Agricola de Cologne

was launched on 1 January 2000 as an artist brand, standing for the

--> interdisciplinary media artist, director of experimental shortfilms and videos, curator of media art and the designer of culture
--> founder & director of artvideoKOELN – the curatorial initiative „art & moving images“ (2010),
--> founder & director of CologneOFF - Cologne International Videoart Festival (2006)
--> founder and director of [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne –the experimental platform for art and new media (2000), a global network on different virtual and physical levels

Besides for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts he is initiating in physical & virtual space like JavaMuseum (2001), NewMediaFest (2002), Violence Online Festival (2003), SoundLAB & VideoChannel (2004), CologneOFF (2006), netEX (2007), Agricola de Cologne is standing also for
the co-curator & co-organiser of events like festivals & exhibitions of contemporary art, but also for the jury member of divers festivals.

Since its introduction in 2000, Agricola de Cologne is represented as an artist on more than 500 festivals and media art exhibitions in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Marseille, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Seoul, Bangkok, New Delhi, Basel, Vienna, Linz (Ars Electronica), Graz, Kiev, Riga, Moskow, St.Petersburg, Tallinn, Tokyo, Rome, Milan, Turin, Karlsruhe (ZKM), Berlin & elsewhere, but also on Biennials like ISEA Nagoya (2002), Venice Biennale 2003, Biennale of New Media Art Merida/MX 2003, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth/Australia (2004), Biennale de Montreal (2004), Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago de Chile (2005), ISEA Singapur 2008.

His most recent media art context "CologneOFF 2011/2012 - videoart in a global context" is travelling as a nomadic festival project during 2011 and 2012 once a round the globe.

His media art works received numerous prizes and awards.


Agricola de Cologne --> http://www.agricola-de-cologne.de
Agricola de Cologne Moving Picture Collection --> http://movingpictures.agricola-de-cologne.de
artvideoKOELN --> http://video.mediaartcologne.org
Cologne International Videoart Festival --> http://coff.newmediafest.org
[NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne --> http://www.nmartproject.net

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Winter Streams feature I

Cinematheque at MediaCentre
Le Musee di-visioniste

is currently showcasing "WINTER STREAMS",
streaming video works.

This is the first feature within a series
focussing on indiviual artists presented in this show
and starting with

Anette Weintraub (USA)
Michael Szpakowski (UK)
Elia Alba (Dominican-American)

all works can be accessed via
Cinematheque site

*Artist: Anette Weintraub
*Work title: The Mirror That Changes
*About the work: The Mirror That Changes is a Web-based project that
explores problems of water scarcity and sustainability, bridging personal
use and environmental impact. The Mirror That Changes uses the visual and
aural qualities of moving water to create a languorous atmosphere in which
overtly romantic and lyrical representations of water contrast with
narratives introducing issues of scarcity, purity and equity. Commonplace
uses of water (washing clothes, bathing, cooking) find their parallel in the
wider forces of nature (rain, ice and flood). This project is a meditation
on the use of water and its limits. It draws attention to the connection
between personal acts and global consequences through pairings of water in
domestic use and natural ecology, interweaving fragments of fictional
narrative and fact.
The Mirror That Changes was commissioned by The Ruschlikon Centre for Global
*About the artist:
Annette Weintraub is a media artist whose projects embed layered narratives
within architectural metaphors. Her work is an investigation of architecture
as visual language, and the symbolism of space. Her work has been presented
at The 5th Biennial of Media and Architecture in Graz Austria, The Whitney
Biennial 2000, The International Center for Photography/ICP, The
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Thirteen/WNET TV's Reel New York.Web
and in numerous other national and international exhibitions.

*Artist: Michael Szpakowski
*Work title: An Enemy of the People
*About the work: The work confronts the visitor with the darkest times of
persecution, imprisonment and banishment.
'An Enemy of the People' is a kind of
net.art-documentary-with-music based on interviews
with Lukasz Szpakowski, a survivor of Stalin's Gulag.

*About the artist:
Michael Szpakowski is a UK based composer, educator and new media artist.


*Artist: Elia Alba
*Work title: Breathe/Blow
*About the work: This is a single channel video with a running time of
2:19 minutes In the video the heads


Monday special on the net

pipe dream?...........
...................what is peace?
just the state of non-war?.........
...........Honestly, who can stand permanent..............
..............Don't we need war?.......
...................to survive?.....
to fulfill our human destiny?....
...........are just 138 seconds of......

138 seconds of peace?
now streaming on the net!
requires DSL!
a super fast computer device!
Flash 6!



Version 5.0 - now online!

Violence Online Festival v.5.0

Now it is so far! Only a few hours
and there will be definitely war in Iraq.
But all the little Bush's in the world
don't have to go so far,
the new Violence Play Station
offers all of them pure war fun and happiness.

Just join
Version 5.0 of Violence Online Festival
which is launched on 18 March 2003
on occasion of the participation in
"Videoformes -
18th International Video and Multi-media Festival
Clermont-Ferrand (France) 19-22 March 2003"

Violence Online Festival is
a New Media art project
reflecting the phenomenon of "Violence",
curated, organized and created in Flash by
Agricola de Cologne, curator and media artist operating
from Cologne/Germany. As an ongoing project
Violence Online Festival is developed for being
presented in future in the framework of physical and
virtual media festivals and exhibitions.
For each event a new project version will be created
adjusted to the actual needs
including additions of new artists/works
and other changes.

Version 5.0 of Violence Online Festival
includes works of following new artists:

Restate, Francesca da Rimini, Tamara Lai, L.L. de Mars, Ryan Griffis,
Isabel Saij, Ventsislav Zankov, re:combo, Agricola de Cologne,
pedropez, Stephen Mead, Sergei Teterin, Mike Haskett, Joy Garnett,
Team of Get Carted, Andy Deck, Bruce Ives
Irene Marx, Guillaume Dimanche, jgjeux, Peter Jacobi,
Giacomo PiccA, Stephane Tomora,
Clemente Padin, Antonio Mendoza, Josh MacPhee, Judith Villamayor, jen
Mara Infidelious, Markus Christian Koch, Michael Crane, John Burgermann
Maria Papadimitriou, David Vegezzi, Home Team, Lorenzo Taiuti, Floe Florin,
Scott Becker, Robert Labor, Miguel Carlos Labra, Cendres Lavy,
Feargal O'Malley, Audrey Mantey, Per Pegelow, Tigran Tovmeysyan,
Hughues Rochette, Daniel Hanequand, Timothy Bowen, Cezar Lazarescu, Caterina
Davinio, ego, Marc Garrett,
Mona Vatamanu, Jatom Joon , Ivan Abreu, Bill Berry , Isabel Aranda Yto
Alan Sondheim, ED Mole, Katie Bush, David Crawford, Edward Marszewski
Tolya Glaukos, Dyian Anguelov, Bluescreen, David Sansone, Noya Abdelaziz

Fight, beat them, hit them! Join Violence Play Station!!

The human character contains both a light and a dark side, good and bad,
individually manifested. Deeply rooted is a dark-sided
element: Violence.
In happy surroundings, it becomes hardly visible and in
less happy surroundings - either of a physical, psychological,
environmental, ideological, economic or political nature -
nearly automatically a kind of survival
strategy with all the known consequences we see
manifested in conflicts on a small or large scale.
Violence is present anywhere, hidden or sleeping,
hesitating, waiting or in action, starting from simple
mobbing via verbalor physical attacks, the bandwidth has no end.

Nowadays, globalization, social injustice,
unemployment, increasing wealth on one side and
on the opposite increasing poverty (without mentioning some
causes) produce a climate where violence has a fertile
soil. From the attack on 9/11 in the USA, people from
the Western civilization became painfully aware that
security of any kind is a mere illusion; not only the
internal, but also the external enemy is present anywhere.

Artists are said to be the consciousness of a nation or society
as they reflect the actual state of the psychological and physical
When this state is penetrated by violence, nobody is surprised that
violence becomes a universal subject for artistic reflection, the difference
only be the view on it and its perception depending on
the respective cultural background.

'Art and violence both seem to stem from the abstract: that place beyond
logic, the realm of the emotion. When they intersect we are simultaneously
repelled and attracted, frightened and excited. Historically this meeting
has been wrought with complexity, and as cultural violence in every society
increases, we are prevented by paranoia, censorship and ethical demands from
asking, and sometimes even posing, some of the most important questions
violence and art together and separately produce: how is violence
represented, and what or how much of it do we need to resist the cultivation
of fear and the encouragement of dependency? Is violence a tool, a process
or a result? When are artistic portrayals of violence justifiable? As
intellectual exercise, ritual, or spiritual enhancement? For other purposes?
Or are they never justifiable? Is violence in art an action, reaction, or
reflection? ' (quotation: festival statement).

How different the results of an artistic reflection can be is
shown through the Violence Online Festival, a New Media
online exhibition project curated and organized
as an individual event by Agricola de Cologne
including more than 150 artists from
30 countries presenting their work. It forms a
dynamic collaborative art work presenting very
individual visions and use of media.

The relevance of violence becomes visible also through
the high quality standard of all the included works. Each
of them represents another aspect of violence - caught
in textual poetry, running as a video or embedded in an
interactive environment of a net-based art work.

In reaction to the key role (mass) media plays by displaying and even
violence, a new environment (interface) has been created for Violence
Online Festival, which houses and hosts the art works within a virtual media
company named "Violence Media Incorporated".
By dividing the company into different departments (eg.
"Violence for Happiness" , "Violence Marketing" or "Violence Broadcasting"),
it becomes clear that their meaning
has a rather ironic or sarcastic character, which gives
the embedded art works a new meaning.

While surfing through this environment, the visitor is forced to ask and
give answers, and becomes slowly a part of this network of art through his
reflections and changes of perception.


The list of all 270 participating artists from 40 countries
can be found on www.newmediafest.org/violence

Visit this dynamic exciting show.
There are optional following accesses:
direct: www.newmediafest.org/violence
but also
www.newmediafest.org and

Violence Online Festival

on Rhizome Artbase:

* Version 1.0 : Online part of Violens Festival Tabor (Czech Republic) 17 -
31 August 2002
* Version 1.1 : Featured Project in September 2002 on A Virtual Memorial
* Version 2.0: Computer Space Festival 2002 Sofia (Bulgaria) (18-21 Oct
2002) and
Liberarti Festival /Liverpool Biennale 2002 (10 Oct - 01 Dec 2002)
*Award: Special Prize of Computer Space Festival Sofia (Bg)
*November 2002 feature/review on faf - Fine Art Forum
*Version 3.0: "e-magic - New Media events"
43rd International Filmfestival Thessaloniki (Greece)
12-16 November 2002
*Version 4.0 - New Media Nation - Festival des Festivals
Bratislava (Slowakia) 20-22. February 2003 www.nmn.sk
*Version 4.1 - Spotlight on TURBULENCE www.turbulence.org/spotlight/agricola
*Version 5.0 - Videoformes - 18th International Video und Multimedia
20-23 March 2003 www.videoformes.com

Version 6.0 will be launched on 4 April 2003 on occasion of the
participation in
1st New Media Art Festival Chiang Mai (Thailand)
4-15 April 2003

Reviews on: Neural.it, Random, NOEMA, El Pais, FineArtForum etc.

technical requirements
optimized for VGA resolution 1024x768
PC Pentium III 600 Mhz or better or comparable MAC
Soundcard, recommended 56K or 64K modem or faster,
browsers: MS Internet Explorer 5.5+ or Netscape Navigator 6.0+
Players/Plug-ins: essential the latest Flash 6,
Shockwave, Real Player, Quicktime

Violence Online Festival
text, conception, programming, visalization
curator, organizer = Agricola de Cologne -


[R] - [R] - [F] - Festival - call for proposals

[R] - [R] - [F] - Festival

is looking for proposals of net based art projects
connected to the subject "Memory"
to be included in the Version 1.0 or
one of the following project versions.

Version 1.0 will participate in
InteractivA'03 - Biennale for New Media Art at
Museum of Contemporary Art Merida (Yucatan/Mexico)
10 July - 20 September 2003.

Please include in your proposal:

1. firstname/name of artist, email, URL
2. title and URL of the project/work,
3. a short work description (not more than 300 words),
4. a brief bio (not more than 300 words)
5. a screen shot (max 800x600 pixels, .jpg)

and send it via email to

deadline for Version 1.0:
31 March 2003
more info on:

[R] - [R] - [F] - Festival


Violence - Version 6.0 - Call for new entries

Violence Online Festival News

1. Version 4.1 - TURBULENCE Spotlight
2. Version 5.0
3. Version 6.0 - Call for new entries

1. On occasion of New York's TURBULENCE Spotlight on:
Agricola de Cologne and his Violence Online Festival
online since 4 March
Violence Online Festival launches Version 4.1
on 7 March 2003.
<see also press release from 4 March below>

Version 4.1 includes some new artists/works
among them Mark Palmer, Atana Dojonv, Igor Marinkovic and Roland Schappert,
and different additional changes.

2. On 17 March 2003, Version 5.0 of Violence Online Festival
will be launched.

4. Looking for new entries for inclusion in Version 6.0 to be launched on 4
on occasion of the participation in
1st New Media Art Festival Chiang Mai (Thailand) 4-15 April 2003.
Violence Online Festival is looking for new artists
reflecting violence. Special subject is this time "Rape".
Subject<war!!> is still ongoing, as well as violence of any kind.

You find the entry form for this current call on

contacts: violence@newmediafest.org

TURBULENCE Spotlight on: Agricola de Cologne

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2003
Turbulence Spotlight: Agricola de Cologne