Photo: - performing the archive - Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss

The Congress takes up the subject of “Identity”, and reflects this in its lectures. The well-known media scientist Professor Norbert Bolz will talk about identity management. Digital identity – forms and consequences of the increasing capture of private data and their commercial exploitation are the subjects covered by Ralf Bendrath. In his lecture, Padeluun will explore the subject of data retention and will inform visitors about their actions, such as the “Big Brother Award”.

The lectures given by Ricardo Mbarkho and Sophie Ernst will highlight situations in other parts of the world. The artist and lecturer at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Ricardo Mbarkho, will present the Media Art scene in Lebanon, in which artists reflect the identity crisis in the context of their sociopolitical and geographic environment. The Dutch lecturer at the Academy of Art in Lahore/Pakistan, Sophie Ernst, will talk about the Pakistani art and academy scene. 

The Congress will be rounded off by a talk by Professor Birgit Richard. She will lecture on youth identities in web 2.0 and will show the creative works of adolescents – YouTube Favorites on the one hand, and game fan settings on the other. C. Cay Wesnigk of Online Film AG will not only explain how films are currently offered on the web, but will also show how the whole media landscape has changed because of it. In the Artist Talk, Martin Butler will report on the background to his performance “A Girlfriend Experience”.

// “Identity”, Haus der Jugend, Fri 25 April and Sat 26 April 2008, 1 - 6 pm

// University Day, Haus der Jugend, Thur 24 April 2008, 1 - 6 pm

13:00 h - Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
Stephan Sachs and students present their degree programme and their exhibition in the Bürgergehorsam Tower.

14:00 h - Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
Prof. Ulrike Gabriel, Florian Jenet and students from the field of Communication/Elctronic Media present themselves.

15:30 h - Sint Lucas Gent
Wim Lambrecht and students present themselves and their works.

16:30 h - Digital Sparks
Wolfgang Strauss presents selected projects of this year's competition.


The importance of the subject of archiving Media Art is continuing to grow among international experts. The European Media Art Festival (EMAF), the documenta Archiv Kassel with the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival and the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe have joined forces for the “” project. The pilot project, funded by the “Kulturstiftung des Bundes”, aims to electronically process selected works and to make them accessible to the public.
The technology involved in “” should be mainly based on open source software, in order to create an inexpensive decentralised database and to enable new contents to be coupled with existing data material. A variety of models and possibilities of collaboration will be discussed in a workshop with specialists from media archives, distribution and research.

// Fri 25 April 2008, Haus der Jugend



The new TV magazine on Buergerfernsehen will visit five film festivals in Lower Saxony this year, and will produce a live broadcast from each location. The festival magazine kicks off with the EMAF with a public recording on 24 April 2008.
The broadcast will include interviews, short films and excerpts of films, installations and projects. FilmFestSpezial will be screened on h1 in Hanover, oeins in Oldenburg, TV 38 in Southern Lower Saxony as well as on other citizens’ broadcast stations. The broadcast can also be seen on monitors on 26 and 27 April at the EMAF. The project is funded by nordmedia Fonds GmbH and Lower Saxony State Media Office.

// Lagerhalle, 24 April 2008, 18 h