Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts (17/02-02/04/2017) will present its 16th edition with an exhibition and extensive festival programme at the Kunstmuseum Bonn and in the city of Bonn.
With PERFORM! as its subject, VIDEONALE.16 invites artists to submit moving-image-based art works which question the implications of performative action today.
In its earliest forms, performance as an artistic gesture was an act of liberation – a rejection of the role models and expectations of the art establishment. Yet today, performance has increasingly come to stand not for freedom of expression, but rather, for the imperative to act. Be it through our constant interaction with digital devices, within which we leave behind traces of ourselves; or through the relentless demand placed on individuals to present themselves online, and to optimize themselves as economic subjects – in all of these ways, our lives, whether consciously or unconsciously, have become ongoing performances.
In the process, the borders between real and virtual space, performer and audience, the observer and the observed are becoming increasingly blurred. How does this influence our relationships and communication, our interaction as social and political subjects, our actions in the public sphere? How does the performative imperative alter our perception of our own bodies and minds? When are we performers, when the audience, when our own choreographers?
All types of experimental moving-image-based works (single and multi-channel video, video installation and Virtual Reality projects) as well as performance projects can be submitted to the competition. Works submitted may not be more than two years old (produced after 1/1/2014). Artists are not permitted to submit more than one entry.
The works exhibited will compete for the Videonale Prize, worth €5,000.