Monitoring – Exhibition for Time-Based Media Art

The exhibition Monitoring is a section of Kassel Dokfest and presents up to 16 art installations that are based on cinematic, audiovisual or digital approaches. It provides a platform for time based media art in the three-dimensional space as a complement to the film program of the festival.

Installations of any topic and form can be submitted. A selection committee of cultural professionals, artists and curators decides which installations are to be presented in the exhibition.

Call for Entries

We now invite all filmmakers, artists, distributors, producers, gallery owners, universities or institutions to submit their most current works and projects for the 35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.

From the selection, works will be nominated for three of the five prizes of the festival. All works chosen and presented in the exhibition Monitoring are automatically nominated for the award for the best media installation.


The Deadline is July 8, 2018.


We are looking for current films and installation from the years 2017 and 2018. There is no restriction concerning the length of the submitted work.


The submission form has to be filled out online here.

Works have to be submitted with a time-unlimited streaming link. Images and stills must be uploaded online as well.

Here you can find the detailed terms and conditions of participation and the festival award's regulations.

The Dokfest-Team is looking forward to extraordinary and innovative submissions!


2017, the jury has selected fifteen works out of more than 300 international submissions. The submissions followed an open call, without pre-set topics or restrictions concerning content or technical media. The works were chosen upon their ability to enfold in a spatial setting and the contemporary relevance of their topics. All works in the exhibition are nominated for the Golden Cube award for the best media installation, which is endowed with 3,500 €. The award is donated by the software company Micromata GmbH.

Monitoring – Exhibition for Time-Based Media Art

Golden Cube

All works selected for the exhibition Monitoring compete for the Golden Cube, the prize for the best media installation, endowed with 3.500 € and sponsored by the software company Micromata GmbH, located in Kassel.

Next to the “White Cube” of the showroom of contemporary art and the “Black Cube”, the room of film presentation painted black, the “Golden Cube” takes in an in-between position and explicitly promotes the interaction of spatial and audio-visual aspects of media installations. In 2016 the Golden Cube went to Ralph Schulz for "Testimonials".

The award winners of the past editions

2017: Ralph Schulz TESTIMONIALS 2016: Lotte Meret SURFACE GLACE 2015: Gerald Schauder SKULPTUR21 2014: Bertrand Flanet: UNMANNED DISTANCES 2013: !Mediengruppe Bitnik: DELIVERY FOR MR. ASSANGE 2012: Emanuel Mathias NEBAHATS SCHWESTERN 2011: Anu Pennanen LA RUINE DE REGARDE 2010: Lukas Thiele / Tilman Hatje WASCHMASCHINE

Honorable mention of the past editions

2017: Marlene Maier FOOD ONLY EXISTS IN PICTURES 2016: Jorlander Gsponder / Yves Netzhammer / Annette Brütsch / u.a. PETER LIECHTI – DEDICATIONS 2014: Daniel Laufer REDUX 2013: Franz Christoph Pfannkuch γαλαξίας (GALAXIS) 2010 Ryota Kuwakubo THE TENTH SENTIMENT 2010: Anthony McCall LEAVING [WITH TWO-MINUTE SILENCE]

Selection Committee

Dr. habil Holger Birkholz
Art Historian / Curator, Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / outside lecturer, Philosophy Faculty, TU Dresden

Lisa Dreykluft
Technical Management, Monitoring

Kerstin Honeit
Artist / Assistant Professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Franz Reimer

Artist / Curator

Olaf Val
Artist / Board Member, Kasseler Kunstverein / Associate Professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Gerhard Wissner Ventura
Head of Kassel Dokfest

Judith Waldmann
Head of Monitoring


Judith Waldmann
Head of Monitoring

Lisa Dreykluft
Technical Management Monitoring

Exhibition Locations

Kasseler Kunstverein
Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18

Kulturbahnhof Kassel
Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1

Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1


Main Founder

Monitoring archive