocence or following the instinct for an outstanding erotic adventure.
It is the moment of not yet knowing, vacillating between yes or no.
It is a same ritual each week-end, even if decisions are made once.
It is a game between identifying and identity.
The work describes the urban landscape as a scenario of a play, where the protagonists are embedded in without any chance to escape.

Schedule for 6 May 2020

  • •Now & After International Videoart Festival Moscow – 17 April – 12 May 2019
  • • *Museo National Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofia – 31 March – 8 May -“Violencia sin cuerpos”
  • •CologneOFF 2016 USA @ Torrance Art Museum – Los Angeles/CA – 2 April – 28 May 2016
  • •“Bivouac Project – The Big Switch: New Media, Film and Video” – Sumter County Gallery of Art (USA) – 2 April- 22 May 2009
  • •Version07 Festival – The Insurrection Internationale – – April 19 – May 6, 2007 – Chicago, USA
  • •Israeli Center for Digital Art Holon/Israel – 16 April – 16 July 2005
  • •ARTchSo Video Festival Rennes – 26 April – 9 May 2012
  • •“Proceso de Error” – 3rd International Experimental Video Festival – Valparaiso/Chile – 31 May – 4 June 2016
  • •SENEF – Seoul Festival for Internet & Film – 01 May -01 July 2005