// European Media Art Festival

Each April, the European Media Art Festival Osnabrück puts on an annual screening of productions by internationally recognized media artists and innovative work by talented young artists from the academies. The EMAF ranks among the most prominent forums for international media art. As a lively meeting place for artists, curators, hiring companies, gallery owners, and expert audiences, it has played an influential role in shaping the topics and aesthetics of media art.

Each year the festival offers an overview of current work in media art, with new experimental films, performances, lectures, the exhibition, and the Media Campus. Around 250 of the most recent contributions in all sections are selected for the festival from more than 2000 submissions each year. These works offer a comprehensive view of current trends in international media art.

The reason why the 1980s and 1990s are so interesting from an art-historical perspective is to be found in a new art form that developed from the disciplines of experimental film, video art and (interactive) computer art, and net art during this period. This new form of art can be grouped under the concept of Media Art, a term that the festival, with its choice of name and its ongoing advances, has contributed to shaping and defining.

The EMAF’s holdings comprise over 4000 films, videos, and documents, including background texts, photos, and biographies. These have been collected and sorted according to year in Osnabrück for more than two-and-a-half decades.

The most important works will be reviewed within the project. Additionally, films and videos from topic-specific programs of the festival are to be re-entered, and lectures, television documentaries, and in-house documentation of the festival’s performances and events are to be digitalized.

Based on the EMAF concept “From Archive to Living Database,” these works are to remain permanently in the “” project and will be made accessible to an audience from the relevant fields of research and education.



Project Partner: Alfred Rotert, Ralf Sausmikat (Directors EMAF)