European Media Art Festival Osnabruck

festival: April 25 - 29 2007
exhibition: April 25 - May 20 2007

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20 Years of the European Media Art Festival - the forum for Expanded
Media in Europe

The meeting point for audiences and guests from home and abroad.
Around 250 new works of media art, including world premieres, will be
presented. The festival shows film as a contemporary work of art in
cinemas and exhibitions, both performed and using multimedia.

The exhibition "Final Cut" directs our view to the relationship
between media art and cinema. From 25 April to 20 May an artistic look
at the dream machine "cinema" will be given at the Kunsthalle
Dominikanerkirche. International artists will demonstrate their
fascination with cinema, but will also question the values, codes and
patterns behind the films. Works will be presented by artists such as
Paul McCarthy, Alex McQuilkin, Mischa Kuball, Klaus vom Bruch, Candice
Breitz, Mark Lewis, Christoph Girardet, Bjørn Melhus, Peter
Tscherkassky, Christoph Draeger, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Pierre
Huyghe. There will also be plenty of opportunity to participate in
talks with the artists and attend lectures on the subject.
The exhibition is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation

// Anniversary
A review of media art will be given by our special guests, the
director of the ZKM, Peter Weibel, Lynn Hershman, Birgit Hein of the
Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig and Malcolm LeGrice, who
will be showing their personal selection of films.

// Cinema
Around 180 current experimental shorts, feature-length films and
videos have been selected from a total of roughly 2000 works submitted
from around the world. They range from narrative approaches to
documentary/analytical views of war events and environmental problems.
Visually walking the borderline between real and virtual areas of
communication is also selected as a central theme. We are focussing
this year on the countries of Mexico and Cuba.

// Awards
Three awards will be presented at the festival: the "EMAF Award" for a
trend-setting work in media art, the "Dialogpreis" of the German
Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the promotion of intercultural
exchange and the "Preis der deutschen Filmkritik" for the best German
experimental film.

// Expanded Cinema
The new edition of SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT curated by Mark Webber (LUX
London) provides an insight into Expanded Cinema from the 1960s and
70s. Two historic works will be screened live.

// Performance
The performance LATITUDE presents a new work by the English group
D-Fuse, known for their international DJ/VJ acts. Another highlight
will be the YouTube Party by and with the artist Bjørn Melhus.

// Congress
Besides taking stock and giving an outlook, the current determination
of the position of media art is also the focus of lectures and panel
discussions. How has digitisation changed artistic production? Which
interrelationships exist between artistic and commercial media
production? How have these interrelationships affected aesthetics,
form and content?

// International Student Forum
The contact and exchange point for projects and offerings in higher
education: the Hochschule fur Gestaltung from Karlsruhe, the Dutch
Minerva Academy from Groningen, the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste
Braunschweig and the Hochschule der Kunste Bern.

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