Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

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As a multi-disciplinary media artist operating from Cologne(Germany), I am working free-lance since I finished my studies in 1979. In the beginning, I worked with 'traditional' media as painting. But I was always looking for new artistic challenges. One working phase dedicated to another medium followed. Later, I came consequently to the development of spatial installations including different media, as photography, multi-media and computer. I would like to call the time of working until 1998 as the classical phase, since I was working with (meanwhile) classical media, even though it was always a kind of experimental work; I was always searching for the limits in using the media and in creating new contents. More than 100 individual exhibitions in cooperation with more than 70 museums throughout Europe were resulting from this phase. At the end of 1998, came a break in my life, which finished this very successful period and the connected artistic career.

It was in 2000, when I started a comeback as an artist, which meant to me a new life and a new artistic career since I was focusing now nearly my entire working on New Media and Internet, not or less in a commercial, but rather an artistic sense. The basis formed my wide experience in nearly all visual media, but also other artistic media and disciplines as music (I played violin for over 15 years, and once studied classical singing over several years), performance (I was a student in an actor's school for a certain period, took lessons in classical dancing and pantomime) and an intellectual basis through studies of art history, journalism and dramatic arts, later came a profound knowledge of computer languages and new media technologies, so that I was predestined to create multi-media works and executing all disciplines in responsibility of my own, and a certain talent for organizing and the eagerness to learn and to move on innovative fields.

This new environment of Internet gave me for the first time the chances to incorporate all my different talents into a variety of projects. On 01.01. 2000, I started the development of NewMediaArtProjectNetwork and its (currently) six corporate member sites. (check out a part of the NewMediaArtProjectNetwork project here)

This project represents, on one hand, a gigantic art project, which can be compared with the Universe and its galaxy systems, always changing and expanding. On the other hand, it represents the framework of the network and communication between the sites, participants and collaborating individuals, institutions of different kind and the active user. To him/her this art working is addressed, network as artworking.

The project as a whole is created in Flash, which represents an intuitive developing environment, offering all kind of representations and a high artistic freedom, if this can be stated at all, in this technology based environment.

A project, like NewMediaArtProjectNetwork, cannot be planned, and it was not planned, thus.

It developed from the creation and online publication of "A Virtual Memorial" (www.a-virtual-memorial.org) - a project which comes from the heart and is deeply connected with my personal history.

See also... http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org/artsites/a_virtual_memorial.htm
and http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org/bubis/documentation.htm
or conception for download as PDF: http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org/downloads/pdf/pdf.htm

Since the first day online, the project took an unusual attraction and received an un-expected interest, particularly in English speaking countries. In the beginning, I started bi-lingual English-German, but since I became aware that my intensions where actually directed to a global community, I reduced the aspect of German (and thus, this locally limited) language and publish at present nearly exclusively in English, which is actually also the 'real' language of electronic writing.

The project has a typical Internet feature, it is ongoing. Each month a new project version is published showing new features, new subjects and new multi-media works connected to the subjects. The project changes its appearance and design continuously. It is made for users who visit the site more than once, and at best frequently.

The success and the feedback on this project encouraged me to create new and different project environments, such as le Musee di-visioniste (www.le-musee-divisionsite.org), an online museum based on philosophical ideas of my own,

  • JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technologies in Contemporary Art (www.javamuseum.org) (JAVA=Joint Advanced Virtual Affairs),
  • Engaged Artists Directory (www.engad.org), the resource for the engaged artist,
  • NMartProject.net which housed among others, the 'Agricola de Cologne Moving Picture Collection and some other features
  • and finally Agricola de Cologne Virtuals (www.agricola-de-cologne.de), my personal homepage, which has different and changing functions.

A basic feature of this construction and, of course, part of the project as a whole, as well as part of the imbedded projects and subprojects, represents a variety of online communication tools, i.e. newsletter, press releases, calls for participation etc, which update continuously and, in an expanding way, information connected to the activities. They form a part of the success. It is evident, that the most visitors are entering the sites directly, thus without any reference from/to linked sites etc.

All projects/sites which form the network are active projects, however each one has a different speed of activity:

www.a-virtual-memorial.org represents the most active and, thus, the fastest and also most successful environment, which has on one hand strong collaborative structures enclosed, e.g. it creates frequently collaborative projects of different kinds: interactivity is not reduced to usual site interactivity.

Networking on different levels is intended to be initiated. I have different functions in this very comprehensive and also confusing construction/environment: I am artist and creator, but also editor, curator and mediator. It is my intention to create a variety of what ever, this means openness and tolerance. 'A Virtual Memorial' represents really a 'global' project, not only because it is placed in Internet and addressed to the global community, but also concerning the represented themes and subjects of global and local relevance, subjects which go down to humanity, something which unites all people in the world, which people of all kind can identify with. The starting point for anything is always humanity.

Le Musee di-visioniste www.le-musee-divisioniste,org, is based on my philosophical ideas of the divisionistic principle, thus in a certain way, it is the manifestation of my being. The museum has current a program running, called 'Featured Artists series'. Bi-monthly, another group of featured artists and their online or offline projects are presented in a changing exhibition environment. My function is to be the director of the museum and the curator and creator of the features. It is my intension to bring together different artists from different artistic and cultural backgrounds, and produce variety again this way. The museum has a strong integrating element, it sets up a bridge between the 'old' and 'new' media. In a philosophical sense, it represents defining oneself through others.

Another art environment forms JavaMuseum, www.javamuseum.org, dedicated exclusively to NewMedia, the Internet specific technologies used as artistic media. My function here is again to be the director, curator and creator of exhibition environments. The museum has a flexible programmation with annually changing structures. It started in 2001 with '1st of JAVA' series, to be continued in 2002 with '2nd of Java' series (currently running). The main emphasis represents the organization of an annual online competition/festival and giving annually an award, 'JavaArtist of the Year Award', which is given to outstanding New Media artists and their projects.

The Engaged Artists Directory, is meant to be a resource for the engaged artist. Artists working with engaged contents are invited to submit information, URL, etc. which are collected in the database and published in the specific www.engad.org environment. Further features are a list and information of the most popular media festivals world-wide, further a section for calls - a deadline list. Planned are a directory of media institutes on the globe and reviews connected to art and media. This environment is still in development and far from being complete. My function is to be the editor, publisher and creator of the changing environment.

The same is good for NMartproject.net, www.nmartproject.net, which has as a project and environment different functions. My personal function is to be an editor, publisher and creator of different environments. It is the place, where in future it will also house the hosting of my activities as a curator of exhibitions, already now the deadline lists are administered here, it houses different artists' features, and 'Agricola de Cologne Moving Picture Collection'. The latter represents a very comprehensive collection of multi-media works, I created for 'A Virtual Memorial' environment, and now extracted as stand alone applications in the 'collection'. All works are created according the principle of 'Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing', my specific way of experimental electronic writing. Many of the works participated or participate currently in media festival around the globe, (see also actual biography on: http://www.agricola-de-cologne.de/bio/bio_agricola1.htm )

The same is good also for 'A Virtual Memorial', which participated already in a number of excellent conferences, exhibitions and festivals, very recently in April 2002 at 'Version 02 Festival - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (USA)'. It received in 2001 at the Computer Space 2001 Festival in Sofia (Bulgaria) the 2nd Prize as best Foreign Multimedia Project.

The Universe of NewMediaArtProjectNetwork started on 01.01.2000 with a Big Bang and is expanding since then continuously and non-linear. Like in physical space, this universe has only one creator, that's me. But I am also the keeper and holder of guarantee that it will expand consequently as a network between the corporate sites and individuals, organizations, institutes and institutions in every part of the world, directed to all those the projects are addressed to: the global community, or better the individual user within this community. Like Universe, it is a completely non-commercial environment. It is a meeting place for all those who live, work and move on real level (the physical world), as well as and virtual level, the world of Internet. It is not only a place for culture and art, it is culture and it is art.

 

Wilfried Agricola de Cologneborn 1950 in Black Forest (Southern Germany)
died as the artist AGRICOLA on 31 December 1998 as the result of a terrorist attack
reborn as the artist AGRICOLA de Cologne on 1 January 2000
living and working as a free lance artist since 1984 in Cologne (Germany)

Studies
1969-1971 Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts (Grafic & Photography)
1971-1974 Munich University (History of Art, Journalism and Dramatic Arts)
1974-1978 Rijksakademie Amsterdam (Painting)

Since 1989, the artist realised several collaborative and media related art works
1989-1993 Foundation of ARCHA Society- a temporary non -profit organisation/cultural exchange between Western and Eastern Europe, as the director of ARCHA, Agricola organised several international conferences and cultural projects in Germany and Poland.

Since 1994 working with New Media
Between 1995 and 1999 realisation of the Memorial project "A Living Memorial" in 43 installations at 43 places in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic including Krakow, Auschwitz, Terezin, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and others, a multi-media art work, including photography, video, computer and sound installations

Since 2000 development NewMediaArtProjectNetwork , the experimental artistic environment
URLs: www.le-musee-divisioniste.org, www.a-virtual-memorial.org, www.javamuseum.org, www.engad.org, www.agricola-de-cologne.de, www.nmartproject.net

A Virtual Memorial represents also an important environment for creating net based multi-media works ­ video-like or interactive -, extracted and collected in "Agricola de Cologne Moving Picture Collection" (http://www.nmartproject.net/agricola/mpc/index.html).
Agricola developed his individual language with the principle of SAMAC (Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing).

Databases
Artbase Rhizome
Never wake up >http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?2686
Hans - a true story >http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?2689
Transience- an atonal composition >http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?2920
]and_scape[ >http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?3351
urban.early sunday morning_raw >http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?4084

Prizes
2nd Prize for A Virtual Memorial ­ www.a-virtual-memorial.org
as best foreign multi-media art work on Computer Space Festival 2001 Sofia (Bulgaria)

Curator
1991 ­1994 curator of several exhibitions and cultural events in the framework of ARCHA Society Foundation
2001
Fields of Identity ­online exhibition on A Virtual Memorial ­ www.a-virtual-memorial.org
The Artist's studio ­ online exhibition on A Virtual Memorial - www.a-virtual-memorial.org
Perspectives on new media ­ competition and online show on JavaMuseum ­ www.javamuseum.org
Soloshow Jody zellen ­ online show on JavaMuseum - www.javamuseum.org
Soloshow Tiia Johannson ­ online show on JavaMuseum - www.javamuseum.org
2002
Solo show MEZ ­ online show on JavaMuseum - www.javamuseum.org
Visions up and down ­ online show on JavaMuseum - www.javamuseum.org
Fundamental patterns ­ competition and online show on JavaMuseum - www.javamuseum.org
'Violence' - online show for Violens Festival Tábor (Czech Republic)

Exhibitions
since 1967 Collective in Germany and abroad, since 1980 Individual in Germany and abroad
since 1987 realisation of 12 major touring solo exhibition projects in co-operation with more than 70 museums in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic and Germany.
Since 2000 participation in numerous international media festivals, exhibitions and conferences.

2002 ­ Participations exhibitions/media festivals/conferences

**Version02 Festival ­ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (USA)
**IV SALON Y COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE DIGITAL ­ Havanna (Cuba)
**Arte por Borges (Art for Borges) Centro de Arte Moderno Quilmes (Argentina)
**Visions Festival at St. Kilda Film Festival Melbourne (Australia)
**'Violence' ­ Violens Festival Tábor (Czech Republic) ­ A Virtual Memorial and net based works
**Haze ­ hive-projects Toronto (Canada) ­ Never wake up
**Detroit Video Festival ­ MONA ­ Museum of New Art Detroit (USA) ­ Never wake up -DVD
**Condition of the Cube Klodzko Art Centre (Poland) - Three elements
**17th Videoformes Festival Clermont Ferrand (France) Never wake up, Identity of Colour
**ISEA 2002 Nagoya (Japan) ­ Identity of Colour
**Free Biennial New York (USA) Never wake up, Identity of Colour
**NewMediaLine ­ Kanonmedia (Vienna/Austria) ­ netbased works
**International Flag Art Festival (Seoul/Korea)
**THAW 02 film, video, digital and sound festival Iowa City (USA) ­ net based works
**The Open Museum ­ online exhibition of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (Ireland)
**Medienturm Graz (Austria) ­ Feature of A Virtual Memorial ­ Feature ]and_scape[
**Free Manifesta/Manifesta 4 Frankfurt (Germany) - net based works
**Con|text ­ Stasis_Space exhibition (UK) ­ ]andScape[
**COOP Media Festival Bucarest/Romania ­ netbased works
**12-12 -Time Based Web Cast - 18 May - Cardiff School of Art & Design -

2001 ­ Participations exhibitions/media festivals/conferences

*16th Videoformes Festival Clermont Ferrand (F) - A Virtual Memorial
*Art Of Torture - Art against Torture - NCCA Kaliningrad (Russia) - Seconds: Forever
*Condominium - Webart at HICETNUNC 10 - San Vito a/T (Italy)
*Lite Show Festival at Boston Cyber Art Festival 2001 (USA) - Screening: Seconds: forever
*Station Rose WebCast Lounge at Art Frankfurt (Germany) - A Virtual Memorial
*Net-z-lab Internet Award 2001 - Nomination Chemnitz (Germany) - Work: No answers
*Snow Blossom House - at Sonar Festival Barcelona 2001 (Spain) - Compressed Affair
*Azione Parallela Bunker ­ Interventi - of Caterina Davinio - at Biennale Venezia 2001 (Italy)
*File - Electronic Language Festival 2001 - Sao Paolo (Brazil)
*File - Electronic Language Festival at Curitiba City (Brazil)
*Biennale de Cerveira 2001 (Portugal) digital works with R 2001: Never wake up
*Media Art Festival Friesland 2001 (The Netherlands) - Watch: seconds: forever
*Circus 2001 Conference Glasgow (UK) - A Virtual Memorial
*DMF2001 - Digital Media Festival 2001 Manila (Philippines) - Moving Picture Collection
*2nd Interpoetry Exhibition Sao Paolo (Brazil) - Never wake up, Identity of Color, Transience
*Computer Space 2001 Festival Sofia (Bulgaria) ­ 2nd Prize Foreign Multimedia
*Documenta USA - Museum of New Art - MONA Detroit (USA)
*Casting a Net - McLean Project for the Arts (Virginia/USA) - Never wake up
*Viper Media Festival Online Competition (Switzerland) -Screening- Seconds: Forever
*Prix Ars Electronica (Linz - Austria) Netcellence
*Art on the Net - Postcagian Interactive Sounds (Japan) - Transience - an atonal composition
*4th International Meeting of Experimental Poetry Vortice ­ Buenos Aires (Argentina)
*Pixxelpoint Computer Art Festival 2001 Nova Gorizia (Slovenia) ­ Compressed Affair
*Net_working Watershed Media Centre Bristol (UK) and 4th International Conference on Modern
Technology and Processes for Art, Media and Design, Bangkok (Thailand)
*Links/Ligacoes Conference and Prize Oporto (Portugal) A Virtual Memorial & Transience
*Digital Clip Festival 2001 Torino (Italy) Never wake up
*Medienturm Graz (Austria) ­ Feature A Virtual Memorial and Never wake up

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Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Mauritiussteinweg 64
D - 50676 Cologne
Germanyinfo@agricola-de-cologne.de
URL: www.agricola-de-cologne.de