Magmart | video under volcano is an international videoart festival, which over the years has seen the participation of more than 1400 artists from +80 different countries, with thousand submitted videos.
Since its foundation in 2005, Magmart has always had CAM - Casoria Contemporary Art Museum as a partner, which houses the selected videos in its permanent collection.
Along past years, Magmart also presented video selections at Biennale Mediterraneenne d'Art Contemporain d'Oran - Oran (Algerie), Fonlad - Coimbra (Portugal), Fadjr - Teheran (Iran), Fonlad - Coimbra (Portugal), Konvent.0 - Barcelona (Spain), IVHAM - Madrid (Spain), 7 Noches Capitales - Sevilla (Spain), Videoakt III - Barcelona (Spain), Fonlad - Coimbra (Portugal), Oslo Screen Festival - Oslo (Norway), Small Projects - Tromsø (Norway), and Take C - Caldas da Rainha (Portugal).
Has organized the screening show Frame #5 - African glance (2018), Frame #3 - Videosguardi al femminile (2018), Frame #1 - Gaza mon amour (2018), Næpolitan Videoart (2011), Women's glance, Animation videoart, Videoart from/on Gaza, E-Merging Thought Process, Næpolitan Videoart (2010), Magmart @ artic49, L'occhio Elettronico, Næpolitan videoart (2009), NapolInVideo, The best of Magmart (2008).
In 2013, realized the first special project, 100x100=900 (100 videoartists to tell a century), to celebrate 50th of videoart, that involved:
- 100 videoartists from Iran, Austria, Germany, United States, Serbia, Brazil, France, Italy, Netherland, Peru, China, Norway, Mexico, India, Egypt, Estonia, Sudan, Russian Federation, Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom, Israel, Lebanon, Portugal, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Bosnia, Etiopia, Cile, Turkey, Hungary, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam;
- 39 curators from Iran, Spain, Canada, Argentina, China, United States, Russian Federation, Hungary, Albania, Romania, Italy, Brazil, India, Philippines, Poland, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal, Bulgaria, Bosnia and herzegovina;
- 57 partners.
The project totaled 67 screenings, 29 countries reached, and 452 days total of screenings.
In 2014 Magmart organized the second project, F.I.V.E. (Feelings International Videoart Experience), a project on 5 senses, based on an open call, with 25 video artworks selected by an international jury, five for each sense.
The project involved:
- 193 videoartists (participants) and 233 videos (submitted) from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Togo, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam;
- 25 selected artists from Austria, Belgium, Benin, France, Italy, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Spain, Turkey, United States;
- 47 curators from Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States;
- 32 partners.
The project totaled 40 screenings, 23 countries reached, and 190 days total of screenings.
In 2016, Magmart organized the third project, Foods, born with the aiming to coincide with the universal EXPO, which he was held in Milan (Italy) in 2015, on theme "Feeding the planet - energy for life".
The project involve few videoartists:
Gerard Cairaschi (France), Marcos Bonisson & Khalil Charif (Brazil), Didier Feldman (France), Francesca Fini (Italy), Barbara Hertiman (Venezuela), SSMIDD (Germany), Francesca Llopis (Spain), Lina Alejandra Pulido Barragán (Colombia), John Sanborn (United States), Venugopal V.G. (India).
- 22 curators from: Spain, USA, Bulgaria, México, Peru, China, Slovenia, Morocco, Italy, India, Ecuador, Ukraine, Russian federation, Colombia, Uruguay.
The project totaled 22 screenings, 15 countries reached.
In 2018, Magmart organized the fourth project, Bodies. In the history of human civilization, the body has always had a significant role in culture and art, and Man has never stopped looking at himself - his own physical structure - before and more than anything else, till to imagine, and to represent, even the Gods in human form.
From the prehistoric callipigs venuses, to Botticelli's Born of Venus, to the anorexic models of the 21st century, even in the changing of the idea of beauty, this special attention to material, tangible himself, has never failed. And this cultural relationship with the body has marked the history of art.
But this relationship is not - or has ever been - exclusively aesthetic.The project invites artists to investigate this relationship, from classical antiquity - as represented in the arts - to the near future, tomorrow's cyborg, not only enriched with mechanics prostheses replacement, but with implemented expansive electronic grafts, and involve 11 videoartists:
Alessandro Amaducci (Italy), Dragan Mileusnic & Željko Serdarevic (Croatia), Eleonora Manca (Italy), Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece), Francesca Fini (Italy), Fran Orallo (United Kingdom), Igor Imhoff (Italy), Isabel Pérez del Pulgar (Spain), Jose Vieira (Portugal), Sara Simeoni (Italy).
In 2020, Magmart organized the fifth project, VideoWords. It comes at a particular time, at the turn of the covid19 pandemic, which will undoubtedly mark a global cultural change - for better or for worse we still don't know.
The pandemic, and in particular the lockdown measures variously adopted in many countries of the world, has in any case already had a significant impact on the methods of use of the visual arts: closed at home, people have seen the online artistic offer grow exponentially, in especially that of video art. Last but not least, always on the initiative of Magmart, the #videovirus marathon should be remembered.
There are therefore the preconditions for video art to try to hook an audience wider than that of the insiders.
With this new project, the focus is this time on words. Fifteen pairs of words, antinomical to each other, which represent as many aspects of life, emotions and human expectations. Thirty international artists, therefore, are called to interpret these words - what they represent - trying to weave a dialogue with the public.
As visually represented also in the project logo, the intention is to pierce the viewer's eye so that he sees everything he usually doesn't see - and perhaps he doesn't want to see. Just like in the opening scene of the surrealist Un chien andalou, and with the same ambition.
The challenge, as always, is in the hands of the artists who take it up.
The project is on the run.
On 2014, Magmart festival become biennal.
The submissions for thirteenth edition of Magmart | video under volcano is over!