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 ON! Media Arts

The term “media art” refers to artworks that depend on a technological component to function. The term “media” applies to any communication device used to transmit and store information. By incorporating emerging technologies into their artworks, artists using new media are constantly redefining the traditional categories of art.

ON! Media Arts is a long-term project focused on exhibiting media art works and the refelction on them, thus initiating a discussion on this specific sphere of contemporary art practice. This happens in the form of organized talks held by artists and researchers who work in the field. All events within this platform include presentation of artistic, curatorial or research projects as well as related to them open discussion sessions – aiming exchange of experience among professionals, together with the audience development reached by broadening their knowledge in the sphere of media arts.

The project is curated by Vanya Grozdanova

Additional information on the project is available on its Fb page:


ON! media arts is a project of eXAF 

In the period 2016-2017  ON! Media Arts is supported by the National Fund “Culture” 





till now:


ON! Media Arts #pz

13 May 2017


part 01
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. // EXHIBITION & TALKS
КДК Pazardzhik (in the Drama Theater building, 2nd floor)

>>, Online Residency
- Presentation about the project by Marenka Krasomil (Berlin, DE) founder and manager
- “Continuation of Code Experiment”, artistic project by Joana Chicau – current resident artist of >>

>> Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu (Romania)
- “Life is a Bitch” 2016, video (23′)
- “Constellations of Desires”, 2016, video (7’48” in loop)

>> Valko Chobanov (BG)
“Inorganic Organic”, 2017, digital print series
+ artist talk

>> Daniela Takeva (BG/DE)
“Тhat’s so 2015″, 2016, video (3’40” in loop)
“Ask Eliza”, 2017, video (7:02 min in loop)
+ artist talk

>> Magdalena Gincheva (BG)
“All You Need is a Cat”, 2015, gif
+ possible artist talk

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part 02
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. // PARTY (9th‘s b-day)
@ lobby of the Drama Theater “K. Velichkov”, Pazardzhik, 1st floor

>> YvesO, A/V set

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ON: media arts is an ongoing project of eXAF

Current event is realized with the support ot КДК (Club of the Activists for Culture in Pazardzhik), Национален фонд „Култура“/ National Culture Fund, Bulgaria, the Drama Theater “K.Velichkov” and Pazardzhik Municipality.


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within the programme of SOFIA UNDERGROUND 2017 – СТО/HUNDRED


APRIL 26, 2017

THEATER HALL OF SOFIA UNIVERSITY (entrance from Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd)

Ways of Something (pt.3 & pt.4), Lorna Mills

Video, 2014-2016, Lorna Mills
Duration: 60 minutes

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The screening is realized as part of the ON! Media Arts project of

With the support of National Fund “Culture” of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria.

In partnership with the Cultural Centre of Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”

Part of the anniversary edition of Sofia Underground 2017

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Public screening of “Ways of Something” – pt. 3 & 4

As part of NIGHT ’16, Plovdiv.

24 September 2016

At the yard of British School International Classic7 “Lady Strangford” Str., free entry.


21:30 – 22:00 – Ways of Something – pt. 3
22:15 – 22:45 – Ways of Something – pt. 4

The screenings are in English. Duration: 30 min., with a pause.


The screening is within the platform ON! Media Arts, combining presentation of artistic works in the field of media arts, with reflection on them – by enhancing information in context; and is realised with the partial financial support of National Culture Fund and Night – Plovdiv. And with the support of OCB Bulgaria and


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About Ways of Something

Film-remix created by Canadian director and visual artist Lorna Mills, which addresses the theme of perception of art in the post-internet era, presenting works of established and emerging net artists – all in the time range of one minute.

Ways of Something evolve in time, as by now (in the period 2014-2016) four separate episodes (or parts) have been created. Each of the 4 parts of the movie is compiled by Lorna Mills and present – with a one-minute video – 30 separate web-based artists, working with 3D rendering, gifs, film remixes, webcam performances and websites. This is actually, art for the art for television for the Internet.


Episode 3
Minute 1: Carine Santi-Weil
Minute 2: Nicolas Sassoon
Minute 3: Tom Sherman
Minute 4: Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach
Minute 5: Rafaela Kino
Minute 6: Alex McLeod
Minute 7: Kate Wilson & Lynne Slater
Minute 8: Aleksandra Domanović Germany
Minute 9: Systaime
Minute 10: Erik Zepka
Minute 11: Adam Ferriss
Minute 12: Rodell Warner and Arnaldo James
Minute 13: Debora Delmar Corp.
Minute 14: Brenna Murphy
Minute 15: Nick Briz
Minute 16: Carlos Sáez
Minute 17: Jenn E Norton
Minute 18: Juliette Bonneviot
Minute 19: Luis Nava
Minute 20: Vince McKelvie
Minute 21: Claudia Maté
Minute 22: Evan Roth
Minute 23: Shana Moulton
Minute 24: Sabrina Ratté
Minute 25: Jordan Tannahill
Minute 26: Vasily Zaitsev feat.
Minute 27: Ann Hirsch

Episode 4
Minute 1: Mert Keskin a.k.a Haydiroket
Minute 2: A. Bill Miller
Minute 3: Alix Desaubiaux
Minute 4: Krystal South
Minute 5: Rachael Archibald
Minute 6: Will Pappenheimer
Minute 7: Dave Greber
Minute 8: Chiara Passa
Minute 9: John Boyle-Singfield
Minute 10: Gunilla Josephson
Minute 11: Melanie Clemmons
Minute 12: Curt Cloninger
Minute 13: Terrell Davis
Minute 14: Morehshin Allahyari
Minute 15: Amy Lockhart
Minute 16: John Marriott
Minute 17: Lilly Handley
Minute 18: Emily Vey Duke
Minute 19: Kate Armstrong
Minute 20: Myfanwy Ashmore
Minute 21: Luke Painter
Minute 22: Aram Bartholl
Minute 23: Elena Garnelo
Minute 24: Lorna Mills
Minute 25: Ellectra Radikal
Minute 26: Nicole Killian
Minute 27: Jacob Ciocci
Minute 28: Rick Silva


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Lorna Mills is a Canadian visual artist. She works in the fields of net art and new media. She is worldwidely acclaimed for the animation, video art and gifs she does. Actively presents her works in solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990s. She is a founding member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Ways of Something (2014 and 2016) is a remake of the episodes of the BBC documentary written by John Berger – Ways of Seeing (1972).


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During 2015:

ON! Media Arts > > part 3 // December 12, 2015 – 6 p.m. @ eXAF


ON! Media Arts >> part 3
December 12, 2015 (St)
BAD AESTHETICS (so bad it’s go0od)
a talk by Valko Chobanov,
followed by an open discussion
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6 p.m. @ eXAF

The talk is going to cross briefly through the ways, which we use to consume and share media nowadays – concerning the Internet-based society. It will also pass through the topic on how all those easy-to-be-used instruments, popular in the approach to create or remix through this media, react on us/ to us/ or even inside us – concerning that prolonged current moment when art professionals have equal to all amateurs access to all those platforms like youtube, facebook, tumblr, imgur, reddit.
Is some transformation happening when it comes to aesthetic categories? How much it is up to us confront that context when the user-generated content replaces that produced by a professional artist?
And also – a talk on the meme culture and the digital folklore; the emergence of on-line “sub-cultures’ and on and on …


A Collective Re-mix Exhibition (so bad it’s go0od)
All the visitors are invited to bring a print – in a preferred size – of a favorite picture or photo made by them or found in the Internet. All the prints will be collected and arranged in a common exhibition.
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meanwhile @ eXAF


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ON! Media Arts > > part 2
// 24 October 2015 @ eXAF

(Historical Aspects / Psychological Development of the Club Experience)
A talk by Ivo Ivanov

/in English, followed by an open discussion/

The artist and curator Ivo Ivanov (a.k.a. YvesO) found his interest in applying new media approaches into performance art, while working in the field of classical Shakespearean theatre (in Western Europe). After more than 10 years of DJing experience and sound manipulation, he started working in the field of video and began experimenting with VJing. He is also interested in collaborating with other artists and understanding their workflow. In his works he mostly explores the links between text, sound, visuals, performance and the processes amongst them.
After returning home to Bulgaria, he started working with InterSpace in the organization of the Upgrade! Sofia local and international event. Co-manager of the first independent art space in Sofia – Studio Dauhaus, which after its demolition became a nomadic platform for contemporary art and independent culture and is still active to this day. He is also a co-organizer of Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival.

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by Vasiliki Riala & Riane Pater

/in English, followed by an open discussion/

The two artists – currently based in the Netherlands, where they study at the Minerva Art Academy (Groningen) – have worked together on several art projects exploring through the means of videos, installations, video-installations, sculpture-installations, performative actions over the topic of people’s behavior through social networks in a public space – how we behave in the city, but also how we define objects and meanings, how we perceive beauty and how we communicate on the streets; also the topic if ‘useless’ objects, telecommunications and function – by putting irony in daily, already existing objects, or to objects which are not considered as beautiful in the common sense, playing with people’s behavior and expectations.

Vasiliki Riala:

Riane Pater:


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ON! Media Arts > > part 1
// 17 October 2015 @ eXAF

A talk by Ilina Konsulova and Daniel Nechev

/in Bulgarian/English, followed by an open discussion/

The duo will present their artistic-academic research, done on the topic of Digital Readymade + a presentation of their project DANIEL – an “alive” database of digital readymade pieces of pure art, which Ilina Konsulova and Daniel Nechev run together, while defining through it the digital readymade and its aspects, as well as digging for digitally aesthetic treasures and having fun.

Aspects of Digital Readymade?
*images, captured or reproduced by a digital device.
*video/motion graphics, captured or reproduced by a digital device.
*sound, captured or reproduced by a digital device.
*text, incl. code, lyrics, articles, blog posts, facebook posts, microblogging, forum posts, “about me” content, messaging, etc.; or similar text forms, reproduced by a digital device.
*apps, games, pages, entire websites and their components/modules (map, navigation, content, subject, target, etc.).
*social bodies, avatars, profiles & virtual personalities (incl. corporate identities).
*anything on the web & into my computer, that I haven’t intentionally authored (or have done so but it still sucks). Also, everybody else’s computer. Anything captured or reproduced by a digital device.

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(Screenings of Part 1 & 2)

/in English, followed by an open discussion/

Lorna Mills is a Canadian and new media artist who is well known for her digital animations, videos, and GIFs. She has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990′s. A founding member of the Red Head Gallery, her practice has included obsessive Cibachrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film, and recently, obsessive digital video animations incorporated into restrained installation work.

‘Ways of Something’ (2014) is a contemporary remake of an episode from John Berger’s BBC documentary ‘Ways of Seeing’ (1972), compiled by Lorna Mills. Each thirty-minute video consists of one-minute videos by thirty web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet.
It is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet.

Episode 1 and 2 feature the following web-based artists:
Daniel Temkin, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Rhett Jones, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Dafna Ganani, Jennifer Chan, Rea McNamara, Theodore Darst, Matthew Williamson, Hector Llanquin, Christina Entcheva, V5MT, Marisa Olson, Joe McKay, Carla Gannis, Nicholas O’Brien, Eva Papamargariti, Rosa Menkman, Kristin Lucas, Jeremy Bailey & Kristen D. Schaffer, Giselle Zatonyl, Paul Wong, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Sally McKay, RM Vaughan & Keith Cole, Andrew Benson, Christian Petersen, Faith Holland, Jennifer McMackon, Kevin Heckart, Geraldine Juarez, Gaby Cepeda, Angela Washko, Emilie Gervais, LaTurbo Avedon, Lyla Rye, Mattie Hillock, Antonio Roberts, Georges Jacotey, Daniel Rourke, Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung, Yoshi Sodeoka, Alma Alloro, LoVid, Andrea Crespo, Ad Minoliti, Arjun Ram Srivatsa, Carrie Gates, Isabella Streffen, Esteban Ottaso, ZIL & ZOY, Hyo Myoung Kim, Jesse Darling, Tristan Stevens, Erica Lapadat-Janzen, Claudia Hart, and Anthony Antonellis.

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