The 16th edition of Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts took place at Kunstmuseum Bonn and diverse places in the city of Bonn from February 17th to April 4th, 2017.
In the exhibition 43 positions of international video art were presented over the course of six weeks. The exhibition was accompanied by a 4-day festival and discourse program as well as the three-weeks presentation of Videonale.Parcours, an exhibition project in the city of Bonn of art students positions.


All information on Videonale.16 at:

Video documentation of panel discussions and speeches:


Before the mirror, the subject plays out its own real and its own imaginary. Yet at the level of the object, on screens of all forms and through all kinds of media technology, the world becomes virtual; the object offers itself up as ‘potential’, and plays its own game”. [Jean Baudrillard, Video World and Fractal Subject (1988)]


PERFORM! is the theme of the competition and festival program of the VIDEONALE.16 ̶  Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts.


In its earliest forms, performance as an artistic gesture was an act of liberation – a rejection of the role models and expectations of the art establishment. Yet today, performance has increasingly come to stand not for freedom of expression, but rather, for the imperative to act. Be it through our constant interaction with digital devices, within which we leave behind traces of ourselves; or through the relentless demand placed on individuals to present themselves online, and to optimize themselves as economic subjects – in all of these ways, our lives, whether consciously or unconsciously, have become ongoing performances. Our movements increasingly take the form of choreographed displays in public spaces, over which we have only limited control.


This implies, on the one hand, constellations of control and compulsion; and yet on the other hand, it signals entirely new possibilities for participation in social, political and artistic processes, as well as new forms of interaction, communication and manipulation, all of which can be put to creative use. In the process, the borders between real and virtual space, performer and audience, the observer and the observed are becoming increasingly blurred. How does this influence our relationships and communication, our interaction as social and political subjects, our actions in the public sphere?


How does the performative imperative alter our perception of our own bodies and minds? When are we performers, when the audience, when our own choreographers? When is performance simply another word for conformity, control and reaction? And finally: under what circumstances can performance still be an expression of experimental, creative and, occasionally, subversive action?


Artists featured at VIDEONALE.16:

Maria Antelman, Ale Bachlechner, Miriam Bajtala, Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke, Jasmin Bigler & Nicole Weibel, Jared Buckhiester & Dani Leventhal, Jasmina Cibic, Yao Cong, Anita Delaney, An Van Dienderen, Jan Dietvorst & Roy Villevoye, Lisa Domin, Doplgenger, Teboho Edkins, Lotte Meret Effinger, Kevin Jerome Everson, Alex Gerbaulet, Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann, Max Grau, Shadi Harouni, Louis Henderson, Vika Kirchenbauer, Sabrina Labis, Alwin Lay, Erik Levine, Randa Maroufi, Jennifer Mattes, Stefan Panhans, Lucy Pawlak, Benjamin Ramírez Pérez, Stefan Ramírez Pérez, Rachel Rampleman, Steve Reinke, Michael Robinson, Julia Scher, Sanaz Sohrabi, Moritz Uebele, Anna Vasof, Roy Villevoye, Philip Widmann, Susanne Wiegner, Felix Zilles-Perels, Moira Zoitl


Alexander Basile (Artist, Cologne), Dr. Julia Draganovic (Director of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück), Katrin Mundt (Freelance Curator, Bochum), Tasja Langenbach (Artistic Director of Videonale), Tobias Yves Zintel (Artist, Berlin/Cologne), Nicole Yip (Director, LUX Scotland)


VIDEONALE.16 Award of fluentum Collection

During the opening ceremony of VIDEONALE.16 on 16th February 2017, the work “Le Park” by Randa Maroudi was awarded the Videonale Award of fluentum Collection, including prize money of 5,000 Euro. “Black Code /Code Noir” by Louis Henderson received an honourable mention.
The fluentum Collection is a private collection of time-based art works based in Berlin, which has also been coproducing artistic works for several years. For the first time, the fluentum Collection is financing the Videonale prize, in the hope of assisting the artist(s) who receive(s) the prize in the production of further works.


Award Jury VDIEONALE.16
Stephan Berg (General director Kunstmuseum Bonn), Markus Hannebauer (fluentum Collection), Stefanie Kreuzer (Chief-curator Museum Morsbroich), Shelly Nadashi (Artist, Brussels, winner of the VIDEONALE.15 award), Thomas Thiel (Director Bielefelder Kunstverein)


Performance striKING 5.0 @ Videonale.16, (c) JoHempel Photography


VIDEONALE.16 Festival and VIDEONALE.Parcours
The exhibition of VIDEONALE.16 was accompanied by a wide-ranging festival program, which included discussions with artists, performances, round-table discussions, retrospectives, tours, workshops and educational programs. Additionally, VIDEONALE.Parcours, now in its third year, was taking place at various locations around Bonn (18th Feb - 3rd Mar 2017, opening: 17th Feb 2017). It featured works by students from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hamburg, the Academy of Design in Offenbach and the Academy of Media in Cologne. VIDEONALE.Parcours was curated by Lisa Bosbach and Sonja Wunderlich.


The VIDEONALE.16 and VIDEONALE.Parcours Exhibitions, as well as the special projects and festival program, are all documented in the VIDEONALE.16 catalogue.   


Exhibition Architecture VIDEONALE.16
As in previous years, VIDEONALE.16 was taking place in the temporary exhibition space at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. The exhibition architecture was developed by architect and exhibition designer Ruth M. Lorenz of maaskant Berlin. She has previously developed exhibition spaces for clients including Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Academy of Arts in Berlin, the House of World Cultures in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe and HMKV Dortmund. Her design for the exhibition “Sounds like Silence” at HMKV won the AICA Critic’s Prize.



VIDEONALE.16 was supported by:

Stadt Bonn, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrheinwestfalen, Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Stiftung Kunst der Sparkasse in Bonn, Kunststiftung NRW, MedienStiftung Kultur, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Katholisches Bildungswerk


VIDEONALE.16 was sponsored by:

cine+ (technical sponsor), Bonnox Boarding House & Hotel in Bonn, BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn, DHL (Preferred Logistics Partner)


The Videonale Award was sponsored by:
fluentum collection


Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein, Bundeskunsthalle, Fabrik45, Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, IBIS Hotel Bonn, Ivo Wessel Berlin, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Künstlerforum,, NRW KULTURsekretariat, SK Stiftung Kultur, Schaumburg, Dialograum der Kreuzung an St. Helena, S.Y.L.A.NTENHEIM


Media partners:
brand eins, Camera Austria, Eikon, Parkett, Springerin, Texte zur Kunst, Stadtrevue, Art Blog Cologne, Spike, Kunstforum International


Photos exhibitions (c) David Erl and Jo Hempel