Matthew Cuzner

About Matthew Cuzner

Matthew Cuzner graduated in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, the United Kingdom. Originating from a predominantly theatre-based background, Cuzner has performed and facilitated many workshops for young people. Currently, Cuzner specifically works on the Doc Next Network activities on behalf of the BFI (British Film Institute). 
 ROLE: facilitator.

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Matthew Cuzner

About Matthew Cuzner

Matthew Cuzner graduated in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, the United Kingdom. Originating from a predominantly theatre-based background, Cuzner has performed and facilitated many workshops for young people. Currently, Cuzner specifically works on the Doc Next Network activities on behalf of the BFI (British Film Institute). 
 ROLE: facilitator.

10 things about democracy every MP should see

Spanish journalist, Deputy Director of eldiario.es and Remixing Europe contributor Juan Luis Sánchez presents Ten things about democracy in videos every MP should see.

ECF EUROVISIONSTake a video, ten actually: the winning entries of the Radical Democracy video challenge (disclaimer: I was part of the jury), all exploring the theme of democracy and our understanding of how European democracy works.

Enter ‘full screen’. Lie down and watch. Continue reading

WINNERS & SPECIAL MENTIONS Radical Democracy

On May 18 our Jury awarded the 5 Winners and 5 Special Mentions of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 in Warsaw. Watch their films and read their director’s statements here.

WINNERS, each receiving an €2500 award

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Line-up of finalists

Ayce Kartal | Tornistan (Backward run)
‘During the Gezi Park protests, we couldn’t get any information from the main national broadcasting channels, from our newspapers, from Turkish radio. It was very tragic that we watched what was happening on our streets via live camera broadcastings from Norwegian and German TV channels. Worst of all, our elderly people who have no access to internet, couldn’t get any information from their own country. They didn’t understand what was happening, why thousands of people were out protesting, shouting and dying in their country.’ Continue reading

Radical Democracy Stories | Failections

In May 2004 ten countries joined the EU in a spirit of hope, solidarity and expectation. We had left the Cold War days behind us and things were looking up for a united Europe. Ten years on this bright picture is tainted by renewed tensions, economic crises, austerity cuts, high unemployment and rising xenophobia. Who is to blame? In the category Failections, media makers took on their politicians and leaders – and with gusto.

Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass.

Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass.

Slovenian collective Today Is a New Day for example, mimicked the words of their so-called leaders in(S)LAUGHTER. ‘People should take responsibility for their own opinions. Words are deeds and they create realities. The words our leaders speak are often downright offensive, hostile, arrogant, and, well, quite silly.’ Dutch Stéphane Kaas made a campaign video for the PARTY AGAINST CITIZENS: ‘Finally, a politician doesn’t make any hollow promises and tells the public the truth.’

Hungarian collective Hello90 ironically adresses the perceived superficiliaty of young people in DON’T VOTE UNDER 25! According to them, ‘our generation may seem to lack interest in politics but it is because political campaigns and decision-makers don’t address us.’ On the other hand, Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass. Says Lucía: ‘We believe in parody as a way to communicate the really awful message that advertising and media represent. Through humor, we deconstruct those messages. Because laughter is important in every healthy revolution!’

Meanwhile Polish quartet Agata, Anna, Mateusz and Piotr found the solution to failing politicians everywhere: ‘We are the generation of transformation, one that increasingly sees politicians as selfish buffoons. Is there a way of making politics that could satisfy us?’ Meet BOXER, a perfect candidate!

For these and more Failections films about the sorry state of European politics and alternatives, go to the Videos section and click on the ‘Failections’ button.

About this project

Naema Tahir and Juan Luis Sánchez in Eye!

In collaboration with the Eye, Doc Next Network and the European Cultural Foundation present a conversation around ‘Media and Democracy’ with Naema Tahir, a human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands and the Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist Juan Luis Sánchez.

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Naema Tahir, human rights lawyer

During the conversation, the publication ‘Remixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery’ of which Juan Luis Sánchez is one of the authors, is presented to the public. The conversation is in English and led by Katherine Watson, Director of the European Cultural Foundation.  The conversation takes place prior to live cinema show €urovisions is a performance by the young collective of media artists from Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK: European Souvenirs.

The evening is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting for Media & Democratie. The Doc Next Network was set up in 2010 by the European Cultural Foundation with the aim to generate access to wider public opinion.

Juan Luis Sánchez, Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist

Juan Luis Sánchez, Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist

20 May / 19.15 / Eye Film Institute Amsterdam. Buy a ticket or Get a press ticket.

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Voorafgaand aan de show presenteren ECF en Doc Next Network de publicatie Remixing Europe – Migrants, Media, Representation and Imagery. Remixing Europe richt zich op vier dwingende case studies van recente media incidenten, die de basis vormen voor een analyse van lokale, culturele en historische verbanden in Polen, Turkije, Spanje en Groot-Britannië die de publieke opinie over migranten beïnvloeden.

ECF directeur Katherine Watson zal het boek presenteren in een gesprek over media en democratie met de Britse-Nederlandse-Pakistaanse mensenrechten advocaat en schrijver Naema Tahir en de Spaanse journalist, oprichter van eldiario.es en co-auteur van Remixing Europe, Juan Luis Sánchez.

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Radical Democracy Video Challenge: Award Ceremony + Screening

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 will be screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe. The Award Ceremony marks the highlight of the Radical Democracy Challenge, which was launched three months ago.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It's Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It’s Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

On February 17, Doc Next Network called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand: to share their views on ‘Europe’, reflect on alternatives, and create new narratives for an open society. A total of 212 media makers from across Europe responded and submitted their work.  Continue reading

Free Masterclass “The making of €urovisions”

The Making of €urovisions – A Free masterclass on Remix and Live Cinema by the international artists’ collective European Souvenirs
Are you an arts student? Are you interested in remix culture and techniques, Live Cinema performance, expanded documentary and audiovisual culture?

Find out what happens when four artists from different backgrounds and countries come together to research and use existing audiovisual archives to produce a live cinema experience. What is the collaborative and creative process they go through? What tools do they use?

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Want to know more about different techniques for multiscreening, sampling and more? Want to find out about composing and performing live music while tackling the difficult topic of how migrants are shown in the mainstream media in Europe?

€urovisions is a Live Cinema performance that encompasses all of that. The Spanish online newspaper El Diario, wrote this about the €urovisions premiere in Seville last month, “It isn’t cinema, a concert or a live broadcast. This sum of many parts is quite incomprehensible until you find yourself in front of it.”

4ab96479606d46953da229d7df5fd5bd.jpegWe see pictures of migrants from news footage, illustrating rhetoric about the political and economic causes and pre-assumed effects of migration – but what are these people’s names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories?

The show is produced in collaboration with the Spanish collective Zemos98 and Chris Allen and Tim Cowie, artists of The Light Surgeons, the renowned UK-based live cinema group.

The Dutch premiere of €urovisions will take place at the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam on 20 May. You can attend for free. And if you can’t make it in person, the show will also be streamed live on ECF’s website.

You are also invited to join the special European Souvenirs artists’ masterclass on the 22 May to find out more about the complexity of the processes of an international collaboration and live cinema performance. During this informal masterclass, the artists will be happy to share their experiences and enter into a dialogue with participants!

To get your free ticket for the premiere and to join the masterclass, please register your interest by sending an email with the title “masterclass” to this address: masterclass@culturalfoundation.eu. Please be aware there are only 25 places available for the masterclass – and these are available on a first come, first served basis.

Prior to the €urovisions performance, you can also join the launch of the bookRemixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery. This will include a conversation about the role of media in democracy, with Naema Tahir, a human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands and the Spanish Deputy Director of El Diario and contributor to the book, Juan Luis Sánchez.

The €urovisions premiere, the presentation of Remixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery and the masterclass are supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting Democratie en Media.

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, an investigative artistic project by Doc Next Network with activities that stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies. The Doc Next Network was set up in 2010 by ECF with the aim of generating access to wider public opinion. 

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Today in NRC, but not on Facebook

We posted this ad, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) on Facebook but Facebook found it offensive.. ;-( So we gave her a skirt and bikini. If you want to see her as she was painted, have a look here!

O la la! It is only culture, Facebook!

The ad pays attention to €urovisions and other ECF activities, on the Day of Europe (9 May) and in the weeks leading to the European Parliament Elections. Tickets for €urovisions in Eye (20 May) here, by the way 😉

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€urovisions in Eye Film Institute Netherlands

EYE-in-het-donker-foto-Henk-MeijerOn 20 May, The artists of €urovisions (the new show of European Souvenirs) will perform in Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam. EYE is the Dutch centre for film culture and heritage, is dedicated to developing a vigorous film culture in the Netherlands. €urovisions also makes use of the archive of Eye’s collection.

We are selling out! Buy your tickets now € 10 / 8,50.

Mainstream media often shows one side of migration. But what is the story told by the people who migrate to Europe? Running up to the upcoming European elections in May 2014, €urovisons, a new show by European Souvenirs, proposes a glimpse on migration from the migrant perspective.

Eye_logo_Base_FileThis live cinema performance portrays migrants chasing a European dream and look at the way they are represented in the media.

Remixing live cinema and documentary techniques (multiscreen, live music, audiovisual actionism, sampling and cut-ups) into an audiovisual performance,€urovisions takes you on a trip in Europe and the homelands of newcomers: migrants, nomads, tourists and souvenirs are guiding you through time and history.

We see pictures of migrants on the news, illustrating rhetorics about the political and economical causes and pre-assumed effects of migration – but what are their names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories? And why don’t the media bother to report on people’s dreams? Once, we were all migrants.

evisions€urovisions is the second live cinema performance by an international collective of young artists from different European countries: Farah Rahman (the Netherlands), Karol Rakowski (Poland), Noriko Okaku (UK) and Malaventura (Spain). €urovisions is produced in collaboration with Chris Allen and Tim Cowie of the Light Surgeons, and coordinated by ZEMOS98 collective.

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, an investigative artistic project by Doc Next Network with activities that stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies. €urovisions is partly drawing on the material generated in the Remapping Europe workshops.

Visit European Souvenirs’ website for more information about the performance and upcoming touring dates.

The show of €urovisions in Eye Film Institute Netherlands is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

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213 Videos uploaded for Radical Democracy!

Yes! We have 213 uploads for our Radical Democracy Video Challenge! Thank you, contributors! Now is the time to vote.

1795555_629239550474702_2091515686365138131_n As with real elections, we’re inviting the audience to cast their votes for their choice of videos – and for the bright ideas and thought-provoking creativity of the media makers. Between April 14 and 27, a Selection Committee composed of the representatives of the Doc Next Network partner organizations will evaluate all entries and pick the Finalists. Online audiences can vote for their favourite videos during the same period: The 5 videos that receive the most votes by the end of this period will each win a wild card, which means they will be included among the Finalists.

Selection
A professional jury (panel of judges) will then view the Finalist videos and select 5 Winners, each receiving an award of €2,500, and 5 Special Mentions, each receiving an award of €1,000. The total awards for the challenge are €17,500.

The jury
The jury is comprised of members representing different areas of expertise related to the call: Artur Liebhart(Festival Director of Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Poland) and İmre Azem (director of Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits from Turkey) are to be included among the jury.

Deadline
The voting will close on April 27 at midnight CET. All Finalists, including the audience favourites, will be notified and announced by April 30. The winners will be publicly announced during the Awards Ceremony and Screening to be held in May at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Go to the voting guidelines.

About

Radical Democracy 2014: European Video Challenge promotes the creation of an open and inclusive European society. Against the background of the 2014 European Parliament Elections, it is an open call to media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to submit audiovisual media works about the Europe they would like to live in. An invitation to think about the role they play in decision-making processes and to challenge prevailing notions of democracy, governance and participation.

The aim of the challenge is to collect, share and discuss genuine views on open society values and democratic representation – just like the forum in our design. European audiences will be invited to cast their votes and to share their opinion, contributing to the creation of new narratives for Europe. Offline, Radical Democracy will be present at various festivals and platforms where selected media works will be screened. All selected videos will become part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection. The winners of the video challenge will be announced and screened at Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe.

European Alternatives and Cafebabel are communications partners of the project.

For more information about the project please contact us at challenge@docnextnetwork.org.

Live-streaming ‘Autonomous imageries’ by Carlos Delclós and Mamadou Kheraba Drame.

Our memories are part of a living archive, we are constantly producing and re-interpreting images, in fact we are built with images. We feel the need of explaining ourselves through audiovisual contents.

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 17.22.21A source code is the combination of text which enables a computer to execute a software item. Sharing the source code is the basis of free software. The Audiovisual Source Code sets out from the point of applying this idea to culture, to realize that every cultural issue is produced through different voices in relation to the context where it’s produced. Creativity is often represented as witchcraft in the Western World; The Audiovisual Source Code tries to erase this idea of the artist as an inventor and the Copyright laws that are supported by this idea, as well as the business models produced by the cultural industries. This format lets us rethink culture as an infinite palimpsest, art as a game between different people from different eras, remixing as a cultural system where these processes take place.

The Audiovisual Source Code as a space to play and experiment, as a hybrid frame between a lecture and a screening, and many more things.

Autonomous Imageries

Mamadou Kheraba Drame is a Barcelona-based Senegalese linguist, and a prominent figure in Catalonia’s pan-Africanist movement. He is the president of the Barcelona Pan-Africanist Association and was the spokesperson for the Cal Áfricacommunity that grew out of the occupation of an abandoned factory in Barcelona’s Poblenou area. He is the manager of the integral cooperative Cal Africa Moving, founder of the Lukum Taka arts association, and member of the Black Parliament of theCongress of Deputies.

Carlos Delclós is a sociologist and lecturer at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra as well as an active participant in the 15-M Movement in Barcelona. His work focuses on migration, health inequalities, urban dislocations, urban conflict, economic organization in the home and in the workplace, and fertility. He is an editor at ROARMAG , a contributor to Open Democracy, and his work has appeared in media outlets such as Democracy Now!,AdbustersElDiario.esPeriódico DiagonalCadena SER amongst others. The child of Spanish immigrants, he is a dual U.S.-Spanish citizen. Aside from his work as an activist, researcher and teacher, Carlos is deeply interested in music, and has guest-hosted specials for DJ Rupture’s Mudd Up! radio program on New York’s WFMU andAndy G’s Music Beyond Borders on Houston’s KPFT.

The Audiovisual Source Code format is distributed through a Creative Commons BY-SA license and appears from the core of EMBED integrated audiovisual, a community that reflects on the integrated audiovisual.

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