7-11th May 1997

We would like to warmly invite you to send in your contributions to the 10th European Media Art Festival (EMAF), which is to take place in Osnabrueck between 7th and 11th May 1997. The festival will internationally bring together film and videomakers, multimedia and performance artists, media theorists, journalists and a young and interested general public.

In order to guarantee the best set of conditions for presenting the festival, and due to a series of building measures taking place during Autumn at the main festival venue, it has been important to retime the festival, pushing it back from September to May. This change of dates also affects the successfully commenced co-operation with the Film, Video and Multimedia Festival VIPER (Lucerne) which unfortunately cannot take place in the planned form of a competition.

Film & Video

Despite the short period of time between last years and this years festival, a invitation to participate in the international selection programme will once again take place. The festival commission will view all contributions and make selections for the programme.

The Deadline for Registration is 3rd March 1997 !!!!!

At the EMAF, the jury of film journalists will be presenting the German Film Critic's Prize for the best German experimental film or video production. Additionally, the presentation of an award for an international production is planned.

We will also be using the 10th EMAF as an occasion for presenting a retrospective of the prize winners from former years. This review will present an outstanding survey of the trends and developments in German experimental film and video of this decade.


This years presentation of work is dedicated to Stan Vanderbeek, a pioneer of video and computer film. Vanderbeek, who worked on abstract films in the '50's, and who began to take advantage of the new potential in "modern" video technology in the early '60's in an artistic fashion, can rightfully be described as the father of today's techno light-shows.
As early as in the '60's he worked with multiple projections, which reached its zenith in the form of film and slide projections in a purpose built movie-drome.

Hong Kong

A city and a pheneomona is increasingly becoming the focal point of media interest. One month before the take over of Hong Kong by the PR of China in June 1997, the festival will be presenting artists and their projects, as well as providing information about the living and working conditions in the art scene to be found on this island.

International Student Forum

Centrally placed, with its cafe as a meeting place, the chance of free accomodation, and of course its big party, the Student Forum offers a blend of particular atmospheres for student visitors to the festival.

In the form of a set programme, the Student Forum presents a broad spectrum of work by students from abroad and at home, whilst providing information about training opportunities. The evening of performance builds a particular highlight as a part of this programme.

Students from all disciplines are invited to send in their current productions to the festival.

Exhibition 7th - 25th May 1997

As in former years, the "Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche" acts as the central venue for the Electronic Cafe, as well as the comprehensive exhibition of video and computer installations.
A building with a particular blend of character, it is the perfect venue for the realisation of artistic concepts spanning between sculpturalelements, projections and network systems.

Internet, CD-Rom, Networks

The internet and multimedia are areas associated with a great degree of hope and utopian potential, both in terms of artistic utility, as well as being the areas which have defined and determined the media discusion over the last few years. Beyond the bounds of normal commercial structures the EMAF will be presenting a forum for demonstrating and debating artistic projects within the network systems and on CD-Rom.


The Congress

The language of images, in the process of being raised to the level of a scientific discipline in the form of Visualism, has, since the very beginning of the EMAF, been the leitmotif of the media-universal debate due to take place here. This years's congress will examine and explore these disciplines in an intensive manner.

Call for Statements

When contrasting positions clash, as in the case of the EMAF in 1996, where Prof. Joseph Weizenbaum and the Australian body and cyber artist Stelarc detailed and defined their widely differing approaches, theory comes to life. Whilst the computer theorist Weizenbaum stood up with scientific vehemence to tendencies within both theory and art which characterise humans as badly constructed machines, the artist Stelarc saw the potential towards a strategy for increasing and improving the capabilities of the human body in the very creation of links between man and machine.

We would like to invite you to send in contributions in the form of discussion papers or essays relating to this or any further range of subjects. Selected contributions will be published in our festival catalogue as well as in the Internet Forum.


For further information check out our website or contact:

European Media Art Festival
PO Box 1861
D-49008 Osnabrueck

T: 49/(0)541/ 21658
F: 49/(0)541/ 28327
email: emaf@bionic.zerberus.de
URL : http://www.emaf.de

Festivalboard: Alfred Rotert
Hermann Noering
Ralf Sausmikat
Student Forum: Marion Guenther

Funding by: Niedersaechsisches Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft
und Kultur, Hannover
Stadt Osnabrueck
Auswaertiges Amt, Bonn
Bundesministerium fuer Bildung Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie, Bonn
contributions made by other supporters