The Festival Project

CologneOFF is a three-piece project, standing for “Cologne International Videoart Festival”, the festival platform “Cologne International Festival Network” und CologneOFF XP nomadic, and a dynamic project development reacting on the continuously changing festival scene.

CologneOFF has a most unusual career. At first as the videoart festival founded in 2005 by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne and finalized in 2014 after 10 years and in total 10 festival editions.

The international festival platform was established in 2011, replacing from 2015 on the standing alone videoart festival, which , however is continuing as a festival category in the context of the third part, eg. the “nomadic festival project”- CologneOFF XP nomadic (videoart in a global context), established earlier in 2010.


CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival

Founded in 2005, CologneOFF was from the beginning an experimental and temporarily limited festival project, launched at first exclusively online as Cologne Online Film Festival (CologneOFF), but, due to its success, soon to be renamed to Cologne International Videoart Festival taking the interests of international festival into account to present the curated festival program selections by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne. The project was based on the unconventional concept to be a festival without a static festival location but built on global networking instead, based on a growing collection of art videos to be expanded each year by realising a new festival edition, instead of organising each year again an event just for 3 days, based on a dual system of equal virtual and physical components, focussing on new and experimental artistic expressions, instead of following already known paths. All was giving its founder and director Agricola de Cologne all freedom to set through his ideas of encouraging artists to create “total art” works by using the multi-facetted medium of digital video.

In 2014, CologneOFF was realising its 10th and final festival edition celebrating 10 years exciting developments in the field of “art and moving images” as a final highlight of this successful festival project.

CologneOFF is a festival project run by artvideoKOELN – the curatorial initiative “art & moving images” directed by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.


CologneOFF XP nomadic – >videoart in a global context<
Searching for an ideal form of presenting “art & moving images”
As a dynamic media art event context and nomadic festival project designed, programmed, curated and directed by Agricola de Cologne in the framework of Cologne International Videoart Festival, “CologneOFF 20XX – videoart in a global context” started in 2010, a flexible work in progress, a process incorporating the idea of a festival, not bound to a physical location, but travelling from one venue, country and continent to another presenting a hybrid type of mono-channel videos, which can be presented in the same way via screening, projection and installation
A dual system is forming the supporting frame-work – virtual (online) components (see links) – all videos, info & event updates online – juxtaposed with the physical component in form of networked screenings & exhibitions- Agricola de Cologne’s curatorial opinion juxtaposed with the curatorial opinions of 40 curators (40 countries) demonstrating the multi-facetted diversity of artistic and curatorial approaches – the active presenter juxtaposed with the passively consuming audience to be activated via interventions like lectures, panel discussions, artists talks, round table or workshops, not to forget the different types presentation forms,
artvideokoeln_640 in total, an interactive context intending to link the audience, artists, curators and institutions by thinking and acting in new terms without any restriction.

After the finalization of the classical videoart festival in 2015, activities of CologneOFF have a new focus as the international festival platform, as well as “CologneOFF 20XX nomadic”.

Agricola de Cologne

was launched on 1 January 2000 as an artist brand, standing for the
– interdisciplinary media artist, director of experimental shortfilms and videos, curator of media art and the designer of culture
– founder & director of artvideoKOELN – the curatorial initiative „art & moving images“ (2010),
– founder & director of CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival (2006)
– founder and director of Le Musee Di-visioniste The new museum of networked art – the experimental platform for art and new media (2000), a global network on different virtual and physical levels

_MG_3174_04._09Besides for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts he is initiating in physical & virtual space like JavaMuseum (2001), NewMediaFest (2002), Violence Online Festival (2003), SoundLAB & VideoChannel (2004), CologneOFF (2006), netEX (2007), Agricola de Cologne is standing also for
the co-curator & co-organiser of events like festivals & exhibitions of contemporary art, but also for the jury member of divers festivals.

Since its introduction in 2000, Agricola de Cologne is represented as an artist on more than 500 festivals and media art exhibitions in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Marseille, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Seoul, Bangkok, New Delhi, Basel, Vienna, Linz (Ars Electronica), Graz, Kiev, Riga, Moskow, St.Petersburg, Tallinn, Tokyo, Rome, Milan, Turin, Karlsruhe (ZKM), Berlin & elsewhere, but also on Biennials like ISEA Nagoya (2002), Venice Biennale 2003, Biennale of New Media Art Merida/MX 2003, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth/Australia (2004), Biennale de Montreal (2004), Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago de Chile (2005), ISEA Singapur 2008.

His most recent media art context “CologneOFF 20XX – videoart in a global context” is travelling as a nomadic festival project during each year once a round the globe.

His media art works received numerous prizes and awards.


Agricola de Cologne