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Meet the people behind Doc Next Network (alphabetical order). Click here for an overview of our hub partners.
Paulina Capala. Member of the Board of the Society for Creative Initiatives “ę”. She supervise “Animatorni” and the “Polska.doc”. Journalist. Cultural animator. City activist. Producer socio-cultural events. She studied journalism at the University of Warsaw and at Laboaratory of Reporage. Participant of documentary competition in Wajda Studio. Tutor at film, photographic and journalistic workshops. Member of the Flying Culture Animators Network. Interested in art coaching. The Association of the Creative Initiatives “ę” is based in Warsaw (Poland) and realizes socio-cultural projects throughout the country. Association ”ę” provides trainings, grants and publications. Develops and promotes new models of action in the sphere of culture.
I’m Matt Cuzner, and I’m the project manager for the BFI’s partnership with the Doc Next Network. I studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and originate from a predominantly theatre based background, performing and facilitating workshops with young people. In recent years I have been using my skills more and more within the realms of film, helping organise youth film events and screenings, before focusing specifically on the activities for Doc Next.
I believe strongly in using the arts, whether that be theatre, film, music or any other creative output, as a tool for change. This heavily shapes my working methodology, and it is this belief that is at the heart of all my activities.
I am Benoit Detalle, Doc Next’s ’embedded reporter’, who documents, monitors and reviews the processes and the results of the project Remapping Europe – A Remix Project (May 2012 – April 2014).Belgian-born with some UK blood in me, I have lived in Belgium, the UK, Germany and now Serbia. With an academic background in Human Geography and Visual Anthropology, I am currently working as a freelance audiovisual producer, writer and teacher.Interested in understanding audiovisual materials as constituent forms of culture, I am driven by projects that seek to go beyond simple narratives of History.More about Benoit and his work on www.benoitdetalle.com.
Rubén Díaz researches, writes and teaches around communication, imagination, culture and education. BA on Media Studies, Digital Journalism and Master of Communications and Culture. He has studied at the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK) and at Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Seville. One of the co-founders of ZEMOS98, also co-coordinates Doc Next Network -the core of the Youth & Media Programme of the European Cultural Foundation-, a unique movement of independent European organisations operating within the field of media and culture. Recent ongoing projects include an essay on the notion of expanded education as well as ‘European Souvenirs’.
Noel Goodwin has worked with young people in a film and media setting for 9 years having run several successful projects for the Watershed in Bristol, Connexions West of England and Bristol City Council including: Electric December (an online advent calendar showcasing films made by young people), eShed.net (a website promoting local film and media opportunities to young people in the Bristol area), and a media work experience programme for young people on the verge of being excluded from school.
Since 2008 Noel has been the Education Programmer for Young People at the BFI, developing the Future Film strand and programming of events for 15-25 year olds including the annual Future Film Festival. Regular Future Film events aim to meet the aspirations of young people by exploring different areas of film and filmmaking, and often work in partnership with film festivals and other youth and film organisations. Noel’s work with BFI and Watershed has provided him with the opportunity to work with hundreds of young people and dozens of organisations in the UK that work with young people in film.
Perdo Jiménez, co-founder of ZEMOS98. BA in Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad de Sevilla. Specialist in Education via Internet from the UNED, Certificate of Pedagogic Aptitude by the ICE at Universidad de Sevilla. Pedro researches, programming and teaches around live shows, imagination, culture and education.
As a sound.visual artist Jiménez has participated in exhibitions such as the attachment of borderhack 2.0 or big b[o]ther at the Walker Art Center. He has been working on voluble.net since 1996, an art collective that develops and publishes sound and audiovisual mix projects, installations and laptop music.
I am Puck de Klerk, working as online publisher for Doc Next Network and producer for Doc Next @ IDFA. My aim is to give voice to DIY stories and opinions from a new generation. I believe Doc Next Network is more than the sum of its parts. We are harbingers of change in a traditional media landscape, in which a single person can make a true difference with the help of new and social technologies.
I have worked for or still work for Oxfam, Virtueel Platform, Global Green Events, European Youth Card Association a.o., and different cultural venues like De Melkweg and festivals like the Amsterdam Roots Festival. I have a heart for anything innovative. I specialize in 3.0 marketing for the cultural and not-for-financial-profit sector. I manage projects and create content, preferably backstage.
Hi, I am Vivian Paulissen (1970, Netherlands), Programme Manager Youth & Media of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). I am responsible for the forging of partnerships between innovative cultural organisations and young media talents in five different countries in Europe, now known as the Doc Next Network.
Graduated in 1996 from Utrecht University in Latin America Studies, I specialised in the role of the media and soaps in society. Since then, I have been working on the crossroads between media, culture and society in many different countries around the world, especially with regards to public imagery and representation and inclusiveness. Before joining the ECF in 2010, I was a policy advisor at the Mondriaan Foundation for Dutch Visual Arts, Design and Cultural Heritage and the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development where I managed the Artistic Productions Programme and set up a new network programme with artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. I have been involved in many international media and culture projects, like the Havana Biennial, VideoBrasil, Filmfestival Rotterdam and the Zanzibar Filmfestival.
Menno Weijs (1981, Netherlands) is Project Officer Youth & Media at the European Cultural Foundation and takes care of the daily coordination of Doc Next Network.
Graduated in 2006 from Groningen University in History and Journalism, I specialised in the role of the media in national identification processes on the Balkans. I’m interested in the way media define borders and spaces, centers and peripheries – literally, but also in people’s minds. In my professional life I was always challenging these constructions by facilitating cultural exchange and connecting local underground scenes. Doc Next Network gives me the opportunity to continue with this mission on a bigger scale.
Istanbul-based producer and director Gokce Su Yogurtcuoglu, currently leading MODE Istanbul Film and Digital Arts Initiative and representing in Turkey Doc Next Network. A graduate of Koc University’s BA program in International Relations (Istanbul) and New School University’s MA program in Media Studies and Certificate program in Film Production (New York), Su has been producing films, developing projects and organizing media workshops, master classes, screenings, exhibitions and gatherings in selected cities in collaboration with distinguished partners on local and international levels for ten years. Su had previously worked at the New York headquarters of RES Media Group as Programmer and Production Coordinator of RESFEST, a global touring festival of innovative film, video and music, concurrently producing the festival’s Turkish dates in multiple cities. Su had also worked as a journalist and published articles for the national Radikal newspaper in Turkey.
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