Come to the opening night of FOKUS 2014 video art festival on

Thursday February 6 from 6 to 10 pm

It is time for FOKUS 2014, and video art is everywhere at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, with works big and small and secret, hidden away in corners, under stairs and right in the middle. On the opening night, the jury will reveal this year’s three winners of the open call competition, while the café under the big organ serves soup and you can quench your thirst at the bar.

Experience open call; Egyptian video art; Taste of Emotions, experimental culinary art in co-operation with Copenhagen Cooking; the world premiere of the first person film Skammekrogen (“The Doghouse”); a YouTube wunderkammer; the recurring Bring Your Own Beamer (this year at Tøjhusmuseet, The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum); and a string of premieres of Danish and international video artworks.

Video programmes on FOKUS 2014

New Danish video art

Mads Lynnerup, Katja Bjørn, Christina Christensen, Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Kristina Steinbock

Egyptian video art

Mohamed Abouelnaga, Khaled Hafez, Maha Maamoun (curated by Sherif Awad)

Special feature

Angela Melitopoulos: Passing Drama

Open call 2014

The popular and prestigious open call competition is one of the main elements of FOKUS 2014. 147 videos from 15 countries are trying to win the jury’s favour. The interdisciplinary panel of jurors have narrowed down the field to ten nominees, and on the opening night, the jury will announce the three winners.

The ten nominees are

Yuval Yairi & Zohar Kawaharada (IL), Land, 2013

Helene Garberg (DK), Interim, 2013

Jacobus Capone (AUS), Foreign Fado, 2013

Mark Tholander (DK), ####, 2013

Margarida Paiva (NO), Every Story Is Imperfect, 2012

Marcus Shahar (IL), Seeds, 2012

Samira Hashemi (USA), Ou She'r Mikhanad (She Reads the Poem), 2013

Heidi P. H. Nikolaisen (DK), Education of the Dragchild, 2013

Katja Adomeit (DK), NOT AT HOME, 2013

C Franco Maldonado (PRI), Selfie as a Sundial, 2013


The three winners, the ten nominees as well as all the other open call entrants can be seen at FOKUS 2014. 

The jury is Michael Thouber, head of the DR2 channel of the Danish broadcasting corporation; Lars Movin, writer and filmmaker; Angela Melitopoulos, artist and professor at The School of Media Art, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; Elisabeth Delin Hansen, director, Nikolaj Kunsthal and Andreas Brøgger, curator, Nikolaj Kunsthal.

On top of all of this, FOKUS 2014 presents a special events programme, including debates and lots of other activities.

FOKUS 2014