CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART: “BACK TO ZERO” FOR FESTIVAL MIDEN IN KALAMATA (GREECE)
Amid hard and overall decadence and despite economic difficulties, Festival Miden vividly returns at the Historic Centre of Kalamata to present its new program of contemporary videoart. Restless voices from all over the world will be there via their creations to share with us drastic images full of dreams, aspirations, concerns and fears, opening a window from where we could possibly draw strength and optimism.
2012 edition of Festival Miden will take place at Kalamata’s Historic Centre (Amfeias square) on 5-6-7 of July, with free entrance for the public as always.
During its 3day events the festival will present 216 videoworks from 45 countries, selected out of more than 1500 video-entries.
The festival’s thematic programs include “[Un]natural disaster”, “There’s a room in the elephant”, “99%”, “YOU & I”, “StayStill”, “Dream a little dream”, “How to Art”, “2084”, “Locall calling!” and “Now you see me… now you don’t”, curated by the festival’s team. Along with it’s own selections, the festival presents special tributes to significant festivals, platforms & groups from Greece & abroad. This year, the festival will present videoart selections from: Art:screen (Sweden), Nova (Nordic Countries), Atopia (Norway), CologneOFF/ Cologne International Videoart Festival (Germany) and Madatac (Spain).
Furthermore, two very interesting parallel events are scheduled: the presentation of “Animacall”, an international project by Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki (State Museum of Contemporary Art), at the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, while later in July one more program dedicated to animation, entitled “Anim[n]ation”, will be screened in the context of the 6th Kalamata Street Festival which is organized by the Youth Center of Kalamata at the Railway Park.
Festival Miden*, the first Greek videoart festival presented in open public spaces, is an annual video art & new media cultural event based in Kalamata, GR. It is an independent organization founded, organized and curated by a team of contemporary Greek artists.
Since 2005, Festival Miden has been gradually established as one of the most successful and interesting video art festivals in Greece and abroad and has been a significant point of cultural exchange for Greek and international video art, creating an alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video artists.
(*Miden means “zero” in Greek)