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29.01.2014 NEWS

FOKUS 2014 video art festival February 6 - March 2, 2014 Foto: © Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Nikolaj Kunsthal presents the annual FOKUS video art festival

Denmark’s biggest video art festival, FOKUS 2014, will be held at Nikolaj Kunsthal for the fourth consecutive year. Expect to see works by renowned artists and aspiring talents, and exciting events from Lunch Bytes and Bring Your Own Beamer

AF Lukas Flygare

Both notable, international artists and new, aspiring talents will from February 6 - March 2, 2014 display their video-works at Nikolaj Kunsthal. The festival will also host the prestigious open call competition, events, talks and technological platforms, while FOKUS CITY will move the festival out in the city, setting up specific video-boxes. 

For the open call competition, the jury which consists of Michael Thouber, Director of Channels at DR2; Lars Movin, author and filmmaker; Angela Melitopoulos, artist and professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Art; Elisabeth Delin Hansen, head of Nikolaj Kunsthal and Andreas Brøgger, curator at Nikolaj Kunsthal, have narrowed down over 147 videos from fifteen different countries, to ten nominees. On the opening night, thursday February 6, the three winners of the competition will be revealed. All 147 works will be on display at the festival.

The ten nominees are;
Yuval Yairi & Zohar Kawaharada (IL), Land, 2013
Helene Garberg (DK), Interim, 2013
Jacobus Capone (AUS), Foreign Fado, 2013
Mark Thorlander (DK), ####, 2013
Margarida Paiva (NO), Every Story Is Imperfect, 2012
Marcus Shahar (IL), Seeds, 2012
Samira Hashemi (USA), Ou She'r Mikhanad (She Reads the Poem), 2013
Heidi P. H. Nikolaisen (DK), Education of the Dragchild, 2013
Katja Adomeit (DK), NOT AT HOME, 2013
C Franco Maldonado (PRI), Selfie as a Sundial, 2013

FOKUS 2014 features among others, Danish New York-based artist Mads Lynnerup’s work Moving Images, Danish video artist Katja Bjørn’s work Relief which was shown at Kvindemuseet in Århus in 2013. Newly recruited German professor at The Danish Royal Academy of Arts and jury-member, Angela Melitopoulos will show her work Passing Drama  from 1999, and the Egyptian video curator Sherif Awad will curate a special Egyptian program, reflecting upon the country’s political and cultural relations these years.

Throughout the festival, several events, artist talks and surprises will take place in and around Nikolaj Kunsthal. Among the events, the first Lunch Bytes in Copenhagen will be held on March 1, discussion the increasing digitalisation of art. Both national and international artists and experts will invite people to debate, by presenting their work in relation to traditional art history as well as the ongoing digitisation of the artistic practice. 

On February 21 and 22, the global video-concept Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) will occupy the historical ‘Tøjhusmuseet’. BYOB invites video-artists and others working creatively with video media to display - or to ‘beam’ - their works on the old walls, floors and ceilings of Tøjhusmuseet. Statens Museum for Kunst will this year provide access to more than 100 historical artworks from their collection, to the BYOB-participants. This happens in extension to SMK’s work with spreading Creative Commons-rights to cultural material.

For further information on FOKUS 2014 and Nikolaj Kunsthal, visit nikolajkunsthal.dk

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