Festival Miden: starting from zero!

Festival Miden (miden means “zero” in Greek), the first Greek video art festival presented in open public spaces, is an annual video art & new media cultural event held in Kalamata, GR.

The festival is founded, organized and curated by a team of contemporary Greek artists, who are all linked with Kalamata since childhood. It is an independent organization, supported by Kalamata’s Historic Centre Organization, the Messinia Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Kalamata.

The Museum of Networked Art is honoring Video Art Miden, respectively Gioula Papadopoulou, as an institutional and curatorial networking partner since 2008.

Video Art Festival Miden (2008-2022)

Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece

CologneOFF partner festival 2009

Festival Miden: starting from zero!

Festival Miden (miden means “zero” in Greek), the first Greek video art festival presented in open public spaces, is an annual video art & new media cultural event held in Kalamata, GR.

The festival is founded, organized and curated by a team of contemporary Greek artists, who are all linked with Kalamata since childhood. It is an independent organization, supported by Kalamata’s Historic Centre Organization, the Messinia Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Kalamata.

Video Festival Miden

The main purpose of the festival is the free presentation, promotion and development of Greek and international video art and new media art, in times dominated and defined by “image” and “technology”, creating a new, alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video and media artists from Greece and all over the world. Under the motto “Start from zero!” we also invite students, young artists and creators from other backgrounds to participate dynamically in our events.

Since 2005, the year Festival Miden was presented for the first time in open spaces of Kalamata’s Historic Centre -starting literally from zero!- it has been gradually established as one of the most successful and interesting video art festivals in Greece and abroad and has been a significant point of cultural exchange for Greek, European and international video art.

During the last five years, Festival Miden has been presented annually every July in Kalamata, and also has presented screening programs, exhibitions and collaborations in Athens, Argos and Larissa in Greece, while collaborating with various art groups, art schools, artspaces, organizations and other festivals in Greece and internationally.

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Our manifesto:

Festival Miden is an initiative action, taken in order to promote and develop alternative and free expression at times where visual arts and media play a more and more dominant role.

The main axes of Festival Miden is Video Art which is presented not just as a different mean of expression for many pioneer visual artists but also as an easy and effective tool for public creativity. A potential that derives mainly from the free use of modern visual media, which offer an easy access to everyone.

Video Festival Miden

Through a variety of activities and events, Festival Miden hopes to become the pole and the foundation of a new artistic extroversion that will be inspired by the critical observation of everyday life focusing on the role of the individual as the centre of life itself.

The main objective of this initiative action is the stimulation of the community to freely develop its artistic dimension independently, away from any type of intervention.

Previous editions:
Festival Miden 2005: starting from miden(=zero)

The first Festival Miden was presented in open spaces of the Historic Centre in Kalamata, at 8, 9 and 10th of July 2005. The three-day events included a two days video art screening program at Amfeia’s square and a musical concert -featuring Messinian Jazzteat, The Freak Brothers Band and Mellotron- at Agii Apostoli, both areas of the Historic Centre of Kalamata.

The screening program included 44 art videos of various techniques and styles, created by forty video artists from all over Greece and abroad. The audience of the first year’s organization embraced the Festival not only with its lively presence but also with its support by all possible means.

In its first realization, Festival Miden was supported by Kalamata’s Historic Centre Organization, The Messinia Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Kalamata and co-operated with Athens Video Art Festival and Fournos-Centre for Digital Culture.

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Festival Miden 2006: established in Greece

In its second realization, which took place in public spaces of the Historic Centre in the city of Kalamata in July 2006, Festival Miden presented 3 days of screenings and events.

The three-day program included a two days screening program at Amfeia’s square (Thursday 6 and Friday 7 of July). There were presented 71 art videos, created by 68 video artists and groups from Greece and abroad.

The third day included a special screening of “The Approaching of the Hour”, a dinsticted documentary film about the Greek English-speaking Pop/Rock music scene, directed by Gratsiella Canellou, followed by a VJ musical concert featuring “Alloiosis” group, at Agii Apostoli (Saturday, 8 of July 2006).

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Festival Miden 2007: the festival becomes international

More than 500 artists, groups and video creators from all over the world submitted their works for the screening program of Festival Miden 2007, which took place in public spaces of the Historic Centre of Kalamata, from 5th to 7th of July 2007.

Festival miden 2007 focused on contemporary video art and was realized in collaboration with the Municipality of Kalamata, with the support of Kalamata’s Historic Centre Organization and the Messinia Chamber of Commerce.

The central program in Amfeia’s Square included 6 thematical screenings and tributes. A parallel screening, with 3 more theme programs, was placed in a nearby open area of the Historic Centre.

Festival Miden 2007 presented videos from more than 35 countries from all over the world: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraqi, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, Czech, Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and others, getting an international character.

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Festival Miden 2008: upgraded and renewed

Video Art Festival Miden 2008 took place in public spaces of the historic centre of Kalamata (Amfeia’s Square), from the 4th to 6th of July 2008.

In its 4th realization, Festival Miden presented 205 works from various artists from over 40 countries, aiming to a global presentation of the most interesting contemporary video art practices and trends.

For the first time, the festival presented, along with its main video program, interactive works and internet projects.

The program included thematical screenings and tributes, interactive projects, student works and a special tribute to Manthos Santorineos, Professor in Athens School of Fine Arts and a pioneer Greek media-artist.

Festival Miden 2008 was a co-production of “Sea Level” (urban, non-profit company) and the Municipality of Kalamata and was realized with the support of Kalamata’s Historic Centre Organization and the Messinia Chamber of Commerce.

(Find all previous editions at www.festivalmiden.gr/prevfestival_eng.html)

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Upcoming edition: Festival Miden 2009

For the upcoming 5th edition (which will be presented early July in Kalamata, GR), Festival Miden has announced the following special theme programs:

-a special theme program entitled “Transforming the ordinary”
-a special theme program entitled “Strange thoughts”
-a tribute to videodance
-a special theme program entitled “Urban (R)evolutions”

This year, the festival will celebrate its 5year presence in Greek and international art and culture by presenting also a selection of the best videos shown in the previous editions of the festival.

The festival has also announced the presentation of 2 screening programs curated by Agricola de Cologne (Cologne OFF and VideoChannel director) and will also present the new compilation of Globalscreen “Simulations”.

Other parallel events, seminars and lectures are also scheduled in the frame of Festival Miden 2009.

For news and announcements visit www.festivalmiden.gr

The festival team:

Art Director:
Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos

Art Curators:
Gioula Papadopoulou, Margarita Stavraki

Stavros Kapetis, Sibel Amet, Nikos Syrigos
Maria Bourika, Stavroula Baka, Georgia Oikonomopoulou

More info at:


VideoChannel is very proud to release in May 2009 “Video Prints” , a curatorial contribution of Greek video art by Gioula Papadopoulou, who is curator of the Greek festival of videoart “Festival Miden” in the city of Kalamata.

This feature is completed by 3 interviews with artists/directors included in the feature on VIP – VideoChannel Interview Project and finally the inclusion of the videos on VAD – Video Art Database

Presented CologneOFF programs
2022 - Peace Letters to Ukraine
Peace Letters from Thessaloniki to Ukraine!

Peace Letters to Ukraine 6

This video program is documenting the networked collaboration between artists, curators and institutions in solidarity.
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 War in Ukraine. But it’s freedom, of course, as it is understood in a liberal democracy – the freedom of the word, expression and movement- as it is possible only through the diversity as a result of networking.
The screening of the Peace Letters 6 program at Thessaloniki Municipal Art Gallery – presenting a new festival format focussed on that diversity @ is realised via networking with Video Art Miden Kalamata/Gr – our networking partner since 2008, this time in collaboration with Aristotele School of Visual & Applied Arts Thessaloniki in the framework of Video Art Projects Festival – 18-20 May 2022 @ Thessaloniki Municipal Art Gallery.

Solidarity screening program
In Turmoil

About the venue – Thessaloniki Municipal Art Gallery

Video Art Projects Festival – 18-20 May 2022

Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki/Greece

will inaugurate in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (School of Visual and Applied Arts, New Media for Visual Arts Studio) and the International Festival Video Art Miden, Kalamata, Greece, a new art festival titled Video Art Projects.
Video Art Projects is a newborn international festival which focus on multiple visual expressions of video art. The festival will take place at Casa Bianca, the headquarters of the Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, from Wednesday 18th to Friday May 20th 2022, on the occasion of the International Museum Day – May 18th .
This year the festival received 120 entries (New Media artists) from 21 countries and regions around the world. The 3 – days program will be enriched with the participation of other important festivals and curators from abroad, especially from Italy, Germany, Portugal and Brazil. The projections will present tributes to the Greek Video Art, as well as to the School of Visual and Applied Arts students’ artworks.
International platforms / festivals, The New Museum of Networked Art (Germany), Visualcontainer (Italy), FONLAD – International Video Art and Performance Festival (Portugal) and Stangloscope (Brazil), as well as the International Festival Video Art Miden (Greece), will present a selection of video artworks.

in collaboration with

Curatorial note

In Turmoil
The World is in turmoil, the human civilisation is in turmoil, culture is in turmoil, the artists are in turmoil – racism, intolerance, climate change, pandemic, globalization, violence and war in Ukraine and elsewhere, the war of the political systems and ideologies – genocide – and all simultaneously! The global crisis!
And what function might art have in all that mess? What message may transport this Peace Letter?
In any case much more than just promissing 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 encouragment and – Peace. The 11 selected artists – coming from different continents and cultural backgrounds – show and offer their positive creativity via their audiovisual creations.
The Peace Letter to Ukraine Project was initiated by the Cologne based media artist and 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 for the Ukraininan people.

The solidarity screenings in Thessaloniki consist of –
Peace Letters 6 – selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
including Laura & Sira Cabrera Diaz (Spain), Ian Gibbins (Australia), Brit Bunkley (New Zealand), Kokou Ekouagou (Togo), Carolin Koss (Finland), Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany), Ausin Sainz (Spain), Manon Pichon (France), Bernhard Hollinger (Austria), Dimitris Argyriou (Greece), Vito Alfarano (Italy)

Peace Letters to Ukraine 6

In Turmoil
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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Laura & Sira Cabrera Diaz (Spain) – Between Species, 2021, 9:16
Ian Gibbins (Australia) – Colony Collapse, 2019, 3:54
Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) – Pillar of Fire, 2021, 6:59
Kokou Ekouagou (Togo) – Stand Up, 2020, 1:46
Carolin Koss (Finland) – Plastic Child, 2016, 12:11
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – SODA – Song of Day After: I Am My Father, 2017, 4:26
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Peaceful Protest, 2020, 5:00
Manon Pichon (France) – Quarantine Contact, 2020, 1.00
Bernhard Hollinger (Austria) – Me, Myself & I
Dimitris Argyriou (Greece) – 5 Minutes Silence, 2018, 10:52
Vito Alfarano (Italy) – I Have A Dream, 2019, 11:30

This program will be released streaming online after 20 May 2022 in Thessaloniki.

2021 - Time Quarantined

The New Museum of Networked Art
guest @ Video Art Miden Kalamata

presenting the New Years Program
TIME Quarantined
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

List of videos

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Karin & Didi Fromherz (Switzerland) – Handshake, 2014, 4:30
Ronnie Sluik (Netherlands) – Ronnie Likes to Know, 2017, 1’13
Jason Jenn (USA) – We Wear Many Different Masks, 2020, 3:00
Alexandra Anikina (Russia) – Some Entropy in Your Tea, 2013, 8:15
Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) – Pillard of Cloud, 2016, 4:00
Johannes C. Gerard (Germany) – Isolate, 2019, 2:58
Louise Coetzer (RSA) – Dead Air, 2011, 5:12
Arie Sigal & Ben-David Sigal (Israel) – Perlite, 2018, 4:17
Lisi Prada (Spain) – State of Emergency, 2020, 3:30
Shahar Marcus & Hagit Grossman (Israel)- Johanna and Me, 2020, 9:58
Farid Hamedi // Rohina (Iran) – A Chair For All, 2019, 7:44
Vojislav Radovanovic (Serbia/USA) – Suburbia, 2020, 11:00
Katya Yakubov ( Uzbekistan) – Migration, 2014, 1:33

Curatorial statement
In these times of the pandemic many people become aware of the restrictions of the “usual”. Those things which were taken for granted before receive suddenly an unusual status. Time seems to be paralyzed, set in quarantine – or is it just a paradigm shift?
The program of the selected videos is a composition of different aspects of time in all their contradictions according to an artistic view manifested in 13 art videos by
Karin & Didi Fromherz, Ronnie Sluik, Jason Jenn, Alexandra Anikina, Brit Bunkley, Johannes C.Gerard, Louise Coetzer, Arie & Ben David Sigal, Lisi Prada, Shahar Marcus & Hagit Großman, Farid Hamedi, Vojislav Radovanovi?, Katya Yakubov

2017 - WOW.04 / Greece @ TWIXTlab Athens

WOW.04 / Greece @ TWIXTlab Athens 6-7 May 2017 – Athens/Greece
CologneOFF 2017 Greece
@ TWIXTlab Athens
6-7 May 2017 – Athens/Greece

WOW.04 / Greece
W:OW Art Film & Video Festival
(We Are One World // Art Film & Video Festival)

No Return
The Refugee Film Collection
selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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Luca Nanini (Italy) – A Hope – a Perpetuum Mobile, 2012, 2:00
Simone Stoll (Germany) – FAREWELL – ABSCHIED, 2016, 06:08
Theodoris Trampas (Greece) – Scorched Earth, 2015, 14:53
Isabel Pérez del Pulgar (Spain) – Línea Imaginaria , 2016 , 06:39
Mo’ Mohamed Benhadj (Algeria) – GOD WILL KNOW HIS OWNS, 2014, 08:32
Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece) – Borderline, 2015, 3:06
Florentia Ikonomidou (Greece) – Heart Attack, 2016, 02:44
Daniel Wechsler (Israel) – Exi(s)t, 2016, 01:45
Panagiotis Kalos (Greece) – Gasping for Air, 2015, 1:36
Anni Kaltsidou (Greece) – The Refugees, 2015, 2:48
Monika Zywer (Poland) – Golden Life Jacket, 2016, 01:00
George Symeonidis, Artemis Stathakou (Greece) – “Refugee”, 2015, 04:08
David Gutema Gamatchis (Hungary) – Traffickers, 2015, 4:18
Lucija Konda Labas (Croatia) – We are the dogs – Wir sind Hunde, 2016, 1:11
Max Hattler (Germany) – Stop The Show, 2013; 1:00

2014 – CologneOFF 2014 - Total Art

2014 – 10 Years Cologne International Videoart Festival

CologneOFF 2014 Greece II
@ Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece
July 2014

CologneOFF XP – “ Total Art – Alienated Time”
selected by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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list of videos
Heidi Kumao (USA) –Swollowed Whole, 2014, 3:53
Maurizio Sanhueza (Peru) – Copycat, 2013, 8:12
Francesca Fini (Italy) – Little Pills Blues, 2013,
Cinzia Sarto (Italy) – Forbidden Fruit, 2009, 4.40
Giulia Giannola (Italy) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, 2012, 04:58
Karolien Soete (Belgium) – Tempus Fugit , 2013, 3:53
Albert Merino (Spain) –Visàvis, 2013, 5.05
Stephen John Ellis (USA) – Aus dem Kinder , 2011, 5:14
Brit Bunkley (NZ) – By Blood and Water, By Blood and Sand, 2014, 5:37
Ben Skea (UK) – Sleep Vessel, 2013, 2:43
Vojtìch Žák – (CZ) – Svetovar Brewery, 2013, 03:18
Gavin Hoffman (Ireland) – Complicit, 2013, 4:08
Mani Mehrvarz (Iran) – Wistful Affection For The Past, 2013, 3:06

Curatorial statement
by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

The motto of the 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival – “Total Art – Gesamtkunstwerk” is not only related to the type and contents of the audiovisual video works to be selected, but also to the meaning CologneOFF has as an artistic creation of its own.

It points to the fact that the festival activities are the creative output of the media artist Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, founding director und curator of CologneOFF whose artistic creative work in form of curating is manifesting itself in that special type of art work, the 10th festival edition of Cologne International Videoart Festival., respectively the totality of the project, entitled CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival, including 10 editions of an experimental and experimenting festival, and in this way, 10 years of an exciting media development. The festival as an art project and a cultural creation.
However, Agricola de Cologne is not placing himself and his creation in the foreground, but the particular complex audiovisual creations by the submitting fellow artists whose video works follow all the idea of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” using an individual audiovisual language, and in this way, the medium of digital video in all its technological complexity in order to confront the audience with multi-facetted contents, the manifestation of philosophical, political, cultural or artistic statements through a critical view on the PRESENT, sometimes ironically and with a sense of humour, but very serious und profound in artistic concern.

Alienated Time is indicating “time” as an essential component determining the perception of life as a process from the subjective point of view of the creator, as well as the viewer in cultural, social or political concern.

As a unity and totality, the selection to be presented in Kalamata would like to celebrate the diversity of contemporary artistic creations in times of the merging arts on occasion of the 10th anniversary of CologneOFF.

2014 - Florina School of Visual Art – 19 January 2014

On 19 January 2014, Florina Art School in Florina (Greece) & Gioula Papadopoulou from Videoart Miden were presenting

Art & Nature
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List of videos

Manuel Ferrer and Alena Mesarosova (Spain/Slovakia) – Irreal Time, 2012, 3:30
exDoc – experimental documentary film festival -curator Agricola de Cologne

Claudia Borgna (It) – Sweep and weep, Weep and sweep, Under, Over, In, Out, Away, 2010, 11:09
CologneOFF VII (Gwermany) – curator: Agricola de Cologne

QNQ/AUJIK (SWE) – A Forest within a Forest, 2010, 5:10
animateCOLOGNE – curator: Agricola de Cologne

Adele Rackövi (Austria) – Croax – Evolution Errors, 2012, 4:00
VideoChannel (Germany) – curator: Agricola de Cologne

Wei Ming Ho (Taiwan) – The Art Qaeda Project, 2010, 4:11
Manipulated Image (Los Angeles/USA) curator: Alysse Stepanian

Louise Coetzer (RSA) – Dead Air, 2011, 5:12
Letters from the Sky Festival Capetwon (South Africa)- curator: Kai Lossgott

Derek Larson (USA) – Landscape, 2011, 10:34
STRATA Foundation (Finland) – curator: Pekka Ruuska

Yuliya Lanina (USA) – Dodo Valse, 2010, 2.46
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece) – curator: Gioula Papadopoulou

Juliana Alvarenga (Brazil) – Winter Garden”, 2010: 03:56
VideoBabel – Videoart Festival Cuzco (Pru) – curator: Very Tyuleneva

Andre Scucato & Cristina Pinhero (Brazil) – Mago, 2005, 3:26
FONLAD – Digital Art Festival (Portugal) – curator: Sergio Gomes

Dan Hudson (Canada) – River, 2011, 3:00
CologneOFF VIII (Germany) – curator: Agricola de Cologne

2013 CologneOFF 2013

Cologne Art & Moving Images Awards
is happy to announce

CologneOFF 2013 Greece III
@ Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 4-7 July 2013

Trace of Transformation
animateCOLOGNE – Cologne Art & Animation Festival
selection coordinated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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Part I
Curated by Agricola de Cologne
Pablo Fernandez-Pujol (Spain)- Pigman, 2012, 3:00
Albert Merino (Spain) – Les Bagneurs, 2010, 3:50
Kristina Frank (Sweden) – Take to the woods, 2011, 6:01
Sarah Mock (Germany) – Is there a Way Out, 2011, 3:47
Karolien Soete (Belgium) – Prolegomena, 2011, 7’32″
Todd Fuller (Australia) – Tin Man, 2010, 4:37

Part II
Curated by Myriam Thyes

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DoDomani Studio (Italy) – The Box, 2012, 3:00
Andrea Ferri (Italy) – Satura, 2008, 2:30
Natalia Biegaj (Poland) – For Katy, 2012, 3:26
Karolina Glusiec (Poland) – Velocity, 2012, 6:00
Shuai Cheng Pu (Taiwan) – Ferry Paradise, 2012, 3:48
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – At the Museum, 2012, 3:00
Arjan Brentjes (Netherlands) – Il était une fois un Artiste, 2011, 6:34
David Clark (UK) – Odd Jobs, 2010, 4:16

2012 - One Minute Cologne

CologneOFF 2012 Greece II
@ Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata (Greece) – 5-7 July 2012

CologneOFF2012 Spain II PDF catalogue CologneOFF2012 Greece II

1#minuteCOLOGNE -Cologne One Minute Film Festival
60×60 – a special selection curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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01. Antony Rousseau (France) – Climax, 2005, 1:00
02. Sonja Vuk (Croatia) – Title: My Way, 2005, 1:00
03. AngelaWashko (USA) – Title: Give Stripes, Pretty Khaki, 2010, 1:00
04. Unity Art Nabiha & Thom (Germany) – Yellow Chain Dance, Penang Malaysia 2009, 1:00
05. Sahra Bhimji (USA) – Title: “La Ghost”, 2008, 1:00
06. Sreedeep (India) – 1 minute crash-course on SEDUCTION, 2009, 1:00
07. Ron Diorio (USA) – Title: Night Light, 2008, 1:00
08. Bill Domonkos (USA) – Title: Wormwhole, 2008, 1:00
09. Lukas Mateijka (Slovakia) – Title: 20m, 2008, 1:00
10. Simone Stoll (Germany) – Video title. The Crow, 2009, 1:00
11. Kika Nicolela (Brazil) – Title: Windmaker, 2009, 1:00
12. Harriet Macdonald (UK) – Title: Another Year Gone, 2008, 1:00
13. Alex Lora (Spain) – Video title: So Much Love, 2009, 1:00
14. Katherine Sweetman (USA) – Title: Dating in LA, 2009, 1:00
15. Kriss Salmanis (Latvia) – The Shower, 2007, 1:00
16. Mores McWreath (USA) – Title: The Egg, 2008, 1:00
17. Diogo Pessoa de Andrade (Portugal) – Gesture of Love, 2011, 1:00
18. Junho Oh (South Korea) – My identity by web application, 2010, 1:00
19. Ana Brotas/ Joana Gomes dos Santos (PT) – ABC whistling, 2012, 1:00
20. Karlos Alastruey (Spain) – Video title: S1-S4 reflections, 2010, 1:00
21. Jack Brandtman (Australia) – Title: Nightlife (2010, 1:00)
22. Ulf Kristiansen (Norway) – The Hope of Enduring Long, 2010
23. Antti Savela (Sweden) – Title: Mother, 2007, 1:00
24. Andrea Zrno (Croatia) – video title: Is this your language?, 2009, 1:00
25. Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Title: Burning Phantom, 2009, 1:00
26. Victoria S. Weible (USA) – Title: Memory, 2009, 1:00
27. Helena Alvesalo (Sweden) – Microfilm 5, 2012, 1:00
28. Lilia Perez Romero (Mexico) – video title: “Pills”, 2010, 1:00
29. Minso Kim (South Korea) – video title: Is this mine?, 2009, 1:00
30. Filip Jacobson (Poland) – Is it the end?, 2012, 1:00
31. Lemeh42 (Italy) – Title: Image de la Plaine, 2009, 1:00
32. Mohammed Harb (Palestine) – Death tunnel, 2011, 1:00
33. Kaspars Groshevs (Latvia) – Title: Tomorrow, 2007, 1:00
34. Adam Dragojevic (Serbia) – Title: Sweet Memory (2010, 1:00)
35. Gergely Erdely (Hungary) – Title: Myth (2010, 1:00)
36. Nikesh Shukla (UK) – Title: The Great Identity Swindle, 2009, 1:00
37. Nitin Das (India) – Title: Benefits of War, 2008, 1:00
38. Nenko Genov (Bulgaria) – Tomates Eat You, 2010, 1:00
39. Vera Todorova (Bulgaria) – video title: Video – II., 2010, 1:00
40. Alison Beda (USA) – Title: Just a Minute (2008, 1:00)
41. Hervé Constant (UK)- Title: 59 Steps (2006, 1:00)
42. Xiaowen Zhu (China) – Caroussel Travel, 2010, 1:00
43. Henry Gwiazda (USA) – Title: Claudia & Paul 4:55 p.m, 2009, 1:00
44. Fabrizio Bellomo (Italy) – The Most Beautiful View of Milan, 2011, 1:00
45. Olga and Tatiana Poliektova (Russia) – Inspiration, 2010, 1:00
46. Pramod Saahoo (India) – Video title: Wake Up Call, 2011, 1:00
47. Gruppo Sinestetico (Italy) – Title: anche un parole uccidona, 2007, 1:00
48. Veena Shekar (India) – We are different because we were made differently, 2009, 1:00
49. Myriam Thyes (CH) – Janus Goddess Flies over Malta , 2011, 1 :00
50.Hamza Halloubi (Morocco) –Title : Untitled, 2009, 1 :00
51. Basir Mahmood (Pakistan) – Dot in The Line, 2011, 1 :00
52. Pierre-Laurent Cassière (France) – Title: Mimnemesis, 2006, 1:00
53. Lin Fangsuo (China) – Title: White, 2008, 1:00
54. Katherine Oggier Chanda (CH) – Squeaky Clean, 2010, 1:00
55. Johanna Reich (Germany) – Blast, 2008, 1:00
56. Adrian Zalewski (Poland) – Title: I Once Wasn’t Dead, 2010, 1:00
57. Yin-Ling Chen (Taiwan) – Title: A Face, 2009, 1:00
58. Baptist Coelho (India) – Title: Crosslegged, 2008, 1:00
59. Drew Hamilton (USA) – Street Corner project, 2012, 1:00
60. István Rusvai (Hungary) – TitlE. Pass, 2009, 1:00

2011 - Lines, Colours & Emotions

CologneOFF 2011 Greece (II)
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece
14-17 July 2011

Lines, colours & emotions
– videoart from Latin America –
curated by VideoChannel Cologne

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List of participants

Marita Contreras (Peru) – Via Crucis, 2008, 4:00
Javier de la Torre (Mexico) – Suennos Y Sustitutes, 2002, 6:34
Julio Orta Villarreal (Mexico) – Elena in the Prison of Herself, 2006, 6:58
Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico) – Hosts / Guests, 2004, 7:50
Christian Bermudez ( Costa Rica) – Dear Neigbour, 2006, 7:00
Alejandra Villasmil (Ecuador) – Fanesca, 2010, 1:00
William Peña Vega (Colombia) – Zero Degrees, 2010, 3:00
Juan David Gonzalez Monroy (Colombia) – How To Catch A Mole, 2009, 9:00
Henrique Roscoe (Brazil) – Love Rules, 2007, 1:16
Silvia Cacciatori Filloy (Uruguay) – Prostituto, ta., 2005, 4:40
i2off.org+r3nder.net (Argentina) – Siembra: Videocode03 (2006, 4:09)

2010 - Found Footage

VideoChannel: Found Footage!
Curated by: WilfriedAgricoladeCologne

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1. BillDomonkos–Ludeuxfois(2006), USA, 3:11
2. DeinseHood–RealLife(2008), USA, 3:08
3. Dr. Boston-I wish I had a date(2006), USA,3:15
4. Alexander Mouton–Stare(2009), USA, 1:40
5. James Woodward–The Annihilation of Michael Phelps(2008), USA, 0:30
6. Constantin Hartenstein–LIFTN(2008), Germany, 1:20
7. Dennis Summers–The Whipping Off Moss Distinction Blues(2005),USA, 4:45
8. Jennifer Schwed–How do you love(2009), USA, 4:33
9. Rajorshi Ghosh–Pig(2009), USA, 1:00
10. Johanna Reich–Blast(2008), Germany, 1:00
11. Toban Nichols–Battlestations!(2008), USA, 6:28
12. Maria Cañas Reyes–The Toro’s Revenge(2006), Spain, 2:00
13. Larry Caveney–In the Defence of An Old Bank Robber(2008),USA, 2:09

Selected, curated, programmed by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Participating artists:AaronOldenbourg(USA), MyriamThyes(Switzerland), BillDomonkos(USA), RenaudVercey(France), DavidClark(Canada), RoderickCoover(USA), RitaSá (Portugal), CynthiaLawsonJaramillo& StephanieStrickland(USA), AlexanderMoton(USA), AlanBigelow(USA), ChrisJoseph(U.K.), EdmondSalsali(USA), HermesMangialardo(Italy), MatthewRandall(U.K.

2009 - Women Directors Cut – 13:13:13

VideoArt Festival Miden/Kalamata-Greece –
July 2009 – CologneOFF IV –

Women Directors Cut – 13:13:13
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2009 - Burning Phantom
2008 - En (coded) ed
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 10-12 July 2009 Burning Phantom

Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 10-12 July 2009
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – Burning Phantom, 2009, 1:00
Love is a burning phantom – it appears unexpectedly and is vanishing without any warning.

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Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece – 4-6 July 2008 Encoded
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne – En[code]ed, 2008, 5:00
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.

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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 –> https://www.nmartproject.net

Video Art Miden – curated contributions
2021 - Manifestations

Video Art Miden::
Curated by Margarita Stavraki, Nikos Podias, Maria Bourika, Olga Papadopoulou & Gioula Papadopoulou

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Fu LE (France) – MASS, 2019, 10.00
Caroline Rumley (USA) – Right Turn, 2018, 6.00
Iwona Ogrodzka (Poland) – Submission, 2019, 4.40
Tseng Yu Chin (Taiwan) – Scenery other end, 2018, 9.10
Gerald Habarth (USA) – Trees and Ice, 2019, 3.53
Allison Beda (Canada) – All about you, 2017, 3.45
Yiorgos Drosos (Greece) – Black Sheep Escape, 2018, 3.20
Hana Yoo (Germany) – Anthropology of Dead Body, 2019, 11.00
Oliver Poppert (Australia) , Cogs, 2019, 3.44
Nikos Giavropoulos (Greece) – “Quarantine Self-portrait” No2, 2020, 3.18

A selection curated collectively by the 5 basic curators of Video Art Miden’s latest edition, “Manifestations” brings together 10 video art works that explore different aspects of life and the subtext behind common and seemingly ordinary actions, movements, thoughts and things that surround us. The works follow and record discretely human psychological and behavioral routines, intersecting with great sensibility various human transactions and social interactions, from personal to collective and ultimately to universal.

2018 - WOW Greece - Down to Earth


Program unit 14

WOW Greece – Down to Earth
curated by Gioula Papadopoulou

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List of videos:

Anna Vasof (Gr/A) – Down to Earth, Greece-Austria 2014, 4.01
Alexandros Kaklamanos (Gr) – A Minor, Greece 2014, 2.11
Panos Mazarakism (Gr) – Virtual Vanity, Greece 2016, 1.21
Yiannis Kranidiotis (Gr) – Ichographs MdelP, Greece 2015,4.13
Alex Karantanas (Gr) – Untitled, Greece 2015-16, 6.38
Katerina Athanasopoulou – Branches of Life, UK 2016, 4.14
Vasilis Karvounis – Dancing with Thanatos, Greece 2015, 3.45

2013 - VideoChannel – Found Footage
Everywhere I go, I find me
(Inter)mission possible


CologneOFF 2013 Georgia
is a collaboration with CCA Tbilisi/Georgia
VideoChannel – Found Footage
curated by Gioula Papadopoulou – Videoart Festival Miden

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01. Ran Slavin (Israel) – Facial Witness, 2006, 2:00
02. Andreas Zingerle (Austria) – EXTENSION OF HUMAN SIGHT, 2008, 3:10
03. Rajorshi Ghosh (USA) – pig, 2009, 1:00
04. Borja Alexandre (Spain) – “Suicide”, 2007, 8:00
05. Alexander Mouton (USA) – Stare, 2009, 1:40
06. Constantin Hartenstein (Germany) – LIFTN, 2008, 1:20
07. Maria Canas (Spain) – The Toro’s Revenge, 2006, 2:00
08. Bill Domonkos (USA) – Lu Deux Fois, 2008, 3:11
09. Clint Enns (Canada) – winnipeg stories: sacrificial memories, 2008, 4:38
10. Enrique Freaza (Spain) – Fictional Recall: Episode I, 2007, 1:09
11. Andrea Huyoff (Germany) – On the Waterfront, 2008, 2:30
12. Owen Mundy (USA) – Through a Glass Darkly, 2008, 12:30
13. Renata Padovan (Brazil) – ONCE, 2009, 2:11
14. Jonas Nilsson (SWE) – The Choice, 2009 2:15
15. Joshua Rosenstock (USA) – Dance of the Computer Lab, 2009, 1:18
16. Dr. Boston (USA) – I wish I had a date, 2006, 3:15
17. Lobo Pasolini (Brazil) – The Art of Videoart, 2007, 2:18
18. Angie Eng (USA) – Endings, 2008, 2:39

Videoart Festival Miden
Everywhere I go, I find me
curated by Gioula Papadopoulou / Festival Miden

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1. Riccardo Muroni, LISIRI, Sardinia 2013, 7.34
2. Jan Brand, Viva Grupetto Messanggeri, Germany 2013, 4.44
3. Ines von Bonhorst, Standing Silence, UK 2012, 10.00
4. Jan Brand, Rosenthal, Germany 2009, 6.04
5. Shahar Marcus, 1,2,3 Herring, Israel 2011, 2.27

Festival Miden participates in CeC 2015 (Carnival of e-Creativity), which takes place 1-3 May 2015 at Northern-Eastern Hills University Shillong / Meghalaya / India. The screening is realized with the collaboration of artvideoKOELN & CologneOFF.

Festival Miden will present the program [Inter]mission possible, curated by Gioula Papadopoulou (initially presented in Festival Miden 2013 edition, at CAMP-Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Athens).

Participant artists: Pask D’Amico, Ben Oren, Yuliya Lanina, Anno Bergmann, Paul Freeman, Nadine Arbeiter, Shon Kim, Mauricio Sanhueza, Tommi Matikka, Neno Belchev

[Inter]mission possible | curated by Gioula Papadopoulou
Videoart Festival Miden, Kalamata/Greece

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1. Pask D’Amico, L’ Homme Grotesque, Italy 2012, 2.43
2. Ben Oren, Full English, UK 2012, 2.16
3. Yuliya Lanina, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, USA, 2012, 3.04
4. Anno Bergmann, Liebe, Germany 2012, 0.26
5. Paul Freeman, An Inside Story, Canada 2012, 6.35
6. Nadine Arbeiter, “9 Variationen ohne Thema” / “9 variations without theme”, Germany 2012, 5.45
7. Shon Kim, Oloc Boloc, S.Korea 2013, 2.16
8. Mauricio Sanhueza, My Old Manís Pistol, Peru 2012, 2.33
9. Tommi Matikka, Small Heroes, Finland/Senegal 2013, 2.17
10. Neno Belchev, Negative message (Middle finger), Bulgaria 2012, 1.15


Curators: Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Gioula Papadopoulou

presented on 19 March 2011 at Kharkiv City Art Gallery (Ukraine)

CologneOFF2011_press_release CologneOFF 2011 UKRAINE
14-20 March 2011 – Kiev-Kharkiv

CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea
Szczecin (PL) – 12,13, 14 May 2011

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Selected videos

1. Ioanna Myrka, Frustration, Greece-2006, 1.55
2. Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Tiga Nekra, Greece-2009, 4.45
3. Lukas Matejka, 20m, Slovakia-2008, 1.00
4. Dimitris Gakis, Four Elements Groove, Greece-2009, 3.11
5. Guy Yitzhaki, Liquidation, Israel-2009, 3.00
6. Claudio Stellato, The Attic, Belgium-2008, 2.40
7. Tilman Kuentzel, Dave, Germany-2008, 4.00
8. Alessandro Vitali, Genesis, Italy-2007/08, 8.35
9. Ivar Smedstad, mekanisk ↔ organisk, Norway/Germany-2009, 5.06
10. Jean-Gabriel Periot, Nijuman no borei (200 000 Phantoms), France- 2008, 7.30
11. Nicolas Wiese, Luftkreuz Lullaby, Germany-2007/08, 6.50
12. Gioula Papadopoulou, Brown study portraits #1: Maria, Greece-2009,1.35
13. Bryan Lauch & Petra Pokos, X, OM, Slovenia-2009, 1.53
14. Makis Faros, LEBENSWEISHEITSPIELEREI (from Wallace Stevens’ poem), Greece-2009, 3.13
15. Anna Woch, Last message from Mr Cogito, Canada-2009, 4.30

Curatorial statement:
“Less-Time-Less” is a selection of videos from Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece. It presents 15 videos by 15 contemporary artists from Greece, Italy, Germany, Israel, Slovakia, Belgium, Norway, France, Slovenia and Canada. All videos deal with the perception of time and the fluidity of
this perception. They approach various aspects of life and human experience, capturing time, alternating and transforming time, stretching time, bending time, blending time, visualizing memories, histories, thoughts and desires. Creating “time choreographies”, the works included in this unit lead us into a poetic universe of parallel time flows, in a “time-less” or “less-time-less” video journey.

CologneOFF 2011: Baltic Sea is a cycle of screening events around the Baltic Sea, organised and curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, director of the nomadic festival CologneOFF in collaboration with various institutes in each country. Nordic Tour around the Baltic Sea includes following venues:

Szczecin (PL) – 12,13, 14 May 2011
St.Petersburg (Ru) – 19, 20, 21 May 2011
Tampere (Fi) – 26, 27, 28 May 2011
Tallinn (Estonia) – 1-2 June 2011

Festival Miden, participates as a partner of Cologne OFF in the events of Baltic Sea at Szczecin, Poland. CologneoFF 2011 Szczecin is a collaboration between Cologne International Videoart Festival, artvideoKOELN; Le Musee di-visioniste – the new museum of networked art and Szczecin 2016 – European Capital of Culture & OFFizyna Contemporary Art Szczecin.

In this frame, Festival Miden presents on May 14 at CologneoFF 2011 Szczecin a screening program entitled “Less-Time-Less”, curated by Gioula Papadopoulou & Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos.

“Less-Time-Less” is a selection of videos from Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece. It presents 15 videos by 15 contemporary artists from Greece, Italy, Germany, Israel, Slovakia, Belgium, Norway, France, Slovenia and Canada. All videos deal with the perception of time and the fluidity of this perception. They approach various aspects of life and human experience,
capturing time, alternating and transforming time, stretching time, bending time, blending time, visualizing memories, histories, thoughts and desires. Creating “time choreographies”, the works included in this unit lead us into a poetic universe of parallel time flows, in a “time-less” or “less-timeless”
video journey.

Participant artists: Ioanna Myrka, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Lukas Matejka, Dimitris Gakis, Guy Yitzhaki, Claudio Stellato, Tilman Kuentzel, Alessandro Vitali, Ivar Smedstad, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Nicolas Wiese, Gioula Papadopoulou, Bryan Lauch & Petra Pokos, Makis Faros, Anna Woch.

2009 - Inner dialogues: sounds of silence
Video-prints: video art from Greece


“Video-prints: video art from Greece”
is a selection of videos by 12 Greek contemporary artists, whose work has been presented in Video Art Festival Miden in Kalamata and Athens during the past 4 years. The videos deal with issues of identity and personal perception of various aspects of human life. They observe, explore and criticize human existence through personal views on relationships, feelings, memories, gestures and behaviours and create symbolic, poetic images of the inner and surrounding world.

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CologneOFF invites –> Video Festival Miden Kalamata/Greece
consists of 2 selections curated by Gioula Papadopoulou

1. Inner dialogues: sounds of silence – Greek video art (I)
2. Realities, surrealities and other crimes… Greek video art (II)

A selection of Greek Video Art from Festival Miden entitled “Realities, surrealities and other crimes…” was presented in the 5th Carnival of e-Creativity, India, 19-21 February 2010, in collaboration with CologneOFF.

Participant artists: Nikos Pastras, Yiannis Konstantinou, Giorgos Nasios, Martha Koumarianou, Eva Poulopoulou, Leonidas Konstadinidis, Ioanna Myrka, Anastasia Diavasti, Andreas Voussouras, Nina Kotamanidou, Eileen Botsford, Kiki Petratou, Konstantinos Vaviloussakis, Katerina Gaka, Anna Tsichli, Giorgos Itoudis, Danai Konstanta
Curator: Gioula Papadopoulou

List of works

Cycle ~ Eileen Botsford (UK-2005), 9.13
Ants ~ Leonidas Konstantinidis (Greece-2005), 2.10
Real Dream[e]scape ~ Yiannis Konstantinou (Greece-2004), 1.15
Weather ~ Ioanna Myrka (Greece-2005), 1.00
TOO.14.29.01 ~ Konstantinos Vaviloussakis (Greece-2003), 8.10
for j.g. ballard ~ Nikos Pastras (Greece-2008), 2.46
Imprint of the Right Forefinger ~ Giorgos Nasios (Greece-2005), 2.07
Pixel trilogy: why? ~ Martha Koumarianou (Greece-2006), 0.40
The Grid ~ Eva Poulopoulou (France-2006), 3.40
Street Life ~ Anastasia Diavasti (UK-2006), 8.20
Kafka’s Dick ~ Andreas Voussouras (Greece-2006), 0.30
Figs ~ Nina Kotamanidou (Greece-2007), 4.08
to be familiar with… ~ Kiki Petratou (Netherlands-2002), 1.00
TV project ~ Katerina Gaka (Greece-2005), 2.40
Looking for My Valentine ~ Anna Tsichli (Greece-2003), 7.40
Calendar Summer 2007 ~ Giorgos Itoudis (Greece-2007), 1.11
Mug Girlfriend ~ Danai Konstanta (Greece-2007), 3.00