NewMediaFest’2010 – a final note

NewMediaFest’2010 – 31 December 2010
The end of a festival project – the end of an era

On 31 Dezember, NewMediaFest’2010 will be finalized.
Starting on 1 January 2010 and running during 2010,
this festival project was not only offering to the online and offline audience an retrospective view on 10 years
[NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne – the experimental platform for art and new media, covering a wide range of fields of digital art,
but also pointing to the perspectives on future activities.

It would not be wrong to face the festival project also as a resume
of the activities of the virtual artist and curator Agricola de Cologne,
who created himself on 1 January 2000 as an artist brand.
The NewMediafest’2010 is spotlighting some of his major networked creations manifested as and in the [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne and its incorporated platforms, projects and sub-projects.

But by realizing NewMediaFest’2010, it was also the meaning to finalize
the majority of his networked creations by 31 December 2010, as well,
i.e. SoundLAB – sonic art projects, Cinematheque – streaming media,
JavaMuseum – Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art,
A Virtual Memorial – networked art and the numerous media art projects
realized during the past ten years in the framwork of these new media art platforms, including more than 2000 participating media artists from 72 countries.

As the end of the festival project, the date 31 December 2010 can be understood also as the end of an era of very active and dynamic networked art creations as a specific form of contemporary art using communicating media, initiated and developed by one single person who took the role of an entire team and its fundctions, i.e. Agricola de Cologne.

The [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne can be said to be truely a most successful media art project, not only due to its complex structures developed during its 10 years running time, and very popular, since during more than 10 years it attracted not only more than 10 million unique online visitors leaving more than 100 million hits, but The Network as such and numerous individual projects realized withing this framework were participating in more than 400 festivals and media art events. Not only the audience, but also the participants were appreciating these new media art creations and made them successful.

At this stage, the director and curator of NewMediaFest’2010, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, would like to thank all participating artists, curators, institutions and organisations for collaborating during the one year challenge. It was a great time!

Since the end of creative processes often represents again the starting point for something new, finalizing the global network in its current form means for Agricola de Cologne on one hand preserving the completed project contexts in their state of 31 December 2011 in a new museum context, but also starting on 1 January 2011 the new festival project “CologneOFF 2011 – videoart in a global context”, which is continuing and extending his activities in the field of “art and moving images” as a new adventure during 2011 & 2012.

More details on netMAXX- networked magazine
http://maxx.nmartproject.net/?p=153

CologneOFF 2011 – Videoart in a global context
http://coff.newmediafest.org