In 1984, a group of students in the city of Bonn founded the Videonale, a video festival that reflected the creative possibilities of the medium. After more than 20 years, this festival has become one of the most important and innovative international events dedicated to contemporary video. Despite its age, the Videonale remains faithful to its principles: the free participation of artists in the competition with a single-channel piece made during the two years before the call for entries, its international character, and selection by a jury of independent international experts.
The 2007 festival featured more than 650 works from which an international jury - Cecilia Anderson, independent curator (Stockholm), Karen van den Berg, art historian at Zeppelin University (Friedrichshafen), Katja Davar, artist, Tomasz Wendland, artist and curator at the IF Museum Inner Spaces (Poznan) and Georg Elben - chose 48 representative pieces from a broad spectrum of contemporary video. In Madrid, 31 videos are being shown in three programmes approximately one hour long each. Each programme can be seen as the experience of an imaginary visitor who becomes carried away by the exhibition and stops in front of these works, surprised by the varied artistic approaches. The pieces being shown include Fuck the War (Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, 2006), which won the Videonale 11 jury award.