Digital Fairy Tales: Selections Inspired by the Xaver von Schoenwerth Archive

Curated by Sandra Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs


FLUCA - Austrian Cultural Pavilion. 40 Otets Paisyi Str. 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

As part of the Plovdiv 2019 - European Capital of Culture

August 1st, 2019 at 8pm


Works by: Rani Messias with Kinga Toth, Kristian Pederson with Elke Brauweiler, Thomas D. Rotenberg with Damian Master, Daniela Kostova with Anna Leevia, Josh Graham, Richard Jochum with Theory, Sarah Mock with Daniela Imhoff, Boris Kralj with Mantresanch, Mike McGuirk with Alex Hamadey, Maria Naidyonova


Plus: Juliane Ebner presents one of her more contemporary tales

With Introduction by Sandra Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs


These ten videos cover three shows inspired by the Xaver von Schooenwerth collection of Germanic Fairy and Folk Tales gathered in the early 19th century.  Artists from several cultures were asked to read and respond to the ancient regional works from a 21st century, international digital perspective.  The idea is to connect people through time, paradigms and across borders.  Germans, Ukrainians, Danes, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Americans, Austrians and Brazilians are all included in this amazing selection which covers the first two Digital Fairy Tales Albums, while also previewing the upcoming third installment from the von Schoenwerth materials. 

This selection covers a range of stories from celestial-based, mermaid tales, rags to riches and transformational stories, stories of mortality and more.  While some artists chose to make more narrative versions of the tales, others explored the essence and process of connection to the actual creators and re-tellers of the stories.  From firelight, rustic times through to the digital age, the selection and all of the DIGITAL FAIRY TALES series, seeks to find and present common ground on what it means to be a person in this world.