Welcome to the 7th edition of FOKUS video art festival. Again this year, we present a month dedicated to video art running from February 9 to March 9 2017. With FOKUS, Nikolaj Kunsthal aims to make video art visible as one of the most significant and vibrant expressions of contemporary art.
More than 150 video works by artists from 22 different countries were submitted for FOKUS 2017. This year’s festival jury has selected the 10 best video productions, presented here in this programme, which constitute this 2017 edition of FOKUS.
During the festival, the jury will award three prizes to the final winners of FOKUS 2017 among the 10 nominated artists.
This year, FOKUS moves beyond the exhibition format so you can experience the festival wherever you are and whenever you feel like it. At home, on your couch, on the train, on a café. All films are available via the FOKUS app or online during the entire festival period. You will also find FOKUS at selected places in the city.
FOKUS FESTIVAL 2017: SCREENING & AWARDS
Join FOKUS 2017 for an evening dedicated to video art at Gloria Biograf & Cafe in Copenhagen Friday February 24 at 5 pm. This evening all 10 nominated videos will be screened in full length. Afterwards, the jury will announce the 3 winners of this year's festival prizes (1 x €1500 and 2 x €500), followed by drinks and snacks.
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Enjoy your FOKUS 2017!
The Jury of FOKUS 2017 has nominated 10 videos, selected from more than 150 videos submitted to the festival from artists in 22 different countries. Among the 10 videos three will win this year’s festival prizes.
The Jury is:
ANN LISLEGAARD: Visual artist
Educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1988–93 and at PS1 in New York 1995–96. She is one of the most notable representatives of Danish video art and works in particular with 3D, sound, sculpture and installations. Thematically, she explores issues such as science fiction, sexual roles and animal universes in which she, among other aspects, investigates alternative approaches to language. She has exhibited in most parts of the world, and recently, her works have been featured at places such as the Gwangju Biennale, Overgaden, Kyoto Art Center and Tel Aviv Museum.
ANDREAS JOHNSEN: Film director and producer
Since 2002, he has made a number of internationally awarded documentaries as director, producer and cinematographer. His films have been shown at festivals around the world and have been broadcast in countless countries. He is renowned for such films as KIDD LIFE, A Kind of Paradise, MURDER, Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case and his latest film BUGS.
: Project co-ordinator at The Animation Workshop
He has previously worked for ROSA, The Danish Rock Council, and The Centre for Trauma and Torture Survivors. Alongside this, he has contributed to cultural magazines and websites such as GAFFA, Cinemazone and Strip!, and he is the editor-in-chief of the comics website nummer9.dk.
HELENE NYBORG BAY: Exhibition co-ordinator, Nikolaj Kunsthal
Previously the head of Viborg Kunsthal. For a number of years, she has been a board member of The Danish Association of Art Centers, and currently, she is a board member of The Nordic House on the Faroe Islands. In the years 2006–2011, she ran her own gallery, Helene Nyborg Contemporary, in Copenhagen.
ANDREAS BRØGGER: Head of Nikolaj Kunsthal
Has organised numerous exhibitions at Nikolaj Kunsthal with artists such as Santiago Sierra, John Akomfrah, Stan Douglas, Dias & Riedweg, Karin Sander and Jeannette Ehlers. He has written a large number of articles on art and culture for books, magazines and newspapers. With Omar Kholeif he is the editor of Vision, Memory and Media (Liverpool/Chicago University Press). Co-founder of FOKUS video art festival.