The One Minutes is a global network devoted to moving image.
The One Minutes Foundation produces and distributes one minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. Core values are artistry, authenticity, democracy and diversity.
The One Minutes is active at the forefront of international contemporary art, as well as in education and welfare, and connects these. The total package is unique. Every month we publish a new series of films investigating how we perceive and engage with moving image. Worldwide, museums and cultural organisations subscribe to the series and show them. In addition, we give workshops to art students, bring together youngsters all over the world for video workshops to make their voices heard and promote social change with The One Minutes Jr. and we provide workshops to asylum seekers. Artists enter into alliances with students, amateurs and children.
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision preserves The One Minutes Collection consisting of over 10,000 video works by artists from more than 120 countries.
The One Minutes Foundation is a small, flexible organisation based at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (NL). We offer filmmakers a platform through screenings, exhibitions and workshops.
The One Minutes aims to:
facilitate the production of new work;
provide an international stage for people to create, engage and connect;
investigate new possibilities for the exhibition of moving image;
expose new audiences to the moving image art form.
The One Minutes Foundation receives a four-year grant as a component of the 2017-2020 Kunstenplan of the City of Amsterdam (Arts and Culture Memorandum) and receives occasional grands for specific projects.
For further reading, please download Beleidsplan The One Minutes Foundation 2018-2020 or read the summary below.
The word minute comes from the Latin expression Pars minuta prima (‘the first small part’ of an hour). It is an extremely ancient measure of time: a sixtieth of a twenty- fourth of a natural day.
However, a more important fact than the long history of the minute is its current use all over the world. Languages, currencies, measures of length and volume, even calendars vary, but clock faces all over the world are marked out in minutes. Consequently, we can all guess the length of one fairly accurately without even looking at a clock. Minutes are hardwired into our brains. Got a minute? We live our lives from minute to minute to minute.
In the last 20 years, technology, distribution, and also our perception and our relationship with the moving image have changed radically. But the minute has been stimulating and challenging artists all over the world as an international platform for people to create, communicate and connect with each other.
Within the inexorable limit of 60 seconds, anything is possible. The limitation of the format, stimulates and challenges the artist to be inventive. ‘In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister.’ This also makes it a generator for creativity.
For the spectator The One Minutes offers a provocative experience, a challenging way of viewing moving image. The films’ diversity on every imaginable level makes watching them in sequence an overwhelming experience.
Identity and Position
The One Minutes is a place for artists and curators to experimente, produce and present.
The One Minutes distinguishes itself by addressing and involving both established and emerging artists. Established artists and curators from different countries compile the monthly One Minutes series. They invite peers from their personal networks to make One Minutes films for their series and also select works by young artists, including students they have taught. They are also introduced to young artists through the One Minutes alumni network.
Not only is there an exchange in the form of coaching and inspiration, but artists and filmmakers also receive active guidance in the production of work. In addition, they get the opportunity to show their films via unusual venues and media channels. Along with gaining inspiration with respect to content, young artists can learn from these diverse exhibition methods. The One Minutes Foundation promotes a peer-to-peer model of talent development.
We actively contribute to a lively environment for visual art, moving image and new media in Amsterdam. We recruit countless young and emerging artists to lead workshops and take part in projects; their involvement in the One Minutes network gains them access to national and international venues. We enlist renowned artists to inspire and motivate them.
The One Minutes is an important promoter of video art and moving image. After funding cuts in the fine arts in general and moving image and new media in particular, The One Minutes Foundation occupies a unique position which it seeks to maintain and expand. There is also a growing need for selection with respect to the flood of images being made available. The One Minutes occupies a unique position within this context, as we are the only organisation in the Netherlands that has the production, selection and exhibition of video art as its core activities.
We are distinguished by our large global network of artists, our close and dynamic links to the art world, our worldwide youth education programme, and our knowhow and facilities (editing studios and equipment), which we use to give workshops all over the world.
The One Minutes series.
Every month, The One Minutes puts out a new series of one-minute films that investigate how we perceive and engage with moving image. Each month, a different artist is asked to put together a new series as a guest curator. Guest curators have access to The One Minutes collection and also send out an open call for submissions.
We have more than a decade of experience in leading video workshops of various sizes for a wide range of target groups. We give one- to five-day workshops to groups made up of, e.g., children, art students or employees. Sandberg Instituut students and alumni lead these workshops and receive training and guidance from us.
Training for Trainers
To ensure that we continue to educate trainers and that our trainers stay up to date, we have developed a process in which experienced trainers educate new ones in every workshop.
The One Minutes Jr.
In 2002, The One Minutes Foundation and European Cultural Foundation established The One Minutes Jr. network as a new tool for youth empowerment and social change. The project is supported by UNICEF. In week-long workshops youngsters from all over the world get a chance to express themselves by making one-minute films. Last year, went to Albania, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, The Philippines, South Sudan and Ukraine.