Category Archives: Remapping Europe

‘Remapping Europe – a Remix’ is an investigative artistic project that aims to contribute to an inclusive cultural practice and public imagery in and of Europe by connecting young creative media-makers who have (im)migrant perspectives from Spain, Poland, Turkey, and the UK to wider European intergenerational audiences.

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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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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€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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Lab MODE showcases at Which Human Rights? Film Festival

MODE Istanbul organizes two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE media works at the 5th Which Human Rights Film Festival to be held in Istanbul between December 14th and 18th, 2013.

Launched in 2009 on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Which Human Rights? Film Festival carried out by the Documentarist team celebrates its 5th edition between 14-18 December 2013. The festival showcases films from all around the world that deal with human rights issues, and the main theme of this year’s program is “resistance”. Audiences can download the full program of the festival here.

As part of this year’s festival program, MODE Istanbul will host two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE works: The first showcase Remapping Europe “Migration Stories” will be held on the 14th of December at 15:00 in SALT Beyoğlu. A 75-min selection of remixes completed at the Remapping Europe Creative Remix Ateliers by participants from Turkey, UK, Spain and Poland will be presented to the audiences.

The second showcase Lab MODE “Gezi Stories” will be held on 16th of December at 19:00 in Aynalı Geçit. The screening will include a selection of media works created as part of the Gezi (Media) Lab, launched at the onset of the protests to provide a space for young people to explore the Gezi Spirit and to produce new media works, individually and collectively. Gezi Lab was organized as part of the Lab MODE program, which includes various long-term projects and media labs of MODE Istanbul including Remapping Europe activities. 

A talk with the media makers will be held following each screening.

Read more about the screenings and selected works.

A cemetery called the Mediterranean

Lampedusa’s people In Memoriam.

A short film by Malaventura for the European Souvenirs Show, a live cinema remix-performance touring Europe inside of the project Remapping Europe, 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.

Used footage from Fernando Lopez Raya archive & Orphan films from Fleamarkets.

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European Souvenirs @ Vrede van Utrecht Festival

We invite you to take a trip down memory lane in a side-programme to the House of Eutopia, as on 19 September, European Souvenirs will present their re-mapping of Europe visually, geographically and conceptually at the Vrede van Utrecht (‘Treaty of Utrecht’) Festival 2013.

European Souvenirs is Doc Next Networks live-cinema performance. Remixing music, photography and film, the European Souvenirs artistic group re-examined the prevailing imagery of immigrants across European communities and re-maps Europe visually, geographically and conceptually. (more…)

Remix culture frames Remapping Europe

In Remapping Europe, we use re-mixing of media both as a tool as well as a cultural framework. The concept of ‘remix’ refers to a broad set of social and cultural practices consisting of the fragmentation, re-ordering, and re-contextualisation of both pre-existing and new content – whether text, sound or image.

url-3Perhaps as a result of the digital shift or perhaps simply as a sign of the times, creators today are working generally more inter-disciplinarily, less willing to define themselves by, or confine themselves to, a single discipline. Remapping Europe brings together film, video, live cinema, performance, media, remixed image and sound and reflects new audiences’ interests. The artists have different profiles complementing each other as media artists, performers, 3D animators, documentarians, musicians, DJs and VJs.

Remix culture frames Remapping Europe: de-constructing narrative(s), recreating new narrative(s) of representation, using D-I-Y forms of media production and appropriating mass media texts. It is a cultural operating system, in which existing audiovisual material and images are framed in a new context, juxtaposed and seen from a fresh perspective, revealing new visions on our past, present and future. Remix is also a tool that is accessible, reflects a multidimensional, rather than a linear interest, and encompasses everything from collaging to digital storytelling.

At its root, both Doc Next Network and Remapping Europe are intergenerational – looking at Europe as the intersection of generations rather than a division or gap between generations. The organisations on the ground have designed intergenerational activities for their communities and the project brought together the narration of the young creators with that of their parents and grandparents. It remixes and weaves the stories, contexts and perspectives of older generations through archival searching – confronting and interrogating them. A personal story becomes the centre of a more collective narrative. Because we are standing on the brink of the greatest generational shift that we have experienced in the western world, we must find intergenerational approaches and innovations – intergenerational knowledge sharing – rather than looking at projects, programmes or solutions that address ‘older’ people and others that address ‘youth’. The inclusiveness of our communities must also include generations.

url-4Many of these intersections raise questions and fuel debate, sometimes heated. Perhaps the most debated is the notion of the value of inter-experiential connections and knowledge – placing the voice of the expert alongside that of the ‘experienced’. The digital shift has played havoc with the comfortable hierarchies that we are accustomed to: between the writer and the reader; the teacher and the student; the amateur and the professional; the consumer and the producer; the institution and the individual. Accessibility of technology means that everyone can create and share their creation without any intermediaries – D-I-Y takes on a whole new meaning. However it is not just Do it Yourself – but it is also Do it With Others, or Do it Together. The subtitle of European Souvenirs, ‘Remixing media, crossing (shifting) borders’, also refers to these elements and intersections.

The increased opening-up of archives and collections to the public further enhances this potential – allowing people greater access to information and the ability to attribute their own meaning to it. Meaning becomes much more important that the information itself.

How do we make sense of it all though? How do we make our way through the masses of information and content? We do need increased media literacy – by the creators (the millions of them) and in the sifting and filtering ability of the audiences (millions more!). Given this caveat, it is our belief that the opportunities and benefits of open access far outstrip the challenges.

Remapping Europe is seeking a new generation of digital storytellers. Remix is both the conceptual starting point and the tool to remap Europe. The existing narrative of a single new image, photograph, recording, sound or story is ‘de-constructed’ from the individual perspective of the participant and a new imagery based on the original is then created. In his book, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, Lawrence Lessig (2008) ‘presents this as a desirable ideal and argues … that the health, progress, and wealth creation of a culture is fundamentally tied to this participatory remix process’.

As remix culture is becoming more acknowledged as an essential aspect of contemporary art and cultural practice, Remapping Europe – a Remix provides many opportunities to exchange, interact, to be involved and to ensure peer-to-peer learning. It goes far beyond the individual remix, the individual organisation, institution or community.

More about Remix Culture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix_culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIY_culture
http://blogs.zemos98.org/abrelatas/2012/07/04/remix-culture-course/
http://www.europeansouvenirs.eu/why/
http://www.nfb.ca/film/rip_a_remix_manifesto/ (video)
http://blip.tv/good-copy-bad-copy/good-copy-bad-copy-full-feature-364089 (video)

This article contains texts from “Remapping Europe – a Remix: a case study in international and inter-institutional collaboration and networking” by Katherine Watson and Vivian Paulissen, to be published in “Migrating Heritage: Networks and Collaborations across European Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions” by Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Wey Court East, Union Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT, England.

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Remapping Europe screenings in Istanbul continue

Remapping Europe Istanbul remix videos were showcased by Doc Next Network partner MODE Istanbul as part of Documentarist 2013 Festival’s Special Screenings Program, which coincided with the beginning of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.Beyoğlu

Remapping Europe videos from Turkey were screened on the 5th of June and a selection of Remapping Europe videos from Spain, Poland and Turkey were screened on the 6th of June as well as an international selection of Doc Next Shorts on the same day in the evening at SALT Beyoglu’s Open Theater. (more…)

€urovisions, a live cinema performance about migrants chasing a European dream.
€urovisions, a new show by European Souvenirs, is about the way the people who come to Europe chasing the European dream, are portrayed in our media.“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.” – Spanish online newspaper El Diario about the €urovisions premiere.

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We see their pictures 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.

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€urovisions takes you on a trip in Europe and the homelands of newcomers: Travelling, migrants, nomads, tourists and souvenirs are guiding you through time and history.

€urovisions remixes live cinema and documentary techniques (multiscreen, live music, audiovisual actionism, sampling and cut-ups) into an audiovisual performance.

€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.

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€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.

Please visit  www.europeansouvenirs.eu for booking info, the complete tour schedule and more.

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