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18 May 2012

video feature
Art & the City


When Wilfried agreed the collaboration with Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival in 2011 for 2012, he had particularly in mind to visit Minsk – being aware, however, of the particular political situation, that a dictator was ruling since long time over the closed country. Because the festival was scheduled for 16-18 January 2012, and the winter in Russia (Belarus was part of the Sovjet empire) Wilfried decided to visit Minsk not during the hard winter, but in spring 2012, when Vera Antipova, the curator of the festival told him, the festival would schedule the screening of CologneOFF VII- Art & The City during Urban Culture and Fire Festival, taking place today, 18 May until 20 May 2012.
But as a kind of compensation for the plan to travel to Minsk later, Wilfried accepted the invitation to become part of the festival jury, whereby Wilfried received via a special courier the films to be juried on DVD, it was a particular experience to review all the films produced in the former Sovjet countries and compare them with films and videos from Western film makers. What Wilfried experienced already before that there is a difference in the topics and the kind of film-making.
Of course, Wilfried saw also the chance to invite Vera Antipova to prepare a selection of artvideos from Belarus in an exchange, being aware, that video art as the Western artists understand it probably would either not exist in Belarus or would not be selected because the film festival was rather representing a kind of a-typical short film festival, and short films, generally have different rules by following certain narratives. So when Wilfried received the curated contribution by Vera Antipova, he wansn’t surprised to receive short shortfilms closer to shortfilms than videoart, but it was OK, because the borders between both are blurred, and Wilfried is convinced, the audience has to decide. Wilfried is just offering options and chances.
In the end, however, the political situation in Minsk in May 2012 did not allow Wilfried to decide for a travel to Belarus on short notice. Such a pity!

Urban Culture and Fire Festival Minsk 2012

CologneOFF 2012 Belarus II
@ Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival
Minsk – 16-18 January 2012

The jury included famous representatives of independent cinema from different countries: director Corey Makeby (USA); Director, head of the network of video galleries ArtVideoKöln, creator of the festival CologneOFF Wilfried Agricola de Colone (Germany); Chairman of the Film Club Federation of Central and Eastern Europe Maciej Gil (Poland); directors Sergey Krasikov (USA) and Bogdana Smirnova (Ukraine) and, of course, representatives of Belarusian cinema: director and screenwriter, member of the European Academy of Cinema Viktor Aslyuk; producer, director Yuri Igrusha; Director, Dean of the Screen Arts Faculty of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Professor Pavel Ivanov; film critic, journalist, teacher of the BGAI Galina Shur; screenwriter, playwright, director and publicist Andrei Kureichik.

The central festival location was – National Museum of Art Minsk

Urban Culture and Fire Festival Minsk
18-20 May 2012

CologneOFF 2011 – Art & the City

* Ramon Suau Lleal (Spain) – Hoax, 2010, 4:23
* Matthias Härenstam (Sweden) – Closed Circuit, 2011, 3:01
* Albert Merino (Spain) – The City and The Other, 2010, 3:09
* Johanna Reich ( Germany) – A State of Crystal, 2010, 3’19
* Octavian Federovici (Romania) – Around 7 o’clock, 2007, 3:06
Yuriy Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva (Ukraine) – The 7th of November, 2009, 3:36
* Francesca Fini (Italy) – Oasis in The Desert, 2010, 5:05
Manuela Barile (PT) – Moroloja, 2008, 8:05
Sarah Mock (Germany) – Is there a way out, 2011, 3 :47
Pablo Fernandez-Pujol (ES) – 142-143 – 2010, 2:10
Ezra Wube (Ethiopia) – Amora, 2011, 2:26
Liu Wei (China) – Hopeless Land, 2009, 7:28
My Name is Scot (Canada) – Independence, 2011, 7:57

2011 - videoart from Belarus

On occasion of
CologneOFF 2012 Belarus
@ Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival
Minsk – 16-18 January 2012

CologneOFF & VideoChannel are releasing a new feature
Videoart from Belarus
curated by Vera Antipova (Minsk)

Shenja Berline, Sergey Kolosovski, Natalia Fi, Artem Lobach, Helen Yasinskaya

Enter the complete Flash presenation – required – Flash player from Adobe – free download

Schedule for 18 May

  • •CologneOFF 2016 USA @ Torrance Art Museum – Los Angeles/CA – 2 April – 28 May 2016
  • •“The Big Switch: New Media, Film and Video” – Sumter County Gallery of Art (USA) – 2 April- 22 May 2009
  • •Israeli Center for Digital Art Holon/Israel – 16 April – 16 July 2005
  • •SENEF – Seoul Festival for Internet & Film – 01 May -01 July 2005
  • •Fonlad – Digital Art Show – Quarteirão das Artes Montemor-o-Velho (Portugal) – 5 May – 15 July 2007
  • •CCA – Contemporary Art Center Tbilisi/Georgia 16-18 May 2013
  • •7th International Film Festival Yerevan/Armenia – 17-24 May 2009
  • •8th International Film Festival Yerevan/Armenia – 17-24 May 2010
  • •9th International Film Festival Yerevan/Armenia – 17-24 May 2011
  • •10th International Film Festival Yerevan/Armenia – 17-24 May 2012