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23 Apr 2013

26. European Media Art Festival

Openning of EMAF


Festival 24.- 28 April Exhibition 24 April - 26 May

Alfred Rotert

European Media Art Festival
Lohstr. 45 a
49074 Osnabrück

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26th European Media Art Festival, 24 - 28 April 2013
Exhibition: 24 April - 26 May 2013

The 26th EMAF presents media as art, cult media, media for reflection and inspiration.
In its programme comprising short and feature-length films, documentaries, exhibitions, performances and lectures, EMAF introduces well-known stars such as Californian artist Kerry Laitala, filmmaker Harun Farocki, and documenta 13 participant Omer Fast, in addition to young talented artists from various universities and academies.

More than 220 new films, installations and artistic projects selected from over 2,400 entries will be presented at the festival.

In 2013 special programmes are dedicated to Osnabrück-born constructivist Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, who died in 1962. The EMAF will screen comprehensive programmes, forging a bridge from the historic films of the classic cinematic avant-garde of the 1920s via the post-war experimental films of the 1950s and 1960s to today's abstract computer and media art.

The latest installations from 24 April to 26 May 2013 in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Among them Harun Farocki (D), Lea Nagano (JP/D), Nastio Mosquito (AGO), Fred Penelle & Yannick Jacquet (BE), D. Szoke & R. McDonald (CDN), Tviga Vasilyeva & Igor Line (RUS), Matthijs Munnik (NL), Henrike Naumann (D), C.Liebl & N.Schmidt-Pfähler (D), Nigel Johnson (GB), Paul Destieu (F).

All kinds of information will be provided during lectures at the Congress, enabling media artists and the relevant public to find out about popular funding and production techniques. Design researcher Florian Alexander Schmidt investigates the ethical and aesthetic glimmers of hope and abysses of the booming 'crowdsourcing' industry, while media artist Igor Štromajer provokes his listeners with the following hypothesis: 'The most radical artistic action that artists can undertake nowadays is to not do something.' His project 'Expunction: deleting net art' also shows which of his projects he has therefore deleted recently from the web.
Egyptian filmmaker and cultural politics activist Hala Galal will be speaking about the role of media in Egypt in present time, after the revolts.

In this year's film programme, over 180 films will be shown on the large screen, many of them premieres. Among them films by Steve Reinke, Shelly Silver, Gudrun Krebitz, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Kei Shichiri&Ryoji Suzuki, Lucien Castaing-Taylor&Verena Paravel and Sarak Vanagt.

Numerous short and feature-length films will be taking part in this year's contest for the four awards to be won at EMAF: the 'EMAF Award', the 'arte Creative Newcomer Award', the 'Dialogpreis' of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 'Award for the best German experimental film', presented by the German Federal Association of Film Journalists.


The contact and project exchange for new projects, tendencies and training concepts from the media universities, academies of art and design colleges of Europe.

Under the title of Sound & Vision, performative, audiovisual entertainment is offered every evening. The 'Audiovisual Salon', boasts an exclusive cooperative arrangement with drone music pioneers TROUM and multimedia artist Jürgen Reble.
New York artist Peter Burr will offer great Entertainment with a live cinema performance using green screens, laser rays and webcams. Two more performances by Paul & Nenno de Nooijer (NL) and by Jagoda Chalcinska (PL)and two parties round off the festival's evenings and nights with an exciting programme.