With 31 works selected from around 1,900 submissions, the VIDEONALE.18 entitled Fluid States. Solid Matter opens up a space of reference for reflecting on a changing world in which social, political, economic and ecological interrelations are reassessed and orders are newly constituted in complex dynamics.
On what basis do we live, think and act today? And how are we shaping this basis for the future? Common Western anthropocentric concepts that have been applied to large parts of the remaining world over the course of history—from human rights via the notion of private property to the founding of nation states—are based on the assumption of a sovereign individual, a fixed and autonomous body with distinct contours and clear boundaries to its environment. But how does this body, our perception of it and thus its positioning in the world, change when we conceive it as a fluid body engaged in a constant exchange with other bodies and its human, natural and more-than-human surroundings? This idea of “Bodies of Water” (Astrida Neimanis) not only liquefies our conception of a clear separation between humans and nature, it also upends many other hitherto valid hierarchies and boundaries, providing space for thinking about new, more complex reference systems in which we move about together with our bodies. If we accept this as the basis for a future form of coexistence, how does that alter our perception of the other? What new possibilities of social, political, ecological, and economic cooperation would then be conceivable?
(from the press release)
VIDEONALE.18, Fluid States. Solid Matter, Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts, March 4–April 18, 2021 v18.videonale.org
Opening Day: March 3, from 11am CET on videonalefestival.org
Festival Days: March 4–6, livestream on videonalefestival.org
Streaming VIDEONALE.18 works: March 3–7 on videonalefestival.org
Exhibition: March 4–April 18 at Kunstmuseum Bonn
Artists: Paula Ábalos, Tekla Aslanishvili, Eliane Esther Bots, Viktor Brim, Adam Castle, Eli Cortiñas, Mouaad el Salem, Mahdi Fleifel, Ellie Ga, Beatrice Gibson, Russel Hlongwane, Heidrun Holzfeind, Che-Yu Hsu, Sohrab Hura, Ida Kammerloch, Michael Klein & Sasha Pirker, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Dana Levy, Anne Linke, Lukas Marxt & Michael Petri, Bjørn Melhus, Ana María Millán, Morgan Quaintance, Úna Quigley, Aykan Safoğlu, P. Staff, Rhea Storr, Ingel Vaikla, Ana Vaz, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Gernot Wieland. More about the artists
images: (cover 1 ) VIDEONALE.18. Ida Kammerloch ResusciAnne © Ida Kammerloch (2) VIDEONALE.18. Bjõrn Melhus SUGAR © Bjõrn Melhus & VG-Bildkunst (3) VIDEONALE.18. IdaKammerloch. ResusciAnne © Ida Kammerloch