We all like stories. We create them. We consume them. We distribute them. And we remix them. Today, I have a little story to tell you about Remapping Europe.
A lot of time, the most interesting things that happen around proffesional and cultural projects are the unexpected and unplanned things. Yes, you usually have a budget, meetings, agendas, dates, workplans, teams, tasks, documents, emails and of course, stressful situations.To be very brief, Remapping Europe is an international project run by Doc Next Network, to create and share stories to rethink our european identity. We want to work with migrants to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally. But as you can see (and feel), this is the official definition. And of course, I can tell you a lot of things from this perspectives (because believe me, in the Doc Next Network, we love to open new documents. We are on the very brink of crashing Google Docs). So, this morning, I experienced something that showed me a personal and unofficial definition of what Remapping Europe is.
This is Ahmed. He was born in Somalia but he is living in London. His father was very lucky: in Somalia, someone working at the BBC there who could get out people of the country organized a kind of job-offer to get out 3 people from there. There were a lot of people who wanted to leave the country. Ahmed’s father was one of these.
Ahmed studied Filmmaking in London. Now, he is in contact with the Refugee Youth organization, based in London. And now, this organization is collaborating with the British Film Institute (one of the hubs of the Doc Next Network). He will be one of the “Travelling Participants” in Remapping Europe. His responsibility is to travel to every country (Poland, Turkey, Spain) and to be the storyteller of these experiences to the rest of Refugee Youth.
I met him yesterday. It was the first workshop of Remapping Europe in Warsaw. We had to make a game to present ourselves. We were in pairs, and we had 15 minutes to tell our story. Then, we had to present our partner to the others and take a photo of him/her. It was in the moment that Ahmed told us that he has two kids, and in the photo you’re watching he is imitating one of his kids making a “double-sign-of-peace” with his hands.
But it was this morning when I really felt “Ok, this is Remapping Europe”. We were having breakfast. When you are not an anglo-parlant, it’s the worst moment of the day because your english-skills are still sleeping. But then we started a conversation about free culture. And I was myself again, explaining the main core of Free culture, the Creative Commons licences, what the public domain is, etc. And then we connected with the african oral tradition of Ahmed.
And there we were: a Canary guy with French and Andalusian roots (and maybe it’s my intuition, with Phoenician ancestors) talking about free culture with a Somali guy living in London, in the middle of the snow in Warsaw.
I know that maybe it sounds naive, but for me, I realised in this moment that it’s part of my work. But it’s also part of my life. Because we were remapping europe.
Abrelatas says: Thankx Matt, for helping me with my English!
Doc Next Network initiated a training course “Working with Immigrant Media-makers” in London, taking place on September 12, 13 and 14. The goal of this cross-sectorial training is to develop shared methodologies to involve young D-I-Y creative media-makers with (im)migrant backgrounds in the creation of new remixed media works. The training is part of the ‘Remapping Europe – A Remix’ project.
‘Remapping Europe – a Remix’ is an investigative artistic project that aims to contribute to an inclusive cultural practice and public imagery in and of Europe by connecting young creative media-makers who have (im)migrant perspectives from Spain, Poland, Turkey, and the UK to wider European intergenerational audiences.
The project’s activities stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re- view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of (im)migrants in European societies and to ultimately, ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally.
The activities include transnational, cross-sectorial learning platforms, investigating the immigrant’s perspective in the public debate and imagery; creative remix ateliers in Spain, Poland, Turkey, and the UK, involving 48 young digital storytellers with (im)migrant backgrounds and perspectives; international showcases of their remix works at significant cultural festivals in each of these countries and in an on- line media collection; major remix-performance and installation in Amsterdam and Seville, with a wider participatory, digital component involving European citizens across the continent and a research publication and catalogue documenting the processes and outcomes of the project.
The Goal of this cross-sectorial training is to develop shared methodologies to involve young DIY creative media-makers with (im)migrant backgrounds in the creation of new remixed media works. Cultural experts of the partner organisations (The Doc Next Network ‘hubs’) will bring a community worker of a local immigrant organisation from their country to present and discuss practices on how to reach and include young immigrants in their creative media making ateliers.
What are the challenges and opportunities that can be used for a shared methodology to reach ‘hard-to- get’ target groups? The training is a stepping stone for the inclusion of young immigrants in the remix ateliers.
- To develop a ‘target group’ to understand who it is we aim to work with;
- To develop a recruitment methodology for finding participants;
- To understand existing methods of practice when working with young (im)migrants;
- To gain an understanding of the tools at our disposal for the Remix Ateliers;
- To develop local and joint Remix Atelier methodologies;
- To create a common language with mutual understandings and agreements;
- To understand how we can avoid stereotyping and pre-assumptions that may hinder the project.
Delving into audiovisual materials from leading European archives, Doc Next Network brings you European Souvenirs that offer a trip down memory lane. Remixing music, photography and film, the European Souvenirs artistic group re-examines the prevailing imagery of immigrants across European communities and re-maps Europe visually, geographically and conceptually.
These videos are interviews with the artists. Read more about the people behind European Souvenirs.
FARAH RAHMAN (NL) Works as a video artist in audiovisual performances, creates photos, films and site specific art installations. Her work is often related to the Eastern philosophy Wabi Sabi, seeing beauty in imperfection. The re-use of materials, analog techniques and mixing them all together in the digital jungle is typical in her work. It has been described as audiovisual poetry, guerilla style. Next to her work as an artist she translates this style in project based assignments like publicity film/photography, workshop concepts, stop-motion animation.
Farah Rahman studied BA Audiovisual Design at the Willem The Kooning Art Academy In Rotterdam.
NORIKO OKAKU (UK) Noriko Okaku produces work in animated video, drawing, sculpture and audio/visual live performance. Her work in various media often retains a collage art element. She borrows, adopts, copies and recycles existing images to explore the diverse avenues of perception. Her work explores the eclecticism and mystery/strangeness underlying everyday objects and actions. Okaku studied Fine Art (Media) at Chelsea College of Art and Design before attending the MA Animation at Royal College of Art.
Her video work has been included in exhibitions at Hakobaka Gallery Kyoto, Asifakeil Museum Quartier Austria and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow.
KAROL RAKOWSKI (PL) Multimedia artist and director, producer, musician; philosopher by education. In his works, he deconstructs borders that separate media from artistic expression forms and exceeds limitations of the tools he is using. He is particularly interested in light and its role in the dramaturgy of a performance.
He collaborated with many artists, working in superproductions (like the project with Brian ENO for the Wrocław Fountain), as well as avant-garde projects.
He lives and works in Wrocław (Poland).
MALAVENTURA (ES) Based in Fuengirola (Malaga, Andalucia), Malaventura is the moniker of Fernando García Tamajón (Malaga, 1978) BA in Audiovisual Communications studies by the University of Malaga.
His work range from experimental electronic music, videoart pieces, multi-touch interfaces programming, random experiments with online movie editing or the “Audiovisual Sampler” artifact, a tool that make possible to launch movie clips in live action to create a live cinema show. Since the year 2000 delivering music & video works under open licences
BARIŞ GÜRSEL (TR) Media Artist & Director working on various motion graphics, animation and music video projects. Till 2011 worked as a compositing artist for many animation/vfx projects at Anima Istanbul. In 2012 co-founded his company Bench Studio in Istanbul. He is also working as a freelance compositing and motion graphics artist in Amsterdam.
Studied Interactive Design at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul, and now receiving his MFA degree in VCD from Bilgi University. Through his own artwork he is attempting to examine the phenomenon of Biophilia (Human-Nature Relations) and Fiction/Fake.
Crossing shifting borders – In the next weeks Doc Next Network focusses on the mainstream imagery of IMMIGRATION IN EUROPE, still largely dominated by ‘traditional’ media like public and commercial tv, radio and newspapers. In September and October 2012 Doc Next Network sheds an alternative light on traditional imaginary, by bringing forward local contexts and the personal perspectives of immigrants to the wider European stage.
Each two months Doc Next Network share videos, articles and more around a certain topic or theme that is close to our goals and believes. We want to engage young people, NGO’s, policy makers and mainstream media in the collection (of documentary activities of young people from Europe) so that the voices and views our makers can be heard, listened to and acted upon.
We invite you to add content! If you want to contribute, please mail your videos, calls, articles or photos to Puck de Klerk.
The picture above shows Italian immigrants arriving in Oldenzaal (1961, The Netherlands) from the Dutch National Archive.
This publication tells the story of an unusual year-long civic project that took place in the Turkish city of Çanakkale in 2010, carried out by Anadolu Kültür, who have been closely involved with the ECF European Neighbourhood programme since 2005. Chosen by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) as an example of good practice, the project encouraged the city’s entire population to get involved in cultural policies and activities – through workshops, focus groups, activities and meetings.
Downloadable in English and Turkish, this publication documents the project’s progress from start to finish in the words of the citizens themselves. It includes statements of mission and vision, activities that led to the development of a city-wide manifesto, press coverage showing the project’s visibility and evaluations of the project, as well as some suggested next steps.
The idea for Çanakkale 2010 was developed under the framework of ECF’s ‘(In)visible Cities’ project, which provided arts management training and advice to local cultural operators working on cultural projects in three different Turkish cities, including Çanakkale.
Het WK Voetbal van afgelopen zomer deed wat sport dient te doen: verbroederen. Heel Nederland kleurde oranje (en half Zuid-Afrika ook). Ook was er de winst van Wilders en zijn PVV, die Nederland in meerdere kampen verdeelde. De Antillen werden als land opgeheven en voor het eerst vond het Nationale Suikerfeest plaats. Het is maar een greep uit het Nederlandse nieuws over en van multicultureel Nederland in 2010./strongMira Media presenteert de meest spraakmakende gebeurtenissen rond media en culturele diversiteit uit het afgelopen jaar in haar jaaroverzicht Media en Culturele Diversiteit 2010. Enerzijds gebeurtenissen die specifiek betrekkinghebben op het terrein van diversiteit in de media. Van de andere kant ook nationale en internationale gebeurtenissen waarin media een belangrijke rol spelen en die hun weerslag hebben op de multiculturele verhoudingen in Nederland. Dit jaar worden voor het eerst een paar thema’s uitgelicht. Thema’s die gedurende het hele jaar spelen en waarvan het verloop in de maand overzichten niet tot hun recht zou komen. Uitgelicht worden: Religiekritiek en botsende grondrechten, WK-zomer, Pakistan versus Haïti en Roma.Het jaaroverzicht is a href=http://miramedia.nl/publicaties/detail.asp?nodeid=54amp;id=6841amp;start=0amp;offset=6 target=_blankhier/a beschikbaar als download.