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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?


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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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.

Why we do it?

The key of our thinking about modern media education is parallel activity for the professionalisation of cultural workers and investing in young artists who can combine their artistic potential with social mission, who can share their skills with younger generations. Film and photography are currently two of the most popular media used by young people to learn and describe the world. Cell phones are used as photographic cameras, and cameras provide video and voice recording functions. The recorded images can be published right away on Vimeo, YouTube or on social networking platforms and thus shared with millions of viewers.

Every year organisations, community centres and common rooms invite us to conduct workshops. Each of our film and photography projects has several hundred applications a year. The application and evaluation forms show us that young people need and look for modern media education. In the 9 years of our work we have observed that this kind of education is created and realised by community centres, common rooms, libraries or independent artists and animators. At the same time our experience shows that Poland still lacks animators and educators who consciously work with film and photography.

That is why we have created the Polska.doc programme in which young DIY artists get the opportunity to develop their skills trained by professionals. They go through the project process (form the idea to the finished project) and realise their own (often their first) documentary projects (film, photocasts, photographic series) with the support of experienced tutors. The first year of the programme gave us 13 finished productions. All are accessible on our website (www.polska.doc.e.org.pl). They can also be seen during shows and events initiated by the international Doc Next Network in which we partner.

Within Polska.doc we have also conducted a very important educational path called „Animate on your own!”. Our participants could not only master their talent and make their imagination roam freely but also try to work as a cultural animator. With theoretical and practical knowledge they went to places all around Poland to voluntarily assist experienced tutors and co-conduct multimedia workshops for less experienced friends. Good practices gathered throughout the project are presented on our website in the Inspiration section.

We believe that visual media prove useful in unravelling history and the local identity, in engaging young people in actions for the local community or in integrating neighbours. We want the world to be described by grassroots initiatives, by the members of local communities and with the assumption that the artists want to dig into reality, not slide on its surface.

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Poland.doc Inspirations available in English

Inspirations is a series of articles, interviews and videos written with young creators and culture animateurs in mind.

The series opens with a documentary series How to make a film, created by Polish documentary maker Piotr Stasik for the public television channel Kultura. Texts range from general reflections on being creative (To be creative by cultural animateur at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Maria Parczewska) to practical advice (Photography in work with children by Association “ę”’s own Agnieszka Pajączkowska).

With something to liven up the minds of every one interested in film, photography or more broadly creative work, Inspirations invite the reader to challenge themselves – to be inspired.

Full list of articles and videos is available at the Poland.doc website.

All episodes of How to make a film also available on the Association “ę” Vimeo channel.

Last session of Poland.doc

At the last session we discussed our projects. We spoke to experts about issues such as preparing a budget for a photography project, talking to commissioning editors, who order documentary films for TV stations, which young film festivals are worth attending, preparing one’s portfolio and using Internet for promotion of your work. During the Ideas Market participants could ask the advice of: Barbara Webel (Kino Polska, tv channel), Anna Wydra (Otter Films, production company), Anna Bierzańska (Dragon Forum, documentary development academy), Joanna Kinowska (Zachęta National Gallery), Tomasz Gutowski (Photography Month in Krakow) and Witek Orski (Czułość Gallery).

The last session also provided an occasion to share our experiences from the holiday workshops we held for kids and youth around Poland.

At the end we put our practical skills in to practice by creating a short video spot.

Now comes the time for making last changes in our film and photographic projects. We edit, put photography series together. The effects will be published in mid-October.

More photos on flickr of Association “ę”

Also see: the website of Poland.doc

Advisory Council Meeting in Budapest

Sabíamos poco de la ECF cuando por primera vez -en el otoño de 2010- se pusieron en contacto con nosotros para formar parte del programa Youth & Media, que finalmente ha derivado en esta red llamada Doc Next Network (DNN).

Desde entonces, nos hemos empapado de sus objetivos, hemos conocido a muchos de sus miembros y nos hemos reunido en varias ocasiones con nuestros socios de la DNN en Amsterdam (durante el festival IDFA), en Londres (mientras tenía lugar el Future Film Fest en el BFI) y en Sevilla(con la excusa del Festival ZEMOS98). En septiembre viajaremos a Wrocław, sede del Congreso Cultural Europeo, en Polonia.

Tras estos primeros meses de trabajo, la ECF consideró que teníamos algo que aportar en el Advisory Council Meeting, que se celebra anualmente, en esta ocasión en Budapest el día 6 de junio y con el título de Cultural Change Makers in Turbulent Times: Views on the Eastern European and Southern Mediterranean EU Neighbourhoods.

Desde sus primeros años, la ECF ha centrado su trabajo en la reflexión sobre el concepto de vecindad europea, entendiendo el continente más allá de sus fronteras políticas. Las revueltas árabes y europeas suponen cambios significativos y turbulentos para los países con los que colabora la ECF y, por tanto, en este consejo anual, se trataba de conectar experiencias e ideas para que las voces de los agentes de cambio cultural de los vecinos europeos se integren en el discurso de la UE en un doble proceso de aprendizaje, que fluya en ambos sentidos.

Lo que pretendía la ECF de nosotros y otros muchos colaboradores era una serie de consejos sobre cómo debe actuar la Fundación ahora y a largo plazo; también revisar sus acciones y su forma de organización del trabajo, con la idea de estar preparados para cambiar y adaptarse cuando sea necesario.

Desde nuestra perspectiva, apostamos por dos cuestiones clave para afrontar la nueva situación económica y política: atender, aprender y fomentar las formas de organización en red de las que han brotado las revoluciones árabes y europeas; y apostar e incentivar proyectos que actúen como medios/mediadores de información y comunicación (que actúen localmente y piensen globalmente) que no estén condicionados ni controladados por los poderes fácticos, como ocurre con los medios de comunicación mainstream.

Para ZEMOS98 fue un placer y un honor formar parte de este refrescante encuentro con vecinos de toda Europa, una Europa que no entiende de fronteras.

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

Poland.doc: 10 minutes of inspiration

Participants with Marcel Łoziński. fot Ula Klimek

The Polish project from the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” kicked off with a very special event. We have gathered our participants in one of Warsaw’s flagship cafe-clubs to have an intellectual speed-dating session with some of our most inspirational artists. We called it “10 minutes of intelligent conversation”.


The idea was thus: at 12 tables in Chłodna 25 cafe sat 12 inspirational artists and intellectuals. Our participants sat with them in groups of 3 and had 10 minutes chats. Then switched over to the next table. 10 minutes is not long for an in depth conversation, but it is just enough to ask this one important question we had in our minds for a while, talk about this book or film we have been wondering about. Enough to get few very important sentences to help us kick off our own projects, to start pondering something new – in other words get inspired.

Our guests included:

Marcel Łoziński – Oscar nominated documentary director and a tutor in film at academies in Paris and Warsaw. His films include: “89 mm to Europe”, “Anything can happen”, “Poste Restante” and the most recent – “Tonia and her children”.

Tadeusz Rolke – photographer with keen eye for social issues and situations, considered the precursor of polish photographic reportage. He bought his first camera during the World War II. Tadeusz contributes hugely to the education of young photographers.

Tadeusz Sobolewski – film critic, worked with most of major Polish film titles and now is a film editor at the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He has also contributed to film as editor and screenwriter.

Kobas Laksa – photographer known for artistic approach and mixing media. He has also written and directed short films and music videos.

Lena Rogowska – cultural practitioner and gender studies academic. Lena has pionieered musical work with women in difficult life situations and has successfully produced musicals with girls from reformatories.

And many others.

This was the start of Poland.doc, which through a series of workshops will see a group of young creative through development of their own documentary film and/or photo projects. The workshops are tutored by experienced professionals and 10 most promising projects will gain a chance of realisation.



Doc Next @ Documentarist 2011

With the initiative of MODE Istanbul, a 50-minute long short documentary film selection from the  Doc Next Network media collection, including films completed at Youth MODE Media Workshops, will be screened at Documentarist 2011 Istanbul Documentary Days on Thursday June 2nd, 2011, at 18:00 in Sismanoglio Megaro venue in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Following the screening, a talk will be held with the participating young media-makers, instructors and MODE Istanbul representative about their past and current projects.

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“Local Heroes” workshop in Eskisehir wrapped up!

“Eskişehir’in Yerel Kahramanları” konulu Youth MODE Eskişehir Belgesel Film Atölyesi başarıyla sonlandı!

18-24 Nisan 2011 tarihlerinde düzenlenen atölyede 15 katılımcı önce Anadolu Universitesi İletişim Bilimleri Fakültesi’nde belgesel film yapımı, senaryo oluşturma, dijital kamera kullanımı ve montaj konularında iki günlük eğitime girdi; daha sonra 3 gün boyunca gruplar halinde kısa belgesel filmlerin çekimlerini tamamladı. En son 2 günde filmlerin kurgusu gerçekleştirildi. 25 Nisan’da ise filmlerin gösterimi yapıldı. Tüm filmler yakında yayınlanıyor olacak.

Ilgın Aksoy, Şengül Moral ve Gamze Akan İÇİMİZDEN BİRİ adlı filmi; Merih Yıldırım, Ayşenur Uyanık ve Halil İbrahim Gökcan DİNLE NEY’DEN adlı filmi; İbrahim Zateri, Gözde Karadağ ve Kübra Yurtseven KOŞULSUZ adlı filmi; Ayşegül Kara, Yusuf Ziya Esencan, Müge Şahin ve Eren Babacan KRİSTAL UMUTLAR adlı filmi; Ahmet Demir ve Karan Düzyol da KİM-İM-İZ adlı filmi tamamladılar.

Devamını okumak ve atölye fotoğraflarını görmek için tıklayın.

To read more and to view the workshop slideshow click here.