Foreword of the VIDEONALE.8 catalogue (excerpt)
[...] the Videonale has decided to include a first-ever selection of artist's CD-ROM productions from Australia, USA and Europe that illustrate the evolution of the still-young medium. The spectrum of approaches on display ranges from popular culture through complex forms of non-linear narrative to visual-art based conceptual works.
The exhibition is dedicated to artists based in the Rhineland, a region which, due in no small measure to the presence of Media Art Academy in Cologne and the Düsseldorfer Academy of Art, has become a centre for young media artists. Each of the six installations shows in different ways the artists pick up the output, ideas and images of others, and reflect these in their own work. Deconstruction, the appropriation of public images, sampling and historical references are all contributing factors. The young Brussel-based filmmaker Laurence Rassel is a special guest of the exhibition. Her "Roseware" project is a work-in-progress aspiring to participate directly in Marker's discourse on memory and recollection.
The "Artists Presentations" have been organized as a forum in which artists and audience can exchange ideas. Some insight into working in the new media can be gained on the basis of the projects and ideas presented by the artists.
A further Special is scheduled for Sunday, which happens to be polling day for the German Federal Parliament, and presumably the last election to this body in the present millennium. The artists' and media collective "XObjectspace" will be hosting their own unconventional election-day party running in the Kunstverein, Bonn, under the mottos "Vote for XObjects" or "Politicians in the Age of Their Reproduction".
We are particularly looking forward to the special programmes - a lecture on Polish video art organized by the ifa-galerie Bonn, the selection of young French artists video organized by the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Institut français Bonn and the Bureau des Arts Plastiques de Cologne, and the video installation "time passes" in the "Garage" by Nadja Schöning. [...] (Ute Hörner & Judith Ruzicka)
Anna Adahl, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Rosanne Altstatt, Dominique Angel, Thomas Arnold, AudioRom, Mark Bain, George Barber, Clio Barnard, Joël Bartoloméo, Denis Beaubois, Zoe Beloff, Laetitia Bénat, Sadie Benning, Sylvie Boisseau, Natalia Borissova, Jürgen Brüning, Claude Closky, Alice Creischer, Jos De Gruyter, Bart Dijkman, dogfilm, Beate Eckstein, Boris Eldagsen, Valie Export, Marina Faust, Hermann Feldhaus, Ciara Finnegan, Judy Fiskin, Benjamin Fox, Klaus Gasteier, Dryden Goodwin, Pia Greschner, Joost Grootens, Johan Grimonprez, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Izabella Gustowska, Felix Hahn, Christopher Hales, Annette Hanisch, Isabelle Hayeur, Nelson Henricks, Lynn Hershman, Ertl Hiebler, Thomas Hirschhorn, Justin Hoffmann, Frederic Horst, Ute Hörner, Andrew Hull, Takahiko Iimura, Timothée Ingen-Housz, Raphaële Jeune, Takayuki Kitahara, Jeroen Kooijmans, Birgit Köster, Christine Kriegerowski, George Kuchar, Thomas Kutschker, Vera Lalyko, George Legrady, Britta Lorch, F. Lotio, Chris Marker, Fiona Meadows, Eva Meyer, Sarah Miles, Igor Mischijew, Avi Mograbi, Achim Mohné, Jürgen Moritz, Frederic Nantois, Tabrez Noorani, Dan Oki, Saskia Oldewolbers, Valèrie Pavia, Florence Paradeis, Miranda Pennell, Gudrun Peuckert, Monika Pirch, Dorothee Plass, Sally Pryor, David Priestman, Sarah Pucill, Zhihie Qui, Laurence Rassel, Holger Reckter, M. Rigoletti, Stefan Römer, Judith Ruzicka, Tykkä Salla, Michelle Salomon, Pekka Sassi, Eran Schaerf, Harald Schleicher, Frances scholz, Nadja Schöning, Oliver Schwabe, Alexander Sellschopp, Sylvie Sepic, Keith Seward, Philippe Simon, Elizabeth Sisco, Cathy Sisler, John Smith, Michael Smith, Iris Sofka, Mari Soppela, Ralf Steffens, Georges Toni Stoll, Mike Stubbs, Robert Suermondt, Eric Swenson, Syntax, Gudrun Teich, Mari Terashima, Harald Thys, Suzanne Treister, Stéphanie Moisdon Trembley, Esineiden Valtakunta, Liselot van der Heijden, Ingo Vetter, Jan Vromman, 4=1 Wittich & Randzio GmbH, Annette Weisser, Herwig Weiser, Konrad Johan Welz, Frank Westermeyer, Anne Whitehurst, Anja Wiese, Andreas Wodraschke, Tomek Wendland, Ersan Wu, X Object Space, Denise Ziegler
Catrin Backhaus, Ute Hörner, Monika Pirch, Stefan Römer, Judith Ruzicka
Main jury video
Rosanne Altstatt, Ed van Megen, Philip Scheffner, Mike Hentz, Dr. Annelie Pohlen
Main jury CD-ROM
Mathias Antlfinger, Sabine Fabo, George Legrady
Concept & Organization
Ute Hörner, Judith Ruzicka
VIDEONALE.8 catalogue cover, 1998. © Videonale