Toolkit Festival – Contemplative Pathways

 

Toolkit Festival, international kermesse dedicated to New Media Art and curated by Martin Romeo, in collaboration with A plus A Slovenian Exhibition Centre of Venice, with the patronage of Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the generous support of Officina delle Zattere, Ca’ Foscari Digital Week and the Municipality of Venice, presents its program including artists from all over the world for a festival without boundaries.
On May 9-10-11 2013 for the third year Venice will host a collection of interactive exhibitions, workshops and lectures dedicated to the most experimental sector of contemporary art with the partecipation of international artists chosen among the 200 applications received from 34 different countries. The 12 artists were chosen by a jury of experts: Karina Smigla Bobinski, Polish interactive artist, Valerio Mannucci, curator and editor of Nero Magazine, Daniele Spanò, curator and member of the Romaeuropa Foundation, Fausto Tomei, author of the volume “Interactive Art. Theory and Artists”.
Toolkit Festival artists: Anna Diaz/Jordi Planas (Spain), Dimension+ (Hong Kong), Espaysantacruz Studio (Spain), Anni Garza Lau (Mexico), Nikolas Schmid-Pfaehler & Carolin Liebl (Germany), Lars Lundehave Hansen (Denmark), Robert Mathy (Austria), Morast (Austria), Nohista (France), Ricardo O’Nascimento & Ebru Kurbak  (Brasil/Italy), Lorenz Potthast (Germany), Daniel Schwarz (Germany) e Signal to Noise (Great Britain).
Curator Martin Romeo affirms: “The third edition of the Toolkit Festival is now dedicated to the international community: artists coming from Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong and many more countries will propose an intense interactive action made by electronic sculptures such as the origami of the collective Dimension+ or as in the artworks of Ricardo O’Nascimento & Ebru Kurbak where an ensemble of feathers will create the illusion of a cloud that interacts with the public. There will be also more mechanical works, such as the helmet of Lorenx Potthast that will permit to change one’s own perception of time or like Robert Mathy and Signal To Noise that will virtually connect the exhibiting spaces in a real and concrete contemplative pathway.”
Toolkit Festival will be hosted by various sites in the city; A plus A Slovenian Exhibition Center, Palazzo Malipiero and for the first time the spaces of the Officina delle Zattere thanks to a new and important artistic collaboration. Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation of Venice will host in the spaces of Palazzo Tito an open table on New Media Art with Mauro Arrighi, Sonia Cillari, Stefano Coletto and Quayola, while Ca’Foscari Digital Week will collaborate with the Festival for the workshops with the artists Otolab and Dotodotdot.
Toolkit Festival is a project by Martin Romeo dedicated to New Media Art and its ability of exploration, research and experimentation through the use of technology in relation with the audience. Since its first edition (Venice, 2011), the festival proposes a detailed mapping of the most contemporary researches in the interactive arts field. Over a short period of time, it gained attention and success in the national and international artistic community, involving numerous Venetian institutions, as well as professionals in the field of New Media Art.

Toolkit Festival – Venice
9 -11 May, 2013