This darkroom is featuring a representative selection of videos created between 2000 and 2022 by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.
Agricola de Cologne, Germany
is a multidisciplinary media artist and creator and founder of The New Museum of Networked Art.
He is the director & producer of numerous short films and videos, many of them were presented on festivals and received prices & awards. He is participating since 2000 in numerous media exhibitions and festivals including Japan Media Arts Festival Tokyo Biennale of Video and New Media Santiago/Chile ZKM Karlsruhe/G, National Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia Madrid/Spain, Biennale de Montreal, Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia, Venice Biennale, FILE Sao Paulo, Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand /F), Ex-Teresa Arte Actual Mexico City.
bio – http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=82

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.

Identity of Colour, 2001, 07:07
Identity of Colour, 2001, 07:07

video
“Identity of Colour”, 07:07:07, 2001/2016

Film created by media artist Agricola de Cologne, based on the artist’s poem and voice performance of the same name created and executed in 2001.
The work combines DaDa like poetic texts, vector grafics and musical components created by the artist himself.

voice and sound performance by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
The video is representing a reconstruction of the piece originally programmed in Flash (Macromedia) ( developed according the principle of SAMAC /Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing/ which describes Agricola’s individual way of experimental electronic writing: words, sound, images, animation, music and voice performance are developed simultaneously –depending on each other – in one long single process= – as netart which ist still existing as a completed netart work, however due to a specific, non-linear programming which could not be transferred to the linear structure of the video a complete reconstruction was necessary. Therefore the video is standing as an art work individually for itself.

Screenings/ participations
2004
BEAP – Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia

2003
*ArteMedia 2003 – Buenos Aires/Argentina
*Digital Sur Festival- Arte Digital Rosario 2003 – Rosario (Argentina)
*PEAM 2003 – Electronic Art Festival 2003 Pescara/Italy
*Chiang Mai 1st New Media Art Festival – Chiang Mai (Thailand)

2002
*Cyborg 01 Festival – III International Arts Festival Valencia/Venezuela
*X Canarias International Festival of Video & Multimedia
*e-magic – cybermedia events – 43th International Filmfestival Thessaloniki (Greece)
*VideoMarathon Contemporary Art Centre Chisinau (Moldavia)
*Liberarti – Liverpool Biennial (UK) – Violence Online Festival –
*Asolo Art Film Festival – Asolo (Italy) – www.asolofilmfestival.it
*ISEA 2002 Nagoya (Japan) – Electronic Theatre
*17th Videoformes Festival – Clermont Ferrand (F)
*COOP Media Festival – Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti (Romania)
*IV SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL – Havanna (Cuba)
*’Visions Festival’ at St. Kilda Film Festival – Melbourne (Australia)
*Free Manifesta/Manifesta 4 – Kunstverein Frankfurt (Germany)
*Free Biennial New York (USA)
*About Vision – digital art exhibition London (UK)
*New Media Line – online exhibition on KanonMedia, Vienna (Austria)
*IDEA – Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts

2001
*Condominium – Webart at – HICETNUNC 10 – San Vito a/T (Italy)
*File – Electronic Language Festival 2001 Sao Paulo and Curitiba City (Brazil)
*2nd INTERPOETRY Exhibition Sao Paulo (Brazil)
*DMF2001 – Digital Media Festival 2001 Manila (Philippines)
*4th International Meeting of Experimental Poetry Buenos Aires (Argentina)
*Net_working – Exhibition at Watershed Media Centre Bristol (UK) and
*4th International Conference on Modern Technology and Processes for Art, Media and Design, Bangkok (Thailand)

Never Wake Up, 2001, 2:40
Never Wake Up, 2001/2016, 2:40

video
Never wake up

Synopsis
The “anti-war” moving image is based on Agricola de Cologne’s lyrics and musical composition “Never Wake Up” referring to the netart piece of the same name, he created 2001.

Subject:
Loss of identity: Soldiers become distorted, veterans of war are not able
to be reintegrated in society.

The poem/movie uses some fundamental images:
The soldier = metaphor for the human individual
War = metaphor for life, respectively the fights of all day life
Veteran of War = the human being who can not get rid of the Shadows of the Past.

The used footage is demonstrating the senselessness of war.
It is a plea for humanity, the question: who is the victim – is an ambiguous one.

The video is using found footage is based on the same poem “Never Wake Up” and the related composition of the same name.
The movie is referring to war situations of the past years, eg World War II, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Islamist terror,
so its message and the related symbolism is going far beyond the small netart piece from 2001 taking the complexity of our current world into account.

The 1st version created in FLASH (Macromedia) in the low screen resolution of 800×600 px, was developed according the principle of SAMAC
(Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing) which describes Agricola’s individual way of experimental electronic writing: words, sound, images, animation, music and voice performance are developed simultaneously –depending on each other – in one long single process.

Voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne.
The video is directed, produced and edited by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – supported by The New Museum of Networked Art

Festivals/participations

*Torino Digital Clip Festival (Italy) – 2001
*Net_working – Exhibition at Watershed Media Centre Bristol (UK) and
*4th International Conference on Modern Technology and Processes for Art, Media and Design, Bangkok (Thailand) 2001
*Biennale de Cerveira 2001 (Portugal) digital works with R 2001: 2001 *2nd INTERPOETRY Exhibition Sao Paulo (Brazil) – 2001
*Casting a Net – McLean Project for the Arts (Virginia/USA) – 2001
*4th International Meeting of Experimental Poetry Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2001
*DMF2001 – Digital Media Festival 2001 Manila (Philippines) 2001
*Reload – NetArt Open 2002 – Istanbul Museum Istanbul (Turkey) 2002
*Asolo Art Film Festival – Asolo (Italy) 2002
*17th Videoformes Festival – Clermont Ferrand (F)
*COOP Media Festival – Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti (Romania) 2002
*’Visions Festival’ at St. Kilda Film Festival – Melbourne (Australia) 2002
*HAZE – hive-projects Toronto (Canada) 2002
*Free Manifesta/Manifesta 4 – Kunstverein Frankfurt (Germany) 2002
*Free Biennial New York (USA) 2002
*IV SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL 2002
*Digital Sur Festival- Arte Digital Rosario 2003 – Rosario (Argentina) 2003
*PEAM 2003 – Electronic Art Festival 2003 Pescara/Italy 2003
*Chiang Mai 1st New Media Art Festival – Chiang Mai (Thailand) 2003
*No War Media Marathon Berlin – 2003

Message to our Neighbors, 2003, 1:00
Message to our Neighbors, 2003, 1:00

video

Message to our Neighbors, 2003, 1:00
Synopsis
It is always good to give sometimes a message to your neighbour.

Credits:

Director: Agricola de Cologne
Producer: Agricola de Cologne
Editor: Agricola de Cologne
Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
Sound/original music: Agricola de Cologne
Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne

Festivals/Screenings

  • One Minute Film & Video Festival Aarau/Ch 2008
  • Videominuto Festival 2007
    Centro d’arte Contemporaneo Pecci Prato/Italy
  • Inability of Being Nude, 2004, 2:00
    Inability of Being Nude, 2004, 2:00

    video

    Title:
    Inability of Being Nude, 2004/2018

    The moving picture takes the classical theme of the “nude” in a contemporary interpretation as a psychological condition.
    The viewer is confronted with different levels of movements of baring/exposing.
    He becomes very quickly aware, that he did not enter a peep-show, but is disturbing intimacy, the process of emptiness. Emptiness in the sense of meditating.
    The nude is a metaphor. The Inability of Being Nude becomes the inability of exposing one’s entire internal to other people, including those who are most intimate and this could be the viewer himself. This inability is in the same way protecting as separating.

    Credits

    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound: Agricola de Cologne
    Music composed by: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne
    Programming: Agricola de Cologne

    TV –> Transfera TV Madrid /Spain –
    14 & 15 December 2007
    17 & 18 October 2008

    Festivals/participations

  • Shoot Off Video Festival – Espace Canopy – Paris/F – 13-23 Nov 2008
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France 11-30 March 2008
  • Laisle Viodeotape & Sound – Espaço 27 Rio de Janeiro 16 November 2007
  • Carbunari – Experimental Film Festival Baia Mare (Romania) 2006
  • The Art Gallery of Knoxville/USA 2006
  • Stunned.org 2005
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil 2005
  • Biennale of Video Santiago/Chile 2005
  • Cyber Poem Festival Barcelone/Spain 2005
  • 3rd 0110 Digital Film Festival New Dehli/I 2005
  • SENEF Seoul/S.Korea 2005
  • VideoFormes Festival Clermont-Ferrand/F 2005
  • 404 – Electronic Art Festival Rosario/Argentina December 2004
  • Truth: Paradise Found, 2005, 3:00
    Truth: Paradise Found, 2005, 3:00

    video

    Title:
    Truth: Paradise Found
    Synopsis
    The video tells the story of the human desire to be as close to truth as possible. But who ever will succeed while living a life dominated by the fast running time and endless searching?
    If there is any paradise, then monks or people really resting within themselves find a paradise close to truth close to GOD. But it is only truth people are believing in. Is there absolute truth?
    The video consists of three sections, a spiritual and a physical section and the acting level, the artist who is filming the scene, an intruder who become witness of a ritual of truth.
    This basic video was filmed in 2003 at the Rila Monastery, the spiritual centre of Bulgaria.

    Credits:
    Director, Producer, Editor, Script/Concept, Sound, Composer, Cinematography, Programming
    Agricola de Cologne

    Prizes
    2007
    best experimental film
    Best experimental film
    3rd Budapest International Film Festival 2007
    more info here

    Festivals/screenings(45)
    2009
    “Bivouac Project – The Big Switch: New Media, Film and Video” – Sumter County Gallery of Art (USA) – 2 April- 22 May 2009

    2008
    *Les Inattendues Film Festival Lyon/France – 21-27 January 2008
    Les Abbatoirs – Museum of Comtemporary Art Toulouse/France
    MACZUL – Museum of Contemporary Art Maracaibo/Venezuela

    2007
    *Bigscreen Festival Kunming/China 2007
    *cimtec Sevilla transit -Viva video – Sevilla/Spain 2007
    *2nd Bursa International Film Festival Istanbul/Turkey – 2007
    *Szemlétek Audiovisual Filmfest and Art Meeting Pécs (Hungary) 2007
    *DigiFest Florence/Italy 2007
    *Budapest International Short Film Festival 2007

    2006
    *Video Dialoghi – Institute Francais Turin/Italy – 2006
    *Emergences Festival Paris 2006
    *Visionaria Film Festival Sienna 2006
    *MAC – Manifestation d’Art Contemporain Paris (France) 2006
    *VIVA Art Video Zwolle/Netherlands 2006
    *Intro-Out Festival Thessaloniki/Greece 2006
    *Pixeldance Festival Thessaloniki/Greece 2006
    *Streaming Festival The Hague/Netherlands 2006
    *Confluencias’06 Huelva/Spain 2006
    *Athens Videoart Festival 2006
    *Japan Media Arts Festival 2006
    *Metu Video Festival Ankara/Turkey 2006
    *Paço das Artes Sao Paulo(Brazil) Laisle Entertainment! 2006
    *CeC & CaC – India International Center New Dehli/India – 2006
    *MAGMART – video art festival – Naples/Italy – 2006

    2005
    *Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago/Chile 2005
    *V-Art Festival Cagliari/Italy 2005
    * Hic et Nunc – San Vito a/Tagliamento/Italy 2005
    *Arcipelago – International Festival for Shortfilm and New Images Rome 2005
    *MAEM – Electronic Art Festival Madrid/Mostoles 2005
    *Interferencias – International Festival of Art in Action-Junin/Buenos Aires-Argentina- 2005
    *National Museum Szczecin/Poland – PI – five – Video Festival 2005
    *3rd 0110 Digital Film Festival New Dehli/India 2005
    *AVANCA 2005 – Festival of Video & Multimedia Avanca/Portugal 2005
    *prog:ME – Electronic Art Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 2005
    *Obsession”- International Audio-Video Festival Istanbul/Turkey 2005
    *Art-in-Your-Face” Video Festival Malmoe/Sweden 2005
    *SENEF – Seoul Festival for Internet & Film 2005
    *VidFest05 – Video Festival Museum of New Art 2005
    * Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia September 2004 (premiere)

    Screenings
    *52 Venice Biennale – Divine in Tent curated by Doron Polak – 2007
    *DOCUMENTA 12 – Divine in Tent curated by Doron Polak – 2007
    *Videoformes – Int. Festival of Video & New Media 2007
    *The Art Gallery of Knoxville/USA 2006
    *Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/Japan –Viva Video 2006
    *That Uncomfortable Place Between Beginning and Ending, curated by Lee Wells 2005
    *Groundworks – Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Pittsburgh/USA 2005

    TV:
    Propeller TV (UK)
    ArtChannel Paris (France)

    (Dis)tortion_Projected, 2005, 4:50
    [Dis]tortion_Projected, 2005, 4:50

    video

    Synopsis
    In 1998, Agricola de Cologne became a victim of a terror attack. The video is the attempt to make the traumatic experiences perceivable via metaphoric images on an emotional level .
    The artist’s voice performing one of his musical compositions uses sound instead of words in order to symbolize the speechlessness and inability of the people surrounding him to react properly.

    Credits:
    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound: Agricola de Cologne
    Music composed by: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne
    Programming: Agricola de Cologne

    Festivals:

  • Kinolevchuk Videofestival Lvov/Ukraine 2008
  • 3rd International Shortfilm Festival Budapest/Hungary 2007
  • D-NEFF – European experimental video festival Vitoria-Gasteiz/Spain 2006
  • Pixeldance Festival Thessaloniki /Greece 2006
  • Intro-Out Video Festival Thessalonik/Greece 2006
  • Camargo Cibernetico Media Art Festival Camargo/Spain 2006
  • Carbunari 2006 – experimental filmfestival Baia Mare/Romania 2006
  • The Art Gallery of Knoxville/USA 2006
  • Groundworks – Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Pittsburgh/USA 2005
  • Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago /Chile 2005
  • Asolo Art Film Festival Asolo Italy 2005
  • International Centre Bethlehem/Palestina 2005
  • House of Tomorrow, 2005, 3:10
    House of Tomorrow, 2005, 3:10

    video

    Synopsis
    The house of tomorrow is the house of one’s identity, it does not need to be a concrete house or building, but represents a secure and protected place where people can stand for what they are and represent, a human being. And this human may have many identities in different fields, the sexual identity represents only one among many others.

    Credits:
    Director, producer, editor, script/concept, cinematography, programming: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound/music: Agricola de Cologne
    Title: House of Tomorrow

    Awards
    Magmart Award
    2006
    Magmart Video Art Award Naples (Italy)
    VideoArt Award
    2006
    Bele.Arte.Lamia Video Art Award Lamia (Greece)

    Festivals/Screenings (34)

    2009

  • Crosstalk Video Art Festival Budapest/Hungary – 25-30 June 2009
  • 2008

  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France 11-30 March 2008
  • Les Inattendus Film Festival Lyon/F 25-28 January
  • Kinolevchuk Video Festival Lviv/Ukraine – 11-13 January 2008
  • 2007

  • VIP Gallery Belgrade/Serbia – 19 November 2007
  • 1st Digital Art Festival Bahia Blanca/Argentina 2007 – 13-15 October
  • 6th Digital Art Festival Maracaibo/Venezuela 2007 – 7-17 October
  • Signals 5 – INSIDE OUT Festival London/UK – 8 September 2007
  • Mobile Institute Brussels – Cinema Styx – 17/24 August 2007
  • International ShortFilm Festival Budapest/Hungary 2007
  • P’Silo, Festival Image contre Nature Marseille/France 2007
  • Enter Caravansarai Festival 2007 Istanbul/Turkey 2007
  • Visions in the Nunnery London 2007
  • CeC & CaC – India International Centre New Dehli/India 2007
  • Video Art Screenings Västeras/Sweden 2007
  • Dutch Electronic Art Festival – unDEAF Rotterdam/NL 2007
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 2007
  • VideoFormes – Int. Festival of Video & New Media Clermont-Ferrand/Fr 2007
  • VidFest2007 – Museum of New Art Detroit (USA) 2007
  • 2006

  • 3rd Carbunari – experimental film festival Baia Mare/Romania 2006
  • 8th CHROMA – Festival de Arte Audiovisual Guadalajarra/Mexico 2006
  • 2nd Festival de Arte Digital Rosario/Argentina 2006
  • Canariasmediafest’06 – Gran Canaria/Spain 2006
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival SaoPaulo/Brazil 2006
  • Visionaria Video Festival Siena/Italy 2006
  • PI 5 Video Festival – National Museum Szczecin/Poland 2006
  • Play IV Video Art Festival Buenos Aires/Argentina 2006
  • Moskow International Film Festival Moskow/Russia 2006
  • Pixeldance Festival Thessaloniki/Greece 2006
  • Bele.Arte.Lamia – International Video Art – Lamia/Greece 2006
  • MAGMART Video Art Festival Naples/Italy 2006
  • Art Gallery of Knoxville/USA 2006
  • 2005

  • Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago /Chile 2005
  • VAD – Video & Digital Art Festival Girona/Spain 2005
  • Mezipatra – Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Brno/Czech Republic 2005
  • Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Lisbon/Portugal September 2005
  • RED: One Day on Mars, 2006, 6:00
    RED: One Day on Mars, 2006, 6:00

    video

    Synopsis
    A human being is obliged to spend at least one day in his lifetime on Mars. Mars the red desert planet, Mars the god of war. Mars can be anywhere, any place which is identified with the inhuman, violence, hate, rage, revenge and despair.
    Agricola de Cologne filmed the original material 2006 during a visit in Palestine & Israel.

    Credits:
    Director, Producer, Editor, Script, Sound, Music
    Agricola de Cologne

    Cast
    Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

    Idol Award
    Awards/prizes

  • Special Jury Award – category “best experimental film”
    1st International Cyprus Film Festival 2008
  • more info on http://www.agricola-de,cologne.de/blog/?p=161

    TV screenings

  • Transfera TV Madrid – 24 October 2008
  • Festivals
    2009

  • FONLAD Collection at MIDAC – Museu Internazionale Dinamico di Arte Contemporanea, Belforte del Chienti, Italy 1 – 30 August 09
  • Image Contre Nature – experimental Film Festival Marseille/F – 7-11 July 2009
  • FILE Rio de Janeiro/Brazil – 10-19 April 2009
    Oi Futuro Cultural Centre Rio de Janeiro/Br
  • MidEast Film Festival Copenhagen/Roskilde/DK – 29 Jan -1 Feb 2009
  • 2008

  • FocFest 2008 – Fábrica do Braço de Prata Lisbon (Portugal) – 4-6 Dec 2008
  • FocFest 2008 – ACCEA – Armenian Center of Contemporary Art Yerwan (Armenia)- 4-6 Dec 2008
  • FocFest 2008 – Ciplak Ayaklar Studio Istanbul/Turkey – 6-7 Dec 2008
  • Carbunari 2008 – experimental filmfestival Baia Mare/Romania 2008
  • 21st Instants Video Marseille – screening at Marseille/F – 10 November 2008
  • Madeira International Art Biennale – 1 September – 13 October
  • Fonlad Digital Art Festival Coimbra/Pt – 1 September – 30 November 2008
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil – 3-31 August 2008
  • Cyprus International Short Film Festival Nicosia/N. Cyprus 25-27 April 2008
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France 11-30 March 2008
  • Videoart Kinolevchyk Lviv/Ukraine 23 Dec’07 – 21 Jan 2008
  • //

    Bareback – serial DIScharge, 2007, 6:40
    Bareback – serial DIScharge, 2007, 6:40

    video

    Title:
    Bareback – serial DIScharge, 2007, 6:00

    Synopsis
    The experimental film tells the story of a homeless person, who lost its identity in all the traumatic experiences it was undergoing. Again, Agricola de Cologne uses the form of the allegorical representation for pointing to essential questions of human existence. All people are homeless in on or the other way, most however, suffer from it without being aware of it. The film is a mirror of our time which has lost its roots.

    Credits:

    Director – Producer – Editor – Script/concept – Sound/music – Cinematography – Programming: Agricola de Cologne

    Videoart Award
    Award
    Videoart Award Bele Arte Lamia 2007 – high commendation
    http://www.belleartelamia.org/

    FONLAD Video Award 2007
    FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Coimbra/Pt

    TV
    Transfera TV Madrid /Spain –
    14 & 15 December 2007
    17 & 18 October 2008

    Festivals/screenings:(31)

    2009

  • Interntional Film Festival Jelenia Gora (PL) 17-22 Feb 2009
  • 2008

  • Optica Videofestival Gijon/Spain – 6-8 November 2008
  • Optica Videofestival Madrid 16-18 October 2008
  • 13th Canariamediafest 2008 – Gran Canaria (Spain) – 28 Oct – 1 Nov 2008
  • Museum of Contemporary Art MACSUL Maracaiobo/Venezuela 2-8 October 2008
  • Experimental Film Festival Images contre Nature Marseille/F – 2-5 July 2008
  • Naoussa International Shortfilm Festival /Greece – 7-11 May 2008
  • Video Art Screenings Örebrö/Sweden 18-19 April 2008
  • Athens International Video Art Festival 2008 (Greece) 11-12-13 April 2008
  • Artpool Budapest/Hungary – Budapest Spring Festival – Dimensioniste World Meeting – 19-28 March
  • Videoformes – Int. Festival of Video & New Media Clermont-Ferrand (F)
    11-15 March 2008
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France 11-15 March 2008
  • Centre Culturel Andrè Malraux Sarajevo/Bosnia-H 7-21 March 2008
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 26/02-29/03 2008
  • CeC &CaC – India International Centre New Dehli/India – 15-17 Feb 2008
  • Kinolevchuk Videofestival Lvov/Ukraine 11-13 January 2008
  • 2007

  • Atomic Unicorn – online mag – 1st edition – feature – December 2007
  • Instant Videos Marseille/France on 12 December Liege/Belgium
  • Pantheon Experimental Film Festival Nikosia/Cyprus 24 November
  • 3rd International Digital Art Festival Rosario/Argentina – 15-17 Nov 2007
  • Fonlad – Digital Art Festival Coimbra/PT – 1-30 November 2007
  • Belle Arte Lamia Video Art – Lamia/Greece – 9 November – 2 December 2007
  • 24 Hours of Nuremberg – film festival Nuremberg/Germany – 9/10 Nov 2007
  • Studio Art & You – Digital Art Paris/F – 14-31 October 2007
  • ShootOFF L’Espace Canopy Paris 6-14 October 2007
  • D-Neff – European Experimental Film Festival Vitoria Gasteiz/Spain 4,5,6 Oct
  • SENEF – Seoul Net and Film Festival/South Korea 8-16 September 2007
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil 13 Aug – 9 Sept
  • Videofestival Celje/Slovenia – Videorats Dream Video Dreams 6 -8 July 2007
  • Izolenta – Digital Film Festival St. Petersburg/Russia 11-13 May 2007
  • Version07 Festival Chicago/USA 19 April-2 May 2007
  • .

    Urban.early sunday morning_raw, 2007, 3:50
    Urban.early sunday morning_raw, 2002/2007/2016, 3:50

    video

    Synopsis
    Video based on a poetic text by Agricola de Cologne inspired by the Central Station of Milan (Italy).

    Metropolis: sunday morning, between open end and twilight, between hope and resignation, between following a dream and returning that night to the home town or village outside.
    Coming from the disco, full of the impressions of that juicy girl or that horny boy, doubtful of whether preserving innocence or following the instinct for an outstanding erotic adventure.
    It is the moment of not yet knowing, vacillating between yes or no.
    It is a same ritual each week-end, even if decisions are made once.
    It is a game between identifying and identity.
    The work describes the urban landscape as a scenario of a play, where the protagonists are embedded in without any chance to escape.

    Voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne.

    A 1st video version was originally programmed in Flash (Marcomedia) in 2002.
    Credits: Director, producer, editor, script/concept, cinematography, programming: Agricola de Cologne
    Copyright © 2002 -2016 by Agricola de Cologne. All rights reserved.

    Festivals/participations

    *Cinemania(c) – exhibition at 49th Pula Filmfestival – Pula (Croatia)2002
    *Digitalclip Festival – GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino (Italy) 2002
    *Medi@terra – Festival 2002 – Fournos Cultural Centre Athens (Greece)2002
    *Mediahexa Festival Seoul (Korea)2002
    *Cyborg 01 Festival – Valencia/Venezuela 2002
    *III. INTERPOETRY Exhibition Sao Paulo (Brazil)2002
    *43th International Filmfestival Thessaloniki (Greece)2002
    *5th International Meeting of Experimental Poetry Buenos Aires (Argentina)2002
    *VideoMarathon Contemporary Art Centre Chisinau (Moldavia) – 2002
    *Liberarti – Liverpool Biennial (UK) – Violence Online Festival – 2002
    *ISEA 2002 Nagoya (Japan)
    *COOP Media Festival – Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti (Romania)2002
    *’Visions Festival’ at St. Kilda Film Festival – Melbourne (Australia)
    *Nth ArtExhibit.001 – Nth Art Collective London/UK 2003
    *Moving Media Multiplicator Vienna (Austria) 2003
    *Artemedia 2003 – Universidad Maimonides Buenos Aires/Argentina 2003
    *FiFI Festival 2003 – Paris (France) – Urban.early sunday morning_raw 2003
    *File 2003 – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo (Brazil) 2003
    *Digital Sur Festival- Arte Digital Rosario 2003 – Rosario (Argentina) 2003
    *8th International Festival of New Film – Split/Croatia 2003
    *Fibreculture Conference 2003 – Brisbane/Australia :: Digital Literacies 2003
    *New Forms Festival Vancouver (Canada) 2003
    *Film and New Media Festival Lancaster (UK) 2003
    *Galerija ULUPUH Zagreb/Croatia 2003
    *PEAM 2003 – Electronic Art Festival 2003 Pescara/Italy 2003
    *Kunst aus Strom Festival/Art from Electric Power Festival 2003
    *Kinokaze – Open Screen Belgrade (Serbia & Montenegro) 2003
    *(6th) Media Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 2003
    *3rd Audiovisual Festival Lille/France – 2003
    *Belgrade Summer Festival – Open Screen Belgrade 2004
    *The Wiggle Room San Antonio TX (USA) 2004
    *FAIM Madrid – El Viernes Curvado curated by Antonio Alvarado 2004
    *Biennale de Montreal 2004
    *Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del ZULIA, MACZUL – Salón de Arte Digital -2005
    *Cyber Poem 2.1 – International Meeting of Digital Poetry 2005
    *FONLAD – Online Festival Coimbra/Pt 22/10-30/11
    *Micropolis – Internation contest and Exhibition Athens/Greece 2005
    *Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Fe/Argentina – Orilla#05 – International Show of Digital Art – 8-11 September

    En (code) ed, 2008, 5:40
    En (code) ed II, 2008, 5:40

    video

    Synopsis

    Digital video inspired by a visit of Thessaloniki.
    The work describes the principle of “code” or “coding” in form of an allegory, a metaphoric story as a ritual of meeting, dominating and resigning. The code is identified as a state of the static, dogmatic and conservative, which asks for obedience, but gives no chance to escape.

    Voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne.

    The movie is edited, directed and produced by Agricola de Cologne.

    En[code] ed
    an interview with Agricola de Cologne
    by Jeremy Hight

    Credits:
    Director, producer, editor, script/concept, cinematography, programming, sound/music
    Agricola de Cologne

    Festivals/participations

    2010 – 2003

  • Videoholica – Videoart Festival Varna/Bulgaria – 12-17 August 2010
  • 4th Gaza International Videoart Festival – 19-24 June 2010
  • Urban Reasearch@Directors Lounge Berlin – 11-21 February
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France – 12 March 2010
  • 5th FF600 Shortfilm Festival Lubljana/Slovenia – 28 & 29 May 2009
  • CeC – Carnival of e-Creativity New Dehli/Sattal (India
    27 February – 1 March 2009 – part of “the solo retrospective “Some Minutes of a Time”
  • Digital Salon at MACZUL – Museum of Contemporary Art Maracaibo/VE
    2-10 october 2008 – part of the solo presentation “Some Minutes of a Time”
  • 24 Hours of Nuremberg Shortfilm Festival – Filmhaus Nuremberg – 7 & 8 Nov 2008
  • AZA – Digital Cinema Film Festival Thessaloniki/ Greece – 25-28 Sept 2008
  • MiniMinutes Film Festival Muenster/Germany – 29-30 August 2008
  • Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 4-6 July 2008
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France – 11-15 March 2008
  • *MAEM 2003 – Electronic Art Mostoles -Madrid (Spain) –
  • *Feria Estampa Madrid (Spain) 2003
  • *Centro de Arte Moderno Madrid (Spain)2003
  • *Moving Media Multiplicator Vienna (Austria) 2003*
  • Centro de Arte Moderno Madrid (Spain) – Viernes Curvado curated by Antonio Alvarado 2004
  • *VI SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL 2004*
  • Avanca Film & Videofestival 2004 Avanca/Portugal 2004
  • *FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil 2004
  • *Videoformes 20th International Video & New Media Art Festival Clermont-Ferrand (France) 2005
  • *Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del ZULIA, MACZUL – Salón de Arte Digital – IV Edition
  • *Cyber Poem 2.1 – International Meeting of Digital Poetry 2005
  • *Fonlad – Digital Art Festival Coimbra/Portugal 2006*
  • Canariasmediafest 2006
  • Hairdryer, 2008, 1:30
    Hairdryer, 2008, 1:30

    video

    Synopsis
    The hairdryer becomes a symbol for desire.

    Credits:
    Director, Producer, Editor: Agricola de Cologne

    Festivals

  • Image Contre Nature – Experimental Film Festival Marseille/France – 13-17 July 2010
  • Traverse Video Festival Toulouse/France – March 2010
  • Visions in New York City Videoart Festival – 2-13 November 2009
  • 2nd THERMAIKOS INTERNATIONAL 2min FILM FESTIVAL 2009 Thessaloniki/Gr – 7 November 2009
  • Videoart Festival Giessen/Germany – 30 October 2009
  • Streamingfestival The Hague/NL – 23-26 October 2008
  • Silent Cry, 2008, 3:50
    Silent Cry, 2008/2016, 3:50

    video

    Short synopsis
    Silent Cry is the visualization of an internal cry happening all the time, when society does not allow to show deep emotional affection. The silent cry is always present caused by never ending traumatizations during decades hidden behind the facade people wants to see. And even if the cry would be be seen or heard, people would refuse to face it. The work release is giving sound a particular relevance.

    Credits:

    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne

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    Festivals/Screenings

    2020-2012

  • WOW Jubilee III – Halle Zollstock Köln – 1 March 2020
  • National University Kharkiv / Municipal Gallery Kharkiv 10-12 April 2018
  • AVI – Art Video International Festival Jerusalem/Isrel – 1.-23.12.2017
  • Zona de Morana Avila (Spain) 11-13 September 2015
  • TENRI – German-Japanese Cultural Center Cologne 16 May 2015
  • Torrance Art Museum – Los Angeles 6 Nov – 6 December 2014
  • Museu da Vila Velha Villa real /Pt – 22 November 2014 (FONLAD)
  • Damen & Herren – Düsseldorf/Germany – 10 October 2014
  • Onomato e.v. Düsseldorf/Germany – 25 September 2014
  • JICC Vilnius/Lithuania – 23 Sept – 27 Oct 2013
  • Contemporary Art Centre Tbilisi/Georgia – – 16-18 May 2013
  • Now & After Videoart Festival Moscow – April 2013
  • EuroShorts Film Festival Gdansk/Poland – 21-25 November 2012
  • Cinemateca Nacional & Centro Cultural Metropolitano Quito/Ecuador -24 August 2012
  • A Virtual Memorial Phnom Penh 2012 @ Meta House Phnom Penh – 12-15 July 2012
  • Generation Loss Festival Manila 14-28 March 2012
  • 2011

  • Buenos Aires (AR) – Optica Video Festival – 16-18 December 2011
  • San Luis Potosi (MX)- Centro de las Artes – 8 December 2011 – CologneOFF 2011
  • Mexico City (MX) – Media Fest CologneOFF 2011 – UAM – Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana 14 & 15 Nov 2011
  • Mexico City (MX) – ExTeresa Arte Actual – 10 & 11 November
  • Bernado’s House Museum FONLAD Coimbra (PT) – 15 October
  • Encuentro en Zona de Moraña (Spain) – 9-10 Sept
  • Optica Video Festival Madrid – 16-18 Sept
  • Riga (Latvia) – Waterpieces Contemporary & Video Art Festival – 8-10 Sept
  • Beirut (Lebanon) – Shams – The Sunflower – 31 Aug – 3 Sept
  • Proyector Video Art Festival Madrid (Spain) – 14 July
  • Tallinn (Estonia) – Estonian Academy of Art – 1 & 2 June
  • Tampere (Finland) – Gallerija Rajatila – 26 May
  • St.Petersburg (Russia) – ProArte – 20 May
  • Szczecin Cultural Observatory 2016 (Poland) – 12-14 May
  • Arad Art Museum (Romania) – 30 March – 1 April
  • City Art Gallery Chrkiv (Ukraine) – 17-20 March
  • Goethe Institute Kiev (Ukraine) – 14 March
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    2010
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  • Videoart Festival Giessen/Germany – 30 October 2010 –
  • International Film Festival Naoussa/Greece 30 Sep – 3 Oct 2010
  • OSLO SCREEN FESTIVAL (NO) on VISUALCONTAINERTV – 2-29 September 2010
  • Festival internacional de cine y video alternativo y comunitario “Ojo al Sancocho”, Ciudad Bolívar La Paz, 17 – 24 September
  • memo.real project.collateral /august in art biennial.varna 2010 – 12-17 Aug 2010 – dora bulart gallery varna
  • “Festival Mediu Güeyu”, Fundacion Cardin -Villaviciosa (Asturias, Spain) 3-5 September 2010 – Optica selection
  • Galería Texu Oviedo (Spain) Optica selection – 5-31 July 2010
  • “Festival Proyector 2010” – Optica Videoart – Espacio Menos Uno Madrid (Spain) 5-31 July 2010
  • AllArtNow International New Media Art Festival Damascus/Syria – 25-30 May 2010 – Silent Cry
  • Loop Video Festival Barcelona – Optica selection – 13-17 May 2010
  • Emergenzaarte – videoart festival – Santa Maria die Sale (Venice) – 10 April 2010
  • Oslo Screen Festival – 12-14 March 2010 – Oslo/Norway
  • Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand/F – 10-28 March 2010
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    2009
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  • Rauland Kunstforeningen Rauland/Norway – 30 December 2009 – Art Video Exchange Norway
  • Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival #05 – 11 – 20 dec 2009
  • Visions in New York City – Video Art Festival – 02-13 November 2009
  • Cultural Centre San Martin Buenos Aires/AR – Optica Festival Review ’09 – 5-7 November 2009
  • MEM Festival Bilbao/ES – Optica Festival review 2009 – 4 November 2009
  • Optica Videoart Festival Gijon/Soain – 29-31 October 2009 – Silent Cry
  • ShootOFF – Experimental Video Festival Paris/F – 17-23 October 2009
  • Digital Fringe Melbourne (Aus) – 23 Sept- 11 Oct 2009 – Silent Cry
  • Optica Videoart Festival Madrid- Casa de America Madrid/Spain – 15-17 October 2009
  • Art Video Screening – Orebro/SWE – Bio Roxy – 17 October 2009
  • “…a very loud silence” curated by Avantika Bawa at Le Flash Festival Atlanta/GA – curated by Cathy Byrd and Stuart Keeler – 2 October 2009
  • Optica Videoart Festival Optica – Centro Contemporaneo Huarte/Navarra – 29 September – 2 October 2009
  • Optica Videoart Festival Paris/France – 24-26 September 2009
  • FestiNova Festival Garikula/Georgia – 5 Aug – 20 Oct 2009
  • Optica Video Festival Cordoba/Spain – 11-13 September 2009
  • Optica Video Festival La Paz/Bolivia – 20-26 August 2009 –
  • Optica Video Festival Buenos Aires/Argentina – 27-29 August 2009 –
  • FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil – 27 July – 30 August 2009
  • Ceramic Museum Lisbon/PT – 16 May 2009 Screening
  • Gallery La Sala Cigüñuela/Spain – 17-29 April 2009
  • HEP – Brancaleone Club Rome – screening 14 March 2009
  • CeC – Carnival of e-Creativity New Dehli/Sattal (India
    27 February – 1 March 2009 – part of “the solo retrospective “Some Minutes of a Time”
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    2008
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  • Digital Salon at MACZUL – Museum of Contemporary Art Maracaibo/VE
    2-10 october 2008 – part of the solo presentation “Some Minutes of a Time”
  • Burning Phantom, 2009, 1:00
    Burning Phantom, 2009, 1:00

    video

    Short synopsis
    Love is a burning phantom – it appears unexpectedly and is vanishing without any warning.

    Credits:

    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound/music: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne
    Programming: Agricola de Cologne

    Festivals, screenings, participations
    2010

  • Budapest International Shortfilm Festival -1-5 Sept 2010
  • 2009

  • 2nd THERMAIKOS INTERNATIONAL 2min FILM FESTIVAL 2009 Thessaloniki/Gr – 7 November 2009
  • Videoart Festival Giessen/Germany – 30 October 2009
  • International Film & Videofestival Aarau/CH – 21-23 August 2009
  • Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 10-12 July 2009
  • Image Contre Nature – experimental Film Festival Marseille/F – 7-11 July 2009
  • 7th International Film Festival Yerevan/Armenia – 17-24 May 2009
  • 6th Naoussa International Film Festival- Naoussa/Greece
    7-10 May 2009
  • Memory Game, 2010, 10:00
    Memory Game, 2010, 10:00

    video

    Short synopsis
    Five friends meet each other once a year at another place on the globe for one day and play their memory game. In 2010, they meet in Berlin, a place where countless strings of memory come together at the focus of one place which is standing for the more than 6 millions of murdered Jews, the Memorial for The Murdered Jews in Europe.

    The video was filmed in Berlin, Budapest and Auschwitz and is released on occasion of 65th return of the Liberation of the Concentration Camp Auschwitz on 27 January 2010.
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    Collection: SFC – Shoah Film Collection – http://dilight.a-virtual-memorial.org

    Screenings & exhibitions

    A Virtual Memorial Timisoara 2014 – German Cultural Center – 27 Jan 2014
    A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 – Jewish Cultural Center Vilnius – District Museum Kedainiai 23 Sept – 28 Oct 2013
    A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012 – NOASS & Riga Ghetto & Latvian Holocaust Museum Riga – 1-30 June 2012
    CologneOFF 2011 Mexico- UAM Mexico City – 12-14 November 2011

  • Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Ft.Wayne (USA) – 2-3 Nov 2011
  • NCCA – National Center for Contemporary Art St.Petersburg/Russia – 19-21 May 2011 – SFC – Shoah Film Collection
  • Art Museum of Arad/Romania – 31 March – 2 April 2011 – SFC – Shoah Film Collection
  • City Art Gallery Kharkiv/Ukraine – 16-20 March 2011 – SFC – Shoah film Collection
  • Prima Piano Gallery Lecce/IT – Language is a Virus – 08 Feb – 16 Feb 2011
  • Budapest International Short Film Festival – 1-5 September 2010
  • Trauma, 2011, 1:00
    Trauma, 2011, 1:00

    video

    Trauma, 2010, 1:30

    Short synopsis
    “Trauma” turns the inside out, it vizualizes the internal traces of violence, grief, rage and helplessness.

    Credits:

    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne

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    Predator, 2012, 2:40
    Predator, 2012, 2:40

    video
    Title:
    Predator
    Synopsis

    The video is a metaphoric view on the predator in each of us
    telling the everyday life story when youth gangs are attacking other people at lonesome locations without any witnesses. The predator as the victim of the circumstances. While acting as a social being, each of us uses its potential of aggression in order to impose one’s will, and mostly by doing anything to achieve one’s end, no matter how the consequences may look like.

    The video is based on three individual video sequences recorded from acting experiences with the performance artists group “The Acting and Noise Company”.

    Credits:

    Director: Agricola de Cologne
    Producer: Agricola de Cologne
    Editor: Agricola de Cologne
    Script/concept: Agricola de Cologne
    Sound: Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematography: Agricola de Cologne
    Programming: Agricola de Cologne

    Festivals

  • International Film Festival in Walthamstow (London/UK) – 3-12 September 2010 –
  • Image Contre Nature Film Festival Marseille/F – 14-16 July 2011
  • Sinamaica Embarkments, 2012, 12:00
    Sinamaica Embarkments, 2009/2013, 12:00

    Short synopsis
    The videos paints the life on the water of the indigenous people living at the Sinamaica a region in Venezuela close to the Colombian boarder.
    Boats are not the only ways to move, to work but also to communicate.
    The video consists of three episodes featuring the daily boat embarkments of “men”, “children” and “old people”.
    The video does not represent a documentary although it is documenting, it is an allegorical painting of how people live in harmony with the natural environment in a world dominated by media and technology, but it is also no “lost” world, because it is also technology which is making that kind of life feasable.

    Credits

    Agricola de Cologne – Director – Producer – Editor n- Script/concept – Sound/music – Cinematography – Programming
    copyright © 2009-2013 – all rights reserved.

    Shatila – Lost Island, 2016, 20:00
    Shatila – Lost Island, 2016, 20:00

    video

    Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Shatila-Lost Island, 2016, 20:00

    “It was a wonderful sunny afternoon, time for dreaming when my Palestinian guide catched me from the hotel in downtown Beirut. We were riding with his car about a quater of an hour but after a while the car was swimming in a kind of mysterious fog like a boat in the sea when suddenly the gate of an Arab town appeared from nowhere. Entering this gate I was entering a forgotten, enchanted world, happy and very sad alike crowded with people who seems to live in an ancient and contemporary world at the same time. They call it camp, but aren’t we all living in camps.”

    Shatila –
    that’s the name of this place. Separated from the metropolitan area of Beirut, but at the same time in its center, but invisible to those who do not know, and for those who know a kind of “tabu” is speading the message of not existing.

    Errected as a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut in 1949, its actual purpose was to give Palestinian refugees – expelled from their home land Palestine – a temporary shelter lasting probably in the beginning just for a few months, to be later prolonged for some years, but since many years, however, for permanent. After nearly 70 years, still provisional and only for humanitarian reasons tolerated by the Lebanese, the camp developped to a real Arab town – but an island of no return within the community of Beirut – where generations of Palestinians – followers of the first refugees – eke out their existance as “unwanted” – as eternal refugees – without any perspectives for a future.

    People forgot its existance so that Shatila and its inhabitans became during the past decades invisble, until 2012 people remembered Shatila – this fogotten island – as an ideal shelter for refugees escaping from the Syrian civil war (which is since then escalating in a most horrible way).

    While until his dead the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat represented the only hope for these Palestinian refugees living in camps in and outside Palestine, after his death 2004, however, it was Bashar al Assad, the current Syrian dictator who took over this role but waging since many years a war against his own people with terror and death, causing since 2012 hundreds of thousands of Syrians to escape to Lebanon. Once the only hope for the Palestinians, Assad, is standing now for the abolute despair and hopelessness. How quickly Shatila turned again to that forgotten area and invisble area – an island – located in the middle of metropolitan Beirut.

    A special version of this video is representing the final part of Agricola de Cologne’s “Palestinian Trilogy”, which is including also the previously released videos “Mesaage from behind a Wall” (2005) and “One Day on Mars” (2008) reflecting his visits in Middle East in 2005 and 2006.

    director and producer: Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
    Year of production: 2015
    Filmed on location in Lebanon (Berut and surropundings)
    Aspect ratio: PAL 16:9
    Video format: HD mp4
    exhibition format: mp4, DVD, BlueRay
    duration: 20 minutes
    Collection: “Reguee!” Film Collection – http://refugee.engad.org

    Screenings
    2016
    Now & After International Videoart Festival Moscow – State Darwin Museum Moscow
    Festival X 24 – Gainsborough/UK
    Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles(USA)
    CeC – Carnival of e-Creativity Shillong/India

    POLAK – Stages of Memory, 2016, 24:00
    POLAK – Stages of Memory, 2016, 24:00

    video

    Short synopsis
    The massacre at Rumbula Forest near Riga (30 November and 8 December 1941), the diary written by Doron Polak’s father during his imprisonment at Riga Ghetto, his survival and the memory of all had and has an fundamental influence on the performative work of the Israeli performance artist. Agricola de Cologne’s film is interpreting the historical and artistic roots by referring to the artistic inventions Doron Polak was realising on occasion of “A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012” and “A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013”.

    Details
    Director: Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
    Cinematorgraphy: Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
    Production: The New Museum of Networked Art
    Originalö footage shot in Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania)
    video format : PAL HD mp4
    exhibition format: mp4, DVD, BlueRay
    Collection: SFC – Shoah Film Collection – http://sfc.engad.org/video/

    The Plea – A Palestinian Trilogy, 2017, 40:00
    The Plea – A Palestinian Trilogy, 2017, 40:00

    video

    The Plea – A Palestinian Trilogy
    2017, 40:00

    In October 2017, Agricola de Cologne completed his film project “The Plea – A Palestinian Trilogy” starting in 2005 when he visited the Westbank for the first time.

    The project is consisting of three videos created between 2005 and 2016, a period when the political situation in Middle East escalated dramatically.

    The footage of the first part, entitled “Message from Behind the Wall” released in 2005, is reflecting the erection of the big wall in Bethlehem in 2005.
    The 2nd part, entitled: „One Day On Mars“, completed in 2008, is based on footage Agricola de Cologne shot 2006 when he was visiting Palestine for the 2nd time, while the footage of the 3rd part, entitled “Shatila – Lost Island” completed in 2016, was shot 2012, when he was visiting Beirut and the Palestinian refugee camp „Shatila“. The camp which is currently also shelter for Syrian refugees in Beirut is now a symbol for two most dramatic conflicts in Middle East and failed international politics at the expense of the Palestinian people.

    Visiting Middle East and dealing with the Palestinian question is causing a differenciated point of view and thinking. While the problem is dominated by two (however, failed) political ideologies drawing reality black and white, the “true” reality shows multi-facetted shades of grey, in which the “normal” people are yearning desperately for living in peace, dignity and the perspectives for a future.

    The film project “The Plea” is a plea for humanity on one hand and a self-determined life which is representing a human right.

    The Plea – A Palestinian Trilogy

    1.
    Message from Behind the WAll
    http://agricola-de.cologne/video/?p=459
    2005, 10:00

    The segregation wall in Palestine is a fact. In November 2004, an artistic action against the wall ended, taking place at six different places in Palestine where walls were under construction, initiated by Palestine artists by inviting artists from different countries to paint an artistic message on the concrete.
    When Agricola de Cologne was in Bethlehem in February 2005, he visited several places where the Israeli were erecting the wall. The part of the wall he was filming, is situated in opposite of the AIDA refugee camp (UN), and was at that time a temporary playground for children. And these children made their own contribution to the huge wall paintings.
    “Message from behind a Wall”is transporting different messages, but the main message represents the action of children’s innocence.
    The moving picture is a unique document of the day of 17 February 2005. In 2006. however, the construction of the wall in Bethlehem was completed, and the hostile area around the wall is not used any longer as a playground for children.

    2.
    One Day on Mars
    http://agricola-de.cologne/video/?p=478
    2007, 8:00

    A human being is obliged to spend at least one day in his lifetime on Mars. Mars the red desert planet, Mars the god of war. Mars can be anywhere, any place which is identified with the inhuman, violence, hate, rage, revenge and despair.
    Agricola de Cologne filmed the original material 2006 during a visit in Palestine & Israel.

    3.
    Shatila Lost Island
    http://agricola-de.cologne/video/?p=667
    2016, 20:00

    “It was a wonderful sunny afternoon, time for dreaming when my Palestinian guide catched me from the hotel in downtown Beirut. We were riding with his car about a quater of an hour but after a while the car was swimming in a kind of mysterious fog like a boat in the sea when suddenly the gate of an Arab town appeared from nowhere. Entering this gate I was entering a forgotten, enchanted world, happy and very sad alike crowded with people who seems to live in an ancient and contemporary world at the same time. They call it camp, but aren’t we all living in camps.”

    Shatila –
    that’s the name of this place. Seperated from the metropolitan area of Beirut, but at the same time in its center, but invisible to those who do not know, and for those who know a kind of “tabu” is speading the message of not existing.

    Errected as a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut in 1949, its actual purpose was to give Palestinian refugees – expelled from their home land Palestine a temporary shelter – lasting probably in the beginning just for a few months, to be later prolonged for some years, but since many years, however, for permanent. After nearly 70 years, still provisional and only for humanitarian reason tolerated by the Lebanese, the camp developped to a real Arab town – but an island of no return within the community of Beirut – where generations of Palestinians – followers of the first refugees – eke out their existance as “unwanted” – as eternal refugees – without any perspectives for a future.

    People forgot its existance so that Shatila and its inhabitans became during the past decades invisble, until 2012 people remembered Shatila – this fogotten island – as an ideal shelter for refugees escaping from the Syrian civil war (which is since then escalating in a most horrible way).

    While until his dead the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat represented the only hope for these Palestinian refugees living in camps in and outside Palestine, after his death 2004, however, it was Bashar al Assad, the current Syrian dictator who took over this role but waging since many years a war against his own people with terror and death, causing since 2012 hundreds of thousands of Syrians to escape to Lebanon. Once the only hope for the Palestinians, Assad, is standing now for the abolute despair and hopelessness. How quickly Shatila turned again to that forgotten area and invisble area – an island – located in the middle of metropolitan Beirut.

    The video is representing the final part of Agricola de Cologne*’s “Palestinian Trilogy”, which is including also the previously released videos “Mesaage from behind a Wall” (2005) and “One Day on Mars” (2008) based on original footage shot in Palestine (Westbank) and Israel.

    SODA - Song of Day After: I Am my Father, 2017, 4:46
    I Am my Father: Song of Day After, 2017, 4:46

    video


    SODA – Song of Day After: I Am my Father:
    , 2017, 4:46

    Synopsis:
    Experimental autobiographical work using a metaphorical language to reflect the traumatizations of Past & Present.
    The first film in a series of autobiographical works.

    Dawn, 2017, 6:10
    Dawn, 2017, 6:10

    video

    Synopsis
    Climate Change: The film is reflecting the shrinking recourses of water as a cause for flight and migration.

    The video combines original footages shot by Agricola de Cologne in Morocco & Israel with found footage.

    For Europe – 2018!, 1:00
    For Europe – 2018!, 1:00

    video

    Synopsis
    What, if Europe would be an human being? – Agricola de Cologne is giving his answer

    Prison of Mind, 2019, 5:40
    Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – Prison of Mind, 2019, 6:30

    video

    Synopsis
    Life and time get a new meaning for those who wait for the execution of the death sentence, for them it is the question whether life is that true prison and death rather the liberation from this prison. The metaphorical video reflects the changing values in life during the process of approaching death.

    Oak Town, 2019, 17:00

    OAKTOWN – on climate activism, 2019, 17:00

    video
    Agricola de Cologne (Germany), OAKTOWN – on climate activism, 2019, 17:00

    The video is demonstrating how the future generation is facing its future – by preserving the natural environment as the living habitat for mankind. Oaktown @ the Hambach Forest is standing as a symbol for many other attempts in all parts on the globe to sensitize people and public opinon.

    Oaktown @ Hambacher Forst
    The Hambach Forest, which is located between Cologne and Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia, is one of the oldest and last primary forests in Central Europe. It has been in existence for 12,000 years, which is exceptional. At one time the forest was 5,500 ha in size. Now there are only 1,100 ha left, the rest having been destroyed by the RWE (Reinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk) and by opencast lignite mining. For activists living in the forest, it is not just a question of protecting the forest, it is also a question of climate change, health, relocation, expropriation and who makes the decisions.

    For Wilfried Agricola de Cologne who grew up in 60ies and 70ies of 20th cenrtury, Martin Luther King’s human rights activism is standing at the beginning of the movememt which manifesting iiself these days in the diverse form of climate activism. The three songs written and performed by Marvinn Gaye stand for the spririt of activism via non-violent resistance.

    The Corona VIdeo, 2020, 4:24

    The Corona VIdeo, 2020, 4:24

    video

    The Corona Video, 2020, 4:24
    The title, actually speaks for itself. Life is frozen. Life has withdrawn from its natural environment. Living structures like nature, but also one’s own life can be experienced only virtually on the monitor, it might be a TV or computer screen.

    Part of The Corona Film Collection

    Danse Macabre, 2022, 6:30

    Danse Macabre, 2022, 6:30

    video

    War! (in Ukraine) – dancing the annihilation

    Agricola de Cologne interview
    @ Ländsmuseum Örebro @ art:screen fest Orebro/SWE – 7 Oct 2012 – 15h
    video