Festival programThe ikono On Air Festival presents a three weeks program of video, media art and other time-based art forms thanks to the participation of more than 200 artists from over 40 countries. The main festival program is organized under four sections: Time, (Un)Boxed, (Re)Animate and Sublime. These core festival sections are supported by a rich line up of various thematic playlists and curated sections by some of the worlds most respected curators and art institutions.
AMarina Abramovic (RS), Anton Aeki (BE), AES+F (RU), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (FI), Sophia Al Maria (QA) and Fatima Al Qadiri (US/KW), Jananne Al-Ani (IQ/UK), Darren Almond (UK), Karima Al-Shomaly (UAE), Francis Alÿs (BE), Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (IQ), Sama Alshaibi (IQ), Claudio Ambrosini (IT), Mauro Andrizzi (AR), Iván Argote (CO), Atelier Van Lieshout (NL), Shoja Azari (IR)
BJeremy Bailey (UK), Bertille Bak (F), Paolo Bandinu (IT), Trevor Batten (UK), Seline Baumgartner (CH), Bonnie Begush (US), Bahar Behbahani (IR), Sergio Belinchón (ES), Elena Bellantoni (IT), Veronique Bellavista (CH), Elisabetta Benassi (IT), Alessandra Bergamaschi (IT), Terry Berkowitz (US), Ric Bianco (IT), Janet Biggs (US), Dominique Blais (F), Giuseppe Boccassini (IT), Eelco Brand (NL), Ulu Braun (DE), David Brazier (AU), Robert Breer (US), Dora Budor (HR), Marc Burkett (NL) Rui Calçada Bastos (PT)
CCapture (F), Paolo Cardazzo (IT), Carlo Casas (ES), Christopher Charles (AU), Ali Cherri (LB), Osvaldo Cibils (IT), Baptist Coelho (IN), Liz Cohen (US), Mat Collishaw (UK), Tara Cook (AU), Callum Cooper (AU), Adam Cooper-Terán (US), Christopher Charles (AU)
DHassan Darsi (MA), Mantu Das (IN), Priscila de Carvalho (BR/US), Anouk de Clercq (BE), Matilde De Feo (IT), Arjen De Leeuw (NL), Misha de Ridder (NL), Elisabetta Di Sopra (IT), Sebastian Diaz Morales (ES), A K Dolven (NO/UK), Johanna Domke (DE), Henry Driver (UK), Morten Dysgaard (DK)
EJames Early (UK), Edwin (ID), Jeroen Eisinga (NL), Tracey Emin (UK), Brian Eno (UK), Theo Eshetu (IT), Hawa Essuman (KE/GH), Cedrick Eymenier (F)
FManuel Fanni Canelles (IT), Shepard Fairey (US), Adam Faramawy (ET), Mounir Fatmi (MA), Paolo Fassetta (IT), Francesca Fini (IT), Eva Fontana (IT), Doug Foster (UK), Kelda Free (AU)
GJerry Galle (BE), Tessa Garland (UK), Jamie George (UK), John Gerrard (IE), Ori Gersht (IL), Catherine Gfeller (CH), Abdulnasser Gharme (SA), Giulia Giannola (IT), Milena Gierke (DE), Tarryn Gill (AU), Kate Gilmore (US), Shaun Gladwell (AU), Niklas Goldbach (DE), Ana Maria Gomes (F), Graw Böckler (DE), Michael Joaquin Grey (US), Shilpa Gupta (IN)
HUlrike Haage (DE), Khaled Hafez (EG) Joe Hamilton (AU), Adad Hannah (CA), Jason Hendrik Hansma (PK/AU), Katie Hare (UK), Ibro Hasanović (BE), Travis H. Heinrich (AU), Sæmundur þór Helgason (IS), Lorraine Heller-Nicholas (AU), Jan Henle (US), Kurt Hentschläger (AT), Julio Hernández-Cordón (US), Garry Hill (US), Joanna Hill (UK), Simone Hine (AU), Emil Holmer (SE), Jenny Holzer (US), Nick Hornby (UK), Mustafa Hulusi (UK), Luzia Hürzeler (CH)
IRyōji Ikeda (JP), Igor Imhoff (IT), Carlos Irijalba (ES), Runa Islam (IN)
JAlfredo Jaar (CL), Michael Joo (US), Isaac Julien (UK), Jesper Just (F)
KMasayo Kajimura (JP), Katia Kameli (F/DZ), William Kentridge (SA), Khavn (TH), Laleh Khorramian (IR), Man Kit Lam (HK/NL), Kite & Laslett (UK), Aaron Koblin (US)
LWilliam Lamson (US), Andreas Lang (DE), Clare Langan (IE), Farideh Lashai (IR), Nathalie Latham (AU), Ange Leccia (F), Lee Lee Nam (KR), Rebecca Lennon (UK), Armin Linke (IT/DE), Holger Lippmann (DE), Jennifer Locke (US), Lohner Carlson (DE), Tamara Lorenz (DE), Darri Lorenzen (IS), Huda Lutfi (EG)
MTala Madani (IR), Asa Mader (US), Marcellvs L. (BR), Pilar Mata Dupont (AU), Maria Marshall (UK), Antonello Matarazzo (IT), Anthony McCall (US), Megan and Murray McMillan (US), Hassan Meer (OM), Daniel Menche (US), Alejo Moguillansky (AR), Vincent Moon (F), Scott Morrison (AU), Brenna Murphy (US)
NMichael Najjar (DE), Aki Nazakawa (JP), Linda Neil (AU), Nerdworking (TR), David Nixon (AU), Tim Noble & Sue Webster (UK), Matthew Noel-Tod (UK), Jonathon Nokes (AU), Thomas Nordanstad (SE)
OMarcel Odenbach (DE), Jacco Olivier (NL), Sherman Ong (MY), Yoko Ono (JP/US), Eamon Ore-Giron (US), Julia Oschatz (DE)
PAdrian Paci (AL), Jaakko Pallasvuo (FI), Patrick Fabian Panetta (DE), Benedikt Partenheimer (DE), Greg Penn (AU), Peru Ana Ana Peru (US), Finnbogi Petursson (IS), Paul Pfeiffer (US), Adina Popescu (RO), Alexander Ponomarev (RU), Nicolas Provost (BE), Beatrice Pucci (IT), Pushpamala N (IN), Mat Pyke (US)
QMa Qiusha (CN)
ROrit Raff (IL), Casey Reas (US), Tere Recarens (ES), Erwin Redl (AT/US), Johanna Reich (GE), reMI (A/NL), Reynold Reynolds (US), Kelly Richardson (UK), Heinz Riegler (AT), Montserrat Rodriguez aka nyx10110 (ES), Rafael Rozendaal (NL/BR), Kivu Ruhorahoza (RW), Miljohn Ruperto (PH/US)
SAri Saarto (FI), Steve Sabella (PS), Denis Savary (CH), Hans Schabus (AT), Alexander Schellow (DE), Matthew Schlanger (US), Rosalind Schneider (US), Semiconductor (UK), Tejal Shah (IN), Santiago Sierra (ES), John Smith (UK), Dominga Sotomayor (CL), Peter Struycken (NL), Peggy Stuffi (IT), Xun Sun (CN), Anocha Suwichakornpong (TH), Michèle Sylvander (FR)
TBarbara Taboni (IT), Kynan Tan (AU), Kotaro Tanaka (JP), The Vasulkas (IS/CZ), Tom Tlalim (NL/IL), Luca Trevisani (IT), Janaina Tschäpe (DE), Peter Tukei Muhumuza (UG), Santeri Tuori (FI), Salla Tykkä (FI)
VAdam Vacker (CZ), Tracy Valcarcel (PE/CA), Martijn van Boven (NL), Jeep van de Bundt (NL), Livinus van de Bundt (NL), Harm Van den Dorpel (NL), Bas Van Koolwijk (NL), Mariana Vassileva (BG), Kawita Vatanajyankur (TH), Xavier Veilhan (FR), Levi van Veluw (NL), Jan Verbeek (DE), Bill Viola (US), Luigi Viola (IT), Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SE), Debora Vrizzi (IT)
WPierce Warnecke and Ricardo Donoso (US/DE), Lisa Weber (DE), Apischapong Weerasetakul (TH), Mirit Weinstock (IL), Richard Whitby (UK), Andrew Norman Wilson (US), Bob Wilson (US), Helga Wretman (SE)
XLiu Xiadong (CN)
YSusan Youssef (LB)
ZAkram Zaatari (LB), Zimoun (CH).
A retrospective of ikono’s video clips will complete the festival program organized under the following themes:
TimeTime and its presence in video, media and performance work can be both literal and abstract however it will always exist as a definitive element in these unique artforms. Alaskan born artist Reynold Reynolds use of time is direct. His work, often revolving around characters or physical matter trapped and subject to the processes of metamorphosis (Solid / Liquid, Fire / Water, Life / Death) and decay by time, expertly uses stop motion animation to create dark worlds set to a constant heartbeat rhythm. Alexander Ponomarev’s use of illusion in Maya: A Lost Island (2000) addresses the coexistence of mythology and technology in the world around us. The work begins with the artist himself scratching out an island from a nautical map, while the 5 t fleet of the Russian navy, for a moment in time, “physically” erases an island from the world with a “smoke screen”. A video artwork as a report of an event or a moment in passing can disassociate itself with any truth and still be believed. One of the powers of the moving image is that it is romantically connected to trust, even in moments of complete disbelief. Documentation of an event is equally the basis of a work by Austrian artist Hans Schabus. In the 78 minute video work Laßnitz (2012) a bridge is sent on a 1000 mile long journey from Austria to the village Ohne, in Germany, where Schabus declared it to be a sculpture from then on. The cathartic and beautifully shot videowork is more about the effort and struggle to place this object in a seemingly obscure field; providing a reflection on the act of art making itself. Alexander Schellow premiering a new work for the ikono on air festival directs his interest to memory and the physical loss of environments and objects over time. In this work Schellow explores a river lost to urbanization, climate change and other situational factors through the use of animated drawings. The artist spent days walking in Athens Greece talking with residents located around the repurposed riverbed. Intentionally not recording any of these conversations he waits until night recalling from his memory and transcribing these thoughts into pictorial form. Time will move beyond the obvious connections to the ticking clock, dedicating instead a program to artworks exploring the perceptive and philosophical experience of time, place and existence”. Selected Artists:
Alexander Schellow (Germany)
Catherine Gfeller (Switzerland/France)
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland)
Elisabetta di Sopra (Italy)
Hans Schabus (Austria)
Orit Raff (Israel)
Sæmundur ﬁór Helgason (Island)
Alexander Ponomarev (Russia)
Reynold Reynolds (USA)
More to be announced
Image by Orit Raff
(Un)boxedDuring the (Un)Boxed programmed sections we will discover the changing aesthetics and progressive nature of video and media art, focusing on how and where it is seen, as well as what it looks like, and how this has evolved.
Beginning at an important moment in video arts short history, the introduction of the Sony Portapak, we will see how technology has influenced the way artists create and exhibit their work. The introduction of the Portapak was significant as it created the opportunity for individuals, as opposed to production teams, to work with the moving image.
Through Deserts (1994) one of many works by Bill Viola screening during the ikono on air festival we get a sense for Viola’s connection to the technology he uses. The way that he masses content into selective motifs and repetition of imagery from different times and places shows a radical shift in production style from film to video. In his early videoworks this shifting nature of what the moving image can look like is perhaps characterized by the artist making the choice what not to record rather then what to record. More recently there have been numerous groundbreaking revelations in both media capture and video presentation. What media and video art can be and look like has changed radically. The screen has left the boxed television display of the 90’s and is increasingly hard to define.
The screen has become enigmatic and omnipresent, In Finnbogi Peturssons installation works he often uses light projection onto water that is being disturbed by sound waves. The resulting image is reflected and projected onto the gallery walls around it, creating a constantly evolving, all encompassing artwork. Art has also left traditional brock and mortar institutions, artist are using new social tools around them to connect with wider audiences.
Joe Hamilton’s Hyper Geography (2011) was first exhibited online and uses a style and aesthetic found on image blogs and argumentation websites. He easily creates fantastic imagined landscapes that are repeatedly opening up to expose new worlds within themselves.
(UN)Boxed will take you through the arc of historical technical developments, screening artworks that respond directly to the technology available to them at the time or using technology to speak of a specific period or place.
Bill Viola (USA)
Anthony McCall (USA)
Joe Hamilton (Australia)
Hans Schabus (Austria)
Kite & Laslett (UK)
More to be announced Image by Joe Hamilton
(Re)AnimateArtists giving new life to existing, found and archival material as well as popular visual languages and clichés to create independent new artworks will be featured in this program dedicated to the reanimation of the world around us.
In Marcel Odenbachs Life as a dead rabbit on the ice sandbank (1980) the use of television sounds and visuals as well as scenes from the student opposition movement (APO) intercut with his own surroundings and images of his eyes, create a reflective construct of truth, fiction, public and private.
As well as the inclusion of artist social constructs and important events in their work (Re)Animate will explore (he productions of artists who look inwards towards the artistic materials and technologies themselves as a starting point for their artistic output.
Robert Breer’s work Blazes (1961), a representative work of the american avant-garde, is an experimental abstract film where the artist created marks and colour sequences by directly applying paint and chemicals to the surface of celluloid film. The process applied to the medium is a direct way of creating images without the use of the camera.
Emerging Italian artist Giulia Giannola will screen her visually stunning videowork Tinker tailor soldier sailor (2012) taking the name from a rhyme born between 1475 and 1695 in Great Britain before the Industrial Revolution. As children counted seeds, rocks and petals they would recite the ryhme one word at a time: the word spoken on the last object would guess their future job. In Giannolas film an assembly line of workers perform repetitive tasks extracting seeds from watermelons. Every character in the videowork has a task amounting to one single action however the factory seamingly produces nothing.
During (Re)Animate programs an important focus will be placed on artists exploring political and social responsibiltites through their visual mediums.
Pilar Mata Dupont (Australia)
Larissa Sansour (France)
Ma Qiusha (China)
Ori Gersht (Israel)
Sæmundur ﬁór Helgason (Island)
Tracy Valcarcel (Peru/Canada)
Marcel Odenbach (Germany)
Giulia Giannola (Italy)
More to be announced
Image by Giulia Giannola
SublimeVideo, media, sound and performance works that captivate audiences with aesthetic seduction will be screened during the Sublime program. Ideas behind the works in this section are portrayed through generating personal emotional responses and often appear as visceral poetic journeys. Dutch artist Misha De Ridder creates slowly changing epic landscapes borrowing the aesthetic qualities from nature photography. Portraying simple natural phenomena curiously estranged, they appear as unreal realities. Two 50 years old males having emotions (2013) by Ivan Argote presents a bizarre long-playing scene of two 50-year-old men hugging each other with deep passion. The work, a construction of the human condition, is simply and beautifully produced, creating a meditative response to masculinity and domination. Iraqi born artist Jananne Al-Ani’ highly accomplished videoworks Shadow Sites I (2011) Shadow Sites II (2011) is created by capturing Middle Eastern landscape from above with 16mm film. She states ''Part of the appeal of using the dual technologies of flight and photography in this project lay in the possibility of the landscape itself exposing signs of survival and loss and becoming the bearer of particularly resilient and recurring memories.'' The piece is characteristic of artworks in this section, that present important political or social issues in a slow, contemplative and most importantly in a aesthetically sublime way.
Adad Hannah (Canada)
Ange Leccia (France)
Brian Eno (UK)
Misha De Ridder (the Netherlands)
More to be announced
Image by Misha De Ridder