re: Berlin Videofest invite CD-ROM/Internet projects

Simon Biggs (
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 17:59:43 -0500

Announcement and invitation for submissions

Artists CD-ROM and Internet projects

for the Berlin Videofest 1995 Multimedia Programme February 9-19, 1995

Artists and creative producers working with interactive multimedia are invited
to submit works for consideration for inclusion in the multimedia program of
the 1995 Berlin Videofest. The deadline for consideration will remain open
until 31.1.95 to allow the selection to be able to respond to the latest
products in this fast moving area of creation. Selection will be by a jury
composed of the Directors of The Berlin Videofest, representatives of PixelPark
Berlin, the guest curator Simon Biggs and another international figure in

The focus of the program will be products disseminated either by CD-ROM
(desktop interactive works) or the Internet (for example, WWW home pages,
CUSee-Me projects, etc). There is some flexibility in terms of how these media
are interpreted. In the case of CD-ROMs there is no requirement that they are
in commercial distribution.

The emphasis will be on works of artistic creation, although the Videofest
recognises that with such new media many of the traditional concepts of what
art is have been eroded or have collapsed. If you feel that you have a work
that is genuinely creative and shows a creative, radical and appropriate use of
CD-ROM or the Internet then you should submit.

Each selected project will be presented with its own workstation as part of an
exhibition for the duration of the Videofest. Each work as such can be seen as
a desktop interactive installation. Accepted artists will be encouraged to
consider how they wish their desktop work to be presented and contextualised.

At the opening of the Videofest a prize will be awarded for the best
interactive multimedia artists production.

Submissions or statements of interest should be sent to the Videofest as

by eMail:
by snailMail: Videofest 95, Mediopolis, Potsdamerstr.96, 10785, Berlin, Germany
by telephone: 49.30.262 8714
by fax: 49.30.262 8713

or direct to Simon Biggs eMail:

Please replicate this message freely on the net.


The Berlin VideoFest is one of the biggest and most renowned international
Videofestivals. It is associated to the Berlin Filmfestival which, along with
Cannes and Venice, is one of the most important A-Festivals in Europe. Film and
video get in touch, controversial discussions about individual works occur and
the different approaches and points of view concerning these media find a
platform during the festival.

The 8th Berlin VideoFest expands on new artistic forms: one of the main topics
will be Multimedia.

The objective of the Multimedia programme is to introduce in a complete and
integrated way the lastest developments in Multimedia production within the
creative and critical context which the Berlin VideoFest uniquely offers. It is
intended for those interested in the creative applications of computers and
related technologies, whether as artists, producers, distributors, curators,
critics or consumers.

The basic concept of the programme is based on the notion that with fully
digital media the underlying material on which products are distributed and
received become less and less relevant to the specifics and characteristics of
the product itself. That is, THE MEDIUM IS NO LONGER THE MESSAGE, so far as it
concerns the means of dissemination.

Media such as CD-ROM and the Internet function to allow data to be cheaply and
efficiently moved from one place to another. What makes all these media common
are the places that this data is moved to and from - the computers that have
ubiquitously invaded our desktops, offices, studios, bedrooms and living rooms.
The machines that both produce the material and allow us interactive access to

Thus the focus of the programme will be the production of and access to
computer based multimedia products via what are becoming two of the most
popular contemporary means of distribution - CD-ROM and the Internet.

Whilst the focus of the programme will be on these two media it is also
recognised that as with all technology the more advanced it is the less it can
be expected to last. The future of CD-ROM for instance may well be cut short as
newer and superior means of dissemination become available. Therefore attention
will not only be to the specifics of these media but also to the underlying
principles of digital technologies such that the knowledge base explored and
extrapolated during the VideoFest will remain more or less valid beyond the
lifetime of specific distribution technologies.

A number of other issues within this programme are:

Whilst these media are relatively new, it must be admitted that there is a
conspicious lack of ARTWARE. The technologies in question have been available
for some years but with recent drastic cuts in costs artists and others who
tend to work independently can now afford to access these media.

Therefore the VideoFest sets itself the task of not only reflecting upon the
creative use of these media but also taking a pro-active position, hoping that
through this intervention more artists will be encouraged to experiment and
produce with these new media.

The public presentations of this programme are targeted for those who need to
know the general principles but not the technical specifics of production. The
workshop programme is designed for those who want to learn the first practical

Experts from industry, the arts and academia will be invited to form a nexus of
opinion and knowledge that will help to define this largely unexplored
territory whilst hopefully encouraging an open and experimental approach to its

Furthermore, the VideoFest recognises that no matter how exciting a medium may
appear or how high the quality of material available it will not sell itself.
As CD-ROM and the Internet are primarily dissemination media a part of the
programme will focus on the issues of marketing and distribution for ARTWARE on
these media. There is no doubt that the history of video art was plagued by
chronic problems of dissemination. It may well be that the video medium will
disappear with these problems never having been resolved. Thus it appears to be
very important that from the outset these issues are addressed, regarding the
dissemination of artists work via these new media.

The Multimedia Programme of the Berlin VideoFest will be composed of 6
parrallel components: presentations on techniques and a number of artistic
projects (CD-ROM and Internet); an exposition with the best 20 Multimedia
projects; public discourses; round tables for professionals; a market with the
main distributors and producers of Multimedia; 2 workshops, one on accessing
and creating on the Internet and the other on CD-ROM production.

Our guest curator for this programme is the computer artist Simon Biggs (GB).
We are cooperating with ART + COM (Berlin), Online Park and Pixelpark (Berlin)
and the Kunsthochschule fur Medien (Artschool of Media, Koln, Germany).

APPLE COMPUTER and M.A.X. COMPUTERSYSTEMS are placing their machines and
complete support at the VideoFest's disposal.

We look forward to your interest.
end of message.

Simon Biggs
little pig productions
54 Heysham Rd
London N15 6HL
44.81.880 1805 (voice/fax)