Category Archives: Remix

Remapping Europe: case study in international and inter-institutional collaboration.

Collaboration across Europe benefits from some key ingredients, which need to be at the root of our working processes. We must cross and indeed break-down borders on many physical and metaphysical levels. Collaboration enhances the ‘spaces in-between’, the intersections between, people, organisations and ideas. In our complicated (but very rich) 21st century, the intersections are not of two spheres converging, but of many – layered, interconnected – and made even more complex by the digital opportunities that envelop us.

The artists of European Souvenirs (left to right): Karol Rakowski (Poland), Bariş Gürsel (Turkey), Farah Rahman (Netherlands), Malaventura (Spain), Noriko Okaku (Japan / UK). Pic by Ricardo Barquín Molero.

The artists of European Souvenirs (left to right): Karol Rakowski (Poland), Bariş Gürsel (Turkey), Farah Rahman (Netherlands), Malaventura (Spain), Noriko Okaku (Japan / UK).

This paper considers a thought provoking project through several lenses, through several intersections. The two year experimental project Remapping Europe – a Remix was initiated by Doc Next Network, a network instigated by the Youth and Media Programme of the European Cultural Foundation. The project launched in De Balie, Amsterdam in October 2012 with a live cinema performance by five young multimedia artists from different corners of Europe called European Souvenirs. (more…)

Remapping Europe, a Remix Project
Remapping Europe, a Remix Project investigates imagery about migrants in Europe, and the relation between migrant portrayal in mainstream media and public opinion.
Remapping Europe, a Remix Project is an investigative artistic project by Doc Next Network with activities that stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies.

hero_bike2In the public debate and imagery of Europe, migrants are still often portrayed along merely national, ethnic or religious lines. Specific local and personal perspectives of immigrants are often lacking and important country-or region-specific migration contexts not nuanced. This exclusion of the perspective of migrants in mainstream media also hinders creative and cultural potential. It does no justice to an inclusive and creative Europe.

Doc Next Network explores these notions in a two year project called Remapping Europe, a Remix Project. The aim of the multilayered project is to highlight the own perspectives of young migrant media-makers in four countries by including their mediaworks, stories and visions in the public discourse.

We are working with some 50  young media makers from Poland, Turkey, Spain and the UK , who have a migrant background,  to   deconstruct existing imagery of migrants in different European countries and… to remix that. By presenting their  visual remix stories we aim to create a new imagery of migrants: in and of Europe. We are interested in the debate around media, migrants, Europe and ‘ self-representation’. We invite you to take part in our journey!

Methodology
We use re-mixing of media both as a tool as well as a cultural framework. The concept of ‘remix’book_catalog refers to a broad set of social and cultural practices consisting of the fragmentation, re-ordering, and re-contextualisation of both pre-existing and new content – whether text, sound or image. A method which reveals the local and personal perspectives of migrants, as captured by a new generation of digital storytellers. Ultimately, we want to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally.

Activities

Co-organisers

  • Towarzystwa Inicjatyw Twórczych “ę” (Creative Initiatives “ę”), Poland
  • Future Film Programme of the British Film Institute, UK
  • MODE Istanbul, Turkey
  • ZEMOS98, Spain

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Book European Souvenirs now!

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.

European Souvenirs is a major live-cinema performance by artists Karol Rakowski (PL), Barış Gürsel (TR), Farah Rahman (NL), Malaventura (ES) and Noriko Okaku (JP/UK).

European Souvenirs tours in different countries across Europe and beyond. You can book the show for your own event or venue now! Download the folder including the booking conditions and contact information by clicking on the image on the right.

This video shows 15 minutes of European Souvenirs. The original length of the performance is 50 minutes. More…

Aha! This is Remapping Europe!

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.

ahmed

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.

By Abrelatas from ZEMOS98

Abrelatas says: Thankx Matt, for helping me with my English!

New Doc Next Theme: Interactive Storytelling.

Introducing a new Doc Next Network featured Theme for December and January: INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING.

At a time when interactivity is redefining the documentary landscape, Doc Next Network, as a movement committed to reimagining the notion of “documentary”, tackles the link between digital interactive technologies and documentary making by zooming in on interactive storytelling practices.

Promoting documentary as tool for communication as well as documentation, and forming a link between traditional media and the constantly developing world of free culture, Doc Next Network investigates interactive storytelling as a new model of exchange between young creators, providing them an alternative space to be inter-active, inter-participatory, and inter-dependent. 

Essentially, the interactive multimedia capability of the Internet provides documentarians with a unique medium to create non-linear and multi-linear forms of narrative that combine photography, text, audio, video, animation and infographics. Beyond that, with the development of new authoring tools, with HTML5 and open video possibilities, media makers are getting enabled to create a wider range of experiences and personal ways for the networked audience to tap into the narrative sphere of a documentary, giving them an active role in the negotiation of ‘reality’.

With the Do-it-with-Others (DiwO) approach deeply ingrained in our network, we believe these practices help the new generation of media makers create meaningful, socially engaged stories in a participatory framework by introducing new ways of interaction, conversation and sharing of ideas between and among their different communities, allowing them to compare the realities of different worlds and ultimately to present in novice ways alternative perspectives on contemporary Europe and beyond.

Social justice through free culture and expanded (media) education.” This is what we seek to promote and accomplish through our work as Doc Next Network. We welcome, investigate and help construct new approaches, methods and tools of storytelling to do just that.

The theme of Interactive Storytelling will run until mid January 2013.

Interview Doc Next maker Hande Zerkin

 

Documentary director and street photographer Hande Zerkin from Izmir, Turkey, participated the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) 2012 as one of the invited media makers of Doc Next Network. Hande is one of the directors of the short documentary Just Brewed It, We’re Waiting for It to Settle (Demledik, Çökmesini Bekliyoruz), screened as part of the Doc Next Mini Cinema program during IDFA 2012.  The documentary was completed during the Youth MODE Creative Documentary Workshop ‘Local Heroes of Izmir’, organized by Doc Next partner MODE Istanbul in February 2012. Hande also took part in the North Aegean Narratives project, produced by Istanbul Digital Culture and Arts Foundation and facilitated by MODE Istanbul, and completed as a part of the project the short documentary I Missed the Bus. 

MODE Istanbul team interviewed Hande Zerkin during IDFA 2012. To read the interview in Turkish please click here.

 

Doc Next films screened at IDFA 2012.

More than 30 Doc Next films are screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012. Within the program of Doc Next @ IDFA, there are 5 theme categories: Public Spaces, Strong Stories, Body & Soul, The Protagonist, Political Remix Videos and Dutch Local Heroes.

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  • Which film is screened where, at IDFA? Watch the playlists at the bottom of this page.

Public Spaces. A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people. But who decides how these places are used and improved? These films are about fighting bureaucracy, striving for a change in urban environments and other ‘street life’.

Hometown Glory, Exposure, UK, 2011
“People came together, motivated to show that the behaviour of the minority did not reflect that of the majority.” An in-depth look at the summer riots in London in 2011. Media footage and interviews with local residents and youth and community workers reveal the reasons for, and reactions to, these events that shocked London.
Production: British Film Institute Future Film, bursary scheme with Exposure Magazine, 2011.

Decision (Decyzja), Monika Jankowska Olejnik, Poland, 2011
When the municipality took away the concrete flowerpots from the streets of Zdunska Wola in Poland, an artist decided to bring them back to the people. A film that shows how an individual decision can improve the urban public space, against the backdrop of the ruling bureaucrats.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Poland.doc.

 

Donation Only, Olly Newport, UK, 2012
Standing in the middle of a busy Brighton street every Saturday and Sunday, a masseuse gives away her skills in exchange for a simple donation of any size. But what lies behind these healing hands of hers?
Production: BFI Future Film in collaboration with Step2TV.

The Life of Allotments (Działkowcy), Anastazja Kądziela, Poland, 2011
Urban garden allotments are relics of the era of People’s Republic of Poland. Their residents are mostly pensioners, and the allotments create a specific microcosm with petty arguments that coexist with helpfulness and sympathy.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Poland.doc, 2011.

 

Hoodforts, Mile End Community Project, UK, 2011
A community film sharing a message from a group of young people in Mile End in London, about why other young people should stay out of trouble and work towards achieving their dreams. Winner of the Adobe Youth Voices UK film award, two Limelight awards and the Adobe Aspire Gold Medal for documentary.
Production: participatory project with a team of young filmmakers from Tower Hamlets in London.

Lost Property Office (Biuro Rzeczy Zagubionych), Anna Rok, Agnieszka Kokowska, Poland, 2011
An examination of objects that were lost by their owners. Gathered in the lost-and-found office, that place of ontological oblivion, they create an interesting essay with sound and image.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Poland.doc.

 

Recover & Rebuild: Croydon, Rebecca Richards, UK, 2011
Story about a small family business, that was hit in the 2011 summer riots in London. The effects are not only tangible for the Patel family, but for the whole Croydon area.
Production: BFI Future Film bursary scheme.

Strong Stories All of us have a story about how we found the strength to overcome an obstacle or to reach a goal. The people in these films found out they were stronger than they thought – in their own way.

Doctor Loco, Anna Snowball and Matthew Kay, UK, 2012
This film dips it’s toes into the life of a street performer from London’s Southbank. Initially about how a street performer could be tempted away from his podium, this touching documentary explores deeper questions of success, failure and aspirations.
Production: British Film Institute 2012.

 

 

This the Type of Birds (Taki Typ Ptactwa), Małgorzata Goliszewska, Poland, 2011
Mr Zygmunt sells fruit and vegetables in his little booth, a red mobile shop. Surrounded by pigeons, he feeds them and talks to them, which deters many potential clients from coming in, but Mr Zygmunt doesn’t mind. The film follows Mr Zygmunt in his daily routine and observes the difficult relationship between this type of bird and people.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Poland.doc 2011.

Meat and Onions Gang, Mari Shibata, UK/Japan, 2012
A profile of a group of independent working class musicians from London who are fed up with Britain’s coalition government. With an ethos resembling the punk scene under Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1970s and 1980s, we follow frontman Danny Onion’s journey in creating a musical voice for London’s working class community, who cannot afford the money or time for political activism.
Production: British Film Institute, Future Film, bursary scheme 2012 in partnership with Step2TV.

Jorge, Lucas Tello Pérez, Spain, 2011
A compelling portrait of the Senegalese immigrant ‘Jorge’ who lives in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. He shares his personal story and a tale his mother told him and his brothers: the differences between cultures are not that big.
Production: ZEMOS98 2011.

Pszów, Agata and Monika Zajac, Michalina and Marzena Krakowczyk and others, Poland, 2011
Pszów is a former mining town in Poland. This film portrays the inhabitants and their dreams, fears and values.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, as part of Poland Doc 2011.

 

 

Without Spectator (Bez Widza), Rafał Andrzej Głombiowski, Poland, 2011
Piotr is a young artist who conducts a dialogue with an invisible spectator as he searches for inspiration. The only witness is the camera.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Videonotations 2011.

Enclosure (Kapanım), Akile Nazli Kaya, Czech Republic, 2011
“The depiction of a nightmare caused by religious fanaticism”, as the media-maker puts it. In the absence of words, the video poses some very important and troubling questions. What is religion? What is fanaticism? Who decides what is?
Production: Akile Nazli Kaya 2011.

 

Body & Soul How do you feel when you look at yourself? Can we draw some immediate consequences regarding the relationship between our body and our soul? We do not develop our  identity all on our own. The people around us, the media and our culture strongly influence it.

Never Too Late to Reach It (Llegando a Todo), Raquel Campuzano Godoy, Spain, 2011
Carmen knows a lot, because she has lived and learned. A tribute to Sevillian women like Carmen, who have suffocated under patriarchal society and were kept invisible in their domestic role. They now have taken the language and made themselves visible with only one goal: to change their lives.
Production: ZEMOS98, 2011.

Faster, Harder, Stronger, Melisa Uneri, Turkey, 2011
“If you don’t act macho around here, you lose points.” Portrait of young men trying to live up to the expectations of being a man.
Production: Istanbul Digital Culture and Arts Foundation and MODE Istanbul, North Aegean Narratives project 2012.

 

 

Forget Me Not, Matheus Ortega and Francisco Garrido, UK, 2011
The film follows some remarkable stories of young people as they open their hearts, revealing their darkest memories of the drug-filled lives they have left behind as they recount for us the path that led them to this transformation.
Production: British Film Institute Future Film, bursary awarded for the We The Peoples Film Festival #TweetaPitch competition, 2012.

Relax Club (Klub Relaks), Joanna Kozera, Pola Rożek, Poland, 2011
“Cha cha – one, two, three…” these are the words you can hear in the evening as you walk around the Grochów district in Warsaw. Senior citizens from  community club Relax learn how to dance, led by the charismatic Mr Jacek, a Polish ballroom dancing champion.
Production: Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, Videonotations, 2011.

 

Let Yourself Go, Bethan Lloyd, UK, 2011
A personal journey to investigate the use of dance in religious, spiritual and secular culture. Director Bethan journeys from hedonism to introspection, through the use of dance. In the process she discovers things about herself that had remained hidden for years.
Production: British Film Institute Future Film, bursary for new documentaries in partnership with BAFTA, 2011.

The Protagonist Without being aware of it, people, places, things or even animals can be the main character of a story. These protagonists are helping other characters to change and to become good again. In everyday life these ‘un-awares’ are the catalysts of change.

Small Things, Lucas Tello, Spain, 2012
Orfeo used his voice to reverse death – in this blackscreen film a whispering voice reverts to this myth to explain the beauty of cinema.
Production: Luca Tello, 2012.

 

 

Astronauts, Jaha Browne and Tara Manandhar, UK, 2012
A gentle exploration into the aspirations of various generations, presented through a series of short interviews conducted along the Southbank area of London.
Production: British Film Institute Future Film, 2012.

One of Us (Icimizden Biri), Gamze Akan, Ilgın Aksoy, Sengul Moral, Turkey, 2011
The people of Eskisehir in Turkey talk about a statue, creating stories around it, revealing their own personalities.
Production: MODE Istanbul, 2011.

 

 

No husband but a pig in Estonia, Sasha Kheyfets, Estonia, 2011
Carolina can think of many reasons why she’d rather live with a pig than with a man.  The love for her pink piglet is unconditional and nothing holds her from living with her Rafi.
Production: Metropolis TV.

Just brewed it, we’re waiting for it to settle, Hande Zerkin, Metin Akdemir, Gunes Uyaniker and Gulgun Dedecam, Turkey, 2012
A day at Refik’s Tea House in Izmir, serving its customers fresh tea all day. ‘This place is my child. I devoted my life to it.’
Production: MODE Istanbul, part of the Street Stories Workshop Izmir.

 

Refika, Ozge Deniz Ozker, Turkey, 2012 
A journey that takes place on both sides of the North Aegean, in search of a woman called “Refika”. Her photograph is found on the walls of Adatepe, an old Greek village in Turkey. There are different stories about Refika and her love, Nazmi. Who is this woman and who writes history? Production: Istanbul Digital Culture and Arts Foundation and MODE Istanbul, North Aegean Narratives project.

Political Remix Video is a genre of transformative DIY media production whereby creators critique power structures, deconstruct social myths and challenge dominate media messages through re-cutting and re-framing fragments of mainstream media and the popular culture. These videos were part of a call for political remix videos by ZEMOS98, Seville, Spain April 2012.

Open Your Mouth (Abra la Boca), Montserrat Santalla Gasco, Spain, 2011
A film that focuses on the origins of the Spanish protest movement 15M (15 May) through the news broadcasts of Spanish TV. Their mass media are absolute protagonists, monopolising the supposed “media democracy”. As the only source of information for many people, they are responsible for shaping political views.

Our Dangerous Demands (Occupy remix), Malaventura, Spain, 2011
“Our dangerous demands to governments and markets are…” Oakland police brutality remixed with Judith Butler’s speech “We demand the impossible”.

 

 

To my Uncle (A mi Tío), Lacasinegra, Spain, 2011
A rapid mixture of images reveals the author’s attempts to communicate with his uncle, someone who is deeply involved in Spanish culture.

Glued, Benoit Detalle, Belgium, 2011
A critical look at our recent past as represented by TV news. David Hasselhoff’s “Looking for Freedom” – the famous song that has become the anthem of the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall – is the starting point for a critical reflection on the concepts of freedom, war and power.

 

 

Now, Listen!, Dominik Dušek, Czech Republic, 2011
Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.

Auction II (Subasta II), Smalouli, Morocco, 2011
A humorous ‘military video’ in the social context of the second Cold War between East and West. China has awoken, between praise and indignation: an auction of conscience and values.

 

 

The Manufacture of Consent, Enrico Argento, Portugal, 2011
A reflection on honesty and justice. All human beings construct realities in different ways that are common but apparently unrelated. Pain, happiness, justice, effort and anger are just some of the elements that unite people.

Illustrated Stories (Cuentos Ilustrados), Pablo Domínguez, Spain, 2011
An unconventional tale and exploration of hypnosis in different social and political circumstances. A political remix video that transforms audiovisual chaos into a new audiovisual discourse.
Production: ZEMOS98, Spain.

 

Dutch Local Heroes Dutch D-I-Y filmmakers put in their best work for Doc Next Dutch Open Screen. A selection of these works is screened in the Mini Cinema. Playlist tba.

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PLAY LISTS

Doc Next films screened before featured IDFA documentaries (Click here for time and location):

  1. Pszów, Agata and Monika Zajac, Michalina and Marzena Krakowczyk and others, Poland, 2011
  2. Recover & Rebuild: Croydon, Rebecca Richards. London, 2011
  3. No husband but a pig in Estonia, Sasha Kheyfets, Estonia, 2011
  4. Small Things, Lucas Tello, Spain, 2012
  5. Just brewed it, we’re waiting for it to settle, Hande Zerkin, Metin Akdemir, Gunes Uyaniker and Gulgun Dedecam, Turkey, 2012
  6. Astronauts, Jaha Browne and Tara Manandhar, UK, 2012
  7. Enclosure (Kapanım), Akile Nazli Kaya, Czech Republic, 2011
  8. One of Us (Icimizden Biri), Gamze Akan, Ilgın Aksoy, Sengul Moral, Turkey, 2011
  9. Hoodforts, Mile End Community Project, UK, 2011
  10. Without Spectator (Bez Widza), Rafał Andrzej Głombiowski, Poland, 2011

Doc Next films screened daily in the Mini Cinema (Rembrandtplein, Click here for time and location):

  1. Open Your Mouth (Abra la Boca), Montserrat Santalla Gasco, Spain, 2011
  2. Our Dangerous Demands (Occupy remix), Malaventura, Spain, 2011
  3. To my Uncle (A mi Tío), Lacasinegra, Spain, 2011
  4. Glued, Benoit Detalle, Belgium, 2011
  5. Now, Listen!, Dominik Dušek, Czech Republic, 2011
  6. Auction II (Subasta II), Smalouli, Morocco, 2011
  7. The Manufacture of Consent, Enrico Argento, Portugal, 2011
  8. Illustrated Stories (Cuentos Ilustrados), Pablo Domínguez, Spain, 2011
  9. Hometown Glory, Exposure, UK, 2011
  10. Decision (Decyzja), Monika Jankowska Olejnik, Poland, 2011
  11. Donation Only, Olly Newport, UK, 2012
  12. The Life of Allotments (Działkowcy), Anastazja Kądziela, Poland, 2011
  13. Hoodforts, Mile End Community Project, UK, 2011
  14. Lost Property Office (Biuro Rzeczy Zagubionych), Anna Rok, Agnieszka Kokowska, Poland, 2011
  15. Doctor Loco, Anna Snowball and Matthew Kay, UK, 2012
  16. This the Type of Birds (Taki Typ Ptactwa), Małgorzata Goliszewska, Poland, 2011
  17. Meat and Onions Gang, Mari Shibata, UK/Japan, 2012
  18. Jorge, Lucas Tello Pérez, Spain, 2011
  19. Pszów, Agata and Monika Zajac, Michalina and Marzena Krakowczyk and others, Poland, 2011
  20. Without Spectator (Bez Widza), Rafał Andrzej Głombiowski, Poland, 2011
  21. Enclosure (Kapanım), Akile Nazli Kaya, Czech Republic, 2011
  22. Never Too Late to Reach It (Llegando a Todo), Raquel Campuzano Godoy, Spain, 2011
  23. Faster, Harder, Stronger, Melisa Uneri, Turkey, 2011
  24. Forget Me Not, Matheus Ortega and Francisco Garrido, UK, 2011
  25. Relax Club (Klub Relaks), Joanna Kozera, Pola Rożek, Poland, 2011
  26. Let Yourself Go, Bethan Lloyd, UK, 2011
  27. Refika, Ozge Deniz Ozker, Turkey, 2012

 

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.

Doc Next Network develops method for involving immigrant media-makers.

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.

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Video interviews with European Souvenirs artists.

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.