Agricola de Cologne

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

--> interdisciplinary media artist, director of experimental shortfilms and videos, curator of media art
--> founder & director of artvideoKOELN – the curatorial initiative „art & moving images“ serving since 2010 as the operating platform for a wide range of activities around "art & moving images", running CologneOFF - Cologne International Videoart Festival and Le Musee di-visioniste - the new museum of networked art

Agricola de Cologne is standing also for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts he is initiating in physical and virtual space, the co-curator and co-organiser of external festivals and exhibitions, the jury member of divers festivals, and not to forget the designer of a cross-platform culture.

Since its/his launch in 2000, Agricola de Cologne was presented @ more than 600 festivals and media art events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Bogota, London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Madrid, Gijon, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Gaza, Basel, Zurich, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Kiev, Kharkiv, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kansk, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Sofia, Varna, Bukarest, Arad, Timisoara, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Lubljana, Rome, Naples, Milan, Pescara, Venice, Torino, Bologna, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, & elsewhere, but also on biennials like ISEA Nagoya (2002), Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 2007, 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 Singapore 2008.

His media art projects and videos were honoured with prizes and awards.


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AVM News March 2003

A Virtual Memorial -
Memorial Project against the Forgetting and for Humanity
New Media art project by Agricola de Cologne
Table of Contents:
a) News
b) [R]-[R]-[F] - Festival - Call for submissions
c) Features of the month February 2003
a) News
1.Agricola de Cologne,
brand of the virtual instance,
media artist and founder of NewMediaArtProjectNetwork
of the same name,
who manifests himself physically only a few times a year,
had his first physical manifestation in 2003
recently during "New Media Nation - Festival of Festivals"
Bratislava 20-23 February 2003.

Side aside of 11 festivals (among them Prix Ars Electronica/Austria,
Impakt Festival (Netherlands), Lumpen Chicago/USA
Transmediale Berlin/Germany and others)
he presented as a participant his Violence Online Festival

2. on 7 March TURBULENCE/New York
will launch the Spotlight on three interactive works of
Agricola de Cologne, which all are connected to "A Virtual Memorial":
Violence Online Festival Version 4.1
Family Portrait and ]and_scape[

3. On 17 March, Version 5.0 of Violence Online Festival
will be launched on occasion of the participation in
Videoformes Festival Clermont-Ferrand )France) 19-23 March
The new *Violence Play Station* promises to be pure fun!!
where all the little Bush's in the world
can play their privat or public wars

4. Violence Online Festival
calls for submissions to be included in Version 6.0.
Launch in April 2003: subject "RAPE!"
Deadline: 3 April -
Use the submission form on

b) [R]-[R]-[F] - Festival
Call for submissions for inclusion in Version 1.0
- new deadline 15 April!! -
subject: "Memory"
terms and submissions form on

New month - new subject
c) ***Features of the Month

Selected Memorial Days in March

2003 International Year of Fresh Water

08 March 2003 - World Women Day
21 March 2003 - South Africa Human Rights Day
22 March 2003 - World Day for the Water
23 March 1945 - Allied Forces cross the river Rhine near Cologne/Germany

*The Features of the Month are monthly changing
collections of multimedia works and links which form in the
totality of the composition an artwork of theirown
to be created on a webpage of theirown
within the Memorial project.*
Features of the Month March 2003

Subject of the Month: Hidden and yet visible??
Featured Project: Antarctica by John Murphy
TextObject: Kashmir
ArtObject: Carnaval
Witnesses of Eternity: Trebic/Moravia (part 1)
Animal of the month: Condor
People of the month: Bushmen/South Africa
Perceptions: Speech Exercises

Until the next time
all the best,

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity -
ongoing New Media art project by Agricola de Cologne
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Final call - Netart from Canada

Netart from Canada
***Final call for submissions***

Deadline 28 February 2003

JavaMuseum -
Forum for Internet Technologies in Contemporary Art
(JAVA= Joint Advanced Virtual Affairs)

is currently preparing
a new feature in the framework of
2nd of Java Series
focussed on Netart coming from Canada,

and would like to invite
all artists with residence in Canada working with Internet related media
to participate in this feature of NetArt from Canada.

The feature will go online in April 2003.
Each artist can submit up to three works (URLs), please no works as files

Please use this entry form for participating and send it to

first name

short bio (not more than 300 words in English or bi-lingual English/French)

Screen shot to be attached as .jpg (max 800x600 pixels)

short description (not more than 300 words, in English or bi-lingual

Screen shot to be attached as .jpg (max 800x600 pixels)

short description (not more than 300 words, in English or bi-lingual

Screen shot to be attached as .jpg (max 800x600 pixels)

short description (not more than 300 words, in English or bi-lingual

Please send this form together with attached the screen shots exclusively to

Deadline 28 February 2003.
All serious submissions will be considered for inclusion.
The online exhibition will run during the year 2003 and
will remain online afterwards for permanent as an art recourse.

JavaMuseum -
Forum for Internet Technologies in Contemporary Art
(Java=Joint Advanced Virtual Affairs)


Final call

Violence Online Festival
is looking for new submissions
to be included in Version 5.0
Deadline 3 March 2003

*Violence Online Festival*
will participate with its coming Version 5.0
in Videoformes -
18th International Video and Multimedia Festival
Clermont-Ferrand - 20-23 March 2003.

>War!!< is the subject of the new feature
to be presented in Version 5.0.


>>War belongs to the heaviest forms of violence.
Nearly any war is based on an insane idealogy constructed by insane people.

The phantom of a war in IRAK becomes increasingly threatening.
The fear how the consequences for each single individual
could look like is far spreading in all parts of the world.

There is no question what the insane ideology and who its insane
constructor is this time - dictating a war in order to protect
economical interests against the rest of the world.

The feature of WAR!! on Version 5.0 is meant as a contribution particularly
against the War in IRAK, but beyond that - against any war, as - if this
war will really come or not-
there will be other wars taking place simultaneously and later, as well.<<

Participating is expressing solidarity with
all people who are against this war
by submitting one work of art in a digital format
reflecting war and violence.

Following digital formats are accepted:

1. URL (no size limit)
2. media files (size limit: a single art work may not exceed 1Mb)
2.1) webpage: HTML
2.2) text: plain email, .txt, .doc, .rtf
2.3) image: .jpg,.gif,.png (max. dimensions 800x600 pixels)
2.4) video/animation/movie:
.mpeg, .mov (Quicktime), Flash .swf, Shockwave .dcr (max. dimensions
800x600 pixels)
2.5) sound: .mp3

Please use this entry form for submitting:

first name:

short bio (not more than 300 words in English)

URL (if net based)
* - screen shot to be attached as .jpg (max 800x600 pixels)
Technology/type of media file
short description (not more than 300 words, in English)

I confirm that I hold all rights on the submitted work
and agree that it can be included in future versions of Violence Online
Festival, as well.


Please send your submission together with the media file(s) exclusively to

Deadline 3 March 2003.
Violence Online Festival



Version 4.0 - now online !

Violence Online Festival v.4.0

Version 4.0 of Violence Online Festival
is launched on 17 February 2003
on occasion of the participation in
"New Media Nation - Festival of Festivals"
20-22 February 2003, Bratislava/Slovakia

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 4.0 of Violence Online Festival
includes works of following new artists:

Wilton Azevedo, Peter John Sprenkeler, Luigia Cardarelli
Robert Kendall, Pighhed, Alan Sondheim, Kenji Siratori
re:combo, user (ctrl), Geoffrey Thomas, Lewis LaCook,
dlsan, Luc Fierens, Carla Della Beffa,
jimpunk, LISA HUTTON AND MARK POLISHOOK, loy, Luther Blisset
ALEJANDRO GOMEZ TOLOSA, Johannes Finke, Gaby Bila-Gunther,
x mac dunlop, Sadiq Bey, Michael Sellam,
Juan Del Gado, Christina McPhee

Violence Picknick Basket contains most of them!

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 200 participating artists in
Version 4.0 of Violence Online Festival
can be found on
as well as the latest call for submissions
for the feature "WAR!!" to be included in
Version 5.0

Visit this dynamic exciting show.
There are optional following accesses:
but also 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

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

Version 5.0 will be launched on 17 March
on occasion of the participation in
Videoformes -
18th International Video and Multimedia Festival
20-23 March 2003
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 -


Convocatoria/Call for submissions - Focus:x?_Traces:Argentina

Spanish (English text below)

Focus: x? _Traces: Argentina
(Focus: x? _Huellas: Argentina)

Llamado a participar
dirigido a artistas
y trabajadores de la cultura
Argentinos que vivan en el pais
o residan en el extranjero.

Fecha de cierre: 15 de abril de 2003.
La participacion es gratuita.
La "NewMediaArtProjectNetwork"
(Red de Proyectos Artisticos de los Nuevos Medios)
y sus miembros incorporados (sitios)
planean realizar un projecto de plataforma curzada en linea
dedicado a Argentina
(cultura, arte, politica) intitulada:

"Focus: x? _Traces: Argentina"
(Focus: x? _Huellas: Argentina)

La intencion de este proyecto es ofrecer
un panorama de la variedad cultural de este
pais y mostrar como su gente, su cultura y
su arte han podido sobrevivir bajo las
peores condiciones politicas y economicas
tanto en el pasado como en el presente.

Esta planeado publicar
"Focus:x?_Traces: Argentina"
en Mayo/Setiembre 2003
incluido dentro del marco de dos proyectos:

"" - net-arte desde paises Latinoamericanos,
Espana y Portugal,
organizado por JavaMuseum

[R]-[R]-[F] Festival, un evento experimental on-line, focalizado en los
siguientes temas:
"Remembering, Repressing, Forgetting"
("Recuerdo, Represion, Olvido")
con curadores invitados(incluyendo uno de Argentina)
presentando artistas/obras seleccionadas por ellos.

Detalles y formulario de envio en :

English text

Focus: x? _Traces: Argentina

Call for submissions
addressed to artists
and otherwise culturally working people
living in or originating from Argentina

Deadline 15 April 2003
Participating is free of charge.

The NewMediaArtProjectNetwork
and its corporate members (sites)
are planning to realize a cross-plattform online project dedicated to
(culture, art, politics) in Spring/Summer 2003,
Focus: x? _Traces: Argentina

It is the intension to give an idea about the cultural variety
of this multi-cultural country and
how people, culture and art survive under the worst political and
economical conditions in Past and Present.

It is planned to publish
Focus: x? _Traces: Argentina
in May/June 2003, embedded
into two framing projects, eg
" - netart from Latin American countries, Spain and
organized by JavaMuseum
[R]-[R]-[F] Festival, an experimental online event focussed on the subjects
"Remembering, Repressing, Forgetting"
invited curators (also one from Argentina)
presenting some artists/art works of their choice.

For details and submission form go to

The NewMediaArtProjectNetwork
(Red de Proyectos Artisticos de los Nuevos Medios)
- La Plataforma Experimental para el Arte en
fundada y creada por Agricola de Cologne
(Artista Multimedial y Curador de los Nuevos Medios, de
La Red incluye los siguientes miembros corporativos (sitios):
le Musee di-visioniste (Museo Di-Visionista)
MediaCentre (Centro Multimedia)
JavaMuseum (Museo Java)
Engaged Art Directory
Festival site
Violence Online Festival
Agricola de Cologne site (sitio de Agricola de Cologne )
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