EMAF 2009


European Media Art Festival: After the Crash we Need New Values

The EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international Media Art. As an international meeting point for artists, curators, lenders, gallery owners and an audience of specialists, the festival has had a profound impact on the topic and aesthetics of Media Art for more than two decades. The festival offers its visitors a current overview of new experimental films, installations, performances, digital formats and hybrid forms, ranging from personal and political subjects to formal experiments and provocative statements. In 2009, the festival will explore the areas of long-term archival storage and the public options for use of Media Art. The exhibition entitled Image Battles refers to the connection between technological progress and the transformation of the images of war using current Media Art and historical exhibits.


We include experimental short and feature films, music videos, new forms of narration and documentation as well as specials and retrospectives. At the festival an international jury will present the »EMAF Award« for trend-setting work in Media Art and the »Dialog Award« of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the promotion of intercultural exchange. Furthermore, the jury of the German Federal Association of Film Journalists will award the prize for the best German experimental film.


In collaboration with the Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche (Art Hall/Dominican Church), the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre and the Museum Industriekultur (Museum for Industrial Heritage), the EMAF will present the exhibition »Image Battles – 2000 years of news from the war« from 22 April to 4 October 2009. You are warmly invited to submit installations or media-sculptural works related to the theme of the exhibition.

Expanded Media

Artistic projects of digital media, performances, music and sound projects, as well as the latest concepts from expanded media.

International Student Forum

This forum acts as a meeting point and market where trends and training concepts from the media universities, academies of art and design colleges of Europe are presented.


The pilot project mediaartbase.de, funded by the German Federal Cultura Foundation and Cultural Foundation of the German States, is in the process of developing a digital platform which can be used by institutions, universities and schools for research purposes. The project focuses on the question: “What is the significance of media archives for the public (art) sphere, in particular against the backdrop of the new digital distribution channels?” Furthermore, artistic positions from the various fields of the festival will be discussed.

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