Radical Democracy Video Challenge: Award Ceremony + Screening

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 will be screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe. The Award Ceremony marks the highlight of the Radical Democracy Challenge, which was launched three months ago.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It's Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It’s Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

On February 17, Doc Next Network called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand: to share their views on ‘Europe’, reflect on alternatives, and create new narratives for an open society. A total of 212 media makers from across Europe responded and submitted their work.  Continue reading

Free Masterclass “The making of €urovisions”

The Making of €urovisions – A Free masterclass on Remix and Live Cinema by the international artists’ collective European Souvenirs
Are you an arts student? Are you interested in remix culture and techniques, Live Cinema performance, expanded documentary and audiovisual culture?

Find out what happens when four artists from different backgrounds and countries come together to research and use existing audiovisual archives to produce a live cinema experience. What is the collaborative and creative process they go through? What tools do they use?

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Want to know more about different techniques for multiscreening, sampling and more? Want to find out about composing and performing live music while tackling the difficult topic of how migrants are shown in the mainstream media in Europe?

€urovisions is a Live Cinema performance that encompasses all of that. The Spanish online newspaper El Diario, wrote this about the €urovisions premiere in Seville last month, “It isn’t cinema, a concert or a live broadcast. This sum of many parts is quite incomprehensible until you find yourself in front of it.”

4ab96479606d46953da229d7df5fd5bd.jpegWe see pictures of migrants from news footage, illustrating rhetoric about the political and economic causes and pre-assumed effects of migration – but what are these people’s names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories?

The show is produced in collaboration with the Spanish collective Zemos98 and Chris Allen and Tim Cowie, artists of The Light Surgeons, the renowned UK-based live cinema group.

The Dutch premiere of €urovisions will take place at the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam on 20 May. You can attend for free. And if you can’t make it in person, the show will also be streamed live on ECF’s website.

You are also invited to join the special European Souvenirs artists’ masterclass on the 22 May to find out more about the complexity of the processes of an international collaboration and live cinema performance. During this informal masterclass, the artists will be happy to share their experiences and enter into a dialogue with participants!

To get your free ticket for the premiere and to join the masterclass, please register your interest by sending an email with the title “masterclass” to this address: masterclass@culturalfoundation.eu. Please be aware there are only 25 places available for the masterclass – and these are available on a first come, first served basis.

Prior to the €urovisions performance, you can also join the launch of the bookRemixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery. This will include a conversation about the role of media in democracy, with Naema Tahir, a human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands and the Spanish Deputy Director of El Diario and contributor to the book, Juan Luis Sánchez.

The €urovisions premiere, the presentation of Remixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery and the masterclass are supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting Democratie en Media.

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, 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. The Doc Next Network was set up in 2010 by ECF with the aim of generating access to wider public opinion. 

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Today in NRC, but not on Facebook

We posted this ad, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) on Facebook but Facebook found it offensive.. ;-( So we gave her a skirt and bikini. If you want to see her as she was painted, have a look here!

O la la! It is only culture, Facebook!

The ad pays attention to €urovisions and other ECF activities, on the Day of Europe (9 May) and in the weeks leading to the European Parliament Elections. Tickets for €urovisions in Eye (20 May) here, by the way 😉

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€urovisions in Eye Film Institute Netherlands

EYE-in-het-donker-foto-Henk-MeijerOn 20 May, The artists of €urovisions (the new show of European Souvenirs) will perform in Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam. EYE is the Dutch centre for film culture and heritage, is dedicated to developing a vigorous film culture in the Netherlands. €urovisions also makes use of the archive of Eye’s collection.

We are selling out! Buy your tickets now € 10 / 8,50.

Mainstream media often shows one side of migration. But what is the story told by the people who migrate to Europe? Running up to the upcoming European elections in May 2014, €urovisons, a new show by European Souvenirs, proposes a glimpse on migration from the migrant perspective.

Eye_logo_Base_FileThis live cinema performance portrays migrants chasing a European dream and look at the way they are represented in the media.

Remixing live cinema and documentary techniques (multiscreen, live music, audiovisual actionism, sampling and cut-ups) into an audiovisual performance,€urovisions takes you on a trip in Europe and the homelands of newcomers: migrants, nomads, tourists and souvenirs are guiding you through time and history.

We see pictures of migrants on the news, illustrating rhetorics about the political and economical causes and pre-assumed effects of migration – but what are their names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories? And why don’t the media bother to report on people’s dreams? Once, we were all migrants.

evisions€urovisions is the second live cinema performance by an international collective of young artists from different European countries: Farah Rahman (the Netherlands), Karol Rakowski (Poland), Noriko Okaku (UK) and Malaventura (Spain). €urovisions is produced in collaboration with Chris Allen and Tim Cowie of the Light Surgeons, and coordinated by ZEMOS98 collective.

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, 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. €urovisions is partly drawing on the material generated in the Remapping Europe workshops.

Visit European Souvenirs’ website for more information about the performance and upcoming touring dates.

The show of €urovisions in Eye Film Institute Netherlands is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

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213 Videos uploaded for Radical Democracy!

Yes! We have 213 uploads for our Radical Democracy Video Challenge! Thank you, contributors! Now is the time to vote.

1795555_629239550474702_2091515686365138131_n As with real elections, we’re inviting the audience to cast their votes for their choice of videos – and for the bright ideas and thought-provoking creativity of the media makers. Between April 14 and 27, a Selection Committee composed of the representatives of the Doc Next Network partner organizations will evaluate all entries and pick the Finalists. Online audiences can vote for their favourite videos during the same period: The 5 videos that receive the most votes by the end of this period will each win a wild card, which means they will be included among the Finalists.

Selection
A professional jury (panel of judges) will then view the Finalist videos and select 5 Winners, each receiving an award of €2,500, and 5 Special Mentions, each receiving an award of €1,000. The total awards for the challenge are €17,500.

The jury
The jury is comprised of members representing different areas of expertise related to the call: Artur Liebhart(Festival Director of Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Poland) and İmre Azem (director of Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits from Turkey) are to be included among the jury.

Deadline
The voting will close on April 27 at midnight CET. All Finalists, including the audience favourites, will be notified and announced by April 30. The winners will be publicly announced during the Awards Ceremony and Screening to be held in May at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Go to the voting guidelines.

About

Radical Democracy 2014: European Video Challenge promotes the creation of an open and inclusive European society. Against the background of the 2014 European Parliament Elections, it is an open call to media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to submit audiovisual media works about the Europe they would like to live in. An invitation to think about the role they play in decision-making processes and to challenge prevailing notions of democracy, governance and participation.

The aim of the challenge is to collect, share and discuss genuine views on open society values and democratic representation – just like the forum in our design. European audiences will be invited to cast their votes and to share their opinion, contributing to the creation of new narratives for Europe. Offline, Radical Democracy will be present at various festivals and platforms where selected media works will be screened. All selected videos will become part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection. The winners of the video challenge will be announced and screened at Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe.

European Alternatives and Cafebabel are communications partners of the project.

For more information about the project please contact us at challenge@docnextnetwork.org.

Live-streaming ‘Autonomous imageries’ by Carlos Delclós and Mamadou Kheraba Drame.

Our memories are part of a living archive, we are constantly producing and re-interpreting images, in fact we are built with images. We feel the need of explaining ourselves through audiovisual contents.

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 17.22.21A source code is the combination of text which enables a computer to execute a software item. Sharing the source code is the basis of free software. The Audiovisual Source Code sets out from the point of applying this idea to culture, to realize that every cultural issue is produced through different voices in relation to the context where it’s produced. Creativity is often represented as witchcraft in the Western World; The Audiovisual Source Code tries to erase this idea of the artist as an inventor and the Copyright laws that are supported by this idea, as well as the business models produced by the cultural industries. This format lets us rethink culture as an infinite palimpsest, art as a game between different people from different eras, remixing as a cultural system where these processes take place.

The Audiovisual Source Code as a space to play and experiment, as a hybrid frame between a lecture and a screening, and many more things.

Autonomous Imageries

Mamadou Kheraba Drame is a Barcelona-based Senegalese linguist, and a prominent figure in Catalonia’s pan-Africanist movement. He is the president of the Barcelona Pan-Africanist Association and was the spokesperson for the Cal Áfricacommunity that grew out of the occupation of an abandoned factory in Barcelona’s Poblenou area. He is the manager of the integral cooperative Cal Africa Moving, founder of the Lukum Taka arts association, and member of the Black Parliament of theCongress of Deputies.

Carlos Delclós is a sociologist and lecturer at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra as well as an active participant in the 15-M Movement in Barcelona. His work focuses on migration, health inequalities, urban dislocations, urban conflict, economic organization in the home and in the workplace, and fertility. He is an editor at ROARMAG , a contributor to Open Democracy, and his work has appeared in media outlets such as Democracy Now!,AdbustersElDiario.esPeriódico DiagonalCadena SER amongst others. The child of Spanish immigrants, he is a dual U.S.-Spanish citizen. Aside from his work as an activist, researcher and teacher, Carlos is deeply interested in music, and has guest-hosted specials for DJ Rupture’s Mudd Up! radio program on New York’s WFMU andAndy G’s Music Beyond Borders on Houston’s KPFT.

The Audiovisual Source Code format is distributed through a Creative Commons BY-SA license and appears from the core of EMBED integrated audiovisual, a community that reflects on the integrated audiovisual.

The real story of Superheroes.

Dulce  Pinzón’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Marie Claire, Rolling StoneViceThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe Washington Post and El País (Spain). For the 16th ZEMOS Festival Remapping Europe, we use Dulce’s photo’s in our campaign.

FEDERICO MARTINEZ from the State of Puebla works as a taxi driver in New York.  He Sends 250 dollars a week.

FEDERICO MARTINEZ from the State of Puebla works as a taxi driver in New York. He sends home 250 dollars a week.

After September 11, the notion of the “hero” began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. However, in the whirlwind of journalism surrounding these deservedly front-page disasters and emergencies, it is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day to day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting.

MINERVA VALENCIA from Puebla works as a nanny in New York.  She sends home 400 dollars a week.

MINERVA VALENCIA from Puebla works as a nanny in New York. She sends home 400 dollars a week.

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

ALVARO CRUZ from the State of Mexico works as a cook and runs with Los Compadres team. He sends home 300 dollars a month.

ALVARO CRUZ from the State of Mexico works as a cook and runs with Los Compadres team. He sends home 300 dollars a month.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

This project consists of 20 color photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the worker/superhero in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the worker’s name, their hometown in Mexico, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week.

BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home 500 dollars a month.

BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home 500 dollars a month

Dulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied Mass Media Communications at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla Mexico and Photography at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. In 1995 she moved to New York where she studied at The International Center of Photography.

At the 16th ZEMOS Festival Remapping Europe, we use Dulce’s photo’s in our campaign.

Watch all Dulce’s Superheroes here.

LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends home 200 dollars a week.

LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends home 200 dollars a week.

Remapping Europe dossier on eldiario.es

Here with us, at the 16th ZEMOS98 Festival is journalist Juan Luis Sánchez. On eldiario.es he is maintaining a dossier about anything Remapping Europe. Read all his entries here.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.59.09Juan Luis Sánchez is a journalist. His is co-founder and deputy director of eldiario.es. He was also co-founder of Periodismo Humano. He has worked as a multimedia reporter in Morocco, Kosovo, the Western Sahara, Turkey and India. His coverage of the emergence of the 15-M movement in Spain was widely published and referenced in Spanish and international media. He is author of the book Las 10 Mareas del Cambia (10 tides of Change) about new discourses of civil society.

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#Who cares? The domestic is political.

Migrant women working as domestic workers in the houses of materially rich people, and the exploitation of these migrant workers, is not covered in mainstream media. That is why this morning a group of 50 media-makers, thinkers, artists and activist are creating a fresh front page of a financial newspaper, subverting the usual logic, language and contents.

vcdpa-_6POGkVJRmYdFcUUkfak8f1L7kMkU8VuZNJ64A motto of the second feminist movement was: the Domestic = Political.
This statement came from the notion that everything that is political is important.
Thus, by saying the domestic is political, we say that what happens in the house is also important. Just as important as activities that take place in the public discourse.

By stating that the domestic is important, the feminist movement also meant to remove the private from its invisible sphere of the home, where violence and abuse could be hidden.

What has happened to these ideas in our time? Is the domestic still gendered?
C7Tp9acvj3yo_pcmnmI9PiKFi3rqlD4WAmhXkv6-poQImportant things have changed: Nowadays, we say that domestic work is also work, like any other work. We say: domestic work is important; it’s the caring economy. We say: What happens in our homes should not be hidden.

However, the domestic is not covered in (mainstream) media.

Also, with the trend of migrant women working as domestic workers in the houses of materially rich people, what happens in the home is hidden again. Leading to the exploitation of labor, physical violence and sexual abuse of migrant women. This is also not covered in the media.

That is why this morning a group of 50 media-makers, thinkers, artists and activist are creating a fresh front page of a financial newspaper, subverting the usual logic, language and contents. Lena Rogowska, Chairwoman of the Polish Cultural Practitioners’ Association, presented the findings and conclusions of the morning sessions are presented to the public audience.

Anna Clemente (from Collective Architectures) are plotting the findings of the sessions in a graph or diagram.

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Read more about the HOME Encounter here. 

Creating a campaign to advocate for a new imagery of migrants

Yesterday, the topic of the HOME Encounter of Remapping Europe was ‘Hacking the Veil’. We create a campaigns advocating for a new imagery of migrants – the questions we asked ourselves doing this turned out to be just as important as the result.

HOME Day 1_09The imagery on migrants is weaved by hundreds of thousands of images that are constantly renewed but also reproduced repetitively in a loop. A sticky web that gradually thickens till it forms a dense veil of images, conditioning what we see and how we look at things, taking control of our direct experience.
Graphic teller Anna Clemente (from Collective Architectures) are plotting the findings of the sessions in this graph:
HOME Day 1_16Daniela Berghahn (Professor of Film Studies in the Media Arts Department at Royal Holloway at the University of London) summerized the morning session for the public in Teatro Central. You can watch the recording here (go to 15 min 00!)
Read the report of text teller Sarita Malik (understanding Hacking the Veil) here.