2002 – Violence Online Festival – 2004
2022 – The Violence Project / The Ukraine Darkroom
Violence Online Festival 2002-2004
(Text by Agricola de Cologne. Copyright © 2002-2005. All rights reserved)
Violence Online Festival was active between 2002 and 2004, starting in August 2002 as online part of Violens Festival Tabor/Czech Republic, since March 2004, Violence Online Festival is complete and became an integral part of the global networking project [R][R][F] 200X environment, currently at http://rrf200x.newmediafest.org
“Violence” is a New Media art project in form of an online festival reflecting the phenomenon of “Violence”, curated, organized and created in Flash by Agricola de Cologne, curator and media artist operating from Cologne/Germany. As an ongoing project Violence Online Festival is developed for being presented in future in the framework of physical and virtual media festivals and exhibitions. For each event a new project version will be created adjusted to the actual needs including additions of new artists/works and other changes.
Violence is an expression of speechlessness, of lack of communication. The best solution to eliminate violence and confrontation is looking for communicating, dialogue and networking, starting already in the smallest cell of society family, which lead in consequence to openness against the different, tolerance. A good example on the way to that represents the net based art project – http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org – Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity.” (by Agricola de Cologne, published as Article20 in – Covenant of the Articles of Artistic Mediation on World Mediation Summit Washington 2002 )
Agricola de Cologne
German media artist
Violence is an expression of speechlessness, of lack of communication. The best solution to
eliminate violence and confrontation is looking for communicating, dialogue and networking,
starting already in the smallest cel of society family, which lead in consequence to openness
against the different, tolerance. A good example on the way to that represents the net based art
project – http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org – Memorial project against the Forgetting and for
The human character contains both a light and a dark side, good and bad, individually manifested.
Deeply rooted is a dark-sided element: Violence. In happy surroundings, it becomes hardly visible and in less happy surroundings – either of a physical, psychological, environmental, ideological, economic or political nature – nearly automatically a kind of survival strategy with all the known consequences we see manifested in conflicts on a small or large scale.
Violence is present anywhere, hidden or sleeping, hesitating, waiting or in action, starting from simple mobbing via verbal or physical attacks, the bandwidth has no end.
Nowadays, globalization, social injustice, unemployment, increasing wealth on one side and on the opposite increasing poverty (without mentioning some causes) produce a climate where violence has a fertile soil.
From the attack on 9/11 in the USA, people from the Western civilization became painfully aware that security of any kind is a mere illusion; not only the internal, but also the external enemy is present anywhere.
Artists are said to be the consciousness of a nation or society as they reflect the actual state of the psychological and physical environment. When this state is penetrated by violence, nobody is surprised that violence becomes a universal subject for artistic reflection, the difference may only be the view on it and its perception depending on the respective cultural background. ‘Art and violence both seem to stem from the abstract: that place beyond logic, the realm of the emotion.
When they intersect we are simultaneously repelled and attracted, frightened and excited. Historically this meeting has been wrought with complexity, and as cultural violence in every society increases, we are prevented by paranoia, censorship and ethical demands from asking, and sometimes even posing, some of the most important questions violence and art together and separately produce: how is violence represented, and what or how much of it do we need to resist the cultivation of fear and the encouragement of dependency?
Is violence a tool, a process or a result? When are artistic portrayals of violence justifiable? As intellectual exercise, ritual, or spiritual enhancement? For other purposes? Or are they never justifiable? Is violence in art an action, reaction, or reflection? ‘ (quotation: festival statement).
How different the results of an artistic reflection can be is shown through the Violence Online Festival including more than 300 artists from 42 countries presenting their work.
It forms a dynamic collaborative art work presenting very individual visions and use of media. The relevance of violence becomes visible also through the high quality standard of all the included works.
Each of them represents another aspect of violence – caught in textual poetry, running as a video or embedded in an interactive environment of a net-based art work.
In reaction to the key role (mass) media plays by displaying and even promoting violence, a new environment (interface) has been created for Violence Online Festival, which houses and hosts the art works within a virtual media company named “Violence Media Incorporated”.
By dividing the company into different departments (eg. “Violence for Happiness” , Violence Marketing” or “Violence Broadcasting”), it becomes clear that their meaning has a rather ironic or sarcastic character, which gives the embedded art works a new meaning.
While surfing through this environment, the visitor is forced to ask and give answers, and becomes slowly a part of this network of art through his reflections and changes of perception.
All 300 participants from 42 countries
Germany: Agricola de Cologne, Roland Schappert, Knut Eckstein, Jorgen Bysard Adams, Ilse Hilpert, Sabine Scholz, Wittwulf Y Malik, Ruediger Axel Westphal, Matze Schmidt, Johannes Finke, Tolya Glaukos, Irene Marx, Per Pegelow, Joerg Gruenberg, Markus Christian Koch, Home Team Croatia: Tony Mestrovic, Maya Kalogera, Luther Blisset, Ivana Ozetski/Jadranko Pongratz UK: Jess Loseby, x mac dunlop, Marc Garrett, jen, Nick Barker Nitin Shroff, Sarah Savage Japan: Kenji Siratori Finland/UK: Tjader-Knight Inc. Portugal: Susana Mendes Silva Argentina: Rachel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy, Ruth Irupe Sanabria, Gabriel Otero, Anahi Caceres, Jose Cuckier, Irene Coremberg, Andres Ingoglia ALEJANDRO GOMEZ TOLOSA, Judith Villamayor, David Vegezzi, Miguel Carlos Labra Belgium: Tamara Lai, Luc Fierens, otium, Michel Cleempoel Colombia: Andres Yepes, Eduardo Angel, Claudia Tribin, Alejandro Jaimes-Larrarte Brazil: Brocolis VHS, Wilton Azevedo, Giacomo Picca, re:combo Australia: Francesca da Rimini, Michael Grimm, Andrew Francois, Bruce Petty, Mason Petrie, Jane Fenton Keane, Jason Sweeney, Peter John Sprenkeler, Gaby Bila-Günther, Atanas Djonov Poland: Loy Estonia: Dagmar Kase Sweden: Mike Haskett Romania: Mona Vtamanu, Floe Florin, Cesar Lazarescu Greece: Maria Papadimitriou France: Valery Grancher, name diffusion, Nicolas Clauss, Xavier Leton, Emilie Pitoiset, Antoine Schmitt, jimpunk, Michael Sellam, Hugues Rochette, Guillaume Dimanche, Bluescreen, Cendres Lavy, Robert Labor, ED Mole, Stephane Tomora, Fred Fennollabate Turkey: Bulent Bas, Genco Gulan Lithuania: gintas K, Tautvydas Bajarkevicius Uruguay: Clemente Padin Chile: Isabel Aranda Yto Italy: UsineDeBoutons (Lionello Borean+Chiara Grandesso), ego, Casaluce/Geiger, Caterina Davinio, Antonio Sassu, Marcello Mercado, Chiara Passa, Lucia Leuci, Patrizia Alemanno, Luca di Gregorio, Carla Della Beffa, user (ctrl), dlsan, Luigia Cardarelli, Lorenzo Taiuti Serbia: Marko Stamenkovic, Igor Marinkovic, Ksenija Kovacevic, Vladimir Todorovic, Paula Miiklosevic Puerto Rico: Richard Monge Korea: Bang-Geul Han, Joon-Yong Jung Egypt: Noya Abdelaziz Canada: Craig Poirier, Davida Kidd, Eva Lewarne, Jeremy Owen Turner, Babel, Jo Cook, David Cheung, David Fujino, panoptica, Katie Bush, Daniel Hanequand Bulgaria: Ventsislav Zankov, Dyian Anguelov Ireland: Feargal O Malley Romania/Germany: Peter Jacobi Spain: Juan Del Gado, Julian Alvarez Finland: Janne Vanhanen Sweden: Sachiko Hayashi The Netherlands: Dylan Graham Cuba: Ivan Abreu Israel: Igor Ulanowsky, Shira z. Carmel, Shay Kun Austria: Klaus Schrefler, Medea, Renee Kellner, Joerg Piringer, Andre Zogholy Russia: Sergej Jakovlev, Sergej Teterin USA: David Crawford, Edward Marszewski, Bill Berry, Mark Palmer, Pighed, Lewis LaCook, Doron Golan, Gerald Schwartz, Seth Lew, Eric Parnes, Nancy Jane Moore, Joy Garnett, Yevgeniy Fiks, anonymous, Restate, Todd Jokl, Moya Devine, Sharon Harper, Coco Gordon, Brody Condon, Rika Ohara, Mike Salmond, Steve Bradley/Timothy Nohe, Alison Cole, Craig Macneill, Eric Wennermark, Brian Judy, Humberto Ramirez, Deb King, Robert Dohrmann, Judson Wright, Jeff Gurecka, Anne Bray and Molly Cleator, John Kannenberg, Katrinka Moore, Johanna Thompson, G.H. Hovagimyan, Jody Zellen, Jerzy Kolasinski, Lucky Pierre, Nikki Johnson, Christina McPhee, Raphael Lyon, Nicolas Economos, Adam Beebe-Infanticide, Danielle E. Lee, Robert Kendall, Sadiq Bey, Geoffrey Thomas, Aland Sondheim, LISA HUTTON AND MARK POLISHOOK, Timothy Bowen, Tigran Tovmeysyan, Scott Becker, Michael Crane, Jon Burgerman, Mara Infidelious, Josh McPhee, Team of Get Carded, Andy Deck, Bruce Eves, Ryan Griffis, Jo-Anne Green, Helen Thorington Mexico: Fran Ilich, Cindy Gabriela Flores Nicaragua: Franck de las Mercedes
Philippines: Fatima Lasay and her classes: VC36 CLASS John Michael Acevedo, Mark Anthony Alvarado, Carlo Ahillion, Rikki Carmelo Baranda, Criselda Cac, Alexander John Castro II, Nathaniel, Chua, Eric Flores, Gimo Lanot, Sabrina De Leon, Merwin De Mesa, Jr., Marielle Nadal, Lizamae Orola, Francis Rafael Sanbuenabuentura, Rogelio Santos, Jr., Lea Segarra, Zoltan Pabon, Vincent Paul Samson, Don Juan Paolo Torres, Alfred Mark Trajeco, Sheryl Valencia, Archie Yumul SFA192 CLASS Gerard Baja, Anna Teresa Cabardo, Uriel Colomo, Niko Loren Dela Cruz, John Ervin General, Michael Angelo Lampayan, Olivia Lopez, Deodato Pairez, Jerusalem Pimentel, Alfred Anton Po, Joseph Raz, Jr., Ruth Kathryn Santiago, Brian Oliver Sergio, Cherry Ann Tolentino FA100 CLASS Eleanor Alfante, Carlito Amalla, Maysa Arabit, Ry Sedrick Bolodo, Joey Claronino, Monica Delgado, Katrina De Dios, Amiel Lapuebla, Catherine Rose Lasam, Michael Sagcal, Mary Grace Tenorio, Gem Alexandria Tuano, Winchell Saludares, Camilla Tabagan, Paulo Vinluan
As a part of The RRF Project – http://rrf200x.newmediafest.org
55. Festival Arte Digital Rosario/Argenina – 16-18 November 2006
54. Play IV VideoFestival Buenos Aires/Argentina 24-27 August 2006
53. PI 5 Intermedia Festival Szczecin/Poland – 20-22 October 2006
52. VIII SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL Havanna/Cuba – 17/06-17/07 2006
51. MAF’06 -New Media Art Festival Bangkok/Th 02/05-04/05 2006
50. FILE – Electronic Language Festival Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 20/03-20/04
49. CeC & CaC – India International Center New Dehli/India 27/01-29/01
48. “Global Groove” – The Art Gallery of Knoxville/USA – 01/01-25/01
47. Biennale of Video and New Media- Santiago/Chile – 18/11-27/11
46. State University – Rio de Janeiro/Brazil – 7/11
45. Univercidade – IAV (Institute of Visual Arts)- Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 7/11
44. Select Media 4 Festival- Chicago/USA – 20 October – 13 November
43. National Academy of Fine Arts Montevideo/Ur – 28/10 -/lect/pres
42. Finis Terrae University- Santiago/Chile – 25/10
41. MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art- Santa Fe/Argentina 21/10
40. National University/Art Department- Rosario/Argentina – 18/10
39. MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art- Rosario/Argentina 17/10
38. Recoleta Cultural Centre- Buenos Aires/Argentina – 11/10
37. National Library Buenos Aires/Ar 12/10
36. Interferencias – University of Noroeste/Ar 14/10
35. PI five Video Festival Szczecin/Poland 9/10 -13/11
34. “Groundworks” Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon – University Pittsburg/USA 14/10 – 11/10
33. Prog::ME – Electronic Art Festival Rio de Janeiro/Br 17/07-28/08
32. V SALON INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL Maracaibo/Venezuela 20/03-02/07
31. EAST’05 – Making Things Better – Norwich/UK 02/07- 20/08
30. MAF’05 June edition – New Media Art Festival Bangkok/Thailand
28. Hic et Nunc San Vito a/Tagliamento/Italy – Selection’03 11/07-17/07
27. Israeli Digital ArtLab Holon/Israel 16/04- 16/07
26. Version’05 Festival Chicago/USA 22/04- 01/05
25. Images Festival Toronto/Canada – 7/04 – 13/04
24. ZKM Karlsruhe/G – Making Things Public – 20/03- 08/03
23. Camera Obscura Academy Tel-Aviv/Israel – lecture – 02/03
22. MAF05 – New Media Art Festival Bangkok/Thailand – 25/02-29/02
21. Musrara Media Art Academy Jerusalem/Israel – lect/pres 22/02
20. Bethlehem International Center – lect/pres – 19/02
19. Bethlehem University – lect/pres- 17/02
18. CAVE Gallery at ICB Bethlehem/Palestine- solo show 17/
17. University of Bremen/Germany –
16. 404 New Media Art Festival Rosario/Argentina (7-15 Dec)
15. FILE – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo/Brazil (23 Nov-12Dec)
14. 1st International Exhibition of Digital Art – Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Fe/Argentina (04/11- 04/12)
13. 24h of Nuremberg/Germany – International Shortfilm Festival 15/16 October
12. Biennale of Electronic Art Perth (Australia) (1/09 – 7/11)
11. West Coast Numusic & Electronic Arts Festival Stavanger/Norway 17/08-22/08
10. public_space_festival Yerewan/Armenia 23/07 – 03/08
09. International Festival of New Film and New Media Split/Croatia (26/06-02/07)
08. VI SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL – Havanna(Cuba) 21/06-24/06
07. BASICS Festival Salzburg/Austria – 08/05-16/05
06. Electronic Art Meeting – PEAM 2004 – Pescara (Italy) 19/05-23/05
05. Version’04 Festival – Invisible Networks – Chicago/USA – 16/04-01/05
04. Now Music Streaming Festival Berlin (Germany)- – 7/04
03. New Media Art Festival Bangkok (Thailand) (20/03-28/03)
02. Bergen Electronic Arts Centre Bergen/Norway (05/03- 28/03)
01. National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti/Romania (05/03-30/04)
As a part of “A Virtual Memorial Foundation, Violence Online Festival was presented
Version 9.1 at “Globalization” on Wigged.net – January-December 2004
MAD’03 Festival Madrid/Spain – 2003
File 2003 – Electronic Language Festival Sao Paulo (Brazil )2003
Nonetart Festival – Arte Digital Rosario 2003 (Argentina) 2003
Open air at Royal Gardens Copenhagen (Denmark) 2003
“Fibreculture”-Conference/Digital Literacies -Brisbane (Australia) 2003
Web Biennial 2003 – Istanbul Museum – 2003
PEAM 2003 – Electronic Art Festival Pescara (Italy) 2003
NetArt Open 2003 Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin – 2003
1st New Media Art Festival Chiang Mai (Thailand) 2003
18th Videoformes Festival Clermont-Ferrand (France) 2003
*Version 4.1 Spotlight: TURBULENCE/New York launch on 4 March 2003
NewMediaNation – Festival of Festivals” Bratislava (Slovakia) 2003
emagic – Thessaloniki 43th International Filmfestival 2002
Computer Space 2002 Festival Sofia (Bulgaria) 2002
Liberarti Festival at Liverpool Biennale (UK) 2002
Violens” Festival Tábor (Czech Republic) 2002
On occasion of the Russian war against the Ukraine 2022
The 7 Memorials for Humanity
is reactivating The Violence Project:
War in Europe, this was out of any imagination before the current Russian dictator started it. It becomes clear today in 2022, that it started already in 2014 when the Crimea was annected.
The Refugee crisis 2015 and 2021 through the wars in Syria/Middle East was nothing else than the staged “dress rehearsal” for what was following later in 2022 – the annihilation of Ukraine as an independant state and nation – the re-establishment of the former Sovjet-Union.
As an ongoing artistic/curatorial context, The 7 Memorials of Humanity are covering all aspects of this contemporary conflict by re-activating The Violence Project and in its center The Ukraine Darkroom – the manifestation how cultural activists like artist/curators etc express their solidarity via audio-visual art.