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Never Wake Up


Never wake up

The “anti-war” moving image is based on Agricola de Cologne’s lyrics and musical composition “Never Wake Up” referring to the netart piece of the same name, he created 2001.

Loss of identity: Soldiers become distorted, veterans of war are not able
to be reintegrated in society.

The poem/movie uses some fundamental images:
The soldier = metaphor for the human individual
War = metaphor for life, respectively the fights of all day life
Veteran of War = the human being who can not get rid of the Shadows of the Past.

The used footage is demonstrating the senselessness of war.
It is a plea for humanity, the question: who is the victim – is an ambiguous one.

There are two work versions

1. the netart piece “Never Wake Up”, 2001, 3:00 – copyright © 2001
the works is created in Flash (Macromedia) in the low screen resolution of 800×600 px.
The work uses usual images besides vector images, therefore any scaling to a higher resolution has an negative influence on the image quality.

The work is developed according the principle of SAMAC
(Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing) which describes Agricola’s individual way of experimental electronic writing: words, sound, images, animation, music and voice performance are developed simultaneously –depending on each other – in one long single process.

Voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne.

2. the video “Never Wake Up”, 2016, 3:45 – copyright © 2016 –
using found footage is based on the same poem “Never Wake Up” and the related composition of the same name.
The movie is referring to war situations of the past years, eg World War II, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Islamist terror,
so its message and the related symbolism is going far beyond the small netart piece from 2001 taking the complexity of our current world into account.

Voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne.
The movie image is directed, produced and edited by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
supported by The New Museum of Networked Art

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version 1 – netart

*Torino Digital Clip Festival (Italy) – 2001
*Net_working – Exhibition at Watershed Media Centre Bristol (UK) and
*4th International Conference on Modern Technology and Processes for Art, Media and Design, Bangkok (Thailand) 2001
*Biennale de Cerveira 2001 (Portugal) digital works with R 2001: 2001 *2nd INTERPOETRY Exhibition Sao Paulo (Brazil) – 2001
*Casting a Net – McLean Project for the Arts (Virginia/USA) – 2001
*4th International Meeting of Experimental Poetry Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2001
*DMF2001 – Digital Media Festival 2001 Manila (Philippines) 2001
*Reload – NetArt Open 2002 – Istanbul Museum Istanbul (Turkey) 2002
*Asolo Art Film Festival – Asolo (Italy) 2002
*17th Videoformes Festival – Clermont Ferrand (F)
*COOP Media Festival – Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti (Romania) 2002
*’Visions Festival’ at St. Kilda Film Festival – Melbourne (Australia) 2002
*HAZE – hive-projects Toronto (Canada) 2002
*Free Manifesta/Manifesta 4 – Kunstverein Frankfurt (Germany) 2002
*Free Biennial New York (USA) 2002
*Digital Sur Festival- Arte Digital Rosario 2003 – Rosario (Argentina) 2003
*PEAM 2003 – Electronic Art Festival 2003 Pescara/Italy 2003
*Chiang Mai 1st New Media Art Festival – Chiang Mai (Thailand) 2003
*No War Media Marathon Berlin – 2003