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All creative works are derivative

European Souvenirs, a project by Doc Next Network, wants to re-conquer European imaginary. Remix techniques help us not only to understand the past, but also a way of re-writing our past.

Doc Next Network is working on European Souvenirs an independent, process-oriented, investigative, collaborative, innovative and high quality multi-media project that will shake up our minds and our prevailing imagery of the places we live in. The project is commissioned by the European Cultural Foundation in its quest for new European inspiring narratives, and designed by ZEMOS98 (Spain).

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WHY DO WE DO IT?

VJs, or any artist who takes on the precepts of contemporariety as proposed by Marcel Duchamp and his ready-mades, uses the material at hand as a source of inspiration. The copying, manipulation and representation of the real includes images from films, DVDs, video clips and video games.

In an interview by ZEMOS98 about his remix of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, the musician and philosopher Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky said: “the profile of the DJ is already established in our minds, which is why the art of the 20th Century has become the inspiration for the art of the 21st century”.

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Augustine of Hippo identifies three times:

“(…) a present of things past, a present of things present, and a present of things future. (…) The present of things past is memory, the present of things present is sight, and the present of things future is expectation”.

Loop

The greatest video remixer of history of  video art is precisely the father of  video art, its most famous pioneer: Nam June Paik. On the 1st of January 1984, artists from all over the world were invited to participate in a global satellite project called Good Morning Mr. Orwell as a tribute to George Orwell.

Paik’s main concern was to create an international product made up of a mix of synthesized images that he would remix together in real time. This work was the first television zapping experience involving Eastern and Western images, because Paik structured the tape as a collage of images. Paik’s collages –said Jean Paul Fargier – tend to infinity.

“Culture is an endless palimpsest”, according to Roland Barthes: no tradition, no memory, no myth is ultimate: the process of communication is endless indeed. “All creative works are derivative”, Nina Paley explains.

Our media landscape (Antoni Muntadas) is full of texts, audios, videos and pictures: a constant loop that puts together and build a common imaginary, that is, a cultural, symbolic and token dimension of norms, traditions, rituals, values, institutions, laws and symbols that a society has in common, respect and works as a frame for the ways of living together.

European Souvenirs departs from the convention of the traditional audiovisual memoire: the (media) archive. This process-oriented media project researches and translates a combination of media archives from different european institutions to show on the stage the connections between European media landscape and its social imaginaries, dealing with the representation of european identity, experience and tradition.

Inspired by avant-garde art movement philosophy, by its experimental techniques like the collage, influenced by expanded, abstract and live cinema and radically linked to the paradigm of remix culture, European Souvenirs retrieves media documents to implement, reconcile and capture the imagination of Europe.

Re-loop

Remix as a new cultural paradigm: memory, fiction, utopia and archive. Archives become treasures to be discovered, overwhelmed by the information age. European Souvenirs is a unique archive and source of media documents that tell other or important stories (not visible for the mainstream media): it can bring those stories to another stage, remixed in a highly qualitative live cinema performance that will tour in different countries. In a constant process of interaction, found images from the past produce new ideas:

“You don’t have to look for new images that have never been seen, but you have to work on existing images in a way that makes them new. There are various paths. Mine is to look for the buried sense, and to clear away the rubble lying on top of the images.” (Harun Farocki).

Chroma key (a photographic compositing technique based on the separation of colors in the original images)

Remix culture is much more than an artistic antecedent based on the idea of surrealist collage. Remix culture is much more than an audio sampling technique inspired by the origins of phonography and highlighted by Djs since the 80s. Remix is deeply embedded in our culture and influences the intersection of education, communication, culture and politics. European Souvenirs artists will tend to become invisible as the creators of the work.

Once the show begins, the home-videos and other found material from the archives will be suddenly charged with meaning not intended by the original producers. Techniques like sampling, dub, assemblage, collage, remix, chroma key or scratch are applicable to this particular project because of the availability of this ready-made material from the archives we work with.

Fade in (audio or video effect used to begin a sample in total silence or darkness and gradually increase the audio signal or lighten a shot to full brightness)

It makes sense for the European Souvenirs project to become archaeologists of image and sound in order to keep up with our age and to transform old footage in new and meaningful media. The souvenir as «a memento, keepsake or token of remembrance» is the core of the project. Apparently disconnected, a chaos of souvenirs is re-organized through remix techniques to capture completely new and updated visions and ways of imaging the society we live in.

Wipe (one shot replaces another following a 2-dimension pattern)

European Souvenirs champions the idea of a multi-layer reality woven of diverse identities, experiences and traditions. European Souvenirs represents that complex idea by a multimedia, collaborative, work-in-progress project which is characterised by the use of found footage and multi-layered rhythms. Remix techniques help us not only to understand the past, but also a way of re-writing our past.

Scratch (a video editing technique as a variation of moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable)

“We need history, but not the way a spoiled loafer in the garden of knowledge needs it.” (Nietzsche, Of the Use and Abuse of History). “New techniques for our past and history, which are themselves our future.” (Walter Benjamin). European Souvenirs wants to re-conquer the destiny of present-day European imagination of itself.

Copy & Paste

“Our markets, our democracy, our science, our traditions of free speech, and our art all depend more heavily on a Public Domain of freely available material than they do on the informational material that is covered by property rights. The Public Domain is not some gummy residue left behind when all the good stuff has been covered by property law. The Public Domain is the place we quarry the building blocks of our culture. It is, in fact, the majority of our culture.” (James Boyle, The Public Domain).

WHEN
European Souvenirs is a live cinema performance that will be staged for the first time at Imagining Europe on Saturday, 6 October 2012 at the renowned cultural space De Balie in Amsterdam, and will tour afterwards in different countries across Europe and beyond.
MORE ABOUT EUROPEAN SOUVENIRS
The artists work with audiovisual material from leading European institutions that have opened up their archives for this project: Eye Film Institute (Amsterdam), Institute for Sound and Image (Amsterdam), OVNI Archives (Barcelona) and Filmoteca de Andalucía (Córdoba), Digital National Archive (Warsaw), SALT (Istanbul) and the British Film Institute (London).

Curated by Spanish artists and remix experts of ZEMOS98, European Souvenirs will be created by an artistic ensemble of five European media-makers that were born during the decades of the 1980’s and later in Spain, Poland, UK, Turkey and the Netherlands. They have different profiles complementing each other as media artists, performers, 3D animators, documentarians, musicians, DJs and VJs.

The audience will enjoy an audiovisual journey through the re-interpretation of home and institutional archives. This performance aims to capture the views of a new generation of media-makers to address key concerns and issues of the Europe we live in for a broad audience in Europe and beyond.

European Souvenirs has its own website with updates about the project, portraits of the artists and more. You can also stay up to date by becoming our friend: Like our Doc Next Network Page on Facebook!
WOULD YOU LIKE A REMIX CULTURE COURSE? GO TO http://blogs.zemos98.org/abrelatas/2012/07/04/remix-culture-course/

Poland.doc Inspirations available in English

Inspirations is a series of articles, interviews and videos written with young creators and culture animateurs in mind.

The series opens with a documentary series How to make a film, created by Polish documentary maker Piotr Stasik for the public television channel Kultura. Texts range from general reflections on being creative (To be creative by cultural animateur at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Maria Parczewska) to practical advice (Photography in work with children by Association “ę”’s own Agnieszka Pajączkowska).

With something to liven up the minds of every one interested in film, photography or more broadly creative work, Inspirations invite the reader to challenge themselves – to be inspired.

Full list of articles and videos is available at the Poland.doc website.

All episodes of How to make a film also available on the Association “ę” Vimeo channel.

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.

We are nominated!!!

Doc Next Network is nominated for the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2011!

The Erasmus EuroMedia Award is an annual prize, launched in 1995, to outstanding media productions contributing to the development of a European society. Doc Next has been nominated for its media collection and the entire network that is providing content to this media collection.

The award ceremony will take place on 14 October 2011 in Vienna.  The ceremony is a meeting point for international media professionals. The afternoon presentation of the winners and the festive evening reception provide the ideal ambiences to socialise and exchange ideas. Covered by news media from all over Europe, the EuroMedia Awards attract attention to our work.

The EuroMedia Awards honour media productions that:

  • enhance the media discourse on Europe
  • provide a qualitative discussion of objectives, perspectives and challenges for the development of European Societies
  • relate to European topics like cohesion, social values, migration, identity, solidarity …
  • show an educational ambition
  • invest ideas and ambition in an European Public Sphere

Holiday workshop in Pszów

First holiday workshops of Poland.doc finished in Pszów. Group of young people worked on a joint film project, telling the story of residents of this Silesian town. We watched classic and modern documentaries and practised basic language of film expression. Together, we worked on questions, which were later posed to our protagonists. After a week of intensive work we managed to complete materials for a short film etude. Participants from Pszów will be invited to the official premiere in September.

More photos at the Poland.doc blog

Poland.doc on holidays

In a week’s time we are starting first multimedia workshops for kids and
youngsters tutored by the Flying Cultural Animateurs and participants of
Poland.doc
.

We are starting in the Sląsk district in Southern Poland with documentary
film workshops. Together with the kids we will be looking for “Local
Heroes”. During the workshops we encourage participants to observe tenderly
and with care. We believe film allows telling universal stories about
reality around us. We encourage our participants to describe their world,
develop their imagination and to translate their ideas to the language of
moving image.

 

by Krzys Pacholak

 

Summer Polska.doc workshops will be held in

Pszów 27.06-03.07
Kołbacz 11-17.07
Łucznica 25-31.07
Lublin 18-24.07
Kotla 19-25.07

See more on our website poland.doc.e.org.pl

Poland.doc: 10 minutes of inspiration

Participants with Marcel Łoziński. fot Ula Klimek

The Polish project from the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” kicked off with a very special event. We have gathered our participants in one of Warsaw’s flagship cafe-clubs to have an intellectual speed-dating session with some of our most inspirational artists. We called it “10 minutes of intelligent conversation”.

 

The idea was thus: at 12 tables in Chłodna 25 cafe sat 12 inspirational artists and intellectuals. Our participants sat with them in groups of 3 and had 10 minutes chats. Then switched over to the next table. 10 minutes is not long for an in depth conversation, but it is just enough to ask this one important question we had in our minds for a while, talk about this book or film we have been wondering about. Enough to get few very important sentences to help us kick off our own projects, to start pondering something new – in other words get inspired.

Our guests included:

Marcel Łoziński – Oscar nominated documentary director and a tutor in film at academies in Paris and Warsaw. His films include: “89 mm to Europe”, “Anything can happen”, “Poste Restante” and the most recent – “Tonia and her children”.

Tadeusz Rolke – photographer with keen eye for social issues and situations, considered the precursor of polish photographic reportage. He bought his first camera during the World War II. Tadeusz contributes hugely to the education of young photographers.

Tadeusz Sobolewski – film critic, worked with most of major Polish film titles and now is a film editor at the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He has also contributed to film as editor and screenwriter.

Kobas Laksa – photographer known for artistic approach and mixing media. He has also written and directed short films and music videos.

Lena Rogowska – cultural practitioner and gender studies academic. Lena has pionieered musical work with women in difficult life situations and has successfully produced musicals with girls from reformatories.

And many others.

This was the start of Poland.doc, which through a series of workshops will see a group of young creative through development of their own documentary film and/or photo projects. The workshops are tutored by experienced professionals and 10 most promising projects will gain a chance of realisation.

http://www.polska.doc.e.org.pl/

 

Video Art Bursary work begins!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks here at BFI Future Film! We have selected our documentary bursary winners! In addition to this, our video artists had their first meeting yesterday, with each beginning to plan their project and having a one-on-one session with our expert Phillip Warnell. The talented young people were also awarded their £400 (€450) cheques. The winners are pictured in the image.

We’ve been working hard scouting documentaries from the UK, and have now reached the 35 mark on our Vimeo Channel, with more to be uploaded by the weekend, so keep an eye open…

Finally, we’ve been busy planning away, and have some very interesting events lined up at the BFI Southbank over the next couple of months. On the 25th/26th/27th June we are excited to be host the Refuge in Films festival 2011, a three day festival full of films, interactive workshops and discussions to explore issues of displacement, refuge and migration. Click the link for more information on all the events taking place.

Then on the 9th July we are presenting How to Be Funny, looking at new ways to break into comedy writing for film, TV and the internet. We’ll be joined by our friends at the London Comedy Writers Festival to bring a whole host of practical ways you can write for comedy and get your work in front of an audience. There will also be a showcase of work by some of the hottest young comedy writers including our friends Kool Beanz Productions.

For more information on our events Click Here…

“Local Heroes” workshop in Eskisehir wrapped up!

“Eskişehir’in Yerel Kahramanları” konulu Youth MODE Eskişehir Belgesel Film Atölyesi başarıyla sonlandı!

18-24 Nisan 2011 tarihlerinde düzenlenen atölyede 15 katılımcı önce Anadolu Universitesi İletişim Bilimleri Fakültesi’nde belgesel film yapımı, senaryo oluşturma, dijital kamera kullanımı ve montaj konularında iki günlük eğitime girdi; daha sonra 3 gün boyunca gruplar halinde kısa belgesel filmlerin çekimlerini tamamladı. En son 2 günde filmlerin kurgusu gerçekleştirildi. 25 Nisan’da ise filmlerin gösterimi yapıldı. Tüm filmler yakında yayınlanıyor olacak.

Ilgın Aksoy, Şengül Moral ve Gamze Akan İÇİMİZDEN BİRİ adlı filmi; Merih Yıldırım, Ayşenur Uyanık ve Halil İbrahim Gökcan DİNLE NEY’DEN adlı filmi; İbrahim Zateri, Gözde Karadağ ve Kübra Yurtseven KOŞULSUZ adlı filmi; Ayşegül Kara, Yusuf Ziya Esencan, Müge Şahin ve Eren Babacan KRİSTAL UMUTLAR adlı filmi; Ahmet Demir ve Karan Düzyol da KİM-İM-İZ adlı filmi tamamladılar.

Devamını okumak ve atölye fotoğraflarını görmek için tıklayın.

To read more and to view the workshop slideshow click here.

13 Festival Internacional ZEMOS98

Dicen que no hay tiempo que perder. Lo dicen las noticias y los fanzines, las canciones de siempre y las películas en versión original del cine al que vamos de vez en cuando. Se cuela por las rendijas subliminales de la publicidad, por las caras B y por la letra pequeña. Vivimos al día: hiperconectados, hipermotivados, hiperenlazados. Seguimos viajando de átomos a bits a la velocidad de la luz. La cultura converge y se vuelve transmediática e híbrida. Educación, comunicación, arte, ciencia y tecnología copulan amigablemente. Somos expertos de nada y amateursde todo. En este punto nos hemos quedado pensando, muy quietos, tratando de saber qué es lo que se pierde cuando el tiempo se va.

¿Es el overbooking cultural un nuevo problema de las ciudades contemporáneas? ¿Estamos reflexionando o estamos generando artificios reflexivos? ¿Debe el pensamiento crítico hacer marketing de sí mismo? ¿Por qué nos atrae lo nuevo? ¿Qué necesidad hay de generar noticias continuamente? ¿Escribimos nuestra propia historia o generamos consumibles comunicativos? ¿Queremos llegar antes o ir más deprisa? ¿Cuesta cada vez más pensar?

En estos últimos años hemos hablado de control y videovigilancia, de televisión, de inteligencia colectiva. Hemos puesto sobre la mesa conceptos como MicrobiosEducación ExpandidaRegreso al Futuro. Nos hemos dibujado y borrado en infinidad de ocasiones sin temor a salirnos de la línea. Nos hemos hecho preguntas y las hemos respondido. Hemos buscado respuestas y no las hemos encontrado. Nos seguimos haciendo preguntas.

Un festival tras otro, hemos sentido la responsabilidad de proponer un tema que abriera un nuevo surco de reflexión, que ayudara a definir un poco más el camino por el que transitan nuestros anhelos e intuiciones, creyendo que, conectando cada uno de los puntos neurálgicos de ese sistema nervioso, aportaríamos algo a este ecosistema cultural en el que nos movemos. Esta vez no, no queremos recurrir a la urgencia de lo nuevo, no queremos generar un trending topic o una keyword de moda. Lo que queremos es tomarnos el tiempo necesario para seguir pensando sobre aquello que consideramos define y redefine el contexto cultural de quienes entrelazamos espacios analógicos y digitales.

Queremos hacer un alto en el camino para reforzar la idea de que, aún siendo pequeños microbios, formamos parte de una masa multiforme que vive en la sociedad red, generando dinámicas de lo micro que abren espacios para la cultura libre y el procomún. El Festival Internacional ZEMOS98 funciona como hub cultural, por eso somos mediadores tecnológicos y por eso experimentamos con contenidos y formatos. En 2011, el año de la crisis incesante, nuestros intereses siguen su curso mientras mantenemos el anclaje en tres líneas de investigación:

  • Educación expandida: porque aprendemos en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar; porque para nosotros en la genealogía de festival encontramos un laboratorio educativo.
  • Audiovisual integrado: porque vivimos inmersos en una cultura audiovisual cuyos sistemas de representación y narración están mutando gracias a conceptos como interfaz, hipervínculo, código embed, etc.
  • Comunicación en Beta: porque no hay comunicación sin educación y viceversa, porque la red nos exige conversar, multiplicar nuestra identidad, ser honestos y transparentes.

Por todo lo anterior, señoras y señores periodistas, afiliados a festivales y público en general…lo sentimos: DESAPARECE EL FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL ZEMOS98.

Es broma.

En realidad simplemente no tenemos tema nuevo. O sí.

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