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Two hundred and nineteen submissions from artists from 38 countries were received for the first edition of the International Video Art Review THE 01. Twenty-one videos were chosen for presentation to the general public and a jury, which selected the 5 best films.

26 January 2013, 18:00 Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, audiovisual hall, Krakow, Poland
26 January 2013, 18:00 GMT London
26 January 2013, 21:00 CST New York
6 February 2013 – 3 March 2013, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Project Room, Krakow, Poland
11 March 2013, 22:50, The five best videos of THE 01, TVP Kultura, Videogalleries
Contemporary Art Gallery BWA, Olsztyn, 3 April 2013
Colony of Artists, Gdansk, 5 April 2013
Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, 5 April 2013
Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, 7 April 2013
Bureau for Art Exhibitions, Kielce, 8 April 2013
Municipal Cultural Center Sokol, KOT Film Society, Nowy Sacz, 24 April 2013
Museum in Koszalin, Koszalin, 10 May 2013
Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko-Biala, 11 May 2013
Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, KINO.LAB, Warszawa,15 May 2013
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, 18 May 2013
13 Muses Gallery, Szczecin, 18 May 2013
Municipal Gallery BWA, Bydgoszcz, 18 May 2013
Contemporary Art Gallery, Przemysl, 18 May 2013
Bureau for Art Exhibitions, Zielona Gora, 20 May 2013
Centre For Contemporary Art Kronika, Bytom, 25 May 2013
Art Centre – Sielecki Castle, Sosnowiec, 10 June 2013
Cultural Centre, Suwalki, 13 June 2013
Centre Of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, 13 June 2013
Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, 14 June 2013
City Art Gallery, Czestochowa, 14 June 2013
Museum of Art, Lodz, 21 June 2013
Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, 21 June 2013
Oliver Benton (United Kingdom)
Toia Bonino (Argentina)
Claudia Campus (Italy)
Simon Coates (United Arab Emirates)
Pawel Dziemian (United Kingdom)
Freddie Fei Wang (United Kingdom)
Adam Forrester (USA)
Alexander Isaenko, Yanina Boldyreva (Ukraine, Russia)
Philippos Kappa (Greece)
Gilivanka Kedzior, Barbara Friedman (France)
Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube (Germany)
Kristina Paustian (Germany)
Jonas Paz-Benavides (Peru)
Diego Ramirez (Mexico)
Sergio Esteban Romero Lozano (Colombia)
Jean-Michel Rolland (France)
Janek Rous (Czech Republic)
Cristián Tàpies (Chile)
Juan Pablo Villegas (Mexico)
András Zalavári (Hungary)
Roger Ballen (photographer, South Africa)
Konrad Kuzyszyn (photographer, video artist, University of Arts in Poznan, Poland)
Aneta Rostkowska (curator, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland)
Fabio Scacchioli (filmmaker, Italy)
Krzysztof Siatka (curator, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland)
Artur Tajber (performance artist, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland)

It is unlikely that anybody half-way sensible would today venture to define what video art is. This state of affairs, awkward and fascinating in equal measures, is probably due to the high quality of the art productions employing this medium, which has now fully come of age. The works which engaged the members of the jury of the Video Review The 01 covered a varied range: short constructs with a fluent narrative, predominantly animated works, artefacts that could function as multimedia installations, documentation of performance actions or para-documentaries dealing with political, social or existential issues. To my mind, it is these last works that stood out from all the others, coming over as they did as coherent artistic concepts where the medium and the message dovetailed perfectly. A couple that particularly caught my eye were the Three Modern Haiku by the Chilean artist Cristián Tapies and D-01, a video by Philippos Kappa from Greece.

Watching a few dozen contemporary films, mostly produced by young artists, one has to emphasise their incredible technical know-how, which is increasingly common amongst those who work with animation and montage technology, providing intellectual entertainment of a high calibre on the technical level. It is often the works which are the sparsest in their plot development that provide perfect examples: here, the author is able to display his or her virtuosity via subtle touches, seemingly effortless and almost unintentional, but all the more sophisticated and clever for all that. The best film of this kind that I’ve seen is Double Blind by the French artists Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman

The Video Art Review concentrated the minds of many artists, critics and eager audiences. The issues raised in the films presented before the jury demonstrate that this competition format has great potential for the future.

Krzysztof Siatka