HOME – Remixing memories in transit is the final Encounter (an interdisciplinary seminar based on the methodologies of collective intelligence) of Remapping Europe. 9, 10 and 11 April in Seville, as part of the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival. In HOME, more than 50 multi-media creators, curators and educators, sharing migrant European, Asian, African and Latin American backgrounds are connecting new dots on the map: They challenge myths, deconstruct and remix prevailing imagery to present alternative perspectives on Europe.
The main axis of Home – Remixing memories in transit is the combination between mainstream memories and memories in transit. In the former, we have the hegemonic stories, power, colonialism, Europe as a fortress, migrants as problems, official history represented by the official archives. In the latter, we have the difference, the idea of hacking the powers, post-colonialism, mutual support networks, oral literature, invisible commons, the unknown story of personal archives. HOME – Remixing memories in transit will have working sessions (limited to the invitees) and public sessions.
Day One (9 April): Hacking the Veil. The imagery on migrants is weaved by hundreds of thousands of images that are constantly renewed but also reproduced repetitively in a loop. A sticky web that gradually thickens till it forms a dense veil of images, conditioning what we see and how we look at things, taking control of our direct experience. This mainstream veil can be hacked and subverted by using the remix as a useful tool to enhance the value of personal memories that question the official and dominant memories.
Day Two (10 April): The domestic is political. Migrant women are usually who take care of domestic tasks. This means that migrant women are supporting the economic system of European countries. However, they suffer at the same time their condition as migrants and women.
Day Three (11 April): Autonomous imageries. As a consequence of the hacking of mainstream imagery and through the construction of new imageries: How can we tell stories that respect migrants’ freedom and autonomy? How would these new independent imageries be?
Methodology of the encounter
The 3-day encounter is divided in working and public sessions. The dynamic of the event avoids the traditional panel (in which the experts are divided from the audience). Based on so many initiatives which are reinventing the process of knowledge-sharing and learning, HOME uses methodologies to foster collective intelligence and collaborative thinking.
Working Sessions / who?
For the working sessions, the interdisciplinary group of 50 is split into six. You can read all bio’s here. Each participant has a role.
Participants are activists, artists, academicians and journalists from different backgrounds. Based on their experiences and their knowledge, the participants are the main actors in the discussion tables.
MC (Master of Ceremonies) Rubén Díaz guides the session, controls planning, asks critical questions… At the end of each day, Rubén gives a short presentation on the topic of the day, as related to the publication Remixing Europe.
Archive seeker Toni Serra helps to explain the daily topic by diving into archives for relevant images, videos and songs. The encounter will use these archive materials to discover inspiring and unknown images, which will also be used to heat the debate.
Source Code Invitees Toni Serra, Ayşe Akalın and Carlos Delclós & Mamadou Kheraba Drame are participants in the working sessions. In the public sessions they are in charge of the ‘Audio-visual Source Codes’ (more info below).
Facilitators Vivian Paulissen, Menno Weijs, Dorota Borodaj, Gokce Su Yogurtcuoglu, Cristina Fernández Orellana and David Sypniewski will guide the conversations, maintain the equality and productivity of the discussions and the different methodologies.
The findings and conclusions of the morning sessions are presented to the public audience every afternoon by 3 Oral Tellers: Daniela Berghahn, Lena Rogowska and Juanlu Sánchezmake.
Graphic tellers Nuria Inés Hernández and Anna Clemente (from Collective Architectures) are plotting the findings of the sessions in a graph or diagram.
The Text tellers are writing texts about the encounter during and after it in order to share it with a wider audience: Gabriela Sánchez, Brigitte Vasallo and Lydia Molina, Sarita Malik, Nagehan Uskan.
Working Sessions / what?
Day 1: The campaign. Today the methodology is to create a campaign. Pretending to be a mainstream newspaper, an NGO or a citizen initiative, they draw, write, cut and paste into a campaign advocating for a new imagery of migrants – the process is just as important as the outcome.
Day 2: Caring Street Journal. We are creating a fresh front page of an economic newspaper subverting the logic, language and contents, of some of the best-known worldwide economic newspapers.
Day 3: Muntantpedia. Today’s methodology is the creation of a Muntantpedia page of a mutant superhero or heroin protecting a social right related to the migrants’ rights and needs. This character’s super-power allows us to build a new imagery or legal situation for migrants but also, the character’s weak point makes him or her (and us?) vulnerable.
- The Oral Teller’s return (15:00 – 17:30): In order to open the discussion to a public scale, the tellers will have the responsibility to explain to the audience in 30 minutes a return based on the collective conclusions and graphic material generated in the morning working session.
- An Audio-visual Source Code (17:30 – 18:00): Three invitees will bring their own and personal perspective on the main topics of the encounter and will show it in 45 minutes.
An Audiovisual Source Code is neither a screening nor a conference, it is a hybrid format. It is a game. It could be a discussed screening, it could be a screening-concert, it could be an scenic experiment with audiovisual sources. An Audiovisual Source Code uses materials from personal and institutional archives to present the topic of the day.
9 April: Hacking the veil by Toni Serra.
10 April: The domestic is political by Ayşe Akalın.
11 April: Autonomous imageries by Carlos Delclós and Mamadou Kheraba Drame.
We will broadcast, blog, distribute and hack (mainstream) media with texts from the Tellers, a documentary of the working sessions, interviews to some of the participants in the Encounter, recordings of Rubén Díaz and Toni Serra on Vimeo, the graphs of the graphic tellers, live streaming of the Audiovisual Source Codes.
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