Award Jury

During the VIDEONALE.17 opening ceremony an outstanding work in the exhibition will be awarded the Videonale Award of fluentum collection. The award jury for this Videonale edition consists of Inke Arns, Stephan Berg, Nikola Dietrich, and Marcel Schwierin.

Inke Arns
Inke Arns, PhD, director and curator of HMKV [Hartware MedienKunstVerein] in Dortmund, Germany. She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. After living in Paris (1982-1986) she studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988–1996) and in 2004 obtained her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has curated many exhibitions at home and abroad, and is the author of numerous articles on media art and net culture, and editor of exhibition catalogues.

Stephan Berg
Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg (b. 1959), studied German Philology, Anglistics and History in Tübingen, Berlin and Freiburg, doctorate in the field of German Philology, works as freelance journalist since 1986. He was director of Kunstverein Freiburg (1990-2000) and Kunstverein Hannover (2001-2008) and lectured on art theory and art history at the universities of Freiburg and Hannover, as well as Staatliche Kunsthochschule Stuttgart and Freie Kunsthochschule Basel. Since 2004 he is a honorary professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig and since 2008 director of Kunstmuseum Bonn. He realized numerous exhibition projects, most recently a solo exhibition on the work of Thomas Scheibitz and the group exhibition „Der Flaneur – Vom Impressionismus bis zur Gegenwart“ at Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Nikola Dietrich
Nikola Dietrich is Art Historian and director of Kölnischer Kunstverein since July 2018, where she curated the exhibitions „Solito“ with Julien Ceccaldi, „Cut-Up,“ and „The Work and Life of Bea Feitler.“ She was head curator at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel and curated overview exhibitions with Henrik Olesen, Hilary Lloyd, Rodney Graham, Monica Bonvicini / Tomm Burr, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Robert Gober, as well as the exhibitions „Tell it to my heart. Collected by Julie Ault,“ or „Little Theater of Gestures,“ with accompanying publications. 2004-2007 she was curator at Portikus in Frankfurt a.M. where she realized numerous exhibitions and projects, a.o. with Francis Alys, John Baldessari, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska, and Bonnie Camplin. Since 2014 she is co-editor of the magazine Starship.

Marcel Schwierin
Marcel Schwierin (b. 1965) is a curator, filmmaker, and co-founder of the Werkleitz Biennial, the experimental film database cinovid, and the Arab Shorts festival in Cairo. His films include The Images (experimental, 1994) and Eternal Beauty (documentary, 2003). He has regularly curated for the Werkleitz Biennial, the Goethe-Institut, and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, among others. From 2010–2015 he was the curator of film and video for transmediale. Since 2015 he is has been the director, together with Edit Molnár, of the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg.

Competition Jury

The competition jury for VIDEONALE.17 consisted of six jury members who viewed 1.136 submissions from 66 countries. For several weeks all submissions were discussed in-depth to finally select 29 works for the exhibition under the title REFRACTED REALITIES.

Eli Cortiñas
1979, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Cortiñas has been a guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel (2015 -2017) and the Art Academy Mainz (2015). She has been awarded with grants and fellowships from Fundación Botín,(2018), Rupert Residency, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018), Berlin Senate Film-Video Grant (2017), Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland (2017), Kunstfonds (2016), Goethe Institute, Torino (2015), Villa Massimo, Rome (2014). Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions such as Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle Budapest, Centre Pompidou, Marta Herford, Museum of Modern Art Moscow and Contemporary Art Center Vilnius et al., as well as in international Biennales such as Riga Biennale, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, and festivals like the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Nashville Film Festival among others.

João Laia
João Laia is curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. Recent theme exhibitions include Transmissions from the Etherspace (2017) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D (2016) at MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 5th International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon. Other exhibitions, performance programs and screenings were held at CAC – Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius), Kurzfilmtage – International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (São Paulo), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and MAAT (both in Lisbon), South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery (all in London). Laia is a contributor of Mousse magazine and collaborates with publications such as frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art or Terremoto.

Tasja Langenbach
Studies of art history and cultural sciences in Erlangen, Leipzig and Barcelona. Since 2004 freelance curator and author for, among others Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, ZKM Karlsruhe, Videonale Bonn, SoundTrack_Cologne/See the Sound, Folkwang Museum Essen. Jury member for, among others European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Videonale Bonn, Media Art Award Marl, Award of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia for young artists, Kasseler Dokfest. Since 2017 lecturer at University for Applied Sciences Dusseldorf. Since 2012 artistic director of Videonale Bonn.

Matteo Lucchetti
Italian born, Matteo Lucchetti is a curator, art historian, and writer. His main curatorial interests are focused on artistic practices that redefine the role of art and the artist in society. His main curatorial projects include: First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger, BAK, Utrecht, 2018; Marinella Senatore: Piazza Universale. Social Stages, Queens Museum, New York, 2017; and De Rerum Rurale, 16th Rome Quadriennale, Rome, 2016. In the projects he curated, Lucchetti has worked with artists such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Nástio Mosquito, Jonas Staal, SUPERFLEX, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Pilvi Takala, and Stephen Willats, among others. Since 2010, Lucchetti co-directs, with Judith Wielander, the Visible project, initiated and supported by Pistoletto Foundation, Biella and Fondazione Zegna, Trivero. He served as Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 2017–2018.

Vanina Saracino
Vanina Saracino is an independent curator and film programmer currently based in Berlin. She is the co-founder of OLHO, an international curatorial project about contemporary art and cinema initiated in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, also shown at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi (2017) and Palais de Tokyo (2018). From 2013 to 2017 she curated monthly selections of artists' films on the experimental channel ikonoTV, being also in charge of collaborations and projects with museums and institutions worldwide. Recent projects include Earthly Mutations: Films From the Near Future (Salzburger Kunstverein, 2018); The Crisis of the Horizon (Small Projects, Tromsø, 2018); Lost Dimension (AMIFF, Harstad, 2017); The Impossibility of an Island (within TBA21's Open Ocean Space x COP23, Bonn and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland, 2017).

Lesley Taker
Lesley Taker is a Liverpool-based arts producer, curator and writer. She is interested in how technology is changing contemporary art practice and discourse, and in artworks which deal with fluid identities, shifting truths, or unstable narratives. She is Producer / Curator at FACT, where she works with emergent and established international artists across exhibitions, events and residencies.