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MF 2005


I prize:

Kenji Ouellet, 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.

II prize:

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.

III prize:

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…


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.

Jury special prize:


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.

About Media Forum

For seven years Media Forum has brought new media art to the Russian audience. It presented an avant-garde trend in the works of artists, performers, video artists and animation-makers experimenting with language, context and techniques of electronic and digital mass media. This year the Forum will also screen novelties and classics of both Russian and world’s video art.

The programme was started in 2000 at an initiative of Aleksei Isaev, a well-known Russian media artist, curator and theorist of the new media, who founded and directed the Moscow MediaArtLab Centre. Because of his untimely death in March of this year we decided to dedicate this Media Forum to his memory and realize his last idea – the Author(writ)y theme.

“Contemporary screen culture finds opportunities for the most rapid, clear and actual reflexion to changes or alterations in viewer mentality. It defines this experience as avant-garde and progressive. Newest tendencies of contemporary culture connected with new technologies make it possible for us to describe this part of culture as possessing own content and audience. The audience is attracted by communicational art model, which allows for the viewers’ interactive participation in the art work dramatic composition” (Aleksei Isaev)

AUTHOR(WRIT)Y. Drawing borders.

Media artist is by the way things are preordained to Author(writ)ative authorship. First, as a creative individual who generates own significant discourse and own rhetoric. The artist is automatically put into opposition to totality: confronting matter, audience, society, authority, time and space. Authorizing his concept the artist stages a rhetoric fight with the context. Only the charismatic, autonomous, despotic rhetoric can break open the emptiness of distrust, indifference and apathy. To assert one’s authority and realize the art’s impact the artist flashes his will, power, self-regard and ambitions. Under this aegis he storms heaven and breaks away into the deep avant-garde. Only the ambitious will own the future. (Viktor Miziano).
Second, he grasps the tentacles of authority – the media. He manipulates its manipulators. Media are in themselves rhetoric – with no execution of the authorship authority they break away. When the artist rules them with a firm hand he doubles the authority and creates art.

The VII Media Forum traditionally consists of the thematic competition and individually curated programmes. They present both fresh works and classics of world’s media art. This wide range of works represents new screen technologies and helps the audience adequately estimate the possibilities of media technologies.

International board

Woody Vasulka – electronic art pioneer, founder of the world’s largest media archives «Vasulkas», USA
Dr. Kirill Razlogov – MIFF art director, Russian Culture Studies Institute director, Russia
Cathy Ray Hoffman – Cornerhouse Centre for Visual Arts director, Manchester, UK
Etienn Sandrin - curator of the media art centre of Centre Georges Pompidou, France
Jan Schuijren - curator, the Netherlands.


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?

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Presentation programme
(retro screenings, special film and video screenings)

Vito Acconci’s films.
Vito Acconci, an American video art pioneer has through all his work researched the author rhetoric theme by means of media (author’s collection, «Electronic Art Intermix», New York). Author(writ)y programme from the Centre Georges Pompidou collection. France. Montevideo, the Netherlands. Videotage, Hong Kong. Anthology, New York. MediaArtLab, Moscow. Vasulkas archives, Santa Fe, USA. Art House In Shorts short films programme. Something About Power Russian video art programme from the State Centre for Contemporary Art. Freedom Territory British video art programme. In Memory of Aleksei Isaev programme etc.

Woody Vasulka. Art of Memory

Curated by: Konstantin Bokhorov.

Author(writ)y video programme from the Centre Georges Pompidou collection. France. Montevideo, the Netherlands. Videotage, Hong Kong. Anthology, New York. MediaArtLab, Moscow. Vasulkas archives, Santa Fe, USA.

The authorities’ impersonal discourse realized through media and media use by contemporary artists in their author rhetoric are the virtual problems of avant-garde, later developed in video art. The programme is based on MediaArtLab collection and presents turning points of this development during the last 30 years. These points can be called median against media.

Tatyana Daniliants. U

Art House In Shorts. Main character’s view collection
Curated by: Tatiana Danilenko – director, programme curator

Art house presupposes a special point of view and position. It is close to lyric poetry, where the author always makes himself hear, even if he isn’t the narrator. A film’s author sends his alter ego on a world journey as a Main Character to live trough different changes declaring/demonstrating himself to the world.

Alexey Isaev

Aleksei Isaev’s Virtual Attraction Fair
Curated by: Olga Shishko

Aleksei Isaev
Founder on the MediaArtLab information and research centre. Media artisr, theotrist, curator, editor-in-chief of View form the East. Media consciousness/Media technology and Media Art in Russia series. Member of Russian Federation Cinematographers Union (new screen technologies committee). Russian Internet Academy member. Pro&Contra 2000 international symposium author and curator. MIFF Media Forum programme director since 2000. Published a range of articles on media and video art in Russia and abroad, participated in various conferences, events and festivals on video and media culture.

1992 Labyrinthology, video, Hi 8, 25 min.
1993 Topological Book Invariant, Betacam,12 min.(IBM 486: 3DS, AnimatorPro,Targa+)
Underground Land, Hi8, 7 min.(IBM 486: 3DS,AnimatorPro,Targa+)
1994 Videoscenario, Hi8, 7min. (IBM 486: Animator Pro,Targa+)
Dance and Video, Hi8, 7min.(IBM 486: AnimatorPro,Targa+) distribution "Coronado film", France.
1995 New cannibals (Neyromancero), Hi8, 7 min, (Pentium 120, 3Ds4, Animator Pro, Adobe Primer, MiroVideo) -distribution "Coronado film", France.
1996 Assemblage of Attraction, (Sergei Eisenstein Pavilion) Hi8 30min. Pentium 120, 3Ds4, Animator Pro, Adobe Primer, MiroVideo).

Viktoriya Begalskaya. Nutcrackers

Something About Power
Russian video art programme.
Curated by: Marina Koldobskaya, Maria Korosteleva.

Every artist has something to say about power, especially in Russia. Power changes hands, our attitude towards authority changes from acute hate and aversion to acute desire to be accepted and participate. Apart from political power, there’s the power of money, body, desire, ideas and objects. The elder have power over the younger, men over women, bosses over subordinates and vice versa. And maybe all around there’s God. Everyone is entangled in the cobweb of relationships which are to some extent relationships of power. That’s how widely the theme is interpreted by programme’s curators.

Beltran Obregon. Gazing at Heaven

Freedom Territory
British video art programme
Curated by: Elena Zaitseva

Art in our society is possibly the only territory in which people’s yearning for freedom is realized. In the global performance society where TO BE is transformed into CONSUME and PRETEND art enables us to see the underlying meaning of events while keeping aloof from ideology. A major part here is played by art’s appropriation of the spheres not originally belonging to it such as mass media, public space and everyday routine. This is where an important humanitarian aspect of artistic appropriation is revealed. It gives people the much longed for “third way”, an opportunity to break free from the system’s stereotypes. Art working with appropriation always makes people feel freer than before. This is one of art’s most powerful magnets. Due to it art remains one of the most enchanting spheres of human activity despite having rejected the function of aesthetic pleasure.


Feature Film «Volga-Volga»
Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe art project.
Directors: Andrei Silvestrov, Pavel Labazov

Andrei Silvestrov (film director, one of the CINE PHANTOM club and festival founders) presents VOLGA-VOLGA – the cult soviet comedy of late 1930s directed by Grigory Aleksandrov. This is a story of a gifted village girl. Local bureaucrats try to hinder her going to Moscow for a song competition. The lead was played by Liubov Orlova –the Russian Marlene Dietrich. This is the strangest remake in the history of cinema as the 1930s version has been preserved completely, with the exception of the leading actress. In this new version the main character is played brilliantly by the well-known Russian artist Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, which gives the film an absolutely new metaphysical sense. The world premiere of the film took place at the 35th Rotterdam International Film Festival as part of the CINE FANTOM Day programme.

Round table discussion

Leading media artists, journalists, non-profit film directors, alternative cinema producers and animation-makers are invited to join the round table discussion. The author(writ)y of new media language and various art strategies in working with them will be the central topic of discussion. Oleg Kireev’s “Media Activist Cook Book”, Shamanov’s “0 roubles” project and young art festival “Stop! Who’s there?” (Darja Pyrkina) will be presented along with other projects realized in 2005-2006. Moderator — Nikolay Palazhchenko.

Multimedia show

1. BigFinn British group: Gold In the Age of Copper Programme
2. NJ'ING by Oleg Kireev & DJ Osadchiy
3. Pop-group "Doors"

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