Videonale.15 – Festival for Contemporary Video Art will present its 15th edition at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany and therewith also celebrates its 30th anniversary, among others with the retrospective 30 Years – 30 Voices.
For the first time, with Videonale.15, the Open Call for the Videonale competition featured a theme. With The Call of the Wild, Videonale asked what potential the concept of “the Wild” holds for the description and examination of the alien in the sense of unknown or till now unfamiliar fields of activity, image production or conceptual thinking. It seeks to explore the unstable territories in which new social, political, cultural and aesthetic constellations are being discussed and for which we currently no adequate vocabulary at our disposal.
From the more than 1,200 submissions from 76 countries, 38 positions from 19 countries are featured which have each found their own way to pose questions on this theme: they cover the wide range from the observation of the shifts and realignments within contemporary society, to the question about how the flaring up of worldwide trouble spots can affect personal circumstances on a small, and the political situation on a large scale; the question about how to handle the increasingly obvious blanket monitoring of our data- and communication channels and its effects is examined, as are the new aesthetic and artistic forms of using the surface of a digitally generated world.
At the Videonale.15 opening ceremony on 26 February, the Videonale Award of KfW Stiftung of 5,000 euros will be awarded for an outstanding artistic work.
Ayla Pierrot Arendt, Udita Bhargava, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Jenny Brady, Karolina Bregula, Wim Catrysse, Jos Diegel, Wojtek Doroszuk, Mahdi Fleifel, Christoph Faulhaber, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Shaun Gladwell, Philipp Gufler, Amina Handke, Constantin Hartenstein, Kerstin Honeit, Vika Kirchenbauer, Thomas Kneubühler, Ihra Lill, Lieux fictifs (diverse artists), Elin Magnusson, Rachel Mayeri, Marianna Milhorat, NEOZOON, Shelly Nadashi, Erkka Nissininen, Francois Nouguies, Alan Phelan, Christina Picchi, Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini, Mateusz Sadowski, The Otolith Group, Koen Theys, Gerhard Treml & Leo Calice, Anna Zett, Mikhail Zheleznikov, Tobias Yves Zintel
The Videonale.15 exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive festival program with artist’s discussions, performances, round tables, retrospectives, conducted tours, workshops and educational programs. The program is running from Friday, 27 February to Sunday, 1 March as well as regular events during the exhibition.
For the second time, Videonale.Parcours (curated by Jennifer Gassmann & Tasja Langenbach) will take place at various places in the City of Bonn (27 February–22 March) — this year featuring works by students of the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, the State Academy of Fine Arts Saarland, and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Opening: Friday, 27 February, 6–8pm at all Videonale.Parcours stations.
Exhibition 30 Years—30 Voices, Part 2
Within the framework of Videonale.15, the second part of 30 Years – 30 Voices—the jubilee exhibition celebrating 30 years of Videonale Bonn—can be seen. Out of the wealth of works presented at the Videonale in the last 30 years, 30 companions, friends and artists of the festival have selected works which they view as ground-breaking.
Videonale.15 is supported by:
Stadt Bonn, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrheinwestfalen, KfW Stiftung, Stiftung Kunst der Sparkasse in Bonn, Kunststiftung NRW, Medienstiftung Kultur, Canada Council for the Arts, Culture Ireland, ifa-Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, Projekt Kulturbotschaft im Förderprogramm “Kultur macht stark” des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung, Katholisches Bildungswerk
Videonale.15 is sponsored by:
cine+ (Techniksponsor), Bonnox Boarding House & Hotel in Bonn, BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn, DHL (Preferred Logistics Partner), Monkey 47, Schwyzer Poschti.