Category Archives: Research & Debate

MODE Istanbul exploring the ‘Gezi Spirit’

Humorous tag lines and strong imageries on banners, walls, and social media, rainbow colored stairs, the ‘standing men’ on the streets… Clever and provocative videos, documentaries, remixes… Activism became art, art became activism…

dervis_ardaCreative resistance, online and offline, was at the core of the recent Gezi Protests in Turkey and fueled the ‘Gezi Spirit’: People of different social/cultural backgrounds used different outlets to spread the news and to share their voices, while the mainstream media kept its silence. The Gezi (Media) Lab was launched by Doc Next partner MODE Istanbul 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. Each mini lab, held once a month, includes talks & discussions with guest speakers, hands-on workshops, visits to and screenings at park forums, and focuses on different themes such as “The Symbols of Gezi”, “Video Activism”, “Gender and Resistance”,  “The Sound of Gezi”, “The Right to the City and Migration”.

come as you areThe labbers seek to create links between the widely discussed subjects the Gezi events brought to the forefront like citizens rights, censorship, urban transformation, the reclaiming of public spaces, collective action, commons and migration, and express via their media works their views.

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Mini Lab on “Gender and Resistance” in Istanbul

MODE Istanbul‘s mini lab on ‘Gender and Resistance’ was underway last weekend. Between August 23rd and 25th, at Simotas Building in Kuzguncuk/Istanbul, guests from the LGBT community and the Socialist Feminist Collective as well as academics working on gender issues talked about their experiences in relation to Gezi incidents and shared their insights on the culture of resistance.

Lawyer Levent Pişkin, one of the organizers of the LGBT Honor Week, was the first speaker to talk about the LGBT community in Turkey and he gave a historical and sociological insight into what resistance means for the community.

sfk1Cenk Özbay, associate professor at Bogazici University, first went over the basic terminology of gender studies. He then defined and started a discussion on the concept of ‘insurgent masculinity’, which he portrayed as an undertow to the prevalent idea of masculinity, within the context of Gezi process and linked it with a caricature project he has been working on.

Bilinç Şüküroğlu, a representative of the Socialist Feminist Collective, talked about her experiences on feminist resistance in relation to the Gezi Protests. (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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Interesting Links

We love to think, discuss, write and create. Our topics are about  the imagery of migrants in Europe, non-formal education, remix and DIY media, free culture, and the links between these.  On this page you can find links to bloggers and websites that we think are very interesting. Want to share your knowledge? Please drop us a mail with any suggestions for the list!

 

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.57.14 PMIMAGERY OF MIGRANTS IN EUROPE & MAPPING

Alle Bleiben! Collaboration of different German organisations struggling for the right of Roma people to live/stay in Germany.

Asylum Meets Art in Slovenia Slovenia, a transit country for migrants and immigrants from its EU and Balkan borders and beyond, boasts its own asylum culture.

Atlas of European Values Extensive public opinion poll to all kinds of subjects that might concern Europeans.

BORDER04 Coalition of fine art and performance artists, human rights-, noborder- and new media-activists, filmmakers, video- and photografers, researchers, scientists and investigators.

Café Babel Pan-European online magazine in six languages. Main topics: immigration, minorities, ecology, university, technology/media, enlargement, protests, lgbt.

Can Non-Europeans Think? “Why is it that if Mozart sneezes it is music (and I am quite sure the great genius even sneezed melodiously) but the most sophisticated Indian music ragas are the subject of ethnomusicology?”

Cartography of migration flows Examples of maps that deal with critical views on border politics.

Farflung Families in Film Website dedicated to the portrayal of migrant/diasporic families in cinema.

Getting the Voice Out Belgian activist movement that supports refugees in detention and collects their stories for publishing.

Media Diversity Institute Works internationally to encourage and facilitate responsible media coverage of diversity.

Media4us Aims to enhance the general public’s perception on migration by making immigrants and their integration efforts more visible in society.

MiraMedia Dutch foundation that aims for a better representation and participation of migrants in Dutch media on a local level, doing research and organising projects.

Reporters Across Borders Launched as a response to the growing importance of media in shaping perceptions about the current events in the Arab Mediterranean countries.

Romedia Foundation Working towards contributing to a positive perception of Romani ethnic identity, combating anti-Roma prejudice, and providing alternative information to policy makers on Roma through the production of films and videos, international multi-media campaigns, and public events.

Ru’a Blog functioning as an intersection between western criticism and the islam rhizome to deconstruct the media monotype imposed on islamic realities.

On Road Not-for-profit organisation that works with excluded and misrepresented communities to look for solutions to social problems using the web, technology and the media.

Wij Blijven Hier By and for Dutch muslims on a variety of topics. How direct use of own media can serve self-emancipation.

REMIX, FREE CULTURE AND DO-IT-YOURSELF MEDIA

History of Subversive Remix Video Before YouTube Thirty political video mashups made between World War II and 2005. A commented collection of pre-Youtube-era remix videos with a general introduction about remix.

Political Remix Video Aims to showcase some of the best, most innovative and inspiring examples of political remix video on the net.

Power to the Pixel Supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age.

Rebellious Pixels Blog of Jonathan McIntosh, ‘Pop Culture Hacker’ and transformative story teller.

Remix Cinema Workshop The aim of Beyond Text is to support a multi-disciplinary community of scholars and practitioners drawn from Higher Education, museums, galleries, libraries and archives, business, policy, media, technology and the law to explore how human communication is articulated through sound, sight and associated sensory perceptions in both the past and the present.

Remix Theory An online resource that offers some of his research on Remix. It is a resource updated periodically, according to the flow of research.

RiP: a Remix Manifesto Explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

Teatron Independent online platform created for artists, audiences and professionals with an interest in transdisciplinary creation (in English, Catelan and Castillano).

The Web Video Problem Why it’s time to rethink visual storytelling by Adam Westbrook.

We Make Money Not Art Régine Debatty writes about the intersection between art, science and social issues. She also contributes to several European design and art magazines and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers and designers use science as a medium for critical discussion.

EXPANDED EDUCATION

CCCBLab Reflections on the effects of collaborative digital media and forms of knowledge transfer.

Educacion Expandida ZEMOS98 (partner in Doc Next Network) investigated the alternatives for formal education and other ways of expressing knowledge. This process, in which activists, educators and people from the cultural and social innovation sector participated, took place in the context of the international workshop ‘Educación Expandida’ (Expanded Education). The results were collected and documented on this blog.

PARTNERS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Remapping Europe Tumblr Our 4 Travelling Contributors for Remapping Europe participate by going to all international Media Ateliers. They create their own remix works. In addition, they are responsible to capture and document the processes and dynamics of all  Ateliers. They have their ow blog.

Hubs Our network consists of strategic partnerships with 4 European independent cultural organisations: The Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” (Warsaw, Poland), The Future Film Porgramme of the British Film Institute (London, UK), MODE Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Zemos98 (Seville, Spain).

European Souvenirs Doc Next’s live cinema performance. Delving into audiovisual materials from leading European archives, European Souvenirs offers a trip down memory lane. Remixing music, photography and film, the group re-examines the prevailing imagery of immigrants across European communities and re-maps Europe visually, geographically and conceptually. And blog about it.

Benoit Detalle Doc Next’s ‘embedded reporter’, who documents, monitors and reviews the processes and the results of the project Remapping Europe. Audiovisual producer, writer and teacher. Interested in understanding audiovisual materials as constituent forms of culture, he is driven by projects that seek to go beyond simple narratives of History.

 

 

 

 

 

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Self-representation
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Communities
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Daring to ask questions is crucial for networked societies.

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On behalf of Doc Next Network, Felipe G. Gil of ZEMOS98 spoke at the 24TH European Foundation Centre Annual General Assembly and Conference on 30 May in Copenhagen. The presentation was meant as a trigger to evoke debate amongst some of the leading foundations in Europe on questions we are facing as a network in our ambition to strive for social justice via inclusive public opinion, expanded education and free culture. So, the presentation was an honest –  brave! –  exercise in transparency about our challenges, doubts and opportunities.

Of course we are developing answers as we work! But we know that in asking the right questions to ourselves, we can really work on some great solutions. Does that sound ambitious enough? See the integral presentation here and leave us a comment if you have more questions, answers or just suggestions! (more…)

Remapping Europe: case study in international and inter-institutional collaboration.

Collaboration across Europe benefits from some key ingredients, which need to be at the root of our working processes. We must cross and indeed break-down borders on many physical and metaphysical levels. Collaboration enhances the ‘spaces in-between’, the intersections between, people, organisations and ideas. In our complicated (but very rich) 21st century, the intersections are not of two spheres converging, but of many – layered, interconnected – and made even more complex by the digital opportunities that envelop us.

The artists of European Souvenirs (left to right): Karol Rakowski (Poland), Bariş Gürsel (Turkey), Farah Rahman (Netherlands), Malaventura (Spain), Noriko Okaku (Japan / UK). Pic by Ricardo Barquín Molero.

The artists of European Souvenirs (left to right): Karol Rakowski (Poland), Bariş Gürsel (Turkey), Farah Rahman (Netherlands), Malaventura (Spain), Noriko Okaku (Japan / UK).

This paper considers a thought provoking project through several lenses, through several intersections. The two year experimental project Remapping Europe – a Remix was initiated by Doc Next Network, a network instigated by the Youth and Media Programme of the European Cultural Foundation. The project launched in De Balie, Amsterdam in October 2012 with a live cinema performance by five young multimedia artists from different corners of Europe called European Souvenirs. (more…)

Presentation at The Forum for European Journalism Students.

Today, we are presenting Doc Next and Remapping Europe to more than 100 student journalists form all over Europe!

155638_168258049864095_6076208_nThe 2013 Annual Congress (AC) is organized by the Forum for European Journalism Students, together with partners Evens Foundation and Café Babel in the Netherlands (25th to the 30th of April).

The topic of this year’s AC is ‘Imagine Europe: The remainder of the European Dream beyond the economic markets – is there a European society of culture, values, narratives and solidarity?’

The Dutch Organising Committee wants to portray a broad picture of the non-economic Europe. “Now that Barroso, Verhofstadt and Van Rompuy are daydreaming out loud about a European federation, we want to offer the young journalists sufficient and in-depth insights into that other Europe, the one of the narratives and diversity. The aim will be less on journalism than in other years, but it will not be forgotten – the editorial board of El País will be with us, NRC Handelsblad will be involved, and quite some lectures and Unknownworkshops will be dedicated to our profession. However, we believe that each journalist needs up-to-date knowledge of high quality to be able to report at the same level of quality. Therefore, we have invited about twenty Dutch and international high profiled speakers, to give lectures and workshops and to participate in debates and a panel discussion.

Subjects which we will discuss are, among others: Until where do the borders of Eastern Europe reach in terms of culture, geography, religion, linguistics and political values? Does a common European culture actually exist or is there even a creatable esprit européen, and if not, is that amiss? Should Europe have its own army, be upfront globally in terms of environment policy or human rights, by means of soft power? What does the art of painting tell us about Europe, what is the status of active European citizenship, a public space – which role is there to play by journalism? In what way is the European novel binding, amazing and educating us?”

Unknown-1imagesFor the Doc Next Network presentation the students visit Amsterdam.

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Remapping Europe, a Remix Project
Remapping Europe, a Remix Project investigates imagery about migrants in Europe, and the relation between migrant portrayal in mainstream media and public opinion.
Remapping Europe, a Remix Project is 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.

hero_bike2In the public debate and imagery of Europe, migrants are still often portrayed along merely national, ethnic or religious lines. Specific local and personal perspectives of immigrants are often lacking and important country-or region-specific migration contexts not nuanced. This exclusion of the perspective of migrants in mainstream media also hinders creative and cultural potential. It does no justice to an inclusive and creative Europe.

Doc Next Network explores these notions in a two year project called Remapping Europe, a Remix Project. The aim of the multilayered project is to highlight the own perspectives of young migrant media-makers in four countries by including their mediaworks, stories and visions in the public discourse.

We are working with some 50  young media makers from Poland, Turkey, Spain and the UK , who have a migrant background,  to   deconstruct existing imagery of migrants in different European countries and… to remix that. By presenting their  visual remix stories we aim to create a new imagery of migrants: in and of Europe. We are interested in the debate around media, migrants, Europe and ‘ self-representation’. We invite you to take part in our journey!

Methodology
We use re-mixing of media both as a tool as well as a cultural framework. The concept of ‘remix’book_catalog 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. A method which reveals the local and personal perspectives of migrants, as captured by a new generation of digital storytellers. Ultimately, we want to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally.

Activities

Co-organisers

  • Towarzystwa Inicjatyw Twórczych “ę” (Creative Initiatives “ę”), Poland
  • Future Film Programme of the British Film Institute, UK
  • MODE Istanbul, Turkey
  • ZEMOS98, Spain

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