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Re-imagining Europe (on tour).

How do we imagine Europe? How do non-Europeans imagine Europe? What does it mean to be European, indeed? What is Europe really about? How do we imagine ourselves and the otherness? What does it mean to stay together? How are cliches, stereotypes, etc. being built in our societies? What happens when we ask these questions, when we ask ourselves our deepest fears, certainties and assumptions?

European Souvenirs (Crossing Shifting Borders) live cinema and remix performance was staged for the first time on Saturday, 6th October in Amsterdam. The event it was framed in, Imagining Europe, was «questioning what (…) means to be part of Europe and whether (Europeans) want to continue to be part of it, while people around the world are talking about Europe’s economic and cultural future».

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The combination of live cinema (rooted in the origins of cinema) and remix (sampling from pre-existing footage to combine them into new forms according to personal taste) can truly contribute to deconstruct our social and cultural European imaginaries: all the symbolic dimension in which our values, norms, traditions, identities or borders are represented. Or being more precise: the ways of togetherness we all can imagine. If we can really live together or not is a question the show brings up to the audience again and again.

European Souvenirs is a collective exploration by five young media artists featuring media found at archives in their countries and existing imagery of Europe and its travellers. This expedition is deeply influenced by the hegemonic media landscape we silently consume in our daily life: music videos, commercials, tv news, pop culture ultimately.

However, Europeans (and this project is an investigation about what being European really means) are much more told what they are than telling the stories about what they feel they are. That’s the reason why the show uses home video archives, found footage and audiovisual material from different institutions in Europe, in charge of the common memories.

Karol Rakowski (PL), Barış Gürsel (TR), Farah Rahman (NL), Malaventura (ES) and Noriko Okaku (JP/UK) draw a new picture departing from these images but uncovering the veil of them. what the audience will find during the show is an exploration of new narratives searching for a much more inclusive Europe. images are accompanied by data unveiling, for instance, a map of European colonization.

European Souvenirs is in that sense a provocation to the Europe we are accustomed to represent and find represented. Shake up minds, provoke reactions, debates, discussions about what Europe and being European is. All of them are objectives of this audiovisual and process-oriented investigative project.

Pop culture hacker Jonathan McIntosh has recently found connections between documentary filming and remix techniques: «the source media reveal the narrative», «countless hours gathering available audiovisual source material trying to construct a narrative plot from all the pieces», «we have a previous idea in our head for the topics we want to cover, the points we want to hit and the general direction we want to take the project but we’re never completely sure what we will find along the way or exactly how it will all fit together in the end».

These are definitely common features with European Souvenirs we invite new audiences to explore together with the artists.

European Souvenirs is now on tour

Next stop: Bilbao, 23rd November at Hondakin, a festival on creative reuse at AlhóndigaBilbao.

ZEMOS98 Festival: Copylove

From 11 to 15, April, the 14th edition of ZEMOS98 Festival will be celebrated in Seville. This year’s leitmotif is COPYLOVE which seeks to bring the focus on those communities where the economy of care, reciprocity and trust are essential elements for the management of the commons. The 14th annual ZEMOS98 Festival titles “Copylove: Commons, Love and Remix” has been built collectively through some encounters in which different cultural agents discussed ideas about place of the commons and love within the community, a place in which to deepen, crystallize and put into action the close relationship of both terms. This has created a local team composed of different communities and diverse people with whom to define and articulate the concept of COPYLOVE.

“COPYLOVE: commons, love and remix” is intended to be an open and collective journey in which to propose reflections on the role of taking affects and management of common resources within communities.

All the programme is available in Spanish here.

Some activities will be available online via streaming.

Beyond remixing the contraries

As a result of the Political Remix Video call that both EMBED and Doc Next Network started last December, the following selection of remixing works will be screened during the next ZEMOS98 Festival (14th April):

- “Glued” by Benoit Detalle (Belgium) – 5’42″
- “Rock the Caucuses” by Smearballs (Canada) – 3’22″
- “Now, Listen!” by Dominik Dušek (Czech Republic) – 3’
- “Subasta II” by Smalouli (Marrocco) – 2’51″
- “The Manufacture Of Consent” by Enrico Argento (Portugal) – 2’22″
- “WakeUpArtists! (Dedicated to Malish)” by SpriteHat (Italy) – 4’
- “Mutantes” by Duplex Corporeition (Spain) – 4’24″
- “A mi tío” by Lacasinegra (Spain) – 1’33″
- “Our Dangerous Demands” by Malaventura (Spain) – 2’
- “Live Free or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12)” by Diran Lyons (USA) – 1’12″
- “Abra la boca (Open Your Mouth)” by Montserrat Santalla Gasco (Spain) – 3’31″
- “Rap News X: #Occupy2012 (feat. Noam Chomsky & Anonymous)” by Hugo Farrant and Giordano Nanni (Australia) – 7’48″

Apart from this programme, two works produced by ZEMOS98 in the framework of Doc Next Network remix workshops will be premiered the same day:

- “Cuentos ilustrados” by Pablo Domínguez (Spain) – 12’07″

- “Esperanza Umbridge y la Marea Verde” by El Ejército de Dumbledore (Spain)- 2’48″

This Political Remix Video international call has received 124 audiovisual works in a month time. The selection committee has been formed by Felipe G. Gil and Pedro Jiménez de ZEMOS98, Joan Carles Martorell (Yerblues.net) y Alberto Tognazzi (Movil Film Fest).

This committee highlights the fact that all these works go beyond the simple technique of «remixing the contraries». They (together with Jonathan McIntosh at PoliticalRemixVideo.com) understand political remix videos as an audiovisual genre which puts into practice the «situationist detournement», using the media to criticize power structures, to deconstruct social myths and defy the mass-media via «re-cutting» and «re-framing». This remix is done from media fragments mixed with pop culture. Could this way of understanding audiovisual remix be a new kind of documentary? How are we going to access the collective memory if it’s already remixed? Aren’t the media using remix techniques as a sort of aesthetic of social reality? Let’s carry on researching into this path and learn from our community.

A new workshop: HTML5 and open video possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0. What

“Posibilidades del Open Video y el HTML5” (HTML5 and Open Video possibilities) is a research, educational and work-in-progress project that will be developed using Open Video and the new HTML5 standard.

The main goal of this project is to develop an interactive audiovisual tool for the internet. Contents and developments resulting from the project will be open and free (in the sense of free software).

1. How

This project will make possible to mix and remix video, audio, photos and links using the internet. This project will be a part of the Audiovisual Source Code methodology, so it will develop audiovisual mixtapes from online audiovisual sources. Everything will be online.

2. When

The project has three phases

PHASE 1: Workshop on HTML5 and Open Video, by A Navalla Suiza
12th-14th December 2011 @Sevilla

Contents

  • Introduction to HTML5
  • Open Video possibilities
  • Audiovisual Examples
  • Popcorn.js or similar development frameworks

The objective is to develop a simple collaborative audiovisual project in HTML5.

Programme:

1. Introduction to HTML5: HTML, CSS, Javascript.

2. Online video and audio: why it is important that video and audio were HTML elements, video/audio formats, browsers, interaction with HTML elements.

A. Practice: show a video in a HTML document, check the code and features.

3. Use of javascript to develop video/audio events

B. Practice: Using the native javascript API

4. Frameworks and tools to develop video/audio on the net

5. Use of popcorn.js, $media and audio APIs

C: Practice: Design a collaborative project

 

PHASE 2: Intensive development of the tool

15th-17th December 2011 @Sevilla

 

PHASE 3: Presentation of the tool with info/documentation of the development process.

April 2012 @Festival UBICUA 2012 (Sevilla)

Who

A navalla suíza is an Internet communication company focused on web development services, social networks and video-based websites. We also develop digital culture & society contents, in particular those related with digital storytelling and crowdsourcing.

With

An initiative by ZEMOS98 for the Doc Next Network, supported by  the ECF Youth&Media Programme and CICUS LAb “Sueño Digital” (University of Sevilla)

 

Everything is a remix: the Matrix

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

Que Neo siga al conejo blanco; o que sea el elegido; que descubra que está viviendo en la caverna de Platón; o que las máquinas terminen dominando al hombre en el desierto de lo real; todas estas han sido razones para ligar The Matrix con referencias culturales conocidas por todos como Alicia en el país de las maravillas, la Biblia, la filosofía platónica o la inteligencia artificial. Razones para entender la cinta de los hermanos Wachowski como un palimpsesto cultural.

A pesar de no proponer nada nuevo (ni siquiera el efecto «bullet time» era la primera vez que se utilizaba y sus autores reconocieron la fuerte influencia que para ellos había tenido Ghost in the Shell), The Matrix se convirtió a finales de la década de los noventa en toda una referencia para la cultura audiovisual.

Ahora Rob Wilson, como ya hizo con Kill Bill (Quentin Tarantino), explora el código fuente audiovisual de The Matrix para descubrir por qué es una referencia de referencias: everything is a remix.

DNN screening at Seville European Film Fest

Esta tarde a las 19h en el I+CAS proyectamos una selección de vídeos pertenecientes a la media collection de la red Doc Next.

Los vídeos que se proyectarán en el Seville European Film Fest son los siguientes:

A Way by Sergey Kirasyan (Armenia)
Biżuteria Publiczna by Iwo Kondefer (Poland)
Bracia by Emi Mazurkiewicz (Poland)
Ece’esque by Bahar Demirkan, Okyar Igli, Hayati Kose and Morteza Moghaddam (Turkey)
Grown up at age of 11in Macedonia by Vladimir Tevcev (Macedonia)
Guilty until Proven Innocent by Danyal Laskar (UK)
Launderette by Bertie Telezynski and Alex Nevill (UK)
Lost in Translation by Akile Nazli Kaya (Turkey)
Sex Sense by José Manuel Borrego, José Manuel Expósito, Pedro Fernández, Rosario Fernández, Noelia Fernández, Belén Márquez, José Antonio Márquez, Iván Ruiz Vergara and Pablo Domínguez (Spain)
The last communist in Berlin by Robin Meurer (Germany)
TRON by Felipe G. Gil (Spain)
Zero Point by Gjorgje Jovanovic (Macedonia)

“El sexo sentido” has been awarded VISIBILIDART prize

“El sexo sentido” (Sex Sense) is a short documentary about youth, sex, love and fears. This video belongs to Doc Next Network media collection and has been made during the audiovisual workshop ZEMOS98 produced at El Viso del Alcor (Seville, Spain), in the IES Profesor Juan Bautista (June 2011).

We’d like to congratulate the media makers José Manuel Borrego, José Manuel Expósito, Pedro Fernández, Rosario Fernández, Noelia Fernández, Belén Márquez, José Antonio Márquez, Iván Ruiz Vergara, together with the coordination of Pablo Domínguez and Rubén Díaz (both members of ZEMOS98) because of the VISIBILIDART 2011 prize, given by COLEGADES (a LGBT association located in Cádiz, Spain).

The VISIBILIDART prize awards those cultural initiatives that make efforts to eradicate homophobia and to promote democratic values.

“El sexo sentido” has aroused great interest as it was broadcasted in the Spanish National TV (TVE) programme “Cámara Abierta 2.0”:

Recordar.TV, listening to our elders

Within DNN media collection, there are 5 categories or themes. One of these categories is the present past, described as «how the past affects the stories and experiences of different generations».
Well, here we have a project that absolutely deal with this topic: Recordar TV (Remember TV).

Recordar TV (Remember TV) is an internet television built up from the perspective of the elderly. It aims to encourage digital literacy among this collective, promote their stories, which do not often take part on the net, and also help with the local issues that could be of public interest on the internet. This is an internet television project, therefore we will not only publish videos, we will take advantage as well of the multimedia languages that are possible on the web.

You can find an English version of the project’s dossier here

The elderly of our society have many things to tell us and Recordar TV has a vocation for listening to them. We would like to encourage those stories which are not usually present on the web and look after local worries subject to public interest and also being creative at the same time. And we would like to do it through an internet television. But not just any television on the internet, but one which is made from the perspective of the elderly. For and by them. And, in that way, help out with the digital literacy of this wide social group, which is highly relevant nowadays in the current paradigm in which life expectancy keeps increasing.

The lack of communication of a society with their elders usually is not an issue of age difference, neither it is due to diverse generations not understanding one another. Sometimes it happens that the tools we use to do it are just different. Because growing older not necessarily means stop being young. That is the reason why we want to share the tools that exist nowadays with people that did not have, for whatever reason, the chance to get to know or handle them with ease to make them part of their everyday life.

We are going to explore the lands where languages get mixed up, where prejudices vanish away, where lives cross one another. We are going to play again.

Because it is never too late to learn. And it does not matter how much you know, but how willing you are to keep learning.

A new workshop on audiovisual remix by ZEMOS98

 

ZEMOS98, thanks to the support of ECF, is this year a sponsor institution of Seville European Film Festival (4th to 11th November). Our team is running an audiovisual remix workshop between 8th and 11th November on the following topic: the fascinated society, (un)reading, (re)reading and (re)making media images.

Audiovisual remix is so present that it runs the risk of becom- ing a fashion empty of content left in the hands of a society fascinated by the moving image. What is hidden behind the discourse of consumption?

You can find all the info about the workshop in Spanish here. And you can check a video about the last workshop on remix we did at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Seville:

Workshop on Remix – ZEMOS98

Advisory Council Meeting in Budapest

Sabíamos poco de la ECF cuando por primera vez -en el otoño de 2010- se pusieron en contacto con nosotros para formar parte del programa Youth & Media, que finalmente ha derivado en esta red llamada Doc Next Network (DNN).

Desde entonces, nos hemos empapado de sus objetivos, hemos conocido a muchos de sus miembros y nos hemos reunido en varias ocasiones con nuestros socios de la DNN en Amsterdam (durante el festival IDFA), en Londres (mientras tenía lugar el Future Film Fest en el BFI) y en Sevilla(con la excusa del Festival ZEMOS98). En septiembre viajaremos a Wrocław, sede del Congreso Cultural Europeo, en Polonia.

Tras estos primeros meses de trabajo, la ECF consideró que teníamos algo que aportar en el Advisory Council Meeting, que se celebra anualmente, en esta ocasión en Budapest el día 6 de junio y con el título de Cultural Change Makers in Turbulent Times: Views on the Eastern European and Southern Mediterranean EU Neighbourhoods.

Desde sus primeros años, la ECF ha centrado su trabajo en la reflexión sobre el concepto de vecindad europea, entendiendo el continente más allá de sus fronteras políticas. Las revueltas árabes y europeas suponen cambios significativos y turbulentos para los países con los que colabora la ECF y, por tanto, en este consejo anual, se trataba de conectar experiencias e ideas para que las voces de los agentes de cambio cultural de los vecinos europeos se integren en el discurso de la UE en un doble proceso de aprendizaje, que fluya en ambos sentidos.

Lo que pretendía la ECF de nosotros y otros muchos colaboradores era una serie de consejos sobre cómo debe actuar la Fundación ahora y a largo plazo; también revisar sus acciones y su forma de organización del trabajo, con la idea de estar preparados para cambiar y adaptarse cuando sea necesario.

Desde nuestra perspectiva, apostamos por dos cuestiones clave para afrontar la nueva situación económica y política: atender, aprender y fomentar las formas de organización en red de las que han brotado las revoluciones árabes y europeas; y apostar e incentivar proyectos que actúen como medios/mediadores de información y comunicación (que actúen localmente y piensen globalmente) que no estén condicionados ni controladados por los poderes fácticos, como ocurre con los medios de comunicación mainstream.

Para ZEMOS98 fue un placer y un honor formar parte de este refrescante encuentro con vecinos de toda Europa, una Europa que no entiende de fronteras.

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