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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.

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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.

A cemetery called the Mediterranean

Lampedusa’s people In Memoriam.

A short film by Malaventura for the European Souvenirs Show, a live cinema remix-performance touring Europe inside of the project Remapping Europe, 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.

Used footage from Fernando Lopez Raya archive & Orphan films from Fleamarkets.

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MODE Istanbul exploring the ‘Gezi Spirit’

Humorous tag lines and strong imageries on banners, walls, and social media, rainbow colored stairs, the ‘standing men’ on the streets… Clever and provocative videos, documentaries, remixes… Activism became art, art became activism…

dervis_ardaCreative resistance, online and offline, was at the core of the recent Gezi Protests in Turkey and fueled the ‘Gezi Spirit’: People of different social/cultural backgrounds used different outlets to spread the news and to share their voices, while the mainstream media kept its silence. The Gezi (Media) Lab was launched by Doc Next partner MODE Istanbul at the onset of the protests to provide a space for young people to explore the Gezi Spirit and to produce new media works, individually and collectively. Each mini lab, held once a month, includes talks & discussions with guest speakers, hands-on workshops, visits to and screenings at park forums, and focuses on different themes such as “The Symbols of Gezi”, “Video Activism”, “Gender and Resistance”,  “The Sound of Gezi”, “The Right to the City and Migration”.

come as you areThe labbers seek to create links between the widely discussed subjects the Gezi events brought to the forefront like citizens rights, censorship, urban transformation, the reclaiming of public spaces, collective action, commons and migration, and express via their media works their views.

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European Souvenirs @ Vrede van Utrecht Festival

We invite you to take a trip down memory lane in a side-programme to the House of Eutopia, as on 19 September, European Souvenirs will present their re-mapping of Europe visually, geographically and conceptually at the Vrede van Utrecht (‘Treaty of Utrecht’) Festival 2013.

European Souvenirs is Doc Next Networks live-cinema performance. Remixing music, photography and film, the European Souvenirs artistic group re-examined the prevailing imagery of immigrants across European communities and re-maps Europe visually, geographically and conceptually. Continue reading

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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Remapping Europe screenings in Istanbul continue

Remapping Europe Istanbul remix videos were showcased by Doc Next Network partner MODE Istanbul as part of Documentarist 2013 Festival’s Special Screenings Program, which coincided with the beginning of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.Beyoğlu

Remapping Europe videos from Turkey were screened on the 5th of June and a selection of Remapping Europe videos from Spain, Poland and Turkey were screened on the 6th of June as well as an international selection of Doc Next Shorts on the same day in the evening at SALT Beyoglu’s Open Theater. Continue reading

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

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

Upload Cinema: taking webvideo out of the domestic realm.

sfeerbeeld-publiek.jpgThe web is changing film. Not only the way film content is being distributed, but also the way film is being produced and watched. The whole interactive process of making, mixing, choosing, uploading, commenting, recommending and reacting is what is truly revolutionizing the industry.

Film is becoming more and more a collaborative, social activity. But unfortunately this activity is taking place behind the computer at home or at work. Which is, let’s face it, not the best possible place to enjoy movies. Film is becoming more and more a collaborative, social activity.

Upload Cinema wants to take this exciting new way of making and sharing film out of the domestic realm, away from the internet and the tiny computer screen and into a space that’s designed for a collective experience: the cinema. Upload Cinema brings the best internet videos to the big screen. Every two months they present a fresh, thematic program of captivating web films, linked to a special theme. The audience submits web films; a team of editors picks the best ones and compiles a programme of around 90 minutes from the bunch, which is screened in cinemas and on special locations.

Win 2 tickets for The Best Webvideos (Amsterdam, 29 January) 2012 on Facebook.

Upload Cinema celebrates the new year at the Stadschouwburg in Amsterdam (Tue 29 January). Lean back and enjoy the most shocking, funniest and best online videos of 2012 on the big screen.
Doc Next Network’s partner Metropolis TV is this years guest editor! You can win 2 tickets for the event on our Facebook Page.

Buy your ticket here.
More about Upload Cinema here.

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