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.

The real story of Superheroes.

Dulce  Pinzón’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Marie Claire, Rolling StoneViceThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe Washington Post and El País (Spain). For the 16th ZEMOS Festival Remapping Europe, we use Dulce’s photo’s in our campaign.

FEDERICO MARTINEZ from the State of Puebla works as a taxi driver in New York.  He Sends 250 dollars a week.

FEDERICO MARTINEZ from the State of Puebla works as a taxi driver in New York. He sends home 250 dollars a week.

After September 11, the notion of the “hero” began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. However, in the whirlwind of journalism surrounding these deservedly front-page disasters and emergencies, it is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day to day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting.

MINERVA VALENCIA from Puebla works as a nanny in New York.  She sends home 400 dollars a week.

MINERVA VALENCIA from Puebla works as a nanny in New York. She sends home 400 dollars a week.

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

ALVARO CRUZ from the State of Mexico works as a cook and runs with Los Compadres team. He sends home 300 dollars a month.

ALVARO CRUZ from the State of Mexico works as a cook and runs with Los Compadres team. He sends home 300 dollars a month.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

This project consists of 20 color photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the worker/superhero in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the worker’s name, their hometown in Mexico, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week.

BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home 500 dollars a month.

BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home 500 dollars a month

Dulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied Mass Media Communications at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla Mexico and Photography at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. In 1995 she moved to New York where she studied at The International Center of Photography.

At the 16th ZEMOS Festival Remapping Europe, we use Dulce’s photo’s in our campaign.

Watch all Dulce’s Superheroes here.

LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends home 200 dollars a week.

LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends home 200 dollars a week.

Remapping Europe dossier on eldiario.es

Here with us, at the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival is journalist Juan Luis Sánchez. On eldiario.es he is maintaining a dossier about anything Remapping Europe. Read all his entries here.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.59.09Juan Luis Sánchez is a journalist. His is co-founder and deputy director of eldiario.es. He was also co-founder of Periodismo Humano. He has worked as a multimedia reporter in Morocco, Kosovo, the Western Sahara, Turkey and India. His coverage of the emergence of the 15-M movement in Spain was widely published and referenced in Spanish and international media. He is author of the book Las 10 Mareas del Cambia (10 tides of Change) about new discourses of civil society.

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#Who cares? The domestic is political.

Migrant women working as domestic workers in the houses of materially rich people, and the exploitation of these migrant workers, is not covered in mainstream media. That is why this morning a group of 50 media-makers, thinkers, artists and activist are creating a fresh front page of a financial newspaper, subverting the usual logic, language and contents.

vcdpa-_6POGkVJRmYdFcUUkfak8f1L7kMkU8VuZNJ64A motto of the second feminist movement was: the Domestic = Political.
This statement came from the notion that everything that is political is important.
Thus, by saying the domestic is political, we say that what happens in the house is also important. Just as important as activities that take place in the public discourse.

By stating that the domestic is important, the feminist movement also meant to remove the private from its invisible sphere of the home, where violence and abuse could be hidden.

What has happened to these ideas in our time? Is the domestic still gendered?
C7Tp9acvj3yo_pcmnmI9PiKFi3rqlD4WAmhXkv6-poQImportant things have changed: Nowadays, we say that domestic work is also work, like any other work. We say: domestic work is important; it’s the caring economy. We say: What happens in our homes should not be hidden.

However, the domestic is not covered in (mainstream) media.

Also, with the trend of migrant women working as domestic workers in the houses of materially rich people, what happens in the home is hidden again. Leading to the exploitation of labor, physical violence and sexual abuse of migrant women. This is also not covered in the media.

That is why this morning a group of 50 media-makers, thinkers, artists and activist are creating a fresh front page of a financial newspaper, subverting the usual logic, language and contents. Lena Rogowska, Chairwoman of the Polish Cultural Practitioners’ Association, presented the findings and conclusions of the morning sessions are presented to the public audience.

Anna Clemente (from Collective Architectures) are plotting the findings of the sessions in a graph or diagram.

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Read more about the HOME Encounter here. 

Creating a campaign to advocate for a new imagery of migrants

Yesterday, the topic of the HOME Encounter of Remapping Europe was ‘Hacking the Veil’. We create a campaigns advocating for a new imagery of migrants – the questions we asked ourselves doing this turned out to be just as important as the result.

HOME Day 1_09The 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.
Graphic teller Anna Clemente (from Collective Architectures) are plotting the findings of the sessions in this graph:
HOME Day 1_16Daniela Berghahn (Professor of Film Studies in the Media Arts Department at Royal Holloway at the University of London) summerized the morning session for the public in Teatro Central. You can watch the recording here (go to 15 min 00!)
Read the report of text teller Sarita Malik (understanding Hacking the Veil) here.

What’s happening in Seville today?

The topic of the second day of the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival is ‘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. Care work is all those invisible practices that must happen in order to let others have a full time job.

This video ‘Inmate’ is from our Remapping Europe video collection: It is about the physical and existential need for a personal space you can call your own. Three migrant housekeepers reminisce about their places at home. In the homes they work in, they feel like inmates; in their own homes, far away, they are free. – By María Jesús Valenzuela (1986) from Chile.

In the video below ‘My Ukrainian’, Krzysztof Janiak read dozens of comments on polish forums for people looking for Ukrainian house help. Poland has long faced employment related migrations to the west. On the other hand – Ukrainian women have been coming for several years now to become the help in middle class homes. They work illegally, below their education and skills. This remix tells about their employers and makes an attempt to imagine that anonymity would be impossible. It’s the story of the power of words.

Today, in the morning a group of 50 media-makers, thinkers, artists and activist are creating a fresh front page of a financial newspaper, subverting the usual logic, language and contents.

In the afternoon, there is another Audio-visual Source Code, this time by Ayse Akalin, assistant Professor of Sociology in the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. Live-stream at 5.30 pm.

More about the HOME Encounter seminar here.

Livestream Audio-visual Source Code ‘Hacking the Veil’

Today, on 9 April at 5.30 pm, the first of three Audio-visual Source Code presentations is live-streamed from Teatro Cultural in Seville. Today’s Code is called ‘Hacking the Veil’, and is done by Toni Serra (Abu Ali).

The sound will come through in 2 languages. Use your right ‘headphone ear’ English, and the left for Spanish.

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.

The realities produced by the mainstream media interfere with our direct experience, creating hegemonic discourses that are difficult to tear down. How can we begin? ‘Hacking’ the veil of imposed images is a crucial challenge if we are to generate a model of inclusive citizenship and to demolish the monuments of neoliberalism, revealing the shadows that they cast.

Abu Ali (Toni Serra) studied History of Art and Philosophy at theUniversidad de Barcelona, video edition and aesthetics at the Film & Video Art in New York, and Communication Analysis at CUNY Brooklyn College. In 1989 he started working in video as a form of reflection and critique of contemporary culture, and also as a means of personal exploration. In 1992 he co-founded the OVNIarchives where he still works doing research and programming events such as: Post Sept 11thResistancesColonial Dream, Autonomous Zones.

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.

Live stream Premiere €urovisions

 Tickets for the new show of European Souvenirs €urovisions are fully sold out. Watch the show here, we will be live streaming from Seville.

The live Cinema show €urovisions takes you on a trip through Europe and the homelands of newcomers, remixing personal family albums and archive materials with documentary techniques into an audio-visual spectacle. €urovisions is the second performance by an international collective of young artists from different European countries, coordinated by ZEMOS98 collective, and produced in collaboration with the renowned Light Surgeons (UK).

More about €urovisions here.

banner_directoWe will livestream the following events from Seville at the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival:

  • Opening + €urovisions: a show by European Souvenirs. April 8th from 8pm at Alameda Theater.
  • Audiovisual Source Codes: April 9, 10 and 11th from 5pm at Central Theater.

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We will blog

Not in Seville for the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival #RemappingEurope?

Daily (video) reports, interviews with the participants of the (closed) HOME Encounter and the Audiovisual Source Codes speakers, conclusions on each session in a graphs and diagrams, photo’s and more. It is not difficult to stay tuned if you are not in Seville! We will blog it all, starting Tuesday 8 April around 8 pm.

Read full programme here.

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Remapping Europe film @ Philanthropy House

Accompanying the exhibition Reframe – Perspectives on Europe through comics from Algeria, Turkey and the UK at the Philanthropy House in Brussels (Belgium), Doc Next films are screened till 12 May 2014.

1395187912092Philanthropy House is a European initiative first of its kind, conceived and supported by six foundations located across Europe. Each foundation provided mission-related funds to develop the House as a model for the future, a novel way of helping foundations become stronger together while offering a window to discover the important work they do to European decision-makers and the general public. Philanthropy House provides the platform to make this vision a reality.

Bringing together new voices from Turkey, Algeria and the UK, the exhibition Reframe invited 9 emerging artists to use their distinctive styles and viewpoints to ‘reframe’ perspectives through a series of new graphic short stories that examine the cultural, social and political dynamics between Europe and each of the participating countries.

Philanthropy House
rue Royale 94
1000 Bruxelles
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Accompanying the exhibition, Doc Next films are screened till 12 May 2014.

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Full programme 16th ZEMOS98 Festival!

The need to re-write Europe. To remix Europe. To Remap Europe.
16th ZEMOS98 Festival – Remapping Europe

The imagery on Europe is weaved by hundreds of thousands of images that are constantly renewed but also reproduced repetitively in a loop: short phrases, slogans, repetition devices that fill political propaganda, news networks, publicity and often cinema.
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.

The 16TH ZEMOS98 FESTIVAL wants to hack the veil, to use melting-pot remix as a mean to deconstruct the dominant social imagery; and thus unveil and expose social, institutional and media racism – 8 – 12 April in Seville.

Full programme online here.

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