VIDEONALE Festival

VIDEONALE Festival für Video und zeitbasierte Kunstformen

One of the association’s most important functions is organising an international festival of video and time-based arts. Since it first took place in 1984, the VIDEONALE – Festival of Video and Time-Based Arts has been held every two years in Bonn - since 2005 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. The participants included such pathfinders as Dara Birnbaum, Lynn Hershman, Klaus vom Bruch, Gary Hill, Keren Cytter, Marcel Odenbach, Bill Viola and Christian Jankowski. The heart of each festival is the exhibition with entries to the international competition as well as a festival programme with artist talks, lectures, presentations, screenings and performances.

VIDEONALE.17 - REFRACTED REALITIES
Festival February 21- 24, 2019
Exhibition February 21 - April 14, 2019

As the philosopher Raymond Tallis affirms in Johan Grimonprez’ Raymond Tallis: On Tickling (2017), “We dialogue, therefore we are.” The video is one of 29 works by contemporary international artists selected for VIDEONALE.17 – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts, which will be shown as from February 21, 2019 at Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Tallis’ words play on René Descartes’ famous dictum, “I think, therefore I am.” But they also raise a number of crucial questions explored in the exhibition, such as: How do we dialogue with one another today? Who speaks to whom and through which media? What reality (or realities) do we speak about and how do I recognize the reality of my interlocutor? And what artistic strategies are currently being developed to create alternative points of view, and to integrate new perspectives?

Selected from over 1,100 entries from 66 countries, the works featured in VIDEONALE.17 address such questions in line with the festival theme of REFRACTED REALITIES.

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