Bethlehem in Argentina and Italy

Por escaner-cultural - 7 de Diciembre, 2006, 8:12, Categoría: General

Media/Art/Cologne -
has the pleasure to open in December 2006
the media art exhibition
:/selfportrait - a show for Bethlehem - a show for Peace
simultaneously in Argentina and Italy--->

on 10 December at
MAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Fe/Argentina

on 16 December at
Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples/Italy

The show is organised and curated by Agricola de Cologne,
and was realized first in July 2006 at Al Kahf Art Gallery in
After an extension of the original exhibition collection,
the show includes now about 300 artists from more than 30 countries
in the New Media media desciplines
digital print, digital video, multimedia, soundart and artists statements:

The show takes the classical theme of the artist"selfportrait"
and sets it in a new technological and conceptual context.
The basic idea was that the artists overcome symbolically
the wall which is separating Israel from Palestinian territory
by showing face and being present through their selfportraits - and -
become true messengers of peace this way.

Bethlehem - a spiritual center of relevance in three world religions
and symbol for peace and freedom for about two thousand years also far
beyond -
becomes a new symbol for peace in another dimension -
as it stands for all the virtual and physical walls anywhere around the
which people need to overcome in order to live a life in peace and dignity.
The show does not only transport the message of solidarity,
but also the idea of a free and independent culture without borders,
the use of New Media technology represents further
a symbol for a new era of solving conflicts via communication.

After the show could be inaugurated according this conception
on 6 July 2006 in Palestine despite of the escalating conflict in Middle
while most other international events were cancelled at that time,
://selfportrait - a show for Bethlehem - a show for Peace
is planned to be shown at many other places around the globe in sequence,
and now through both exhibitions in Argentina and Italy,
this message of peace is the Christmas message 2006
going from Bethlehem to the rest of the world.

For those, who are not able to visit the show in physical space,
the project site online allows all interested people
to experience the entire exhibition also online in virtual space on, whereby the site consists of two parts -
an administrative textual low-tech part, and an artistic high-tech part
which needs
broad bandwidth internet connection for experiencing audio and video
Its interface is also part of the physical show and gives the visitor
the possibility to surf through the project environment and
and spend more time for certain artworks individually online, if possible,
or otherwise offline.

Project information -->
in Spanish can be found on
--> In Italian can be found on

://selfportrait a - show for Bethlehem - a show for Peace
- the first media art project by Media/Art/Cologne -
is realised in cooperation with
Bethlehem International Center/Palestine
Officya Art Space Szczecin/Poland,
Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples/Italy
MAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe/Argentina
MACRO - Museum de Arte Contemporaneo Rosario/Argentina

MAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe
duration: 10 December 2006 - 30 January 2007
poster-->download as PDF -->

Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples/Italy
duration: 16 Dcember 2006 - 16 January 2007
press release as PDF ---> 1

Basic project information can be downloaded as PDF

Find all artists listed on

The list of participating artists can be downloaded as PDF

This press release is issued by
the global window to media art from Cologne/Germany
powered by
[NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne -
the experimental platform for art and New Media
operating from Cologne/Germany.
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