The physical person behind Agricola de Cologne was acting before 2000 as a visual artist under the name W.O.F Agricola, starting on 1. January 1980 after a periode of art related studies in Stuttgart, Munich and Amsterdam (1969-1978).
As an artist, W.O.F Agricola had two working phases – 1980-1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall is representing a fundamental break, the 2nd working phase – 1990-1998 is marked by two major projects – ARCHA Society 1990-1995, which can be considered as the starting point of curating, and the artistic Memorial, entitled: A Living Memorial Spaces of Art (1995-1998).
His artistic career was stopped and this art project destroyed by a terror attack in 1998. The artist W.OW Agricola died at the end of 1998 by falling in a several months lasting coma. The visual artist W.O.F. Agricola and his physical art work is remaining just as a shadow.
The artist rose from the dead, however. During a many years lasting physical reconstruction phase, he started a completely new physical and artistic life when he was launched on 1 January 2000 as Agricola de Cologne, an artist brand und virtual artist standing for the interdisciplinary media artist, creator of experimental films and videos, curator of media art, mediator, festival director, multi-media developer, programmer and designer of culture and much more. While his activities before 2003 were mainly virtual, the concepts of his activities after 2003 were focussed on the exchange between virtual & physical space.
For his curatorial activities he created his own operating system – artvideoKOELN international .
During the past 10 years, one of the main activities was organising CologneOFF – Cologne International Videoart Festival and its 10 festival editions.
The New Museum of Networked Art is representing the “divisionistic image” consisting of countless dots or a multi-dimensional sculpture in form of the individual and networking structures on different levels Agricola de Cologne created since 2000 incorporating Agricola de Cologne as a project itself. It includes also the shadow of the second life (before 2000).
In this way, Agricola de Cologne is standing also for a broad bandwidth of dynamic curatorial contexts he is initiating in physical and virtual space on the listed platforms, the co-curator and co-organiser of external festivals and exhibitions, the jury member of divers festivals, and not to forget the designer of a cross-platform culture.
Since its/his launch in 2000, Agricola de Cologne was presented @ more than 600 festivals and media art events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Caracas, Maracaibo, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Bogota, London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Madrid, Gijon, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Athens, Thessaloniki, Nikosia, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tampere, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Manila, Hongkong, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Jakarta, Perth, Melbourne, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Ankara, Yerewan, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Gaza, Basel, Zurich, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Kiev, Kharkiv, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kansk, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Sofia, Varna, Bukarest, Arad, Timisoara, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Lubljana, Rome, Naples, Milan, Pescara, Venice, Torino, Bologna, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, & elsewhere, but also on biennials like ISEA Nagoya (2002), Venice Biennale 2003, 2005, 2007, Biennale of New Media Art Merida/MX 2003, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth/Australia (2004), Biennale de Montreal (2004), Biennale of Video & New Media Santiago de Chile (2005), ISEA Singapore 2008.
AGRICOLA de Cologne
“Agricola de Cologne” is an artist brand, as well as a brand for his art, and as such “Agricola de Cologne” as a manifestation as an artist is purely virtual,, representing the only true virtual artist, at all. The first name “Wilfried” was added only for users and partners to deal more properly with the virtual and physical status.
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Behind Agricola de Cologne is standing a lot of biographical material, the conditions for initiating the “big bang” as an artistic action on 1 January 2000 out of itself.
Physically born 1950 in Black Forest (Southern Germany), the artist started his carreer as an artist directly after his studies in 1980 as “W.O.F. AGRICOLA”, who died as such on 31.12.1998 as the result of a terrorist attack, to be reborn on 01.01.2000 as the brand and encoded artist “Agricola de Cologne” as the only true virtual artist and curator.
1969-1971 Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts (Grafic & Photography)
1971-1974 Munich University (Art History, Journalism and Dramatic Arts)
1974-1978 Rijksakademie Amsterdam (Painting)
between 1985 and 2000 in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland
residencies since 2000 in Brazil, Cuba, Latvia, Mexico
Since 1989, he realized several major collaborative and media related projects
1989-1995 Foundation of ARCHA Society- a temporary non -profit organization/cultural exchange between Western and Eastern Europe. As the President of ARCHA, Agricola organized several international conferences and cultural projects in Germany and Poland.
Since 1994 working with new technologies.
Between 1995 and 1999 realisation of the Memorial project
“A Living Memorial Spaces of Art” in 43 installations at 43 places in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, including Krakow, Auschwitz, Terezin, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and others–>a complex of multi-media art works, including photography, video, computer and sound installations
1999 – physical recontruction after a many months lasting coma.