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.

La televisión no lo filma

Topic: Audiovisual / Format: Book

La televisión no lo filma is a group of essays, conversations and interviews that continues the research and reflection process of the ZEMOS98 group around television as space for intervention, dialogue and communication.

La televisión no lo filma is a group of essays, interviews and conversations that continues the research and reflection process of ZEMOS98 group around television as a space for intervention, dialogue and communication. In this way, it completes the eight edition of the ZEMOS98 Audiovisual Festival [beyond television].

Going beyond television means many things. The concept of television that is referred to is not the technological device, but that which is represented by the same. We do not reject television, but we agree with José Luis Bra that the only way of making television is making a , an anti-TV a micro-TV. "Another television is possible if we think of something that is not television", as Fran Illich would say. Television nowadays is at the service of a "quaternary and miserable" power (Eugeni Bonet: sharing the doubt) that does not wish to share a space that we claim as ours, that spectrum that is more infinite than ever which is nothing more than the "urban land of the information society", our land, after all.

Maybe only a visionary Mongol would be able to understand and use television in the most critical and coherent way of all. As happens to Laura, Nam June Paik also transformed our uneasiness into our vocation.

Whilst the consumption of television increases in the world at an almost unstoppable rhythm, internet was born as another channel for the spectator. New technologies that do not solve old problems, that exchange education and manipulation, that do not allow (real) participation.

Going beyond television is also imagining a network of community televisions stimulating experiences, a picketeering television and a group of elderly people recreating their own social reality. It is producing oneself and not stopping at the humanization appearance represented by the media. It is fighting against the hegemony of the visual in order to win time.

Perhaps we may have a revolution soon, although nowadays I don’t think it would be on television nor, of course, filmed.

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