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Subject : [violenceonlinefestival] Monday message from the moderator
From : "dundeetop2 <info@agricola-de-cologne.de>"
Date : 2003/02/17 Link : http://www.newmediafest.org/violence/

Hi all,

as promised
Version 4.0 of Violence Online Festival is launched today.
Please find the Press Release below.

I am happy to announce that Version 6.0 of Violence Online Festival
will be launched in coming April.

I am looking for new digital art works for inclusion in Version 6.0
under the subject "Rape".

Rape is a method of using not only physical, but also mental,
intellectual and emotional power/violence in order to humiliate and
destroy identity of other humans. It is widely known as male power
against women or children and it used as power of people, who feel
superior to other people who are seen as inferior in interctual,
physical, racial, social etc concern.

Rape represents a basic element in the environment of violence.

If you would like to submit a work connected to rape/violence
please read the conditions/type of media files to be accepted and use
the submission form as it can be found on the start pages
of www.newmediafest.org/violence/. Please fill it out completely as
only then your work can be added.

Already soon, I will be able to anounce the physical participation
venue of Version 6.0.

Have a nice week and best as always
your moderator
Wilfried Cgricola de Cologne

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-Günther,
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
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
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
logic, the realm of the emotion. When they intersect we are
repelled and attracted, frightened and excited. Historically this
has been wrought with complexity, and as cultural violence in every
increases, we are prevented by paranoia, censorship and ethical
demands from
asking, and sometimes even posing, some of the most important
violence and art together and separately produce: how is violence
represented, and what or how much of it do we need to resist the
of fear and the encouragement of dependency? Is violence a tool, a
or a result? When are artistic portrayals of violence justifiable? As
intellectual exercise, ritual, or spiritual enhancement? For other
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
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
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 www.newmediafest.org/violence
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:
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 Tábor (Czech
Republic) 17 -
31 August 2002
* Version 1.1 : Featured Project in September 2002 on A Virtual
* Version 2.0: Computer Space Festival 2002 Sofia (Bulgaria) (18-21
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: Neural.it, 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 -
*copyright © 2002-2003 . All rights reserved.
*copyright © of all art works of
the participating artists hold the authors or owners.

NewMediaArtProjectNetwork - the experimental platform
for the arts in Intenet is founded and created by
Agricola de Cologne.
copyright © 2000-2002 by Agricola de Cologne. All rights reserved.

Special thanks to:

Fatima Lasay -
DMF2002 Festival/University of the Philippines
Nisar Keshvani
fineArt forum = art + technology netnews

Violence Online Festival


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