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Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

International Video Art Festival
23 August, 2012 00:00 19:00



presented by Clemens Wilhelm

A proverb tells us that "the grass is always greener on the other side", reminding us that distant locations always appear greater than they are when seen from afar. But where is this "other side" in the 21th century? When traveling physically, one often cannot escape the feeling that places are becoming more similar, more commodified, more corporate-ruled.

The omnipresent digital medium video travels via internet around the globe and stimulates international dialogue across borders like no other visual medium at the moment. A new generation of video artists speaks up:

Greener on the Other Side presents a selection of international video artists whose work reflects the issues of this globalized generation. Greener on the Other Side does not present videos on a specific theme, but shows a collage image of the subconscious of our present. Personal and global issues clash as the individual struggles with society. Often humoristic or absurdist approaches are used to come to terms with not-so-funny topics:

Expect videos about the pitfalls of relationships, the search for the perfect self and the perfect body, the delusions of consumerism, the invisibility of death, the failure of humans to construct useful machines, the thin line between entertainment and news, the loss of the real, and how to still be an artist after all.

Greener on the Other Side is a traveling video festival initiated by artist Clemens Wilhelm (Berlin) in 2011. Since then it showed at Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing (CN), Sichuan Fine Arts Insitute, Chongqing (CN), Frequency Time Group, Chengdu (CN), SIM The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik (IS), Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam (NL), Buitenwerkplaats Artist Residency, Starnmeer (NL) and Titanik Gallery, Turku (FI).

Artists: Charlotte Young (UK), Francisco Montoya Cázarez (MEX), Nicolás Rupcich (CL), Daniel Cockburn (CAN), Kate Rowles (UK), Elizabeth Wurst (PE), Constantin Hartenstein (D), Julia Charlotte Richter (D), Dwayne Butcher (USA), Eric Fleischauer (USA), Marko Schiefelbein (D), Clemens Wilhelm (D), Jonathan Monaghan (USA), Reynold Reynolds (USA), & Patrick Jolley (IRE), David Sherry (UK), Chen Yizhong (CN), Jacob Tonski (USA), Mikko Gaestel & Nike Arnold (D).more info: