February 14th, 2013
Martin Skauen – Slideshow Johnny at Videonale.14

The Videonale was founded in 1984 and is one of the oldest video art festivals in the world. The record number of submissions of the previous Videonale was once again exceeded: The jury of the 14th edition had to sift through more than 2100 works from 70 countries.

“The investigation of private histories, but also of collective memories, crosses the boundaries between reality and fiction in order to examine the subject of the story from various sides. Dramatic mixed forms result which, with new, open ways of telling a story, cast their spell over the viewer”, says Tasja Langenbach, artistic director of VIDEONALE.14.

VIDEONALE.14 at Kunstmuseum Bonn
Feb 15 to Apr 7, 2013

…In “Slideshow Johnny”, Martin Skauen investigates the blurred borders of identity: with sombre poetry and surreal performances he pushes the possibilities of artistic self-portrayal to its very limits. And in “In free fall”, Hito Steyerl merges the life cycle of an aircraft with personal stories and fictional elements to produce a criticism of the dynamic of the capitalistic system….

The Jury comprised Heike Ander (curator of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne), Katerina Valdivia Bruch (freelance curator and author, Berlin), Keren Cytter (artist, Berlin), Philipp Fürnkäs (curator and author, Dusseldorf), Jennifer Gassmann (project manager /festival programme VIDEONALE.14, Bonn), Tasja Langenbach (artistic director of VIDEONALE.14, Bonn), Rolf Quaghebeur (director of Argos centre for art & media Brussels), Sabine Maria Schmidt (curator and author, Düsseldorf), Olaf Stüber (publisher, curator of Videoart at Midnight, Berlin).