IKONOTV

ikonoTV is a new platform proposing an alternative to museums and galleries -as it goes beyond the limitations of space and time frames. In Berlin, a team consisting of artists, art historians, filmmakers, art critics and curators from over a dozen different nationalities, is working together to find new ways of showcasing visual arts. In late 2010, ikono launched its art channel ikonoMenasa: the first TV channel solely devoted to art. ikonoMenasa runs 24 hours every day with no commercial breaks, no added sound or narrative in 24 countries throughout the Menasa region -the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Viewers can pick up the signal via Arabsat satellite and in the United Arab Emirates via Etisalat and Du. In addition to its TV channel, ikono runs a blog looking at art related events around the world with a particular focus on the Menasa region. Following its mission statement, ikono has also launched a webshop for art works not in limited editions, but on purpose as on-demand availability. Art for all, for everybody to live with, to be surrounded by, within the most intimate setting -their personal home.

IkonoTV is a new platform, an alternative presentation on the contrary to the museums’ and galleries’ practice, as it goes beyond the limitations of space and time frames.

 

This year’s Thessaloniki Biennale carries the title Old Intersections-Make It New. The Mediterranean region without doubt has a long-standing history of intersecting and inter-twining cultures and art exchanges. Make it new poses a different task; to show what has been in existence as well as to redefine it by re-presenting it. IkonoTV has taken up this very task.

 

IkonoTV is a Berlin-based TV production company solely working with films on visual arts. It is a pure, visual experience of the rich and complex art making around the world. In late 2010, IkonoTV launched its art channel IkonoMenasa, the first TV channel solely devoted to art. IkonoMenasa runs in 24 countries throughout the Menasa region -Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

 

Why TV and not web TV? Television is still the most powerful, most common medium in the world.  Our mission is to make art accessible to all, to lead people towards the actual experience of art on site, to inspire them to learn more about the artworks.

Photos

Sweep, Sama Alshaibi, 2009, Experimental video, 3’

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon