“We are looking for video art which, today, is already part of tomorrow’s breeding ground,” says Georg Elben, curator of the VIDEONALE 12. Quo vadis video art – this is the question the VIDEONALE at the Bonn Kunstmuseum has addressed every two years since 1984. As of now all artists are invited to apply for the VIDEONALE 12 with a video created in the past two years.
One of the oldest festivals for video art in the world, VIDEONALE 12 will present the latest trends in video art from 26 March to 26 April 2009. There is no set topic for submissions, but only single-channel works can be entered. VIDEONALE 12 will open with a four-day festival featuring a variety of events. The exhibition will run for four weeks, showcasing 40 to 50 video works chosen by an international jury. VIDEONALE has “always had the advantage, as a kind of film festival for video art, of being able to provide a realistic assessment of the current filmic state of development of this genre. That is what defines its function as an aesthetic gauge.” (K.WEST) The works featured at VIDEONALE 12 will be shown in other international institutions following the exhibition at the Bonn Kunstmuseum; the works chosen for VIDEONALE 11 were, among others, shown in 2007 at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and 2008 at the Bangalore Goethe Institute.
“Thinking outside the box – the Bonn videonale is looking for new ways of presenting video art,” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) – VIDEONALE is particularly interested in developing new forms of presentation for video art beyond the black box. For the past years each VIDEONALE has commissioned a new team of architects and designers to create an innovative exhibition design, both technically and artistically, for presenting the exhibition in the context of a museum. “We are happy about the attention and broad recognition from the specialist audience we have received in the last years for our pioneering work in this field where, so far, only a small number of convincing approaches have been found,” says Georg Elben.
The videos presented at VIDEONALE 12 will automatically be taking part in the competition for the videonale award worth €5.000 which will be awarded by a second international jury. Application deadline is 31 August 2008.