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March 4, 2010

For Action’s Sake – First Year Anniversary Celebration of Manipulated Image Experimental Short Videos Co-curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne and Alysse Stepanian


Alysse Stepanian Video still from “What is My Name, Sister?” currently in post production

Friday, March 12, 2010- 6:30pm – 11:00pm – Tickets: $10 (includes food and reception) Santa Fe Complex – 632 Agua Fria.
Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA.
Manipulated Image’s new official site – download event catalog.

John Criscitello – guest presenter (Ithaca, New York); David Kareyan (Yerevan, Armenia); Ulf Kristiansen (Norway); Jonas Nilsson (Örebro, Sweden); Roland Wegerer (Austria); Julia Zastava (Moscow, Russia)

SELECTIONS BY AGRICOLA DE COLOGNE: Daniel LoIocono (Germany); David Jakubovic (USA); Ioannis Roumeliotis (Greece); Rafael (Belgium); Ascan Breuer (Germany); Alex Lora (Spain); Casey McKee (USA); Daniel Rodrigo (Spain)

ONLINE PERFORMANCES: – Niclas Hallberg, Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden) – Igor Stromajer (Hamburg, Germany)

PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL ARTISTS – Anthony Buchanan – Philip Mantione, Al Faaet: The Autotelics – premiere performance – The Vivi Sect performance group: Red Cell, Chauncey Gadek – Martin Back, April Mae Bassett – Ian Anderson – Mike 360

Manipulated Image celebrates its first year anniversary on March 12, 2010, with a show titled For Action’s Sake. The videos are co-curated by multi-disciplinary media artist, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Chief Director and Curator of VideoChannel, and multi-media and video artist, Alysse Stepanian, curator and creator of Manipulated Image. This year Mr. Agricola de Cologne celebrates the 10th year anniversary of [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne.

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne Video still from Truth: Paradise Found (2004, 3:00)

Manipulated Image has been a pioneering program in bringing a global community of experimental video artists to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the USA. It presents experimental short videos that have few, if any, alternative venues in Santa Fe. Curator, Alysse Stepanian culls fresh and innovative work from local, national and international artists, for unique programs that offer a sampling of current movements and conceptual frameworks in video art. Many of the videos screened are Santa Fe, US, or world premieres. Manipulated Image seeks new screening venues and online and offline partnerships in an effort to expand its local, national, and global audiences. Upcoming events are: co-curation with Brazilian filmmaker Kika Nicolela; co-curation with a video artist based in Tehran/Iran and co-curation with David Kareyan of the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan, Armenia.

These monthly screenings feature experimental short videos by artists that explore the innovative use of technology and software to manipulate image. Guest artists discuss the way they digitally transform images to achieve their personal vision. Past screenings have presented diverse work within contexts that have allowed fresh discoveries about the possibilities of video as a creative medium.

Ian Anderson. Performance. Santa Fe.

Since February 26, 2009, Manipulated Image has been holding screenings at the SF Complex, a non-profit organization comprised of scientists, technologists, and artists, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Ascan Breuer. The Kurukshetra-Report. Video. (2008, 7:51) Germany

John Criscitello (Ithaca, New York); 14:19 total short selections; John will be present at the event to discuss his work

Alysse Stepanian, MI’s Curator.

Stepanian is a multimedia, cross-disciplinary, and video artist. She is the creator and curator of Manipulated Image video screenings. Stepanian is also the founding co-director of M.A.N.Y. (Musicians & Artists in New York). In 1998-99 she curated and presented multimedia performances by nearly 50 international artists in 5 festivals in New York City. The recent screenings of her own videos include: CeC – Carnival of e-creativity at Sattal/India from the collection of CologneOFF V based in Germany; Abington Art Center near Philadelphia (video from the 1990’s); Harold Golen Gallery in Miami, USA; Kunstfilmtag 09 in Düsseldorf; YOVEO International Video Festival in New York City. Her webart was recently presented on HZ Online Journal and Digital Fringe Online Festival based in Australia. 

Stepanian has collaborated with Philip Mantione on multimedia installations with video, under the name BOX 1035. Their 2006 installation, “Don’t be afraid, be ready” at Imagine Gallery in Beijing was listed in Beijing’s City Weekend magazine as number one of the top 5 exhibits. Other collaborative installations were featured at the Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, and The Islip Museum of Art in New York. L.P. Streitfeld has described their work as “a wry and profound commentary on the conflicted state of America’s emotions.” In 2001 their multimedia performance, “liveReal” was broadcast live on the MNN from DCTV in New York City. In 1998 their interactive performance,” Music for Typist,” with music by Mantione and set design and performance by Stepanian, was presented at the Hayden Auditorium in New York City. Stepanian’s videos have also been screened at the Leeds International Film Festival (UK); Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, USA); Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (Yerevan, Armenia); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2002-3): cinéma l’Arlequin (Paris) and Podewil (Berlin); Art In General and Dixon Place in New York City.


Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne is a multi-disciplinary media artist, director of experimental shortfilms/videos and founder and director of [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne – the experimental platform for art and new media from Cologne/Germany. Since 2000, he has been collaborating worldwide with more than 500 media art related festivals, institutions and organizations as an artist, curator and festival director. He is the director and curator of JavaMuseum – Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art, chief curator for VideoChannel, as well as founder and director of CologneOFF – Cologne Online Film Festival – a mobile film festival online and offline simultaneously, and co-organiser and curator of several media festivals and exhibitions. Agricola de Cologne’s work has appeared in more than 100 solo exhibitions in cooperation with more than 70 museums throughout Europe, and since 2000 he has participated in more than 250 media exhibitions and festivals around the globe. His media art works have received numerous prizes and awards.

Agricola de Cologne’s past exhibitions include: ISEA2008 Singapore, 52th Venice Biennale 2007, Documenta 12 Kassel/Germany 2007, Budapest International Shortfilm Festival 2007, Museum of 21th Century Art Rome/Italy 2006/2007, Moscow International Film Festival 2006, Canariasmediafest 2006 & 2002, Athens Videoart festival 2006 & 2007, Japan Media Art Festival 2006 & 2002, ZKM Karlsruhe/G 2005, Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago/Chile 2005, Biennale de Montreal 2004, Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia 2004 , Biennale of New Media Art Merida /Mexico 2003, Venice Biennale 2003, FILE Sao Paulo 2001-2007, FILE Rio 2006- 2007-2008, Ars Electronica 2001-2006, Videoformes 2001-2008, Art on the Net 2001, 2002, Mediaterra Athens 2002, ISEA 2002 Nagoya/Japan, SENEF Seoul 2004, 2005, 2007.

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Read more on MI’s history and curatorial philosophy on the German partner’s site with Stepanian on Cologne’s Curators Interview with Stepanian on Cologne’s Curators Interview Project (CIP) site:
Manipulated Image on the Santa Fe Complex


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