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Agricola de Cologne
was launched on 1 January 2000 as an artist brand standing for the interdisciplinary media artist, creator of experimental films and videos, curator of media art, mediator, festival director, multi-media developer, programmer and designer of culture. While his activities before 2003 were mainly virtual, the concepts of his activities after 2003 were focussed on the exchange between virtual & physical space.

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For his curatorial activities he created his own operating system – artvideoKOELN international .

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During the past 10 years, one of the main activities was organising CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival and its 10 festival editions.

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The New Museum of Networked Art is representating the “divisionistic image” consisting of countless dots in form of the countless projects Agricola de Cologne created since 2000. It includes also the shadow of the second life (before 2000).

In this way, Agricola de Cologne is standing also for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts he is initiating in physical and virtual space on the listed platforms, the co-curator and co-organiser of external festivals and exhibitions, the jury member of divers festivals, and not to forget the designer of a cross-platform culture.

Since its launch in 2000, Agricola de Cologne was presented @ more than 600 festivals and media art events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, London, Paris, Marseille, Madrid, Gijon, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Gaza, Basel, Zurich, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Kiev, Kharkiv, Riga, Tallinn, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sofia, Varna, Bukarest, Arad, Timisoara, Budapest, Belgrade, Split, Rome, Naples, Milan, Pescara, Venice, Torino, Bologna, Berlin, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, & elsewhere, but also on biennials like ISEA Nagoya (2002), Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 2007, 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 Singapore 2008.

His works have be presented in collective & individual shows at (selection) : GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino 2002, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 2002, National Museum of Contemporary Art 2004, Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago de Chile 2005, Museo Meina Sofia Madrid 2005, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rosario/Argentina 2006, National Museum Szczecin 2006, Zulia Museum of Contemporary Art Maracaibo/Venezuela 2008, Les Abbatoirs – Museum of Contemporary Art Toulouse/France 2008, ExTeresa Arte Actual Mexico/City 2011, Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow 2012, Museum of the History of Polish Jews Warsaw 2013, Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles 2014

His media art projects and videos were honoured with prizes and awards.

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AGRICOLA de Cologne
“Agricola de Cologne” is an artist brand, as well as a brand for his art, and as such “Agricola de Cologne” as a manifestation as an artist is purely virtual, representing the only true virtual artist, at all. The first name “Wilfried” was added only for users and partners to deal more properly with the virtual and physical status.

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Born 1950 in Black Forest (Southern Germany), the artist started his carreer as an artist directly after his studies in 1980 as “Wilfried AGRICOLA”, who died as such on 31.12.1998 as the result of a terrorist attack, to be reborn on 01.01.2000 as the brand and encoded artist “Agricola de Cologne” as the only true virtual artist and curator.

Studies

1969-1971 Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts (Grafic & Photography)
1971-1974 Munich University (Art History, Journalism and Dramatic Arts)
1974-1978 Rijksakademie Amsterdam (Painting)

Study sojourns

between 1985 and 2000 in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland
residencies sinde 2000 in Brazil, Cuba, Latvia, Mexico

Since 1989, he realized several major collaborative and media related projects

1989-1994 Foundation of ARCHA Society- a temporary non -profit organization/cultural exchange between Western and Eastern Europe. As the President of ARCHA, Agricola organized several international conferences and cultural projects in Germany and Poland.

Since 1994 working with new technologies.
Between 1995 and 1999 realisation of the Memorial project
“A Living Memorial Spaces of Art” in 43 installations at 43 places in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, including Krakow, Auschwitz, Terezin, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and others–>a complex of multi-media art works, including photography, video, computer and sound installations

1999 – physical recontruction after a many months lasting coma.