Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Boda Boda Lounge Project at the Omenka Gallery 21st-23rd November

VAN Lagos, is pleased to present BODA- BODA LOUNGE PROJECT, a pan African video art festival in LAGOS. The Boda-Boda Lounge Project is a cross-continental video festival that is featured in over 15 spaces throughout Africa. The Boda-Boda Lounge Project is a collaborative project between VANSA (South Africa), Picha (Congo DRC) and VAN Lagos (Nigeria).

Film screenings would be accompanied by a public conversation and a special tribute to renowned late video artist Goddy Leye.

21- 23 November 2014
BC garden Café, Omenka Gallery
24 Ikoyi Crescent 
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

Programme outline

Video Screening/Public conversation

Video Screening/ Tribute to artist and intellectual Goddy Leye

Video Screening/Public conversation

VAN Lagos screening of the Boda Boda project is proudly supported by CCA Lagos, Omenka Gallery and the Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Legends: The Teller and The Told

Date:17-18th October 2014
Location:Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos), 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba

The music, politics and ideologies of Afrobeat music pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, would influence Nigeria and the World long after his death in 1997. As part of the 2014 Felabration celebration, The Video Art Network Lagos (VAN Lagos) will be screening five films documenting his life and impact, including unreleased footage. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Big 60 & the International Video Art Festival Lagos

BIG 60 is a ‘lifestyle installation’ by a White Space that mixes up an explosive brew of fashion, art, music and lifestyle events over the course of 60 days. In partnership with White Space the Video Art Network will be hosting the International Video Art Festival Lagos running from 12th December 2013- 31st January 2014

The purpose of the festival concerns the presentation, promotion and development of new media within the context of contemporary art practices in Nigerian specifically, but also globally. The need for such a project can be especially felt within Nigeria, wherein familiar art practices such as painting and sculpture tend to dominate the art scene. Because of this, the International Video Art Festival Lagos 2013 will provide new and alternative possibilities for local artists and cultural producers–in addition to functioning as a meeting point for emerging and established media artists from all over the world.
Featuring work from: Anna Linder, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané , Christina Gangos, Debora Elgeholm, Aditi Kulkarni, Amol Patil, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoyi Patel, Monali Meher, Paramita Das, Prabhakar Pachpute, Sabrina Osbrone, Uma Ray, Vaibhav Shah, Jude Anogwih, Emeka Ogboh, Wura Natash Ogunji, Kaneng Lolang, Adebukola Bodunrin, Uche Okpa-Iroha

The programme is being organised and curated by the Video Art Network, Lagos, Unbound Studio, India and Where Dreams Crossed, Sweden.

Unbound Studio is a newly formed multi-disciplinary platform located in Pune, India. It is founded with an interest to communicate through various medium of contemporary art and design. Unbound Studio is dedicated to grow as an experimental and cultural platform which explores variety of conceptual and original approaches in various genres of art, design and experimental film /video.

More information: unboundstudio.in@gmail.com

Where Dreams Cross is based on the idea of trying to make film and video art more accessible and open, seeking to create new exhibit opportunities and to reach out to people who do not generally go to see film and video art.  One of the main goals is to create a free, spontaneous, surprising and more personal experience for the spectator. The project has a democratic intention: that art should be available for all, regardless of prior knowledge or cultural background. The project is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

More information: www.wheredreamscross.com

The Video Art Network Lagos (VAN Lagos) is a Lagos based New Media art organization, established by the collaborative efforts of artists Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and cultural producer Oyindamola Fakeye. The organizations objectives are to develop educational and public programmes that promote and create new media art awareness in Nigeria. This is realized through curated screenings and exhibitions of both established and emerging New Media artists.
 For more information: www.vanlagos.org

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Puma Films4Peace kicks off in Lagos

Catch screenings in Lagos at the following spaces:

19th-20th September: MDSA 214c Eti Osa Way, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi 

21st September: A White Space, 58 Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Road, SW Ikoyi

23rd-27th September: Goethe Institute, Lagos City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, opposite Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island
info@lagos.goethe.org, 01 774 6888

Friday, 6 September 2013

Puma Films 4 Peace 2013

Films4Peace celebrates World Peace Day, 21st September 2013, with a unique global film project 

For World Peace Day on 21st September, films4peace, an annual, unique short film commission by PUMA, again explores the subject of peace via the medium of film.  Now in its third year, the project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collectionsupported by PUMA and produced by Shooting People. It features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace. 

These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, both physically at cultural and educational venues globally, and online via websites, blogs and media channels.  The films are live screened at hundreds of cultural venues, from Human Rights Festivals to major museums public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres, from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India - in 2012, screenings spanned across 23 countries.

Justin DeKoszmovszky, PUMAVision Program Manager, said: “We are proud to produce films4peace with Shooting People for the third year running. This year we commissioned seven fantastic artists to again explore and interpret the subject of peace Peace to catalyze discussion and action, starting -- but not ending -- on World Peace Day. At PUMA we believe that film can be a powerful medium for change that can enlighten, educate and engage individuals such as consumers, activists, investors, voters, employees and leaders on issues critical to all of us.”
This year, 7 acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create short films around the subject of peace: Rob Carter, Wilmer Wilson IV, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zanele Moholi, Anthony Goicolea, and Assume Vivid Astro Focus.

Zanele Moholi is a multi-award winning, highly provocative and exceedingly in demand South African photographer. Moholi’s work is mostly about increasing the visibility of gay and transgender culture in the black community and she has drawn considerable attention to the practice of “queericide” – people who are killed via gender related hate crimes.

Fellow South African AthiPatra Ruga is fast becoming an exciting rising star in performance art.  Ruga himself dresses up in a spectacular array of costumes, inserting himself, or rather the characters he is playing, into challenging situations. He pulls together film, fashion and photography to make thought provoking, striking pieces relating to cultural identity as a hybrid construct.
23 year old Wilmer Wilson (Washington, USA) is a recent photography graduate whose card was marked when the prestigious Conner Contemporary gallery singled him out as one to watch and invited him to debut his challenging first collection.  In creating ‘Domestic Exchange’ Wilson found his 3D voice to make live sculptures using every day objects with low cultural value to make poignant points around freedom, choice, race.
Over the past decade, New York based Cuban American Anthony Goicolea has gained a reputation as the consummate storyteller.  Having created a significant body of work which has gained great acclaim and found its way into numerous galleries both locally and internationally, Goicolea’s multimedia works are enigmatic, mysterious, ambiguous, humorous, unsettling, and provocative.

Brooklyn-based Englishman Rob Carter has a knack for exposing landmarks and iconic structures from above while using his often comedic but always thoughtful knife (literally and figuratively) to create collages of the original material.  Whether its placing the unofficial Church of England (the home of footballers Manchester United) in Canterbury Cathedral, the home of the actual Church of England or placing imagery literally among plants and documenting its growth, his work is thought provoking and engaging.

First initiated by Brazilian-born artist Eli Sudbrack in 1994 as a professional tag, assume vivid astro focus is now a continuously evolving international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups of graffiti, disco worship, gay porn and carnival in the form of large-scale installations and performance art.  They are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection.

Films4peace celebrates World Peace Day - an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace.  Each artist will visually interpret the subject of Peace to create a short film, which, in keeping with the spirit of the commission, will be gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as tools for peace.  By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.

The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 11,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Films4Peace screening 28th December 2012 Freedom Park Lagos

Video Art Network, Lagos in the spirit of the Season invites you to
 28 December 2012
 7pm – 10pm 
 The Amphitheatre, Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Nigeria

films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual film commission by PUMA.Peace, featuring 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace.

 films4peace is organized by Video Art Network, Lagos in collaboration with Uzora Projects and The Life House, Lagos films4peace features the following:
 Janet Biggs (USA)
 Ergin Cavuşoğlu (Bulgaria)
 Magali Charrier (France) 
Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK) 
Yang Fudong (China) 
Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK) 
Max Hattler (Germany)
Isaac Julien (UK) 
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya) 
Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland) 
Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland) 
Michael Nyman (UK) 
Noriko Okaku (Japan) 
Jacco Olivier (Netherlands) 
Bill Porter (UK) 
Levi van Veluw (Netherlands) 
Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)

 films4peace.com, www.vanlagos.org, www.freedomparklagos.com, www.uzoraprojects.com 

 For more information please call +234 7055680104 


Friday, 2 March 2012

Future Generation Art Prize

The Future Generation Art Prize established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation is a worldwide contemporary art prize to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. The Prize will be a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.

The Prize is an innovative new international award for artists up to 35 years of age, investing in the artistic development and new production of works. Awarded through a competition, judged by a distinguished jury, the Prize is founded on the idea of generosity, a network of outstanding patron artists and institutional partners, and a highly democratic application procedure.

After the great success of the first edition, which culminated with an internationally acclaimed exhibition in Venice during the 2011 Venice Biennale, we are pleased to launch the second edition of the prize, which will conclude with an exhibition in Kiev at the end of 2012.

The Future Generation Art Prize 2010 received over 6,000 applications from over 135 countries, and this past summer its 21 shortlisted artists participated in a special exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale. The winner was Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle, who was awarded with a $100,000 prize. The exhibition included 21 finalists, among whom were Fikret Atay (Turkey), Cao Fei (China), Keren Cytter (Israel), Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), and Hector Zamora (Mexico).

Since it was founded, the Future Generation Art Prize has successfully established an exciting platform for global contemporary art. Artists around the world under the age of 35 may enter the competition The 2012 application will be open for three months online: 6 February – 6 May 2012.

After the application period, the Selection Committee will shortlist twenty artists for an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, which will be judged by an International Jury. The Jury will then award one main prize of $100,000.

For more information and to apply: http://futuregenerationartprize.org

VAN,Lagos and CCA,Lagos are Platform Partners for the Future Generation Art Prize

Monday, 20 February 2012

Johannesburg calling.

A MAZE. calling.

We are seeking for curious, playful and adventurous artists and indie game developers from the sub Saharan region to participate in A MAZE. Interact 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A MAZE. Interact is an experimental and visionary media art festival, which will take place from 29th of August to the 2nd of September in several locations in Braamfontein, Downtown Johannesburg.

Since 2008 A MAZE. is celebrating the convergence of games, art and society. It is a series of events as well as a conceptual format that offers a regularly emerging platform for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange. Creatives are encouraged to break down the conventional computer game and surpass established digital or analog concepts of play.

The goal of the A MAZE. Interact Festival in Johannesburg in South Africa in 2012 is to create an annual platform for African and European media artists and game developers. A MAZE. Interact targets the collaboration between artists and the exchange on an artistic, academic and cultural level.

Besides a general interest in the broader field of Gaming and Playing, contributions by the selected artists towards one or several of the allocated modules are very welcome.

The exhibition will show artistic computer games, interactive and playful installations, video documentations of public intervention and games.
The conference focuses on the topics "Mobility, Public Space, Games and Play".
The workshops teach practises of engineering by using open source tools for artistic approaches.
*Public Gaming/ Interventions:
Playful game concepts with amazing and wired rule sets which engages interaction in the public and focuses on social and economical issues.
Performative interventions, music or dance performances, using electronics and micro-controllers in public/ stage, mixing music with realtime visuals, circuit bending.

A MAZE. provides the playground. You are welcome to play with this enviroment and make this festival to a powerful game/ platform for social/media critical discourse with international participants and publicity. Please check us out at www.amaze-festival.de and contact me thorsten@amaze-festival.de

The call is open from February 16, 2012 till June 1, 2012.

Our partners are Goethe Institute Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University, University of Johannesburg, Praekelt Foundation, VANSA, Trinity Session, Transmediale, CIANT, Coded Culture.

The A MAZE. team and I am looking forward getting in contact with you and your artistic outcome.

All the best,

Thorsten S. Wiedemann, A MAZE. festival director

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

FELA from the archives of TheNews : See the Exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos opening today as part of FELABRATION 2011

You are Invited to see the exhibition:

FELA from the archives of TheNews

part of FELABRATION 2011
and curated by The Felabration Organising Committee

from the photograph archives of Independent Communications Network Limited
publishers of TheNews, PM News, and Tempo

Various photographers

The Exhibition opens 11-10-11 1700hrs
and runs until 16-10-11 2200hrs

@*Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos*
9, McEwen Street, Sabo
Lagos, Nigeria.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


‘The Workshop Series’ will provide a forum for debate on the link between the arts and social engagement in Egypt. Designed and co-ordinated by the Townhouse, the series will stage seminars, guest speakers and ongoing art projects revolving around a particular theme (see the descriptions of the individual workshops below). Each workshop will promote a highly collaborative, participatory engagement in order to develop a rolling conversation resulting in the production of individual works to be presented at Townhouse and disseminated to the general public. The workshops are designed to cater to those interested in a wide and diverse range of mediums including but not limited to film/video, design, creative writing as well as traditional and alternative forms of cultural production.

The Workshop Series will consist of four workshops of approximately nine months duration beginning in October 2011. Participants will commit to one day a week excluding official holidays. Some workshops will be conduced in Arabic only, others in Arabic and English, please see the descriptions below.

All workshops will be documented and results published in a comprehensive catalogue at the conclusion of The Workshop Series in 2012.

Workshop 1 – ‘Multiple Truths’

(Arabic & English)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

Freedom of speech may have once been considered a nebulous concept in Egypt, maintained at an unreachable distance. Yet with the ongoing events since January 25th, the Egyptian population has diminished that gap and now stands face-to-face with the possibility for individuals to speak their minds freely. However, for a country whose people have navigated their lives under the influence of suffocating censorship, the task of accepting and comprehending an encompassing notion of freedom of speech can be a daunting one.

Workshop 1 – ‘Multiple Truths’ will address freedom of speech not as a simple solution but instead as a powerful tool that requires responsibility and awareness on behalf of both the source of output and the consumer thereof. Rumor is one example of communication that has become intertwined with truth, as it is undeniable that while certain rumors were intended to inspire, others have brought about confusion, confrontation, and violence. ‘Multiple Truths’ will offer the framework to explore rumor and other aspects of self-expression in relation to truth through discussion and the artistic process.

The emphasis of this workshop being the future of Egypt and its relationship with truth and rumor, ‘Multiple Truths’ will encourage the participants to take a closer look at their surroundings and create dynamic and relevant works of art with seemingly uncontroversial objects, to question assumptions on the appearance and purpose of said objects.

In addition to the above-mentioned media, sound will also be encouraged as a means to further exemplify the complex relationship between interpretation and what is broadly accepted as uncontested fact.

Workshop 2 – ‘Stories from a Generation’

(Arabic only)
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 25th, 2011.

This workshop will focus on developing a discourse on human rights, civil society and social issues in Egypt. The aftermath of the events of January 25th have provided a unique opportunity to expand the discussion and appreciation of rights issues. Workshop 2 – ‘Stories From A Generation’ will take a bottom-up approach, encouraging the participants of this workshop to reflect first on their personal, everyday experiences and to then extrapolate from those starting points a sense of how rights discourse can be relevant to society at all levels, including the most basic. By the conclusion of this workshop, each participant will have written a short story in Arabic, to be published collectively by Townhouse and distributed to an audience of NGOs, schools and other civil society actors.

The potential benefits of attending this workshop and to Egyptian society as a whole are substantial. Participants of ‘Stories from a Generation’ will not only develop significant critical thinking skills and a comprehensive awareness of the everyday impact of human rights, but they will also be equipped to take their gained knowledge and apply it to an extensive understanding of society. Egypt is currently undergoing a period of great change, and, if seized now, the numerous opportunities for civil society discourse and leadership could have a considerable and lasting effect on the future direction of Egypt.

Eligible participants of ‘Stories from a Generation’ must meet the two requirements of being fluent in written Arabic and having recently graduated from university (although there are no restrictions regarding from where or in what subject one must have graduated). The instructors of this workshop will be drawn from a variety of professions, including writers and activists and will encompass a specialist in Arabic composition who will assist the participants in writing their stories fluently and expressively.

Workshop 3 – ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’

(Arabic & English)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

While a symbol may be of definite origin and proven to have served an original purpose, it can just as well transform into a charged force of propaganda that is entirely detached from these beginnings, either though active appropriation or the organic evolution of images and ideas. Building upon both broader connotations and subliminal power as it makes its way through a community, a symbol is much more than a mere product of its creator. Within Egypt, symbols that are currently in use originate from a range of sources that span no less than multiple millennia – and the profusion of their current meanings is just as varied as the individual users themselves. These interpretations, whether intentionally or passively acquired, in turn influence the way in which one reads a symbol and perceives its implications. Workshop 3 will explore ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’ within Egypt and the relationship between symbol-based propaganda and the people of this country. With the events following January 25th, the red-white-black of the Egyptian flag has become the prime example of a symbol whose meaning is reliant on context. The revolutionaries use it to promote the dawn of a new era in Egypt, while the opposing side flies the flag in support of Mubarak’s regime and what the country once was. There is one flag and one Egypt, but the use of this national symbol is subject to ever-multiplying conceptions of Egypt.

This plurality of meaning is relevant not merely because of our copious interaction with symbols, but also because of the current culture of appropriation and replication. To enhance the understanding of how symbols evolve and can take on significant social meaning, Workshop 3 – ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’ will focus on understanding the reason why particular symbols are actively used as, or naturally become, avenues of expression over others.

The objectives of this workshop include the cultivation of meaningful, productive debates relating to the links between symbols and their representative power. Specific focus will be given to considering the social meaning of symbols and their place in contemporary Egypt. These theoretical aspects of the workshop will lay the groundwork for participants to appropriate and refashion symbols in a practical manner.

Workshop 4 – ‘Accessible Advocacy: Tackling Sexual Harassment in Egypt Through Mobile Phones’

(Arabic only)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

When the inaugural Cairo Festival for Mobile Film took place in 2007, its significance lay in the reality that filming in the public space was not considered socially acceptable in Egypt, at best. Yet the success of this event, as well as that of mobile phone video workshops and festivals of its kind, which have since taken place internationally, testify to the medium’s growing potential and importance in today’s social climate. Previous to January 25th, individuals would use the camera feature on their mobile phones with utmost discretion, not only due to social confinement, but out of the justified fear of random and unproportionally harsh crackdowns by government and police on those who would be singled out as having made such recordings in public. There has been a drastic change in this regard, as countless ordinary people have since used and continue to utilise their mobile phones as a means of documenting events ranging from peaceful marches to police brutality in the streets. Mobile phones are able to bring the proof and magnitude of these events to wider audiences due to the accessibility of both the medium itself and the footage it can capture. These devices are now seen as vital tools used to focus in on and expose social issues by making the captured videos available to a public unprecedented in scale.

Workshop 4 – ‘Accessible Advocacy’ will utilise this environment, which has become sensitized to the use and importance of mobile phones, to address and tackle the widely documented presence of sexual harassment in Egypt. During this workshop, the participants will discuss how harassment plagues current day Egypt and the ways in which this can be questioned and highlighted in brief videos. The workshop offers an opportunity for serious debates across gender boundaries and for both to have a better understanding of how individuals experience and interpret sexual harassment. The videos shot within this framework will be recorded and edited on the mobile phones of the participants. Technical instruction on editing techniques and other aspects of filming with a simple device will be offered throughout the course.

Once the videos have been produced, they will be screened at Townhouse and distributed freely to NGOs, schools and members of the public interested in raising awareness and encouraging debate.

How to apply for the workshops and guidelines for submitting your work:

There are no application forms for this workshop series – applicants are asked to submit the following in Arabic or English, respectively:

– Your basic contact information

– C.V. with indication of your Arabic and English proficiency

– A motivation letter tailored to the specific workshop you are applying for

– Up to five relevant samples of your work, regardless of the medium (images, texts, audio files, videos, URLs, etc.)

– A checklist of your submitted work (with information related to your submitted work samples, if desired)

Technical guidelines for submitting your work samples:

– Images: Max. 100 dpi and max. 2000px on the longer side

– Texts: Published or unpublished

– Audio and video files: Up to 10 minutes each. Submit either URLs if available online (preferred) or via one of the following upload services only: Dropbox, Rapidshare, yousendit, Wetransfer

All submitted work samples attached to your application email must list your last (family) name, followed by an underscore and the file name. For example: Hala Fahmy would submit her images as Fahmy_(title of image).jpg or her texts as Fahmy_(title of text).doc.

Please submit your application in ONE EMAIL to:

Alexandra Stock at alexandra@thetownhousegallery.com (10 MB per email)

Subject: Workshop 1/2/3/4

(Please indicate the number of the workshop you are applying for in the subject line of the email. If you are applying for more than one workshop, please submit as many applications and indicate the order of your preference, for example Workshop 3 / first choice).

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Video Art Workshop Bamako and Segou

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le flyer d'annonce de l'atelier international sur la vidéo d'art organisé par Soleil d'Afrique en partenariat avec le Centre Culturel Korè Ségou. Prévu du 26 juillet au 10 Août 2011, une douzaine d'artistes prendront part à cet atelier qui déroulera à Bamako et Ségou.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Beyond Football - Shifting Interests and Identity

Bimpe Adebambo (N), Andrew Asiebo (N), Yetunde Babaeko (N/D), Uchay Joel Chima (N), Nina Erfle (D), Uche James-Iroha (N), Ebele Okoye (N), Lerrato Shadi (SA), Alafuro Sikoki (N), Katrin Ströbel (D)
Curator: Emeka Udemba (N)

SAVVY Contemporary
Richardstr.43/44 | 12055 Berlin-Neukölln

Opening: 25.06.2011, 7.00 pm.
Exhibition: 26.06 – 08.07.2011 | Thurs - Sun, 4.00 - 8.00 pm.

The discourse regarding women and gender is one of the pivotal topics that
have captured the imagination of social and political critics in recent
decades. Whether in politics, economics or in the educational sphere,
the place of women in today’s society is still a contested issue.

As part of the events commemorating the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
tournament in Germany, the exhibition Beyond football – shifting
interests and identity, interrogates through the prism of the game of
football issues of gender, sexuality, discrimination, and life- style in contemporary societies.

The project’s intent is not to overturn the multiple axes of stratification affecting women. Nonetheless, this exhibition provides a platform to negotiate, challenge, disrupt, deconstruct, re-construct and question entrenched ideas on gender.

The exhibition will also be shown in Lagos, Nigeria.Beyond football – shifting
interests and identity, will be accompanied by an exclusive catalogue.

This project is a cooperation between the Goethe Institute Lagos and SAVVY
Contemporary Berlin, and it is supported by the Kulturamt Neukölln, DHL, Nigerian Embassy Berlin.

For further Informations, please contact:
www.savvy-contemporary.com | www.goethe.de
Press contact: Claudia Lamas Cornejo | contact@savvy-contemporary.com

Video Art: A survival guide

More dynamic than ever Festival Miden is ready again to present an
intriguing selection from the global production of video art by young and
aspiring artists. A production that the festival follows systematically 7
years now, giving its audience the opportunity to obtain a holistic view
of an art form that is evolving unexpectedly, rapidly and diversely at
this very moment.

The screenings include the themed video art programs “LOL”, “THIS IS WAR”,
Also, this year Festival Miden will present tributes to some very
interesting foreign festivals, art groups and curators such as Oslo Screen
(Norway), All Art Now (Syria), Cyberbrothers (Russia), Videoplay
(Argentina) and CologneOFF (Germany).

Furthermore, several interesting parallel events are scheduled, including
a special screening of the themed program “Come to Life” at the
Archaeological Museum of Messenia, an introductive lecture about Video Art
History by Gioula Papadopoulou at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata,
while the closing event of the Festival will be the special audiovisual
party set “The New Style”, in which DJ Blue Lagoon from the well-known
Greek art group Kormoranos mixes on stage music and videos that he and his
partner Haris Lagousis have edited.

www.festivalmiden.gr / info@festivalmiden.gr / festivalmiden@gmail.com /

One Minute Africa

With less than one month until the deadline, remember to submit your videos to...

One Minutes are videos of exactly 60 seconds. You can now send us your One Minute videos for the first-ever One Minutes Africa competition (flyers attached).

There are 6 Categories to choose from:

1. Spoken word & sound: The art of language and sound, ranging from oral history to the sounds of the street
2. In my backyard: What is it like where you live? What happens there? Give us a sense of the place and the goings-on that surround you.
3. Where history begins: With real people in real places, history begins. Express your ideas of time and experience, from ‘small’, personal histories to large-scale events.
4. Micro-commercials: Small companies run by passionate owners
5. Portraits: Even in a single minute, the essence of a person or object can be revealingly portrayed. What is your One Minute portrait?
6. Privacy: What does privacy mean for you?

8 videos in each category will be nominated for an award. Prize winners will be invited to the awards ceremony hosted by the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, this coming September.

Be sure to join our Facebook page, One Minutes Africa, for the latest updates and submissions!

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2011.

Submitting your video online?

Visit The One Minutes website to fill out the forms and send us your videos through wetransfer.com

Submitting your videos by post?

Living in Africa but located outside of Egypt? Send your video as data to:
The One Minutes
Fred Roeskestraat 98
1076 ED Amsterdam

Living in Egypt? Send your video as data to:
Townhouse Gallery
c/o One Minutes Africa
10 Nabrawy St off Champollion St
Downtown, Cairo

Questions still not answered? Email devon@thetownhousegallery.com