Call for entries
Deadline: 23 June 2014


With the 15th Videonale, from 27/2 -19/4/2015, Videonale will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The theme is “The Call of the Wild”, and artists all over the world are invited to submit works of moving images on this theme to the VIDEONALE.15 competition.

An international jury of experts will select the best entries and these will be presented at the VIDEONALE.15 exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Bonn.

The closing date for submission is June 23 2014.

Information and application forms can be found at


“The wild and the fantastic enter the frame of visibility in the form of an encounter between the semi-domesticated and the unknown, speech and silence, motion and stillness. Ultimately, the revolutionary is a wild space where temporality is uncertain, relation is improvised, and
futurity on hold.”
(Jack Halberstam, Charming for the Revolution: A Gaga Manifesto. In
e-flux journal #44, 2013)

With “The Call of the Wild” as its subject, VIDEONALE.15 invites artists from all over the world to submit moving-image-based which deal with the Wild as a space of possibility for new ways of thinking, seeing and perceiving.

Hardly any other context has more diversely interpreted the ideas,
emotions and concepts which are woven round the term “the Wild” than in the visual arts: In images and actions, artists portray it as a place of rebellion and escape, of freedom, joy and independence, but also a place of danger and violence, of demarcation, subjugation and rejection.

Which emotional, aesthetic, social and political conditions can nowadays be associated with “the Wild”? Does it embody the potential for describing new, still emerging spaces of activity, depiction and thought which, for example, have their origins in the revision of traditional ideas about sexuality and race, the call for new forms of political and cultural participation, the breakdown of supposedly well regulated systems – as shown by the banking crisis and the monitoring scandals, the development of ever newer digital worlds of images and activities?
How does the wilderness inscribe itself in the moving image nowadays?
And how do these images express the still unclearly defined state of this awakening?

All types of experimental moving-image-based works can be submitted to the competition. There are no restrictions on the duration of the work submitted, on the geographical location of the artist, or on their age.
The work submitted may, however, not be more than two years old (i.e. it
must have been created after 1/1/2012).


Videonale, founded in Bonn in 1984, is the international platform for video art and time-based art forms. With VIDEONALE.15 (27/2 –
19/4/2015), the Festival for Contemporary Art will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In addition to presenting established international artists like Dara Birnbaum, Keren Cytter, Gary Hill, Christian Jankowski, Marcel Odenbach and Bill Viola, Videonale particularly focuses on the promotion
of aspiring young artists.


For VIDEONALE.15, an international jury of experts will select some 40 – 50 works and these will be exhibited in the Kunstmuseum Bonn for seven weeks.

The works exhibited will compete for the Videonale Prize of the KfW
Foundation, worth 5.000 euros, and the KfW Public Prize, worth 3.000 euros.

A comprehensive festival programme will enliven both the Kunstmuseum and
various locations in the City of Bonn during the exhibition. Talks by
artists, discussion panels, art appreciation programmes and special
presentations of current artistic positions will provide a comprehensive
insight into current artistic practice, but also into current
discussions of video art and developments on the art market.

Following the exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the works displayed at
VIDEONALE.15 will be presented in other international institutions as
“VIDEONALE.15 ON TOUR”. Works from previous Videonales could be seen at
the Central House of Artists in Moscow, Russia, at the National Taiwan
Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan, at the Insa Art Space in Seoul,
Korea, at the National Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo, at
MONA Inner Spaces in Poznan, Poland and others.

VIDEONALE.15 is supported by (as per February 2014):
The City of Bonn; the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture
and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; KfW Foundation

Preferred Logistics Partner: DHL


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53113 Bonn
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