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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. Continue reading

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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Youth MODE Documentary Workshop in Izmir

MODE Istanbul will be organizing a creative documentary workshop in Izmir between January 30th and February 5th. The national applications are closing this Friday, the 13th of January.


Participants will be given seminars on creative documentary making, screenwriting, digital camera techniques and editing. They will shoot 5 minute documentaries on the theme of “Local Heroes of Izmir”. All documentaries completed during the workshop will be added to the Doc Next Network’s Media Collection.


The workshop will be held in collaboration with Bornova Municipality’s 4 Seasons 4 Colors Workshops and with the support of the universities in Izmir, mainly the Izmir Ekonomi University. All films made during the workshop will be showcased as part of the 4 Seasons 4 Colors Screening Event on Febuary 23rd .


For more information on the application guidelines and the online form please click here.






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

Studenten Docs

Op 4 juli start de IDFA Summerschool 2011. Naar aanleiding daarvan presenteert IDFA TV een speciaal themaprogramma rondom creative, jonge talenten. Het programma bestaat uit acht documentaires die de afgelopen jaren in de IDFA Competition for Student Documentary te zien zijn geweest.  De documentaires zijn allemaal gratis te bekijken.

Het programma bestaat o.a. uit de documentaires What’s in a Name (Eva Küpper – winnaar van de IDFA Competition for Student Documentary 2010), Du Soleil en Hiver (Samuel Collardey – geselecteerd voor de IDFA Competition for Student Documentary 2006), en Paradise – Three Journeys in this World (Elina Hirvonen – winnaar van de IDFA Competition for Student Documentary 2007).

Bekijk de Studenten Docs hier online

New Narratives for Europe

Amanda Vähämäki: White nights

We are not necessarily united by a song contest, a single market or a parliament. We do all share a war-torn history and a − resistible − rise in populism. The European Cultural Foundation launched an online space is for the stories − imaginative and confrontational − that make Europe move forward. The site includes insights, reflections and commentaries, keeping you up-dated on all narrative-related activities. The discoveries will also be showcased during an event in the autumn of 2012, in Amsterdam.

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

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