The virtual is generally identified with the reproduction of the real world through digital media, Imaging a world shared by thousands of beings connected through electronic networks, which share the same state: the digital connectivity. While browsing the Internet, we find ourselves at any time of day or night, with many solitary beings who are doing the same, with whom we interact. Hence the idea of community: “a collective intelligence is a distributed intelligence everywhere, constantly enhanced, coordinated in real time, resulting in effective mobilization of skills... The basis and purpose of collective intelligence is the recognition and mutual enrichment of people” (Pierre Levi).
Humanity is scattered in virtual social networks spread over the internet (Facebook, Second Life, etc.) and on the borders of digital art projects that extend through electronic networks. Activating the "work”, the user connects virtually to the artist through the Human by excellency: the work of Art.
The On Line Festival for Digital Arts (FONLAD) is an event focused on the Internet in the format of a publication / web gallery of art projects in the areas of photography, digital art, web art, animation and video. Since its first edition the festival is complemented by exhibitions of international scope: Madrid (1st edition), Coimbra – Portugal (2nd edition), Montemor-o-Velho – Portugal (3rd edition), Bienal da Madeira – Funchal, Portugal (4th edition), Belforte del Chienti - Italy (collection), Guarda - Portugal (5th edition), Coimbra and Montemor-o-Velho – Portugal (6th edition), Cologne - Germany and Honduras.
Throughout its 6th editions the festival was attended by about 250 artists, including some names of international relevance, such as Annie Abrahams, Agricola de Cologne, Caterina Davinio or Jody Zellen.
This year, in partnership with the Porto Santo’s Biennial, is presented in Coimbra, at the Ícon Gallery, "Virtual Humanities," an exhibition of photography and digital painting.
Rosa dos Ventos (Wind Rose Space - Montemor-o-Velho), presents 30 min video a selection of the best works from the festivals of Herning (Denmark), VideoChannel/Cologne Off (Germany), Rec-On (Honduras), Fonlad (Portugal) and Videolab (Portugal).
Montemor-o-Velho is also host of a workshop on video-art editing directed by Videolab between 22 and 30 of May. In this place will take place also a video-art residency by the artist Francesco Milizia from Italy.
Coimbra also receives video art shows, at the Ícon Gallery (28, 29 May and 3 of July), in partnership with the Porto Santo’s Biennial.
Finally, the Unknown Artist Virtual Museum presents Cyber Human Forms, a Web art show between October 7 and December 26, 2010.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PORTO SANTO’S BIENNIAL:
Curators: José Vieira, Manuel Pessôa-Lopes
Artists: Alfonso Caputo (Itália), António Azenha (Portugal), Benvinda Araújo (Portugal), Boskizzi (Itália), Carola Blanco (Venezuela), Cecília Urioste (Brasil), Elisabeth Machado (França), Fernando Graça / Penousal Machado (Portugal), Jeroen Holthius (Holanda), Katie Bush (Estados Unidos), Laura Castanedo (México), Maro (Chile), Patrick Millard (Estados Unidos América), Paulo Corte Real (Portugal) e Tatiana Santos (Portugal).
May 1 to May 30, 2010
Icone Gallery, Coimbra
Pátio da Inquisição - Coimbra - Portugal
Monday to Friday: 10h00 – 12h00 / 14h00 - 19h00
Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
Curators: José Vieira, Pedro Almeida e Sérgio Gomes
Herning Film Festival / Cologne Off, May 28
Videolab – Mostra de Vídeo Arte Portuguesa, May 29
VideoChannel/Fonlad/Videolab (video installation), July 3
Icone Gallery / Pátio da Inquisição - Coimbra
Time table: 22 horas
Artistic direction: José Vieira
Invited curators: Agrícola de Cologne, Alex da Silva, Gabriel Vallecillo, Armanda Baptista, Manuel Pessôa-Lopes, Pedro Almeida and Sérgio Gomes
Photography and Editing: Jorge Simões
Design: Paulo Corte Real
Support: Icon Gallery, Quarteirão das Artes, UAVM Virtual Museum, Porto Santo’s Biennial, Frequência Mágica, Videolab, Cologne Off / VideoChannel, Herning Film Festival, Rec-On Muestra International de Audiovisuales, ZERO1 San Jose’Biennial.
Production: IC0 Cultural Ass. / Teatro dos Castelos