Peace Letters from IZMIR to Ukraine

Peace Letters to Ukraine 13

The 13th part – sending the message of the positive creativity – via the specific solidarity screening program ” Winter of Enlightenment” to be shown in physical space for the 1st time in Izmir (TR) – documenting the globally networked collaboration between artists, curators and institutions – a composition of experimental docomentaries

Cultural and artistic networking is representing one way how art can serve as a tool to show and confirm solidarity with the Ukrainian people – for Peace and Freedom – not just on times of war, the Russian-Ukraine War. But it’s freedom, of course, as it is understood in a liberal democracy, as it is possible only through the diversity as a result of networking.

Venues
VisArts Center Rockville (MD/USA) – 07-08 May 2022
Thessaloniki Municipal Art Gallery (Greece) 18-20 May 2022
Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles (CA/USA) – 04-25 June 2022
Rhizome DC Washington DC (USA) – 07 July 2022
IzDoc Izmir (Turkey) – 20-22 January 2023

Solidarity screening program –
Winter of Enlightenment 2022/2023

About the venue - Izdoc @ French Cultural Center Izmir

Salute to those who created our reality by showing us the truth.
Izmir, one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey, is the country’s 3rd largest metropolis with a population of 5 million. It is also an important tourism center with its historical and natural texture. İZDOC – İzmir International Documentary Festival is also the first documentary film festival of the city.

20-21-22 January 2023 @





The curator's note

Curatorial note


ExDox Documentaries
The World is in turmoil, the human civilisation is in turmoil, culture is in turmoil, the artists are in turmoil – violence and war in Ukraine and elsewhere, the war of the political systems and ideologies, genocide, racism, intolerance, climate change, pandemic, expulsion, refugees, globalization – and all simultaneously! The global crisis!
And what function might art have in all that mess? What message may transport these Peace Letters?
In any case much more than just promising support and solidarity, rather summoning the positive creativity when we, that’s the world community, are staying together brainstorming, acting in respect and responsibility for each other. Art as a tool for sensitizing and encouragement and – Peace. The selected artists – coming from different continents and cultural backgrounds – show and offer their positive creativity via their audio-visual creations.
The Peace Letters to Ukraine Project is initiated by the Cologne based media artist and chief-curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne for The New Museum of Networked Art as a networked artistic action in reaction on the war against the Ukraine in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

The solidarity screenings @ IzDoc – Izmir Documentary Film Festival
are featuring

Peace Letters to Ukraine 13

ExDox Documentariies

Marie Magescas (France) – WAR desease, 2010, 8:26
Shahar Marcus (Israel) – Seeds, 2012, 5:03
Yiotis Vrantzas (Greece) – Phone call from Cairo, 2012, 4:55
Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt) – The People Demand the Fall of the Regime, 2011, 4:00
Masa Hicisin Dervisevic (CZ) – Personal Images: Personal Semiotics of War, 2013, 9:54
Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Oaktown-on climate activism, 2020, 17:00
Oleg Chorny (Ukraine) – Olexa Hirnyk Stairs, 2012, 14:00

Selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
director @ The New Museum of Networked Art
ExDox – Experimental Documentary Film Festival

About the curator - Agricola de Cologne

Agricola de Cologne @ http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=82

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

  • curator of media art, designer of culture, interdisciplinary media artist, director of experimental shortfilms and videos
  • founder and director of The New Museum of Networked Art – the experimental platform for art and new media (2000), a global network on different virtual and physical levels
  • founder & curator of The Audiovisual Art Collections @ The New Museum of Networked Art including several thousand of art films & videos on the topics “memory” & identity”- a big share has “The Collective Trauma Film Collections – including Shoah Film Collection, The Refugee Film Collection and Never More! Hiroshima/Fukushima
  • founder & director of artvideoKOELN – the curatorial initiative „art & moving images“ (2005)
  • founder & director of CologneOFF – International Festival Platform (2005), including CologneOFF International Videoart Festival, animateCologne – Cologne Art & Animation Festival, 1minutCOLOGNE – Cologne One Minute Festival, exDox – experimental documentary festival, diLight – Darkness Into Light Festival, The W:OW Art Film & Video Festival
  • founder & curator of The W:OW Project – We Are One World – global networking project (2017)

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 (2005), netEX (2007), AVMCI (2012), 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 & curator on more than 500 festivals and media art exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Merida, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Bogota, London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Madrid, Gijon, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Addis Abeba, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Tblissi, 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, Münster, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg & elsewhere, but also on Biennials like Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 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 Nagoya (2002), ISEA Singapur (2008), ISEA Belfast (2009), Kochi Musziris Biennial (2016/2017)

His media art context “CologneOFF nomadic – videoart in a global context” is travelling since 2010 as a nomadic festival project around the globe with permanently changing programs.

Agricola de Cologne –> http://agricola-de.cologne
artvideoKOELN –> http://artvideo.koeln
Cologne International Videoart Festival –> http://coff.newmediafest.org
CologneOFF – International Festival Platform –-> http://coff.newmediafest.org
The New Museum of Networked Art –> http://www.nmartproject.net

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Peace Letters to Ukraine 13

ExDox Documentariies
Selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne


Marie Magescas (France) – WAR desease, 2010, 8:26
Shahar Marcus (Israel) – Seeds, 2012, 5:03
Yiotis Vrantzas (Greece) – Phone call from Cairo, 2012, 4:55
Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt) – The People Demand the Fall of the Regime, 2011, 4:00
Masa Hicisin Dervisevic (CZ) – Personal Images: Personal Semiotics of War, 2013, 9:54
Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Oaktown-on climate activism, 2020, 17:00
Oleg Chorny (Ukraine) – Olexa Hirnyk Stairs, 2012, 14:00