2005 was the year in which Andrea Sodomka and Elisabeth Schimana jointly established the IMA Institute of Media Archeology. For IMA, there is a clearly positive interrelationship between technology and art by women. Whether this art is now produced by means of processing via devices or programming computers is beside the point. The primary consideration is an active process of coming to terms with technological developments.

IMAfiction is the Institute’s portrait series dedicated to women artists from the field of media arts with a focus on sonic art.

In this DVD series of five Austrian and five international female artists (Liesl Ujvary, Rebekah Wilson, Heidi Grundmann, Eliane Radigue, Andrea Sodomka, Maryanne Amacher, Anne La Berge, Electric Indigo, Beatriz Ferreyra, Elisabeth Schimana), most of the artists chose who they wanted to be portrayed by. The results are homages that are aesthetically diverse, intimate, and refreshingly free from any conventional film format constraints.

In her essay “A room of ones own” published in 1928, Virginia Woolf writes about women and fiction. In this context, fiction refers both to narrative literature and the related fictitiousness of the persons whose story is to be told.

“All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point – a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved. I have shirked the duty of coming to a conclusion upon these two questions – woman and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.”

“I need not say that what I am about to describe has no existrance. ‘I’ is only a convenient term for somebody who has no real being. Lies will flow from my lips, but there may perhaps be some truth mixed up with them; it is for you to seek out this truth and to decide wether any part of it is worth keeping.” (Virginia Woolf)

For the purposes of IMA, literature can simply be replaced by media arts or technological art or electronic art or computer art or sound art or radio art or … Today, the core message is as relevant as it was in 1928.

  • Programm 2024

    Presentation of the IMAfiction series in cooperation with the series XX Y X by Jade (Michaela Schwentner) at Echoraum Wien

    The concept of the XX Y X series encompasses the work of local and international music artists and representatives of primarily experimental and electronic music and aims to present performances by composers of current contemporary music, electronic performances and collaborations between visual artists and musicians in combinations or solo.

    Over the course of 2024, all IMAfiction video portraits will be shown in 8 - 10 events. Wherever possible, the portrayed artist and the filmmaker will be present with a talk and/or live act.

    In the first half of the year, this series will be opened by Elisabeth Schimana, the founder of IMA, the portrait of Eliane Radigue will be shown and Electric Indigo will be presented live.

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IMAfiction portrait #10 Elisabeth Schimana und live Act Virus #1.3 mit Igor Gross

Elisabeth Schimana from Institut für Medienarchäologie (IMA)

University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information Critical Media Practices

Jakob Schauer (Installation) · Lissie Rettenwander (Zeremonie) · IMAfiction portrait#06: Maryanne Amacher (Filmscreening) · Ingrid Schmoliner & Alexander Kranabetter (Konzert)

Sechshauserstraße 66 | 1150 Wien

With contributions by Roberto Paci Dalò and Sarah Washington.
In cooperation with Ö1 Kunstradio and IMA Institute of Media Archaeology.

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