FOKUS 2011
video art festival

5. May 2011 to 22. May 2011

With a Festival programme of, among other elements, an open call, new Danish video art, international video, music videos, fashion videos, VJ-arrangements, performances and talks, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, brings video art in the year 2011 into FOCUS.

In May 2011, video art, both Danish and international, is given a new Copenhagen platform with the introduction of the FOCUS Video Art Festival at Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center - with the idea being for this to be a recurring Copenhagen event. The Festival takes place from May 5 to 22 2011, and in addition to the multi-facetted video programme it includes artist talks, performances and events.

Nikolaj, which for more than 10 years has been paying particular attention to the video medium, has invited some 20 of the most notable Danish video artists right now to present their works. Side by side with the Danish artists a selection of current international art videos will be presented, as will the related friends of video art, the music video and the fashion video.

Nikolaj has furthermore sent out an open call to all established video artists and new talents to submit works. These works will be judged by a jury of gallery owner Jesper Elg of the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, video artist Eva Koch, film director Martin Strange-Hansen, as well as Elisabeth Delin Hansen and Andreas Brøgger, director and curator
respectively at Nikolaj. The jury's favourites will be presented at the opening evening of the Festival. The three invited jury members will also each curate their own programme of what they consider to be the most interesting videos of the art scene.

Finally, the FOCUS Video Art Festival will present a comprehensive events programme, applying different angles to highlight the varied expressions of video art. The Tower Space will provide the setting for a number of arrangements, addressing the
interrelationship of video and performance, among others in the works of Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.
And on Fridays in the Lower Gallery, VJ's will crank up the music and the flow of images in three events with contributions from luminaries wthin the field such as SAME SAME and Bjørn Svin.
Each day also presents the opportunity to meet the artists behind the works shown and listen to talks by curators and other relevant profiles of the video scene.