Foreword of the VIDEONALE.12 catalogue
[...] Over the course of the past twenty-five years, there were several short-lived extensions to the competition: for a few years there was a CD-ROM prize, a competition for Internet works was under consideration, and small-scale installation exhibitions were set up in the spaces of the Bonner Kunstverein. The focus of the week-long festival was to show all of the selected competing tapes in a temporary cinema-like structure within the building in addition to the delivery of various lectures and thematic presentations. A major break occured on moving the Videonale to the Kunstmuseum Bonn in 2004: concentration was again on short, increasingly digitally shot films [in 2008 there was not a single submission on VHS tapes].
The program, this year comprising forty-three selected works, will for the third time be shown in presentation architecture designed specifically for the Videonale in the large halls for rotating exhibitions originally developed by Axel Schultes for painting. On the one hand, the Videonale is thus an exhibition whose form of presentation and duration is anchored in an art context. On the other hand, it continues to be a festival that remains bound to its origins and on two days after its opening on March 25 will afford a broad spectrum of lectures; a third day is devoted to more than thirty projects by students from the art schools in Cologne, Mainz, Münster, and Leipzig who are carrying out >>interventions<< at different sites in Bonn. [...] (Georg Elben)
Jan Adriaans, Neil Beloufa, Hilla Ben Ari, Aline Bouvy & John Gillis, Ulu Braun, Susanne Bürner, Andrew Cooke, Tom Dale, Manon De Boer, Dellbrügge & De Moll, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Eric Fleischauer, Geoffrey Garrison, Charlotte Ginsborg, Mihai Grecu, Pia Greschner, Ute Hörner & Mathias Antlfinger, Rob Kennedy & Peter Dowling, Tessa Knapp, Mischa Kuball, Tahireh Lal, Gonzalo Lebrija, Kaja Leijon, Kalin Lindena, Zhenchen Lui, Rebecca Loyche, Mamamess (Dave Hemmingway & Nirit Peled), Craig Mulholland, Elke Nebel, Jakub Nepras, Stefanie Ohler, Sascha Pohle, Reynold Reynolds, Miguel Angel Rios, Mateusz Sadowski, Eske Schlüters, Tobias Sternberg, Rebecca Ann Tess, Zsolt Vasarhelyi, Paola Vela, Magdalena von Rudy, Connie Walsh, Paul Wiersbinski
Katja Albers, Melanie Bono, Katja Davar, Georg Elben, Ben Harman, Kati Simon
Stephan Berg, Barbara Honrath, Annelie Pohlen
VIDEONALE.12 catalogue cover, 2009. © Videonale