Rio de Janeiro
prog:ME – Electronic Art Festival
Rio de Janeiro
Today, Wilfried is jumping for one day to Rio de Janeiro, one of the most fascinating places where pioneer-like Carlo Sansolo an Erika Fraenkel are organising the 1st electronic arts festival in 2005 -Prog:ME – 18 July – 28 August 2005 @ Centro Cultural Telemar – nowadays name – Centro Cultural Oi Futuro. Wilfried is unfortunately not able to attend the opening, but he will visit later in 2005 Brazil on his South American tour in November – when he will participate in and attend FILE Electronic Art Festival Sao Paulo Symposium. After Sao Paulo, Rio will be the 2nd Brazilian place – Wilfried will be guest of the most hospital artists’ couple Carlo and Erika, who will arrange for Wilfried some lectures at local universities. Yes, Rio is really beautiful, but dangerous – a hotspot for criminals – like anywhere elso in Latin America it’s better to be in company with a security or friends, uncautious tourists vanish simply without any trace, sometimes. But the city center where the artists couple is residing is secure and Wilfried will explore Rio a bit. But this will be in November, only, but the today’s jump is just to say hallo – are you still living? – because it’s 15 years ago, and the whole world changed profoundly since then. Today Brazil is ruled by a right wing extremist and is like a sinking boat on the gigantic Corona ocean.
It is good to think of Rio in the 8th festival edition, because Prog:ME is happening just once. Already next year in 2006, FILE Electronic Art Festival will conquer Rio by expanding this Sao Paulo based electronic art festival to Rio,, and – make Carlo’s ambitious project “Prog:ME” obsolete! What a pity, that such private initiatives do not get the chance to continue! But as huge as Rio is, it is as provioncial in terms of electronic art – and does not allow two competitors in the same field of electronic art.
*prog:ME – Electronic Art Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil – 18 July – 28 August 2005