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NewMediaFest 2020 – WOW retro

is the online//offline retrospective of Agricola de Cologne and his networked art creations 2000-2020. Agricola de Cologne is not only a living witness of the development of the digital technologies in art, he was a pioneer at his time when there were no experiences, yet, to explore their potential for artistic use, he was accompanying the course of life of many artists. As a curator, mediator and catalyst , Agricola de Cologne was encouraging artists in different disciplines to work with digital technologies, basically (digital) video and Internet based art (netart), but also soundart, and in this way, this retrospective is at the same time a retrospective of the art creation in these field during the past 20 years.

NewMediaFest 2020 is a big “Thanks” to all networked instances in shape of the participating artists, curators, venues, festivals and cultural institutions who joint and made this singular art working only possible – by including all of them in one or the other way in virtual or physical space.

NewMediaFest 2020 will run between 25 December 2019 and 31 January 2020 in an exchange between physical and virtual space featuring a basic program complemented by 12 monthly interventions – the monthly changing programs presented at physical venues – networked simultaneously with the changing online programs of netart, videoart and soundart.


The year 2020 is representing a complex anniversary context on many levels – 75 years end of World War II, 15 years artvideoKOELN, 20 years Agricola de Cologne and his networked new media art working, 20 years The New Museum of Networked Art, 70 years the physical person behind Agricola de Cologne and 40 years of his art working.

Since its/his launch in 2000, Agricola de Cologne was presented as a media artist & curator @ more than 600 festivals and media art events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Bogota, London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Madrid, Gijon, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oporto, Athens, Thessaloniki, Nikosia, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruxelles, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Vientiane, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Tblisi, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Gaza, Basel, Zurich, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Kiev, Kharkiv, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kansk, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Sofia, Varna, Bucharest, Arad, Timisoara, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Lubljana, Rome, Naples, Milan, Pescara, Venice, Torino, Bologna, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Münster, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, & elsewhere, but also on biennials like Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 2007, Biennale of New Media Art Merida/MX 2003, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth/Australia (2004), Biennale de Montreal (2004), Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago de Chile (2005), ISEA Nagoya (2002), ISEA Singapore 2008.

The W:OW Project

The W:OW Art Film & Video Festival

The W:OW Project on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wow.artvideo/

The W:OW Project is representing the medium for the manifestation of “WOW retro” in virtual & physical space. As the global networking project, the W:OW Project is dealing thematically with the Present and Future of planet Earth under the influence of the human species. WE ARE ONE WORLD is not just another artistic topic, it is the complex reality and at the same time an Utopia that matters.
The „world“ is not just planet Earth as an all encompassing whole, but also the „world“ in terms of the environment or place the individual is living in: family, circle of friends, society, city, region, country or continent, or other sortlike unities marking the individual and collective identity, their relation between each other, and the responsibility of the individual for each other and the Whole.


initiated by artvideoKOELN & The New Museum of Networked Art – directed by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – is representing such a sample world on a small scale, in which artists, curators and worldwide networking partners and, not to forget, the audience are acting in mutual respect, demonstrating the diversity of artistic and curatorial concepts. The festival project is consisting of three (3) basic program components, the general festival selection, the contributions by invited curators from all over the world and curated selections from associated media art contexts like “The 7 Memorials for Humanity”, they form the fundament for a wide range of presentation formats like screening, projection and installation (exhibition). According to its concept, the W:OW Project – incorporating different levels on a local and global scale – will manifest at many venues all over the world,


WOW retro will be part of the networked aniversary manifestations in the framework of WOW Jubilee 2020