During the first round of artists talks at the Floating Art Gallery BETANOVUSS, all artists met for the first time together, since on 1 June, the opening day, the last two artists arrived: Doris Neidl (Austria) and Cristiano Berti (Italy) and together with Doron Polak and Eitan Vitkon (both Israel), Felice Hapetzeder (Sweden), the US artists Shelley Jordon, Ben Neufeld and Jay Needham and my person, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, the invited and attending artists were complete. This first round of talks had the meaning, that all artists introduce themselves to each other and the audience.
image: A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012- Private View – Friday 1 June, 12h
From the right to the left – Dzintars Zilgalvis (chairman of NOASS) , Doron Polak (performance artist from Israel), Agricola de Cologne (A-Team artists and director of artvideoKOELN), Hamit Ben Jaakov (Ambassador of Israel), Eitan Vitkon (photo artist from Israel)
The countdown continues. One day is left, until tomorrow “A Virtual Memorial Riga 201`2 will be opened. As announced yesterday, Jay Needham, Ben Neufeld and Shelley Jordon from USA arrived in time and we had together a dinner in a restaurant not far from the hotel. I met Jay already earlier some years ago, when we were collaborating in another project in Valencia, Ben and Shelley, I met for the first time, and it is always very nice to meet persons physically after a long time of merely virtual contacts. Today, three further artists are arriving, about noon Felice Hapetzeder from Sweden and the two Israeli artists Doron Polak and Eitan Vitkon in the early afternoon. At 4.pm these Israeli artists, Dzintars from NOASS and my person, the director of artvideoKOELN and artist of A-TEAM are invited for a home reception at the apartment of the Cultural Attache of the Israeli Embassy. In the evening, the artists who arrived already, there will be 6, the last two coming tomorrow, Doris Neidl (Austria) and Cristiano Berti (Italy) completing the artists team, meet each other in the hotel lobby for a meeting somewhere out of the hotel.
Image: (from the left to the right) The 7 artists arrived already in Riga: Felice Hapetzeder, Agricola de Cologne, Eitan Vitkon, Shelley Jordon, Jay Needham, Ben Neufeld and Doron Polak
The European Parliament is honouring Shoah Film Collection in Riga as an important initiative by taking Patronage. So the presentation of Shoah film Collection is standing under the Patronage of the European Parliament.