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Competition programme AUTHOR(WRIT)Y:
video art, TV art, experimental film

180 works have been submitted for the 2006 competition – from USA, France, Montenegro, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, India, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, Australia, etc.
In these works the AUTHOR(WRIT)Y theme is prominent as both the impersonal discourse of power in contemporary society and social activism discourse using media as its means. Can a media artist oppose the media absolute authoritarianism? Is he turned into its instrument? What chances are there for authorship rhetoric in the impersonalized discourse?

Kenji Oulet, Canada
Lesson 13, 2005. 11’ 00’’

The lesson is as emotional drama.

Kenji Oulet born in Canada and now based in Berlin. Filmography includes dance, experimental films and media concepts for contemporary choreographies.

Raivo Kelomees, Estonia
Destinations. Interective Travelogue, 2005

Small world but there’s no way to go fare.

Raivo Kelomees, born in 1960, is an artist, critic and new media educator from Tallinn.

Annie Abrahams, France
I don't want to be a nice girl, 2005. 5’ 00’’

She doesn’t want and never will.

Annie Abrahams is an artist who has worked on the net since 1996. She is Dutch, lives in France, has a PHd in biology and is graduated in fine arts.

Jean-Gabriel Periot, France
Even if she had been a criminal, 2006. 10’00’’

War and woman. 1944: they are tried because they have stayed in enemies’ rear. Is it their fault?

Jean-Gabriel Periot is baby-sitter, barman, clothes and handcraft salesman, videotapes program clerk, assistant director, editor, mime, auction sales assistant, journalist, dance filmmaker, artist…

George Drivas, Greece
Beta Test, 2005. 13’ 00’’

Today’s Berlin as a place of action for the Alfavile sequel.

George Drivas received an M.A. in Film and Media Studies at Freie Universitaet, Berlin and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Athens, Greece. He is the recipient of numerous awards at international Film Festivals.

Guli Silberstein, Israel
Self-Determination #3, 2006. 12’00’’

The language of video that helps to recognize oneself in temporal and topological epos.

Guli Silberstein was introduced to digital video in New York in 1997 where he created his debuted video project “Schizophrenic State”. Presently in Tel Aviv he continues working as a video editor and experimental video artist.

Masakazu Saito, Japan
A Piece of Sunsession #5, 2005. 24’ 45’’

Private and imaginary. It’s a dream, isn’t it? May be West is advancing like this?

Masakazu Saito, photographer and video artist from Japan. He regards the camera as device for recording the photographer’s gaze rather than for capturing photographic subjects and produces video works which reflects gaze of the author.

Erik Olofsen, The Netherlands
In Places, 2004. 4’ 30’’

A man jumps from the sky. Amazingly he is safe and sound. Cities soften a drop.

Erik Olofsen was born in Aalsmeer (The Netherlands) in 1970. Graduated from Gerrit Ritevelde Academy (Amsterdam) and now his works have been showing in various countries.

Goran Micevski, Serbia
Endgame, 2005. 5’00’’

The true end is only beginning of the authorship without end.

Goran Micevski is a photographer from Belgrade also active in conceptual video and multimedia.

Jill Wissmiller, USA
J-Woman. The Quiz, 2005. 24’ 10’’

Read the J-Woman and you’ll be like that. And why not?

Jill Wissmiller, video artist. Her work explores how readily available self-transformation processes, from voodoo to biomedical enhancement technologies, impact women.

Alexey Kuripko, Russia
Morning in a Pine Wood, 2006. 3’ 10’’

And not only there. Russian homeland is wide.

Alexey Kuripko is a video artist from Rostov.

Anton Litvin, Russia
Restauration, 2005. 11’ 40’’

Evolutionary descending may be not only obliteration and deconstruction but the restoration as well.

Anton Litvin (Moscow) is an artist and video maker, participant of the Escape Group, the author of more than 15 one-man shows and of 20 films.

Ksenia Peretrukhina, Russia
Hamburger, 2005. 0’ 58’’

With a hamburger in the video art isn’t possible to eat oneself fill.

Ksenia Peretrukhina is an artist and film director from Moscow. She exhibits as a video artist at the XL-Gallery.

Yakov Kazhdan, Russia
Just Drink It, 2005. 1’ 16’’

What is it: manipulation with modern symbols of power or craving for them?

Yakov Kazhdan is a video artist from Moscow.

Olga Stolpovskaya, Russia
Casting, 2006. 20’ 00’’

This is the story of Alexander Nesterov, a young film director, who has been put in front of a serious decision, told in the language of movie.

Olga Stolpovskaya is a film director, producer, and scriptwriter. She has graduated from the Moscow Art College, the Workshop of Individual Producing, the Cinema Academy in Mew York. 

Maria Sharafutdinova (masha_sha), Russia
Sterile anihilation, 2005. 1’ 00’’

Digits are also not eternal. They died and wait for the funeral rituals.

Maria Sharafutdinova (masha_sha) is a video artist from St. Petersburg graduated from the Pro Arte Institute.

German Vinogradov (Bicapo), Sergey Kischenko, Russia
H5N1. Feast during Bird Flu, 2006. 9’ 30’’
Studio “Artodeks” production

Bird Flu is a plague of the 21st centaury (from newspapers).

German Vinogradov (Bicapo) and Sergey Kischenko are multimedia artists.

Dmitri Bulnygin, Russia
Vodka and Cigarettes, 2003-2006, 10’00’’

An experimental documentary where characters create a picture of a world of their own out of words and actions, free of social and ethical limits.

Dmitri Bulnygin was born Novosibirsk where he graduated from the Novosibirsk Architecture Institute. Since 2000 he is the ESF (International Ultrashort Film Festival) organizer and director. He has directed more than 20 short films.

THE DVERI pop-group, Russia
Brothers, 2006, 2’00’’

Search for freedom and brotherhood in our contemporary Russian society. As in a bad dream all rules are void and mixed-up. You try to run but there’s nowhere to hide and no asylum.

THE DVERI pop-group is an audiovisual project by a group of Moscow artists, musicians and literati.

Shevchenko Brothers Group, Russia
Mashka, 2006, 4’00’’

An out-of-work actress’s monologue.

Shevchenko Brothers Group is formed by two scriptwriters. One is named Shevchenko, the other comes from town of Shevchenko.

Jury Vassiliev, Russia
The one who’s following me, 2006, 2’00’’

Video performance based on trans-coding the audience perception. Author’s reflections upon intricate interrelations of human beings with reality of their environment.

Jury Vassiliev lives and works in Koenigsberg (Kaliningrad). He is the IV Media Forum prize-winner. The artist has participated in major video and media art forums both in Russia and abroad.

Jury Lonkov, USA
The Nail, 2006, 2’00’’

Resistance of two objects, phenomena, desires and worlds.

Jury Lonkov was born in Kishinev and graduated from Moscow Institute for Culture Studies film directors faculty. Since 1986 has worked in independent film. At the moment the artist lives and works in the USA.

Agricola de Cologne, Germany
The House of Tomorrow, 2005, 3’00’’

The House of tomorrow is the house of one’s identity, it does not need to be a concrete house or building, but represents a secure and protected place where people can stand for what they are and represent, a human being.

Agricola de Cologne is a multidisciplinary media artist. Founder and director of «NewMediaArtProjectNetwork».

Mai Yamashita, Naoto Kopayashi, Japan
Tarzan, 2004, 6’00’’

Artists tried communicate with animals. With a megaphone like a small jungle, they played the shouting voice of Tarzan. Even though this act is just one-way or a misunderstanding (miscommunication), animals have responded.

Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kopayashi have participated in major international exhibitions and festivals (London, Kassel, Singapore, Helsinki, Berlin etc.)

Teymur Daimi, Azerbaijan
Black Paradise, 2005, 10’00’’

The film has caused a scandal at the Berlin international exhibition and was banned from screening for reasons of political correctness. Both this negative reaction and the ban were initiated by Azerbaijani delegation. They decided Black Paradise was blackening out actual reality…

Teymur Daimi is an artist and holds a PhD in philosophy. Since 2001 has worked in audiovisual art on the borders on visual arts, cinema, theatre, philosophy, culture studies, neuropsychology, bioenergy information science and apophathic theology.

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