Ways of Seeing the Future – Creating, engaging and connecting – Celebrating 20 years of One Minutes.

26 Oct 2018 – 25 Nov 2018


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Ways of Seeing the Future consists of 20 series curated by, among others, Melanie Bonajo, David Claerbout and Cally Spooner, discussing the topics of today and our near future in video art. The show celebrates The One Minutes’ 20th anniversary.


Ways of Seeing the Future

Living in bubbles is the natural state of affairs for human beings. People seek out similarities in their marriages, workplaces, neighborhoods, and peer groups. We read about it in the news. The rise of the world wide web and social media is supposed to bring people together, but seems to result in the opposite. The filter bubble is like your own personal and unique universe of information that you live in online. And what is in your filter bubble depends on who you are and what you do, but you don’t decide what gets in and more importantly, you don’t actually see what gets edited out. The implications socially and geographically are complex. What is the cost? How do we imagine the future?

And yet here we are: celebrating 20 years of One Minutes with an exhibition in a futuristic museum in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province of the People's Republic of China almost 9000 kilometers away from our headquarters in Amsterdam, from the place where it all started. How did it come to this?

It is because of video, moving images and sound, that brought The One Minutes all around the globe. Film, video is a medium where you can tell stories almost unhindered by language and cultural barriers.It’s not only a tool for people to create, but also to communicate and connect with each other. It makes it easier to step out of your bubble, out of you own little world and see the other. To create and to express yourself in the moving image, to engage and to connect with people of all ways of living, either young or old, male or female, is our key to a brighter world.

Yes, we need more video, we certainly need more One Minute films. We need ways of seeing the future. 

Celebrating 20 years of One Minutesinvites you to come to see for yourself, to be part of our journey, to imagine. How do you see the future?

In time, The One Minutes became a bridge of cultural exchange between Chinese and international artists, filmmakers and students.

This catalogue celebrates the fruitful collaboration of The One Minutes Foundation and the Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts. I would very much like to thank Li Xiaoshan
, Chen Rui and Chen Zheng for curating the exhibition,Gao Ya
for designing this catalogue, and The One Minutes team for all their efforts. It is their commitment and hard work that made this special exhibition possible. 

Julia van Mourik, director The One Minutes Foundation


​Since 1999, The One Minutes Foundation has produced and distributed one minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. The One Minutes Collection consists of over 10,000 video works by artists from more than 120 countries.

The exhibition consist of 20 series:

Biased Gods, curated by Janna Ullrich
Communication with the Non-Human, curated by Melanie BonajoCreate Characters, curated by Egill Sæbjörnsson
Dreaming the Dark, curated and assembled by Ana Vaz
ECO VS EGO - Healing Videos, curated by Pinar&Viola
Enjoy your file, download your life, curated by Studio David Claerbout Healing Tool, curated by Shana Moulton
The Human Puppet, curated by David Henry Nobody Jr
IN.NO.SENSE, curated by Xue Mu
Intimate Technology, curated by Next Nature Network
Liminal Express, curated by Kubilay Mert Ural
MAKE BEING RADICAL AGAIN, curated by Tereza Ruller
Making Hybrids, curated by Janis Rafa
Micro-Composition, curated by Cally Spooner
Nøtel Cinema, curated by Lawrence Lek and Lua Vollaard
Our Soul Isn’t A Border, curated by Salomé Lamas
Prism of Freedom, curated by by Va-Bene E. Fiatsi (crazinisT artisT) Public Justice, curated by Quinsy Gario
Synthetic Selves, curated by Goys & Birls
We do the voodoo, curated by Helen Dowling

Please download image at http://www.theoneminutes.org/about/press

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Julia van Mourik

Julia van Mourik

Chen Rui

Exhibiting artists

Cally Spooner

David Claerbout

Tereza Ruller

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi a.k.a. crazinisT artisT

Shana Moulton

Kubilay Mert Ural

Melanie Bonajo

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Taking part

The One Minutes Foundation

The One Minutes Foundation


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