ZEMOS98 is a team of cultural workers.
We try to create critical thinking, we try to deconstruct the mass-media messages, we try to weave networks, relationships and
communities. We try to work in the intersections and margins. We try to work (g)locally, behind the borders. We try to take care of our networks and we try to reuse and remix all of our contents. We try to organize a Festival every year and we try to create a New Media Laboratory called 98LAB to learn about this things.
So, basically, we try things.
A brief description of the participants and the goals for Wetube, an atelier for migrant youth produced by ZEMOS98 in the context of Remapping Europe.
WETUBE! is an atelier for migrant youth about audiovisual creation in internet and social rights organised by ZEMOS98 and Oficina de Derechos Sociales de Sevilla. It’s part of an european project named Remapping Europe, where participants will learn audiovisual narrative skills, remix culture and audiovisual through internet and how to protect their rights. The main goal for Remapping Europe is to draw new ways of understanding Europe and new collective imageries through different migration individual stories. The atelier will take place in UK with the BFI, Poland with E, Turkey with Mode: Istanbul and Spain with ZEMOS98.
The Spanish atelier began at the end of January, and after getting to know each other for a couple of weeks, we discovered every participant has one different superpower and that’s the reason why they really are in WETUBE! Here you can find a brief description of everyone:
Dana is 26 and comes from Romanian. She has one very special skill, she’s capable of express any kind of feeling -even if it’s extremely abstract- without saying one single word, only with her face. So, it’s kind of difficult to understand why she assures she is in Wetube for learning how to express herself in other ways. But, well, having her is much better for us.
Dennis is a 25 years old Bolivian dj and photographer. His main interests for the atelier are about learning different techniques and narrative skills for constructing audiovisual stories with social engagement. When he’s around you can feel a sort of vibration produced by the music his hands can’t stop producing. He’s in the way of having a little child too.
Ellavled is from Caracas, in Venezuela. She is 28 years old of pure movement. She does contemporary dancing, is sociocultural worker and wardrobe consultant. When Ellavled enters a room, all people there start unconsciously moving their feets gently and if she remains there for more than half an hour everyone ends dancing.
John comes from Colombia and is 26 years old, he woke up one sunny day last spring and realised there were more things in the world than business management and thought he would like to film this discovery process. He has these bright eyes for looking things in a very special manner.
Pablo is Sevillian, but he’s a good guy. He is the only person in the world with the capacity of teaching things even when you don’t want to learn anything. So, don’t try to resist, he will teach you everything he wants and even later you’ll find him charming. He loves playing, playing with everything, learn playing and teach playing.
Abi is 21 years old, comes from Ecuador, but through her veins run many different kind of bloods. Their closest friends say they haven’t seen her twice with the same book, when she’s not talking about philosophy, writing or daydreaming, she’s reading. She has this special multitask skill for reading and hearing at the same time four or five different conversations.
Alhassan got out of Sierra Leona one day and discovered almost every place in the world, and he’s only 30 years old yet. He is the father of a precious little girl. Alhassan is musician and writes one song for each opportunity, if you find him not paying atention, he’s not daydreaming, for sure he’s compossing some songs at the same time.
Lucas is a 24 years old guy from Spain. He wants to get to know every single story in the world, even if it’s uninteresting. Well, the more uninteresting the story is, the better for him, he assures. He has begun asking their stories to the stones, without any success for now. He studied Audiovisual Communication and learned only unimportant things.
Lucia comes from Italy, she’s 29 years old and is a supervillain with graceful manners and the only one who wants to do good things for society. She only wants to do the right thing, but wherever she goes the economic and social reality of the place begins to turn out black. And, paradoxically, she’s the only one capable of changing that new social reality. So, maybe we can say the only thing she does is making visible problems were there before she came.
Riley is a girl 21 years old from United States who’s finishing Journalism in Seville. She is doing her thesis about the image of migrants in media. She’s blessed with the capacity of turning out real everything she imagines, but at the same time is a very important responsibility.
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When Maje talks everyone in the room get entranced, she’s 26 and comes from Chile. She came here to dance flamenco but she is mainly taking photographs and living with the eyes wide opened. Her eyes emit light indeed, beside her you can see invisible social realities.
David is from Mexico, studied Communications and Filming, Direction and Production and is 30 years old. He has implanted himself a new kind of bionic improved arm to be capable of maintain the camera absolutely still. He invented Final Cut but forgot to register it later. Oh, he writes poems too.