was introduced as a corporate (artist) brand on 1 January 2000, standing for the interdisciplinary artist, creator of experimental films and videos, curator of media art, festival director, multi-media developer, programmer, designer of culture and much more.
Founder and director of artvideoKOELN international ,
Founder and director of CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival
Founder and director of The New Museum of Networked Art – the experimental platform for art and new media, an English based network on divers physical and virtual levels.
Further more, Agricola de Cologne is also standing for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts which he is initiating since 2000 in physiscal and virtual space, as well as the co-curator and co-organizer of festivals and exhibitions of contemporary art, and, not to forget, the jury member of international film and video festivals.
Since the introduction in 2000, Agricola de Cologne is represented on more than 600 media art and festival events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Quito, La Paz, Lima, London, Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Madrid, Gijon, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Kopenhagen, Tokio, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kalkutta, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Tblisi, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Gaza, Basel, Zürich, Wien, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Kiev, Kharkiv, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, Gdansk, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Athens, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Varna, Bukarest, Arad, Timisoara, Budapest, Belgrad, Split, Rome, Naples, Milan, Florence, Venice, Turin, Bologna, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, & elsewhere, but also on biennales like Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 2007, Biennale of New Media Art Merida/MX 2003, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth/Australien (2004), Biennale de Montreal (2004), Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago de Chile (2005), as well as on international conferences like ISEA Nagoya 2001, Singapore 2008, Belfast 2009.
Residencies in Perth/Australien (2004), Buenos Aires (2005), Maracaibo/Caracas (2009), Mexico City 2011, Riga (2012), Vilnius (2013)
His media art projects received numerous prizes and awards.
About the artistic work
Agricola de Cologne’s artistic work is physical, as well as virtual, both mutually pervasive cannot be separated from each other. The juxtaposition of physical and virtual space is playing a particular role., generating the artist’s specific dual system in which the virtual space of the Internet is equal to physical objects of art and their manifestation in physical space.
Above that, his individual artistic (physical and virtual) creation is juxtaposed with another kind of specific art expression – the curating – eg. taking responsibility for art, artists, time and space – related to a public – the audience – in a socially collective context. Since 2000, curating – being active in a network, became the second column of his artistic creation, whereby the network is not only related externally to the networked artists, curators, cultural institutions, but internally also to the artist‘s individual projects and sub-projects like they can experienced on the more than 100 networked project sites and his project platforms online.
This networking principle allows him to compose events (exhibitions, festival, screening) according to a kind of modular sytem.
Time (memory) & identity form the central topics. The artist’s work is time based art in its best sense, representing an all encompassing whole, a networking construction giving room to his numerous projects and sub-projects and their manifestation in physical and virtual space.