Agricola de l’Ukraine

Agricola de l’Ukraine

Peace Letters to Ukraine



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2022 – Ukraine @ Alphabet Art Centre
2018 – Kiev – Kharkiv
2017 – Kharkiv
2015 – Kiev
2011 – Kiev – Kharkiv
2008 – Lviv


2022 Ukraine in War

Peace Letters to Ukraine

Press Release – 3 May 2022
Peace Letters to Ukraine
Audio-visual art project – during the Russian-Ukrainian War

@ The 7 Memorials for Humanity

Starting on 1 March 2022,
The New Museum of Networked Art
is realising during The Russian War against Ukraine (open end) in the framework of The 7 Memorials for Humanity in an exchange between virtual and physical space the audio-visual art project – Peace Letters to Ukraine – as an internationally networked action between participating artists, curators and cultural institutions in solidarity with Ukraine. Initiated by the Cologne based media artist and curator Agricola de Cologne and co-curated by Yarina Butkovska (Lviv/Ukraine) – The Peace Letters Project – would not only like to honour the collaboration with Ukrainian artists, curators and cultural institutions since 2008, but contribute to Peace and defend the endangered freedom – freedom of the word, expression and movement as the fundament of free art and culture.
Turmoil & Error

The World is in turmoil, the human civilisation is in turmoil, culture is in turmoil, the artists are in turmoil – violence and war in Ukraine and elsewhere, the war of the political systems and ideologies, genocide, racism, intolerance, climate change, pandemic, expulsion, refugees, globalization – and all simultaneously! The global crisis!

And what function might art have in all that mess? What message may transport these Peace Letters?

In any case much more than just promising support and solidarity, rather summoning the positive creativity when we, that’s the world community, are staying together brainstorming, acting in respect and responsibility for each other. Art as a tool for sensitizing and encouragement and – Peace. The selected artists – coming from different continents and cultural backgrounds – show and offer their positive creativity via their audio-visual creations.

The Peace Letters to Ukraine Project is initiated by the Cologne based media artist and chief-curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne for The New Museum of Networked Art as a networked artistic action in reaction on the war against the Ukraine in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

The Peace Letters Project is realised between the networked participating artists, curators and cultural institutions in an exchange between virtual and physical space, a physical venue is always simultaneously connected with the virtual space of Alphabet Art Centre, operating from Cologne. The Peace Letters are sent from Cologne to a physical venue which is sending the Peace Letters to Ukraine by screening the (for each venue individually prepared) programs.
More than 250 international video/media artists in solidarity

By honouring previous collaborations with Ukrainian artists, curators and cultural institutions since 2008, Peace Letters 1 are exclusively dedicated to the more than 25 featured Ukrainian artists working with moving images, while Peace Letters 2 include more than 70 international artists’ videos in solidarity with Ukraine based on an ongoing call as long as the Russian War against Ukraine is lasting.
Peace Letters 3 is featuring the historical screening programs as they were presented in Kiev and Kharkiv 2018, while Peace Letters 4 is featuring another historical screening programs presented in Kiev and Kharkiv in 2011 and Lviv 2008.
Peace Letters 5 is featuring the screening programs 12 curators were preparing 2017and 2018 for The W:OW Project – We Are One World – international curators for Peace and Freedom!
Peace Letters 6-9 are dedicated to the first three venues in Rockville (MA(USA), Los Angeles (CA/USA) and Thessaloniki (Greece) and the videos (Peace Letters) they are presenting/sending. More venues and more Peace Letters to come.
In May/July 2022 – three physical venues are scheduled

Peace Letters 8 @
VisArts Center Rockville (MD/USA) – 07-08 May 2022

Peace Letters 6 @
Thessaloniki Municipal Art Gallery (Greece) – 18-20 May 2022

Peace Letters 7 @
Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles (CA/USA) – 04-25 June 2022

Peace Letters 9 @
Rhizome DC Washington (DC/USA) – 07 July 2022

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Peace Letters to Ukraine
http://alphabet.nmartproject.net/the-ukraine-darkroom/

The New Museum of Networked Art
http://nmartproject.net

Alphabet Art Centre
http://alphabet.nmartproject.net

The 7 Memorials for Humanity
http://7mfh.a-virtual-memorial.org

In Solidarity – for Peace, Freedom and Humanity!

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Chief-curator of Peace Letters to Ukraine Project
artvideokoeln (at) gmail.com

2018 - Kiev - Kharkiv

>WOW.14 / Ukraine

is an event to take place
between 10 and 15 April 2018
at
National University Kharkiv / Municipal Gallery Kharkiv 10-12 April 2018
National House of Cinema Kiev / Say by Body Art Festival Kiev 13 & 14 April 2018

Kharkiv

@ Mediatopos – National Karazin University Kharkiv
academic honours @ Mediatopos National Karazin University Kharkiv
Lidia Starodoubtseva (center) – Agricola de Cologne (left)

Program & list of videos
Kharkiv


Program unit I

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations I (DVD 1)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Przemek Węgrzyn (Poland) – The Spring, 2011, 3:20
Enoh Lienemann (Germany) – In My Head, 2015, 6`34 min
Francesca Lolli (Italy) – No country for everyone, 2015, 01:52
Fran Orallo (Spain) – Your Body is a Battle Field, 2017, 4’45”
Caro Estrada (Austria) – Typemachinery, 2011, 3:58
Shahar Marcus (Israel) – 1-2-3-Herring, 2013, 2:45
Lisa Birke (Canada) – Endgame, 2016, 7:05


WOW Turkey (DVD 2)
curated by Tahir Un

1. Gökçen Dilek Acay – Lenin, 2010, 3:29
2. Orhan Cem Çetin – Passiflora, 2016 / 04:34
3. Ali Demirtaş – Vision, 2018, 02’30”
4. Beste Erener – SATURN, 2018/ 4:24
5. Murat Germen – Emerging talent, 2017 / 5:03
6. Çağdaş Kahriman – Rear window, 2009-2013, 6:00
7. Tahir Ün – The Game, 2013, 00:02:56

Program unit II

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations II (DVD 3)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Kappala Venkata Sivakumar (India) – Happy Friendship Day, 2016, 02:09
Gabriel Hosovsky (Slovakia) – Miscellany VIII, 2014, 4:54
Francesca Fini (Italy) – Touchless, 2014, 4:46
Anupong Charoenmitr (Thailand) – To Face, 2014, 5 :55
Luca Nanini (aka unaduna)(Italy) – homologos, 2016, 4’40”
Yunting Tsai (Taiwan) – Partir de soi ou partir de soi (Departure from oneself), 2015, 3:11

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations III
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Shelley Jordon (USA) – SeeChange, 2017, 7:29
Gali Blay (Israel) – Panicutopia-the Desertark, 2017, 4:00
Elke H. Markopoulos / Rainer Ludwigs (Germany) – Message of the Animals, 2016, 8:57
Pim Zwier (Netherlands) – All What is Somehow Useful, 2013, 7.35
Emma Zukovic (Macedonia/Ireland) – Post Memory of a Lost Country, 2016, 4:33

Program unit III

WOW – Refugee – Usual/Unusual Escalations IV (DVD 4)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Panagiotis Kalos (Greece) – Gasping for Air, 2015, 1:36
Anni Kaltsidou (Greece) – The Refugees, 2015, 2:48
Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Shatila Lost Island, 2016, 20:00
Ulf Kristiansen (Norway) – Gimme Shelter, 2017, 03:24
Paolo Bandinu (Italy) – No Country, 2015, 2:21


WOW Venezuela (DVD 5)
curated by Diana Rangel y María Bilbao-Herrera (nodoCCS)

Elena Pastor – So it was: transit in the city of shortage, 1’58” 2014
Raúl Rodríguez – R E D .gif (2014), 30″ loop
Yenimar López – Invisible, 2’34” (2015)
Manuel Eduardo González – Miramar (From the series “La Siembra del hito piedra”) (2015), 7’47”
Max Provenzano – Lech, 2014 , 1’40”
Andrés Rodríguez Decena – Unitario n13 (2017), 1’1”
Kiari Bastardo – A brief visual story about the embezzlement in Venezuela , (2016) 0,11”
Abraham Araujo – “A post it written to God. Even though he may never read it. Titled: Big tectonic movements happenings”, 4’52” (2016)

Kiev

Easter in Kiev
The opening of the WOW Kiev event @ National House of Cinema (on 14 April 2018) was offering a big surprise, a video by Lidia Starodubtseva (head of Media Communication Department Kharkiv) dedicated to Agricola de Cologne and his achievements in promoting “art & moving images”. As a document of videoart & its dedication, the video is now included in WOW Ukraine.
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video title: Lidia Starodubtseva (Ukraine) – Time Is Up, 2018, 4:00
This audiovisual performance is the separate part of the film ‘Time is Up’ devoted to the art of acoustics (‘Ars Acustica’). The film is based on the unique audio archives collected by the poet, writer, broadcaster and radio dramatist Igor Pomerantsev over thirty years at Radio Liberty. The film gives new life to the radio archive in a multimedia age. The ‘Radio Anthology of Contemporary Poetry’ by Igor Pomerantsev includes many outstanding Russian poets such as Gennady Aigi, Sergei Averintsev, Joseph Brodsky, Dmitry Prigov, and many others. The audiovisual performance ‘Time is Up’ is the experimental dance mime project of intermediate transition, the experience of sound visualization. Voices of dead poets are presented as a synchresis of sound, music, dancing body, text and sign language.


Lidia Starodubstseva

Film director, producer, radio and TV journalist, media expert, historian of culture and arts, art curator. Head of the Media Communications Department at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), DPhil (Philosophy), Full Professor. Lidiya Starodubtseva was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She studied architecture at Civil Engineering Institute (Kharkiv). Since 2015 she collaborates with the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (US, based in Prague), freelance of the program ‘Above the Barriers’. Author and host of the Kharkiv TV programs ‘Tea Ceremony’ on the channel P1 (2005–2006), ‘Art Interrogation’ on the channel ‘Simon’ (2014–2015), and ‘Dialogues with Lidiya Starodubtseva’ on the ‘Channel 7’ (2011–2017). Scriptwriter and producer of the short films ‘Wine kills’ and ‘Days of Fear’. Scriptwriter, director and producer of the film ‘Time is Up’, director and editor of the films ‘Square Ukraine’, ‘Seam’, ‘Amputation’, ‘Holmes and Harms’, short films ‘Prose of Poetry’, ‘Boots’, ‘Physics of Fragile Body’, ‘Meridian Czernowitz’, etc. Author of 6 books and more than 200 publications on culture, arts and visual media theory. Member of the National Unions of Journalists and Artists of Ukraine.

PDF for full credits & information

After the official WOW screening, Agricola de Cologne had the opportunity to review some exciting video works by
Kostia Vozniuk, born in Novodnistrovsk, Ukraine. After finishing high school, he moved to Kyiv to study Cinematography at KYIV NATIONAL KARPENKO-KARY UNIVERSITY OF THEATRE, CINEMA and TELEVISION. Worked at several student productions as Cinematographer, Gaffer, 1st AC, Key Grip. Love to do any kind of experimental movies, intrested in stop motion animation, making music and short film sketches.
Some films he shot and directed:”REASON”, “A dream”, “A Tell-Tale Heart” (based on Edgar Allan Poe’s novel), “Lampa”, “Lohi Vosstanut”, “NAZAR”(documentary, work in progress).

Agricola de Cologne selected one video for being included in WOW Ukraine, entitled:
Woman in her own room,2017, 04′ 08”
Young woman trying to make fine art in tight space and sensuality!

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Kiev
WOW Program unit IV

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations V (DVD 6)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Shahar Marcus (Israel) – Seeds, 2012, 5:03
Harold Charre (France) – Requiem, 2017, 9:18
Paolo Bonfiglio (Italy) – Mortale, 2009, 6:48
Baptist Coelho (India) – Beneath It all I Am Human, 2009, 9:41 *
Diego de los Campos Orefice (Uruguay) – Meatman, 2011, 5:12
Arthur Woods (Switzerland) – War – What We Can Do, 2017, 4:07


WOW Finland – Afar Alike DVD 7)
curated by VAFT – Video Art Festival Turku

1. Simo Saarikoski: Abandoned land, 2017, 12:15
2. Milja-Liina Moilanen: The Cleaner (Siivooja), 2017, 8:00
3. Heta Jäälinoja: Penelope, 2016, 4:08

Program unit V

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations VI (DVD 7)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Christian Philip Berger (Austria) – Mankind, 2017 1:56
Reza Golchin (Iran) – Light, 2017, 2:00
claRa apaRicio yoldi (Spain) – Iconosfera, 2015, 04’45
Yao Cong (China) – B²EAU²T²Y, 2014, 15’30”
Eija Temisevä (Finland) – An Attempt to be Earth, 2016, 5:15

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations VII (DVD 8)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Francesca Leoni (Italy) – Ego- Crazia ( Chapter 1), 2016, 8’20”
Louise Coetzer (RSA) – Dead Air, 2011, 5:12
Maurizio Sanhueza (Peru) – Parasite, 2016, 6:23
Cody Healey-Conelly (USA) – Glitch Noir – Datasifter Prelude, 2015, 2:41
Francesca Lolli (Italy) – The dying Lilium, 2016, 03:27
Laura & Sira Cabrera (Spain) – Indicios / Inkling, 2017, 6’59

Program unit VI

WOW – Usual/Unusual Escalations VIII (DVD 9)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Nouran Sherif & Muhammad Taymour (Egypt) – Home, 2013, 8:13
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Inside My Room, 2013, 3:26**
Alexander Callsen (Germany) – Gap Camp, 2013, 6:04 ***
Katya Yakubov (Usbekistan/USA) – Maps to the In-Between, 2015, 07:23
Sarah Whelan (USA) – Construction, 2016, 2:38
Katalina Padilla Cerro (Colombia) – The invisible, 2017, 8:21
Olga Guse (Russia/Germany) – The Others, 2017, 3:20
Henry Gwiazda (USA) – Knowledge, 2016, 3’06”
Coalfather Industries (USA) – User History, 2016, 6:02
Marcantonio Lunardi (Italy) – Public Space, 2014, 03’:45

Natalyia Valda & Agricola de Cologne before the screening at National Cinema House Kiev
after the screening @ National Cinema House Kiev

partners
Municipal Art Gallery Kharkiv
Valmedia by Nataliya Valda Kiev
National Karazin University Kharkiv – Media Communication Department – Mediatopos

2017 - Kharkiv

WOW.11 / Ukraine
@ International BarCamp – KARAZIN MEDIA SYMPOSIUM – December 16, 2017
CENTER FOR MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS AND VISUAL STUDIES School of Sociology
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne & artvideoKOELN
are happy to be part of the Organization Committee of the Symposium above and contribute to the symposium via Skype, respectively a video presentation of
The WOW Point of View.

More about the
W:OW Point of View
The official program

2015 - Kiev

CologneOFF 2015 Ukraine



animateCOLOGNE – Cologne Art & Animation Festival
@ 10th Linoleum International Animation and Media Art Festival
Kiev – 3-6 September 2015

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne was not only preparing the curated screening program
“Lost & Found” for LINOLEUM Festival, but was also acting as a jury member.

Introducing video by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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Lost & Found

The Best of Animate Cologne – Cologne Art & Animation Festival
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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Shuai-Cheng Pu (Taiwan) – Consciousness Spin project, 2015, 5:39
Kristina Frank (Sweden) – Take to the woods, 2011, 6:01
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Home, Sweet Mome!, 2014, 2:59
Todd Fuller (Australia) – One and only, 2012, 3: 54
Silvia Carpizo (Spain) – Alienation, 2012, 3:38
Antje van Wichelen (Belgium) – Lost and Found, 2013, 9:34
Kianoush & Farnoush Abedi (Iran) – Irreversible, 2012, 6:50
Ulf Kristiansen (Norway) – Jealous Guy, 2014, 4:35
Caro Estrada (Austria) – Typemachinery, 2011, 3:58
Ezra Wube (Ethiopia) – Kaled, 2014, 6:10
Gavin Hoffman (Ireland) – Complicit, 2013, 4:08
Marlena Rask (Denmark) – The Signal, 2011, 07:13
David Clark (UK) – Odd Jobs, 2010, 4:16
Eric Patrick (USA)- Retrocognition, 2012, 17:37



2011 - Kiev - 13-15 March

CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine
CologneOFF2011_press_release detailed catalogue – available as PDF for download

CologneOFF2011 – Ukraine

includes two cities –
Kiev – 14 & 15 March 2011
Kharkiv – 16-20 March 2011
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CologneOFF2011 – Ukraine
14-15 March – Kiev
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

a collaboration between artVideoKoeln & The New Museum of Networked Art
with Goethe Institute Ukraine, Centre for Contemporary Art Foundation Kiev, Media Art Lab Kiev

Goethe Institute Ukraine




14 March 2011
CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine- Kiev
Screening @ Goethe Institute Ukraine Kiev
organised by Centre for Contemporary Art Foundation Kiev

A series of CologneOFF 2011 screenings and a lecture by Agricola de Cologne

14.00-18.00 screenings
14h-15h Digitalis – aspects of digital video

15h-16h Figure it out! – performance in video

16h-17h Johanna Reich & more Videoart from Germany

17h-18h Partners: Athens VideoArt Festival – Oslo Screen Festival

19.00-20.00 official opening and lecture
Introduction by Goethe Institute director Vera Bagaliantz – Lecture by Agricola de Cologne (courtesy of FCCA, Kiev)

20.00-21.00 screening selection “Corporate I- CologneOFF VI selection

21.00-21.30 discussion with audience


CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine- Kiev
14 March 2011: Goethe Institute director Vera Bagaliantz talking with the Attaché of Culture at German Embassy, the wife of the German Ambassador and Agricola de Cologne (courtesy of FCCA, Kiev)


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15 March – 10h – 17 h
Location: Media Art Lab Kiev –

CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine- Kiev – workshop
Workshop with Agricola de Cologne
organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art Foundation Kiev
15 March 2011: Workshop Kiev: Agricola de Cologne talking with participants (courtesy of FCCA, Kiev)






2011 Kharkiv - 16-20 March
Kharkiv Synagogue

Today, it is 18 March 2011 . It’s the 2nd day Wilfried is in Kharkiv (Ukraine). He arrived already on 16 March coming from Kiew. He will continue the event – CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine – in the million city Kharkiv – located close to the Russian border. In Soviet times, Charkov belonged to the most important Russian industrial areas of the national steel industry. Nowadays, Kharkiv is the Ukrainian hotspot for higher education hosting more than 40 universities. After the political change, in Kharkiv established the first municipal art gallery for contemporary art, and so Wilfried is collaborating the biggest university, National V.N Karazin University and Municipal Art Gallery – which was opening yesterday on 17 March, 17h

The lecture goes down to the question who is actually designing culture, and what are the tools for designing culture. Agricola de Cologne is using his festival project “CologneOFF 2011 – videoart in a global context” – as a tool for designing his idea of an “ideal” culture, which is based on diversity, networking and cooperating, and video as the global medium of the field of his activity, “art and moving images”.
CologneOFF 2011 started on 1 January 2011 a virtual and simultaneously a physical tour around the globe. The nomadic festival project is incorporating more than 800 videos from 70 countries, so the global aspect is already manifesting itself in this fact, whereby CologneOFF has a share about 50% and the 40 curatorial contributions contain the other 50 %. One might call CologneOFF 2011 in its totality a creative pool for creating dynamic images via curating, selecting and compiling.
A video artist himself , Agricola de Cologne sees his curating as the specific form of his artistic expression, as an ongoing creative process. So his position as a curator is fundamentally different than the position and task of a museum curator, for instance, even if the result of curating eventually would be even similiar. His position, however, is not less justified or valuable than the other.
His approach to curating “art & moving images”, a term which Agricola de Cologne is preferring, since the term “videoart” has its own restricted history, is marked by the deep passion, even love, for art, the knowledge of creating total art by using the medium of video, the skills in all processes like filming, editing etc, so that his view on the artistic results of his artists collegues is going much deeper than facing just some aesthetic surfaces or any pseudo-scientific categorizing. Not being affiliated to any institutional context, he has expressively no real distance which would allow a more objective point of view on the art genre of video, as such, the individual works, or the artists, but it is his personal and emotional affection and involvement, thus mere subjectivity, which is marking his deep respect for art, artists, artworks and not to forget the audience, since Agricola de Cologne is curating for the audience. Curating is no job, duty or a purpose for itself, but a need, a manifestation how Agricola de Cologne is taking responsibility in art. And this respect is causing again not only respect from the artists’ or audience side, but generally openness and trust, thus the best atmosphere for encouraging art and artists.

The CologneOFF2011 event lasting three days presenting art video bringing artists from all over the world to the Eastern Ukraine – the feeled end of the civilized world.

The new spirit Wilfried is carrying is less his focus on art and moving images, it is his idea to present a diversity of different artistic and curatorial concepts and the change of perceiving art through the activation of the audience. Of course, this is in first place an intellectual challenge, because Wilfried is presenting a wide range of different curatorial points of view, signalizing that differently than in totalitarian structures there is not that one curator manipulating the audience by dictating the world what art is, but there are many curators and the audience is encouraged to make its opinion by comparing, by becoming this way the actual curator. It is that kind of emancipation of art and audience through its activation which already the “art professionals” Wilfried was meeting in Kiev did not understand, the ladies of the Media Art Lab and Center for Contemporary Art growing up studying art history in Soviet Russia had completely antiquated ideas about art, for them the democratization in dealing with culture was a mere provocation, how will it be in Kharkiv?

Wilfried is staying in a nice hotel close to the Municipal Art Gallery. One of the curators, Yaroslava is caring for Wilfried as the guest from Germany. She is joining him in the breakfast room, where they talk about the schedule of the day. She is reporting about the good feedback she got from the opening on the evening before, and that the screening will start today on 18 March at 1 p.m. without Wilfried, because there are much more important appointments – at 11 a.m. the

  • press conference at MOST
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  • – a local institution related to public relations of the municipality and the university – later on 3.p.m. a presentation and round table is scheduled at Media Communication Department of the National Karazin University and at 7 p.m. there will be another talk at the Municipal Art Gallery later at 18h.

    At the university, Wilfried is welcomed by the head of the department, Lidia Starodubtseva, she is showing him the different rooms for presentation and round table and she and Wilfried will have some nice inspiring talks. Wilfried seems to be a strange person, his status is not completely clear, he is something between an academic, and institutional leader and an artist or combining all in one person? He is addressed as a professor, nobody wants to make anything wrong, but at the same time people is fascinated, that he obvious has no academic affiliation, but is presenting himself as an independent cultural instance, a festival and museum director and what else, yet. But the most important seems to be the selection of art videos he is presenting, because it is a demonstration of Wilfried’s specific kind of curatorship – activating the audience through diversity. Later the talks with students are about that topic, even if the selection of nine videos is allowing only a marginal insight in the subject matter, all agree that the most relevant issue cannot be discussed within one hour, in Kiev, yet, the people tried to the impossible – packing fundamental issues of dealing with new forms in art in a really contemporary way in 2 hours, a topic for a whole university study of many years.

    Later, in the evening when Yaroslava and Wilfried are arriving at the Municipal Art Gallery, the screening programs are still running, and some visitors are fascinated about the variety of the programs, there are several computers running the screening programs from DVD and a major projection. Wilfried comes obviously right in time, because he is involved in some discussions which again are about his new concept which find many visitors quite confusing, and Wilfried and even more Yaroslava as the gallery curator become aware, that is not sufficient to make just once an introduction into the new concept of presenting art & moving images. The audience has to become aware, that video isn’t video, that the moving images of the art works have a completely different meaning than the film and videos people are consuming day and night in television, Internet and cinema or advertising or even that kind of videoart as it is know since decades, already, the visitor/viewer of such a video show thinks he knows already everything, so there is no need to watch the moving images, at all, and those people who do start to understand only slowly that differently that in a usual film where the single frame in the sequence of countless frames loses it relevance completely, it is the single frame of the art video regaining its meaning.

    Wilfried is thinking, how important such discussions for a better understanding of new art forms are, and he doubts actually, that such an event like in Kharkiv or earlier in Kiev lasting no more than two days, is making any sense, at all, because it has no sustainable effect on the perception of people, in general, and in particular the few people who come along and see the show more or less by chance. But these are the rules.

    CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine – is realized in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Kiev, Media Art Lab Kiev, CCA Kiev, the Nuremberg House Kharkiv, the Municipal Art Gallery Kharkiv, the National V.N. Karazin University Kharkiv

    About CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine
    Kiev – Kharkiv – 14-20 March 2011

    As a nomadic festival project running 12 months, CologneOFF 2011 is focussing on experimental aspects of the „global“ art medium “video” (experimental film and videoart) by spotlighting the diversity of artistic and curatorial contributions from many countries around the globe. Every month of 2011 is dedicated to other geographical global regions, among them , Africa, Northern Europe, Mediterrenian, Eastern Europe, Balkan, UK-Ireland, Latin America, Germany-Austria, France-Spain-Portugal, Middle East, Far East
    This ambitious media art project is using CologneOFF VI – the 6th festival edition- as its fundament – including for the first time an international jury consisting of the curators from 7 internationally reknown festivals.
    Margarida Paiva ( director Oslo Screen Festival), Gioula Papadopoulou (curator Videoart Festival Miden Greece), Macu Moran (director Videoart World Barcelona), Giorgio Fedeli (curator VisualContainer Milan), Jonas Nilsson/Eva Olsson (art:screen Orebro), Mohamed Allam (director Medrar Video Festival Cairo /Egypt), Tamas Gabeli (director Budapest International Shortfilm Festival Hungary) – as well a basic screening program to be extended and complemented by curatorial contributions of videoart, presenting and reflecting not only various views on the art medium itself, but also on the selected artists and art works intending to confront the audience a variety of artistic and curatorial approaches. The filters of 12 additional thematic projects complement the concept of presenting diversity.
    While CologneOFF 2011 is present 24 hours a day on the net from 1 January 2011 on, each month physical events are scheduled at other around the globe in form of screenings, presentations and exhibitions to be complemented by lectures and workshops.
    The presentation of CologneOFF 2011 Ukraine (Kiev and Kharkiv) is containing more than 18 hours screening, whereby in Kharkiv 194 videos will be presented within 13 hours programming, while 72 videos will be presented in Kiev. This will not only demonstrate the power of the presented video works, but also the power of presenting the diversity of video as an art medium practiced as a global art language.


    Kharkiv University – Mediatopos 18 March 2011 – pictures

    Center for Media Communication @ National V.A. Karazin University Kharkiv – 18 March 2011

    National Karazin University


    Lidia Starodubtseva & Wilfried Agricola de Cologne


    The Prophet

    round table at Mediatopos

    Lidia Starodubtseva & Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

    CologneOFF 2011 Kharkiv – programs 17 – 18 – 19 March

    CologneOFF2011 – Ukraine

    17-18-19 March – Kharkiv
    curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

    Locations:

    City Art Gallery Kharkiv
    Media Communication Department National University of Kharkiv

    CologneOFF2011 Ukraine – PDF catalogue

    Municipal Art Gallery Kharkiv


    17 March
    17h Opening with lecture by Agricola de Cologne
    and a special screening

    CologneOFF VI – Corporate II
    Mohammed Harb (Palestine) -Without Windows, 2009, 5:00
    Dellani Lima – Joacélio Batista (Brazil) – Bolivia, I miss you, 2009, 7:00
    Confusion Group (Spain) – Sorry to bother you, 2008, 6´06″
    Neringa Naujokaite (Lithuania) – “Horizont”, 2010, 8:53 min.
    Pablo Fernandez-Pujol (Spain) – 142-143 – 2010, 2:1
    Sai Hua Kuan (Singapore) – Space Drawing No. 5 – , 2009, 1:02
    Marianne & Daniel O’Reilly (UK) – capital’, 2008, 7min
    Denise Hood (USA) – Disconnect – 2009, 3:47
    Irina Gabiani (Georgia) – Diachronicon – 2010, 1:00
    Jack Brandtman (Australia) – Nightlife, 2010, 1:00
    Doug Williams (USA) – Back & Forth, 2009, 2:42
    Richard Bolland (South Africa) – I Dream Manenberg, 2010, 15 Minutes

    18 March 2011

    11h –

  • press conference at MOST
    video
    play-sharp-fill
  • 15h Workshop/Round table at Media Communication Department National University of Kharkiv

    Municipal Art Gallery
    18 March 13-19h screenings
    13h-14h Videoart from Eastern Europe (1)


    Beyond All Borders – videoart from Ukraine curated by Yarina Butkovska
    Kateryna Babkina – Used to be Keys: 2:30, 2007
    Borys Pasichniy and Julia Pavlovska – Milk: 3:51, 2007
    Oleg Ushchenko – Genius: 1:25, 2006
    Olexiy Khoroshko – The Aim Of The Game: 4:20, 2007
    Mykola Kondratenko – Longing For Students: 3:47, 2007
    Oksana Chepelyk – Shifting Time: 6:00, 2004……
    Yuriy Kruchak – Showcase: 2:49, 2006
    MaxFlood – Let’s walk More: 1:49, 2007
    S.Oleshko & M. Barbara – Stas Perfetsky is returning to Ukraine: 7:51, 2005
    Viacheslav Poliakov – Indoor-outdoor, 3:51, 2007

    Between the one and the other end – videos from Russia
    Mikhail Zheleznikov – Together – Vmeste, 2010, 4′23
    Kira Zhigalina -Blank or Attempts to Draw at Nothingness, 2008, 6:00
    Shota Gamisonia – Field, Clowns, Apple, 2008, 15:00


    14h-15h – The Female Eye (1)
    Contextual Face curated by Evelin Stermitz
    1. Duba Sambolec (Slovenia) – NoHomeVideos© CODE II – 2000, 01:32 Min.
    2. Michelle Handelman (USA) – I hate You, 2002, 02:48 Min.
    3. Evelin Stermitz (Austria) – Portrait of Carmen Lipush, 2010, 02:06
    4. Ana Grobler (Slovenia) – Migraine, 2007, 05:23 Min.
    5. Liana Zanfrisco (Italy) – Like Me, 2009, 01:30 Min.
    6. Kika Nicolela (Brazil) – Ecstasy Poem, 2006, 02:46 Min.
    7. Vesna Bukovec (Slovenia) – Endless Game, 2006, 01:32 Min.
    8. Alison Williams (South Africa) – Sit Stay, 2008, 03:20 Min.
    9. Angelika Rinnhofer (Germany) – traumraum revised:insomnia, 2009, 04:41 Min.
    10. Grace Graupe Pillard (USA) – What I Worry About????, 2007, 02:57 Min.
    11. Dominique Buchtala (Germany) – Collecting, 2006, 04:00 Min.
    12. Evelin Stermitz (Austria) – Rose is a Rose, 2008, 03:52 Min.

    Women Director Cut 10:10:10 curated by Agricola de Cologne
    01. Rahel Maher (Australia) – Misstar, 2:00, 2003
    02. Larissa Sansour (Palestine) – Bethlehem Bandolero 3:40, 2004
    03. Unnur A. Einarsdottir (Iceland) – Music in Cake 3:00, 2004
    04. Ina Loitzl (Austria) – Snow-white and red like a rose 5:00, 2005
    05. Letitia El Halli Obeid (Argentina) – Headphones 2:33, 2001
    06. Margarida Paiva (Portugal) – Habit, 5:50, 2005
    07. Sonja VUK (Croatia) – My Way 1:00, 2006
    08. Clare Ultimo (USA) – Inner Dialogue 3:36, 2004
    09. Nancy Atakan (Turkey) – The Wall by 1:40, 2005
    10. Isabelle Schneider (France) – The Body of War II, 2007, 4:00

    15h-16h – Adventures from the Baltic Sea (1)
    Videoart from Sweden curated by Jonas Nilsson& Eva Olsson
    1. Dan Lestander – Dreams and Wishes, 2009, 4:19 min.
    2. Elin Bruun-Nystedt – Frasse and I, 2009, 2:05 min.
    3. Evelina Gustavsson – Mor & dotter (Mother & daughter), 2004, 2:42 min.
    4. Sara Lundberg – CORDS (hear us and have mercy), 2008, 3:14 min.
    5. Eva Olsson – The Labyrinth, 2009, 3:41 min.
    6. Björn Perborg – The Trip To America, 2008-2009, 2:14 min.
    7. Nina Lassila – Woman with knife, 2009, 1:49 min.
    8. Dana Sederowsky – Special announcements edition four, 2009, 1:35 min.
    9. Jonas Nilsson – The choice, 2009, 2:15 min.
    10.Antti Savela – My Way, 2010, 4:50 min.

    Videoart from Middle East (1)
    ”Behind Words” – videoart from Syria– curated by Abir Boukhari
    01. Adnan Jatto – I am Twelve, 2010, 1:30
    02. Fadi Hamwi – Artificial, 2010, 2.11
    03. Hazem Hamwi – Cold Breathe, 2010, 4.21
    04. Hiba Aizouk – Corners, 2010, 4.19
    05. Giwan Khalaf – Female, 2010, 1.29 min
    06. Maha Shahine – 2010, Frame, 2010, 0.59
    07. Nisrine Boukhari – Accident, 2010, 2.42
    08. Razan Mohsen – Paralization, 2010, 1.24
    09. Raed Zeino – He & She, 2010, 2:00
    10. Ruba Khweis -Stereotype, 2010, 00.59


    16h-17h – Videoart from Germany
    Feature of the Month March 2011 – Johanna Reich –

    1. Blast, HD, PAL, 1`00, 2008
    2. Kassandra, HD, PAL, 4`00, 2008
    3. Black hole, DV, PAL, 6`00, 2009
    4. Front, DV, PAL, 2:18, 2006
    5. BlueRed, DV, PAL, 3`00, 2008
    6. A State of Crystal, HD, Pal, 3’19, 2010,
    7. Notes, HD, PAL, 4’25, 2010

    Enigmatic– videoart from Germany (CologneOFF)
    Daniel Lo Iacono – Digital Snapshots, (2:30), 2003
    Alfred Banze – Exotica, 6:34, 2010
    Boris Eldagsen – The Show Must Go On, 11:28, 2006
    Philip Matousek – A Beautiful Day, 3:12, 2009
    Ebert Brothers – “Bluescape” 2006, 2:54
    Ascan Breuer-The Kurukshetra-Report, 8:00, 2009


    17h-18 Videoart from Asia (1)
    Far West/Far East – Videoart from East Asia
    Yu Cheng Yu (Taiwan) – Switch, 2008, 3:30
    Liu Wei (China) – Is Fighting Our Machine” 2003, 4:10
    Nhieu Do (Vietnam) – Testimony”, 2008, 7:12
    Ling-Yin Chen (Taiwan) – Trace” 2007, 5:36
    Lili & Honglei (China) – Forbidden City, 2007, 4:15
    Aiko Okamoto (Japan) – Silk (Teardrops-salt) – , 2009, 2:48
    Bijing Zhang (China) – In the Field, 2009, 3:15
    Sreedeep (India) – 1 minute crash-course on SEDUCTION, 1:00, 2009
    Yoko Taketani (Japan) – Wall of China, 1:00, 2009
    Yoko Fukushima (Japan) – “Hitchhiker”, 2007, 2:03

    Greetings from Laos
    Videos by Vientianale – Vientiane International Film Festival /Laos
    1. Katrin Theurer (Laos) – WHY LAO PEOPLE SMILE SO MUCH?, 2009, 10:00
    2. National Institute of Fine Arts (Laos) – HOT COFFEE, 2009, 4:00
    3. Bhountanong Xomxaphol (Laos) – YES, I AM, 10:00. 2008
    4. Santhavy Phomvixay (Laos) – MY RIVER, 8:00., 2009


    18h-19h – Digital video
    Digitalis – aspects of digital video

    Dario Bardic (Croatia) -Etude, 3:17, 2007
    Gerald Habarth (USA) –Pilot/Gamer, 12:00, 2007
    Rami Fischler (Australia) – Changing Man, 2:58, 2006
    Nick Fox-Gieg (USA) – Disarmed, 2:42, 2005
    Mihai Grecu (Romania) – Coagulate, 5:56, 2008
    Alfonso Rodrigo (Spain) – Fashion Death, 4:51, 2008
    Les Riches Douaniers (France) – 8:43, 2009
    Ulf Kristinansen (Norway) – The Care Bears – 2010, 3:00
    Ocusonic aka Paul O Donoghue (Ireland) – Why Do You Have a Beard? – 2010, 6:02
    Roland Quelven (France) – La Chambre de May D., 1:33, 2010
    Barry Morse (USA) – Mouse’s Birthday, 3:37, 2010
    Rafael Alcala (Puerto Rico) – Smoked, 3:20, 2006
    Sheldon Brown (USA) – Scalable City, 5.03, 2009
    Robby Rackleff (USA) – Dark Fortress Occult Master of Space: Genesis Genesis, 2009, 3:00
    Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Urban.early sunday morning raw, 4:50, 2007
    Laurent Pernot (France) – Still Alives, 2:33, 2006

    19 March 2011 – 13-19h screenings
    13h-14h Videoart from Latin America (1)


    Lines, colours & emotions – videoart from Latin America – curated by VideoChannel Cologne

    Marita Contreras (Peru) -Via Crucis, 2008, 4:00
    Luis Ascanio (Venezuela) – Second station, 2008, 2´31´´
    Julio Orta Villarreal (Mexico) – Elena in the Prison of Herself, 2006, 6:58
    Nuria Fragoso (Mexico) – Anomia, 2008, 4:50
    Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico) – Hosts / Guests, 2004, 7:50
    Christian Bermudez ( Costa Rica) – Dear Neigbour, 2006, 7:00
    Juan David Gonzalez Monroy (Colombia) – Title: How To Catch A Mole, 2009, 9:00
    Alejandra Villasmil (Ecuador) – Fanesca, 2010, 1:00
    Henrique Roscoe (Brazil) – Love Rules, 2007, 1:16
    Silvia Cacciatori Filloy (Uruguay) – Prostituto, ta., 2005, 4:40
    i2off.org+r3nder.net (Argentina) – Siembra: Videocode03 (2006, 4:09)


    14h-15h – Videoart from Latin America
    Argentinian Dreamers curated by Silvio de Gracia (Argentina)
    1. Gustavo Galuppo – Progression of disasters, 2005, 8’ 57”
    2. Marcela Rivera – I think my eyes should have wings, 2007, 3’ 8”
    3. Gabriela Alonso – Leche (Milk), 2006, 3’ 43”
    4. La Nariz en la Taza, Transformaciones , 2006, 5’ 59”
    5. Ricardo Rojstaczer – Southward Bound, 2005, 3’ 35” 6.
    Silvio De Gracia – Via Crisis, 2007, 2’ 49”

    Right Now – videoart from Chile curated by Nicole Rademacher (Chile)
    1. ERROR VIDEOS Esteban Cabezas & Joaquín Fernández – TERRORvideos 2 / 2009 / 1.54
    2. Rafael Guendelman – Las Palomas, 2010, 1:08
    3. TERROR – download error, 2009, 01,35
    4. Constanza Gazmuri – En tránsito., 4 min 32 seg ., 2009
    5. Macarena Molina – Dollar, 2009, 1:00
    6. Bernardita Bennett – La hora del te, 2009,, 1 minute, 31 seconds
    7. Luis Hermosilla – Robbery Without Violence /2010 /4m04s /
    8. Francisco Schultz – e potestate maleficarum, 2010, 03, 43


    15h-16h Videoart from Africa
    Still Fighting – videoart from Central Africa curated by Kisito Assangni

    1. Samba FALL (Senegal) – Oil man / 2008 / 1′00
    2. Saliou TRAORE (Burkina Faso) – Traffic Mum / 2009 / 10′33″
    3. Douts NDOYE (Senegal) – Train Train Medina / 2007 / 5′17″
    4. Kokou EKOUAGOU (Togo) – Time / 2010 / 2′00
    5. Michele MAGEMA (D.Congo) – Interiority-Fresco IV / 2010 / 2′31″
    6. Guy WOUETE (Cameroon)-Le dilemme divin / 2009 / 5′31″

    City Breath – videoart from South Africa curated by Kai Lossgott
    1. Circles, 01:54, 2009 by Terry Westby-Nunn
    2. I walk the street with loose parts, 04′00”, 2008 by Ryan Kruger
    3. Between, 2′51, 2009 by Colleen Alborough/Johannesburg
    4. Fragmented, 4′53”, 2009 by Khanyisile Mbongwa
    5. (Un)veiling, 2′51, 2009 by Mandilakhe Yengo
    6. waitless, 4′40”, 2009 by Ananda Fuchs
    7. The Electrician, 2′5”, 2009 by Terry Westby-Nunn
    8 Player 1.1, 4′00”, 2008 by Mark Wilby/Port Elizabeth
    9. TV Programs 001: Powerlines /03′10”, 2007 by Nileru


    16h-17h – Videoart from USA (1)
    Artist of the Month Feb 2011 – Henry Gwiazda (USA)
    1. A Dollhouse is…. – 05:48 (2007)
    2. Something/the/you – 4′58″ (2009)
    3. About/being/history – 7′34″ (2009)
    4. Infectious – 2′03″ (2009)
    5. From nothing – an idea – 1′43″ (2009)
    6. The smallest changes – 2′03″ (2009)

    Horror Vacui? – What’s Happening Next? – videoart from USA
    Bill Domonkos – Berenice, 2008, 4:31
    David Jakubovic – “JOINED AT THE HEAD”, (2008, 4:40, USA)
    Arthur Reynolds – “Three Minute Lease On Life” by (2006, 3:38, USA)
    Jay Needham – “Opened”, 2006/2007, 5:00
    Erika Yeomans – BOO!, 2008, 4:00
    Heidi Kumao – Hole in the Floor, 2008, 7:00


    17h-18h CologneOFF 2011 invites… –
    Less-Time-Less curated by Gioula Papadopoulou & Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos (VideoArt Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece)
    1. Ioanna Myrka (Greece) -Frustration, 2006, 1.55
    2. Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos (Greece) – Tiga Nekra,-2009, 4.45
    3. Lukas Matejka (Slovakia) – 20m, 2008, 1.00
    4. Dimitris Gakis (Greece) – Four Elements Groove, 2009, 3.11
    5. Guy Yitzhaki (Israel) – Liquidation, 2009, 3.00
    6. Claudio Stellato (Belgium) – The Attic, 2008, 2.40
    7. Tilman Kuentzel (Germany) – Dave, 2008, 4.00 8. Alessandro Vitali,(Italy) – Genesis, 2007/08, 8.35 9. Ivar Smedstad, (Norway) – mekanisk ↔ organisk, 2009, 5.06 10. Jean-Gabriel Periot (France) – Nijuman no borei (200 000 Phantoms), 2008, 7.30 11. Nicolas Wiese (Germany) – Luftkreuz Lullaby, 2007/08, 6.50 12. Gioula Papadopoulou (Greece) – Brown study portraits #1: Maria, 2009, 1.35 13. Bryan Lauch & Petra Pokos (Slovenia) – X, OM, 2009, 1.53 14. Makis Faros (Greece) – Lebensweisheitsspielerei (fr Wallace Stevens’ poem), 2009, 3.13 15. Anna Woch (Canada) – Last message from Mr Cogito, 2009, 4.30


    18h-19h
    Figure it Out ! – performance in videoart
    Ane Lan (Norway) – Ane Lan, 2:50, 2001
    Cynthia Whelan (UK) – Selfportrait, 3:27, 2005
    Sinasi Gunes (Turkey) – Anatolia, 2:27, 2007
    Boris Sribar (Serbia) – I love you so much I could kill for you, 3:20, 2010
    Kisito Assangni (Togo) – Explosion, 2:22, 2009
    Roland Wegerer (Austria) – How to Clean a Puddle, 1:48, 2008
    Virginie Foloppe (France) – J.F.’s Toolbox” 2004, 5:50
    Renata Gaspar & Marcin Dudek (Poland) – Axis, 2010, 3:07 min.
    Luc Gut (Switzerland) – Alter Ego, 2008, 2 min
    Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Silent Cry, 3:05, 2008
    Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir (Iceland) – Toilet, 5:00, 2005
    Francesca Fini (Italy) – Cry Me, 2009, 4:34
    Valerie Garlick (USA) – Cakesitter, 4:52, 2007
    Shahar Marcus (Israel) – The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge, 4:07, 2008
    Oksana Shatalova/Alla Girik (Kazakhstan) – Warning: Women!, 3:12, 2005
    Ji Hyun Kim (South Korea)–Wo-men, Wo-rld, 3:34, 2004

    About Kharkiv Municipal Art Gallery


    Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine after Kiev with around 1.5 million inhabitants and with 42 universities and colleges it is the country’s most important science and education center after Kiev. The city is located in the northeast of Ukraine at the mouth of the Kharkiv river in the Lopan and the Lopan in the Udy.

    Kharkov Municipal Art Gallery
    (partner of CologneOFF 2011 Kharkov – 17-18-19 March 2011
    in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Ukraine and Nürnberg House Kharkiv)


    Kharkiv Municipal Art Gallery
    Kharkov Municipal Art Gallery (MG) is the only one of gallery, which provides contemporary art in Kharkov. It started activities in 1996. Since then the Gallery has organized around 1000 exhibitions, curatorial projects and art actions both at the Gallery area and outside.

    Now MG holds the international festival of the youth projects “Non Stop Media” (since 2003), Street Art Fest (since 2008). Main circle of the Gallery authors includes famous artists of Kharkov, leading masters of modern and contemporary Ukrainian art – participants of prestigious national and foreign exhibitions, working in painting, graphics, sculpture, art photography, art design, prints, art-objects, installations, new media and other techniques.

    City Art Gallery Kharkiv/Ukraine
    MG is a famous centre of contemporary art in Kharkov, so the exhibition plan of MG is saturated and known for two years forward. The exhibitions change every two weeks. Besides Kharkov artists in plan of 2011 year are artist from the USA, Germany, Norway, another cities of Ukraine. Against a background constant expositions MG spends different art-events. The Long Night of Museums will be in May 15: MG manages this event in Kharkov (since 2009), 8 art institution took part in it in 2010.

    City Art Gallery Kharkiv/UkraineMG regulary supports young artists with Non Stop Media Fest. Next fest will be in 2012 Spring and include contemporary art in the various forms.
    Amongst dynamic international MG’s exhibition activities we can note the costant collaboration with Sweden and Poland partners. In 2009 MG made 3 social project of Swedish and Ukrainian authors on the Gogolfest in Arsenal (Kiev, Ukraine, catalog). MG works with Sweden not only one time: in 2007 was Ukrainian-Sweden workshop and exhibition project “Urban Structures” in Getteborg and Kharkov. MG made several project in Poznan (Poland) too. There were International Art Project «Bridge. Poznan-Kharkov-Hanover» (2001), “Kharkiv Photography” (2004), exhibition of young Kharkiv photographers (2006), “Non-Stop Art”: exhibition of young Kharkov artists at the frame of program “Ukrainian spring”(2008).

    History

    General Information about Kharkiv City Art Gallery

    Kharkiv City Art Gallery – one of the first galleries in Ukraine with municipal status, founded at the end of 1996. From 1997 it is a member of Association of Art-Galleries of Ukraine.

    Gallery popularize the contemporary art and first of all artists works of Kharkov and Ukraine.
    Long-term Gallery programs that are turn to realization of this task: «Kharkov – Art», «Masters», «Our Heritage», «Contemporary Foreign Art», «Russian Palette», «From Private and Museum Collections», «New Names», «Experimental Studio», «Youth Branch».

    Every 2 weeks we have a new exposition in the Gallery.

    Main circle of the Gallery authors includes famous artists of Kharkov, leading masters of modern and contemporary Ukrainian art – participants of prestigious national and foreign exhibitions, working in painting, graphics, sculpture, art photography, art design, prints, art-objects, installations, new media and other techniques.

    City Art Gallery Kharkiv/UkraineAmong them: the graphic artists – Pavel Makov, Natalia Mironenko (Honoured Ukrainian Artist), Elena Kudinova, Oleg Veklenko (Honoured Ukrainian Artist), painters – Alexey Borisov, Alexander Vlasenko, Victor Gontarov (People’s Ukrainian Artist), Dmitry Danish, Alexey Esyunin, Vitaly Kulikov, Vachagan Norazyan, Andrew Pichahchi, Viktor Sidorenko (People’s Ukrainian Artist), Vitaly Smahtin, Yuriy Shein, Edward Yashin, designers – Vladimir Bondarenko, Yuriy Ryntovt, Sergey Tynynyka, sculptors – Anna Ivanova, Vladimir Kochmar, Alexander Kovalev, Alexander Ridnyi (Honoured Ukrainian Artist), Sergey Sbitnev, photographers – Sergei Bratkov, Vladimir Bysov, Oleg Malevanniy, Eugen Pavlov, Sergey Solonskiy, Alexander Suprun, etc.

    For the time of existence the Gallery became a popular center of contemporary art, famous and authoritative beyond the bounds of the Kharkov and Ukraine. Since then the Gallery has organized more than 500 exhibitions, curatorial projects and art actions both at the Gallery area and outside. It also organized set of personal exhibitions and author’s artist projects from Kharkov, Kiev, Donetsk, Odessa, Lvov, Poltava, Simferopol, Moscow, Nalchik, Penza, Arkhangelsk, Yerevan, Tashkent, Vilnius, Warsaw, Vienna, London, Paris, Nuremberg, Poznan, Syufolka, Cincinnati, and about 50 group exhibitions of foreign authors from Austria, Great Britain, Germany, France, USA, Iran, Serbia, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Moldova, Israel, Armenia, and Uzbekistan.

    As result of art rating of Association of Art Galleries of Ukraine in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006/2007 Kharkov Art Gallery permanently is ranked as one of the first leading galleries and art centers of Ukraine.

    Address:
    15 Chernyshevskogo St.,
    Kharkov, 61057, Ukraine.
    www.mgallery.kharkov.ua

    2008 - Lviv



    Museum of Ideas

    Description:
    It is the art project of Oles Dzyndra, the Lviv artist. The museum was founded in 1992 in the building of the former Bernardine monastery. The Museum ideology is to collect and to exhibit the ideas in the field of actual art, including the virtual creative energy connected with the imitative process and search for new methods in the dialogue “artist-spectator”.

    Nowadays the art exhibitions, festivals, plein-airs, symposiums and various cultural projects are held here. After 19 years of the museum’s activities it became the base for the realization of the great ammount of social and cultural projects, now widely-known in the world.

    ‘KinoLev’ is the annual international festival of independent cinema. Its aim is to popularize intellectual Ukrainian and world cinema, to support the young producers and to promote Lviv as the cultural capital of Ukraine.

    ‘Bernardengarden’ is the annual international architectural student plein-air. Its aim is to attract public attention to the problem of Lviv old site development and to find the way of preservation the historical city heritage. This independent plein-air — competition is held to find out the best town planning idea and to get the wide palette of architectural decisions of widely-known European schools representatives.

    Yarina Butkowska, curator -center – Agricola de Cologne- right
    ‘SkloKoko’ is the annual international plein-air of the artists working in the guta-made glass technique. It gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the same conceptual glass tendency in Europe and allows Lviv masters to systematize their searches of “the new” and to add it to the world art heritage. The project realization inspires the citizens of Lviv to be proud of their ancient city, its traditions and handicrafts.

    ‘LeoPoltvis’ is the culturological Poltva river restoration project of many years. Its aim is to draw public attention to the problem of the river salvage and to find out the reconstruction possibilities.

    ‘MezzoDrom’ is the ethnic minorities festival. They participated in the formation of unique and various city culture. Every year they present their unique national traditions to city community and guests.

    ‘Svyatosnih’ (Snow holiday) is the snow sculpture festival. Its aim is to regenerate the tradition of ice and snow sculpture which comes from the old times, when, on the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, people cutted out the crosses on the frozen rivers and lakes and sanctified things by holy water.

    Every year the Museum begins new projects together with Ukrainian and foreign partners.


    Peace Letters to Ukraine ´ Alphabet Art Centre is presenting a colourful bunch of screening programs in solidarity with UKRAINE in collaboration with v ideo Art Miden, Aristotele University Thessaloniki, Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles and VisArts Center Rockville (USA).