Festival

The first ikono On Air festival promo is online!

Posted June 25th, 2013

Festival

The first ikono On Air Festival promo is online, and it won’t be the last! With all the participating artists still to be announced, we just though we’d give you a little taste of the ikono On Air Festival content in a series of clips we’ll be publishing frequently over the next few months.

These special promos will contain the original footage of some of our featured artists and will be visible on ikono’s homepage, blog and social networks. The final program will be available in September 2013 and you’d better get ready, as we already have hundreds of artists to present! Our festival will run from the 6th to the 29th of September 24/7 (!), so we recommend you to keep checking our website to discover our rich artist lineup with us.

And now, we can reveal the name of the artist of our very first promo: the footage belongs to the film “Landscape for Fire” by Anthony McCall, who shot it in 1972.

Video courtesy of the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York (© Anthony McCall)

Festival

The first ikono On Air festival promo is finally online!

Posted June 25th, 2013

Festival

The first ikono On Air Festival promo is online, and it won’t be the last! With all the participating artists still to be announced, we just though we’d give you a little taste of the ikono On Air Festival content in a series of clips we’ll be publishing frequently over the next few months.

These special promos will contain the original footage of some of our featured artists and will be visible on ikono’s homepage, blog and social networks. The final program will be available in September 2013 and you’d better get ready, as we already have hundreds of artists to present! Our festival will run from the 6th to the 29th of September 24/7 (!), so we recommend you to keep checking our website to discover our rich artist lineup with us.

And now, we can reveal the name of the artist of our very first promo: the footage belongs to the film “Landscape for Fire” by Anthony McCall, who shot it in 1972.

Video courtesy of the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York (© Anthony McCall)

Festival

Confirmed: the ikono On Air Festival finally breaks ground!

Posted June 21st, 2013

Festival

Here at ikono we are extremely excited to announce that this September will see the first ever art festival to be exclusively broadcasted on TV in more than 30 countries and on live stream globally online in HD 24/7!

Between the 6th and the 29th of September, the ikono On Air Festival will celebrate and share all of ikono’s favorite artists and ikono’s most beautiful video clips with its global audience.

The festival will combine contemporary non-narrative films and other time-based art practices from the last few decades with a retrospective from the ikono collection of video clips focusing on art from antiquity to the present.

With the festival, ikono will present a thorough dialogue between the moving image and the classic idea of an artwork, challenging ideas of social spaces, everyday life and cultural communication.

Bear with us until we can start announcing the participating artists & curators, the festival categories, the broadcasting partners and much more!

Start the ball rolling by sharing this news and please keep checking our blog and social media sites for further updates on the very first ikono On Air Festival.

 

Image: Bill Viola, Ancient of Days, 1979-1981 (still) © Bill Viola 1979/2013

Photography

Video Spotlight Series 2013: Winners of the Open Call for Photographers

Posted May 24th, 2013

Germany, ikono, Photography

We must admit that we are really happy with the second Open Call of the Video Spotlight Series 2013, a project made in collaboration with Artconnect Berlin, and aimed at promoting Berlin-based artists on a local and international scale. We truly have been amazed by all the great submissions we received from all of you. We obviously wished we could pick more than two winners, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible! However, we would like to thank all those who participated and we encourage you to keep sending us your art as we are always looking for new artists to discover and highlight.

The #1 Open Call of the Video Spotlight Series 2013 was focused on Sculpture and we’ve been proud to present two great artists: Elizabeth Delfs and Steffen Kasperavicius. You can read our previous blog about their sculptures here. The films and interviews will remain available on our Vimeo channel and on Artconnect’s blog. Moreover, don’t forget that at the end of the year, ikonoTV will produce a special film with all the winning artworks.

And now, it is with great pleasure that we are now announcing the two winners of the #2 Open Call for Photographers: Emiliano Fernández and Oliver Parzer!

Emiliano Fernández was born in La Plata, Argentina, and studied Forestry and Fine Arts at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires and later on at the Argentinian School of Photography, where he really pursued his passion for Photography. His works have been exhibit in Argentina, Australia, Colombia and Germany. Between 2008 and 2011 he travelled practically everywhere: New Zealand, Australia, India, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Morocco, Spain, Portugal and eventually Germany, where he currently lives and works. His most recent work “The Links” has been included in the collection of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut in Berlin. “I visited Berlin almost at the end of my travels in 2010 and, like many other artists, I loved it. So now, after returning to Argentina for a year, I find myself in Berlin once again, living in this crazy and dynamic city, a place that spoils me and at the same time makes me despise the art world. It is a huge Mecca for artists — overwhelming and scary at the beginning, but incredibly inspirational, exciting and with many opportunities” he said to our friends at Artconnect. We are happy to present you his series “Family Portraits” in the video below. Check his website for more projects!

© Emiliano Fernández

The other winner is Oliver Parzer who studied photography in Melbourne, then returned to Germany and now captures his delicate impressions of the capital. His work is so dreamy and meditative that has captured our attention immediately. His silent and scenic Berlin documentation “Surrounded by nothing but our own imagination” is the series we are happy to present you and also Oliver’s most recent work. He said he is often inspired by the concepts of fear and transience of human existence and his camera likes everything that is obsolete and abandoned. Read more about him in this interview by Artconnect Berlin. You can find all his works in his personal website. Enjoy!

© Oliver Parzer

Thank you again for taking the time to participate and let us discover your art!

The #4 Open Call for Installation Artists is already running! Take the opportunity to win a unique video spotlight made by ikonoTV and be interviewed by Artconnect!

News

Welcome to the new ikono office

Posted March 21st, 2013

ikono, News

ikono office
Yes, we have just moved to a new office and maybe we will not have Internet over the weekend (big tragedy!), but from now on we’re located at Wattstraße 10, 13355 Berlin, main door, third floor. Reset your contacts!

There are still a few boxes standing around, but our movers have done a fine job. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

ikono office

The old school elevator is part of the concept and the nearest stations are U8 Voltastrasse or the Tram 10 to U-Bahnhof Bernauerstrasse. See you around.

Video Spotlight Series 2013

Video Spotlight Series 2013: Winners of the Open Call for Sculptors


This year we started a great collaborative project with Artconnect Berlin, aimed at promoting the visibility of the arts on a local and international scale. The Video Spotlight Series 2013 consists in a series of five Open Calls, each focused on a different media, namely sculpture, photography, painting, installation and drawing. Throughout the whole year Berlin-based artists are invited to submit their best art pieces, which will be carefully discussed and revised by ikono’s team of curators. Eventually, two artworks will be selected from each open call and presented on ikonoTV and Artconnect’s international media platforms during the following months. More specifically, ikonoTV will produce a unique film for each winning artwork, while Artconnect Berlin will conduct in-depth interviews with the artists. The videos will be broadcasted on our HDTV channels ikonoTV and ikonoMenasa, and will remain available on our Vimeo channel and on both our and Artconnect’s blogs. At the end of the year, ikonoTV will produce a special show featuring the highlights of all the ten winning artworks.

With great pleasure we are now announcing the first two winners of the #1 Open Call for Sculptors: Elizabeth Delfs and Steffen Kasperavicius!

Elizabeth Delfs is an Australian artist based in Berlin, who chooses light, delicate and flexible materials for her wonderful sculptures. “Whether shaped around a human body as sculptural garments, or hanging like fragile natural organisms from a ceiling, her pieces maintain a certain architectural structure which plays with materials and colors, almost turning them into living organisms” writes Teresa Iannotta from Artconnect after having interviewed the artist. Feel free to continue reading the interview here.  The work she is presenting us is “Revolution Series VI”, conceived with the body as the intersection between architecture and fashion: The sculptures’ shapes are loosely based on elements of the body such as the curvature of the spine supporting the core of the body during movement, or the skeletal structure of the rib cage protecting the lungs.

You can find further detailed information about her fascinating art on her website.

© Elizabeth Delfs

Steffen Kasperavicius is a German artist who works with sculpture, installation, sound, video and found objects. The sculptures “Array (Wheel)” and “Array (Cascade)” (take a look at the images and video below), are both made of euro-pool pallets. As you can read in the interview by Ed Mc Aliece from Artconnect, “…pieces by Steffen can either be the result of laborious planning and high technical demands, or simple contextual gestures, completed in minutes. In this way, Steffen is able to underscore the tension arising between a successful, completed work and  a ‘failed’ piece; his work questions the necessity of the realised object, the expectations of the viewer, and the perspectives offered by art historical timelines”. Find out more about him and his incredibly diverse art on his website.

© Steffen Kasperavicius

We take the chance to remind you that the #2 Open Call for Photographers is currently open and will close on the 11th of March.

Spread the word, there’s still time to submit!