There was a very special atmosphere at the Multimedia Art Festival 2012 in Yangon. Myanmar is changing, you can feel it everywhere, on the streets, talking with young burmese artists at the festival venue at the French Culture Center.
Hello from the Philippines. I just uploaded new videos from China, Greece and Luxembourg! It was great time in Guangzhou, students of GAFA Gunagzhou Academy Of Fine Arts and of Guangdong AIB Polytechnic College made some great new videos. Also, Demosthenes Agrafiotis from Greece send a video statement, reflecting the state of the global crisis. And my biggest project supporter in Guangzhou, Luxembourg artist Frank Gerlitzki, now based in China, made a very nice „Bubbles“ video. Thank you, also to EVERYBODY made these events possible !!!
The exhibition UNITED NATIONS REVISITED has been postponed to April 2013. This is bad, but on the other hand, this gives the H-O-P-E project more time to be finished. Now, I am preparing public events and workshops on more locations. So far, a workshop at Art Academy Guangzhou in China has been confirmed. Also an exhibition at YOU YOU GALLERY in Guangzhou, both in October 2012.
Yesterday evening, Wica realized a new H-O-P-E video. He had the funny idea, that the security council uses Per Kroeghs wall painting as an oracle for their decisions. His video focuses on the Western Papua conflict. Wica´s video talks about the block building of nations in the United Nations. In one of the last meetings, the security council talked about strategies to stop the conflict in West Papua. But China blocked a decision for a UN mission in Western Papua with their veto. The reason is simple: As Indonesia, China is afraid of separation movements, like their own country, as in in Tibet, Taiwan and Northwest China. The block building works the best, if the countries have similar interests, but are not a concurrence in the same business.
After a one week woorkshop at cultural center METAHOUSE in Phnom Penh: Saturday 21 January 2011, 7PM: Project presentation „H-O-P-E: UNITED NATIONS REVISITED“ asks youth from all over the globe about their perceptions of the UN German media artist Alfred Banze is inspired by a mural inside the „UN Security Council Conference Hall“. Project participants develop so-called „remixes“ (of parts) of this painting. Results become part of an interactive video installation in Berlin, 2012. The event was well visited, and the following film got special applause: „La Mission“ , „7.000.000.000.000“ , and of cause the new videos made in Cambodia, „What´s the Difference“, World Heritage“ and „Global Warming“.
15th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA
December 16-18 2011 | Studio M, RTV | Novi Sad, Serbia
After more than 90 days of open call for submissions festival received total 412 entries by authors from more than 30 countries including the around 70 previews sent by European distributors. The curators Ivana Sremcevic, Dragan Zivancevic and Aleksandar Davic selected 40 works for the singe channel screening competition. It is divided in four theme segments: Visible Cities, From Dawn to Dusk, A Perfect World, Between two Worlds; Within the media installations competition programme there is overall 12 works that include single and multichannel video installations, software and net projects and interactive and hybrid art.
My 11. day in Kinshasa. The election is finnished. The last president, Mr. Kalimba made it again, with a lot of help of money and violence. The opposition is angry, there are riots in the streets of Kinshasa, the center of the opposition movement. Last night, in the neigbourhood of the art academy, a mango fruit fell down on the roof of one of the students houses. A youg woman woke u and screemed very loud, a long time, until she was stopped by other students. This showed me a little the backside of the situation here. Its is a tensed situaton, waiting for more violence. Maybe this girl had post war traumata, maybe she was just a little to nervous. Me, i got nervous, too.
The students work very hard on their works. The final presentation of 10 new videos and other project will be on thursday 15 december, parallel to a presentation at the videofestival VIDEOMEDEJA in Serbia.
We started our workshop at Académie des Beaux-Arts Kinshasa right at the day after my arrival. It is a difficult time here: The election of the president of R.D. Congo takes place, and there is a lot tention in the air. On next tuesday, 6 December, the results will be anounced on television, and on this and on the next day, it is wise to stay at home. In the workshop, we are a group of 10 young men and one female student.