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European Souvenirs in London!

European Souvenirs is going to be performed at the BFI ‘s Future Film Festival on Friday 21st February at 15:00. The festival is aimed at 15-25 year olds, so if you’re in London come and see us!

1ds6rT0The BFI Future Film Festival returns with an exciting line-up of events and screenings, to help media-makers develop their own unique pathway into the world of film. Each day will have a different focus (fiction, animation and documentary) and you can expect in-depth masterclasses, hands on workshops, screenings of the best new films by young, emerging filmmakers and inspirational Q&As.

European Souvenirs, NFT3
Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 9.35.02 AMA epic live-cinema performance through time and history, combining live music, DJs, VJs, animation and archive footage; an audio-visual spectacle not to be missed. Created by the Doc Next Network with 5 young European artists over several months, with residentials in Istanbul, Seville, Amsterdam and Warsaw and support from a range of tutors including Toni Serra and Chris Allen of The Light Surgeons.

Acción Cultural EspañolaEuropean Souvenirs at the BFI Future Film Festival is with the special support of Acción Cultural Española.

Remix culture frames Remapping Europe

In Remapping Europe, we use re-mixing of media both as a tool as well as a cultural framework. The concept of ‘remix’ 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.

url-3Perhaps as a result of the digital shift or perhaps simply as a sign of the times, creators today are working generally more inter-disciplinarily, less willing to define themselves by, or confine themselves to, a single discipline. Remapping Europe brings together film, video, live cinema, performance, media, remixed image and sound and reflects new audiences’ interests. The artists have different profiles complementing each other as media artists, performers, 3D animators, documentarians, musicians, DJs and VJs.

Remix culture frames Remapping Europe: de-constructing narrative(s), recreating new narrative(s) of representation, using D-I-Y forms of media production and appropriating mass media texts. It is a cultural operating system, in which existing audiovisual material and images are framed in a new context, juxtaposed and seen from a fresh perspective, revealing new visions on our past, present and future. Remix is also a tool that is accessible, reflects a multidimensional, rather than a linear interest, and encompasses everything from collaging to digital storytelling.

At its root, both Doc Next Network and Remapping Europe are intergenerational – looking at Europe as the intersection of generations rather than a division or gap between generations. The organisations on the ground have designed intergenerational activities for their communities and the project brought together the narration of the young creators with that of their parents and grandparents. It remixes and weaves the stories, contexts and perspectives of older generations through archival searching – confronting and interrogating them. A personal story becomes the centre of a more collective narrative. Because we are standing on the brink of the greatest generational shift that we have experienced in the western world, we must find intergenerational approaches and innovations – intergenerational knowledge sharing – rather than looking at projects, programmes or solutions that address ‘older’ people and others that address ‘youth’. The inclusiveness of our communities must also include generations.

url-4Many of these intersections raise questions and fuel debate, sometimes heated. Perhaps the most debated is the notion of the value of inter-experiential connections and knowledge – placing the voice of the expert alongside that of the ‘experienced’. The digital shift has played havoc with the comfortable hierarchies that we are accustomed to: between the writer and the reader; the teacher and the student; the amateur and the professional; the consumer and the producer; the institution and the individual. Accessibility of technology means that everyone can create and share their creation without any intermediaries – D-I-Y takes on a whole new meaning. However it is not just Do it Yourself – but it is also Do it With Others, or Do it Together. The subtitle of European Souvenirs, ‘Remixing media, crossing (shifting) borders’, also refers to these elements and intersections.

The increased opening-up of archives and collections to the public further enhances this potential – allowing people greater access to information and the ability to attribute their own meaning to it. Meaning becomes much more important that the information itself.

How do we make sense of it all though? How do we make our way through the masses of information and content? We do need increased media literacy – by the creators (the millions of them) and in the sifting and filtering ability of the audiences (millions more!). Given this caveat, it is our belief that the opportunities and benefits of open access far outstrip the challenges.

Remapping Europe is seeking a new generation of digital storytellers. Remix is both the conceptual starting point and the tool to remap Europe. The existing narrative of a single new image, photograph, recording, sound or story is ‘de-constructed’ from the individual perspective of the participant and a new imagery based on the original is then created. In his book, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, Lawrence Lessig (2008) ‘presents this as a desirable ideal and argues … that the health, progress, and wealth creation of a culture is fundamentally tied to this participatory remix process’.

As remix culture is becoming more acknowledged as an essential aspect of contemporary art and cultural practice, Remapping Europe – a Remix provides many opportunities to exchange, interact, to be involved and to ensure peer-to-peer learning. It goes far beyond the individual remix, the individual organisation, institution or community.

More about Remix Culture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix_culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIY_culture
http://blogs.zemos98.org/abrelatas/2012/07/04/remix-culture-course/
http://www.europeansouvenirs.eu/why/
http://www.nfb.ca/film/rip_a_remix_manifesto/ (video)
http://blip.tv/good-copy-bad-copy/good-copy-bad-copy-full-feature-364089 (video)

This article contains texts from “Remapping Europe – a Remix: a case study in international and inter-institutional collaboration and networking” by Katherine Watson and Vivian Paulissen, to be published in “Migrating Heritage: Networks and Collaborations across European Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions” by Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Wey Court East, Union Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT, England.

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Pop-up expo at Dutch Doc Awards!

On Wednesday 5 June 2013, Doc Next Network will  give presence at the Dutch Doc Awards with a po-up expo called Uprooted. Uprooted is about the need to belong somewhere. Young Polish D-I-Y photographers share how they identify with places and people that are important in their lives. What does it mean to be “at home? Who exactly am I –  Pole, European, or maybe my Axis Mundi is my hometown? Why is it important to know the answer? Uprooted is curated by Krzysztof Pacholak. Continue reading

European Souvenirs at The Mapping Festival and DOKUFEST.

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After shows in Vienna, Amsterdam, Bilbao and Seville, European Souvenirs will be staged at the renowned Mapping Festival for VISUAL AUDIO & DEVIANT ELECTRONICS (Geneva, 2-12 May 2013). Then we are off to DOKUFEST in Kosovo!

European Souvenirs is Doc Next’s live cinema performance. 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). Continue reading

Remapping Europe Atelier Seville

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Within Remapping Europe, a Remix project, we organize international Ateliers in Warsaw, Istanbul, Seville and London. An Atelier is a safe place for young people with migrant backgrounds to reflect on the existing imagery in Europe and to contribute to this imagery with their own remix-ed media works.
Artistic remix performances (scheduled for 2013 and 2013) are connected to the process, the participants and the outcomes of the ateliers. 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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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.

Featured theme: Crossing Shifting Borders.

 

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.

CROSSING SHIFTING BORDERS is Doc Next’s first featured theme. You can find all past en present featured themes here. Please visit our Facebook Page to get more involved in CROSSING SHIFTING BORDERS.

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.