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.
Remapping Europe, a Remix Project is 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, reinvestigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies.
In the public debate and imagery of Europe, migrants are still often portrayed along merely national, ethnic or religious lines. Specific local and personal perspectives of immigrants are often lacking and important country-or region-specific migration contexts not nuanced. This exclusion of the perspective of migrants in mainstream media also hinders creative and cultural potential. It does no justice to an inclusive and creative Europe.
Doc Next Network explores these notions in a two year project called Remapping Europe, a Remix Project. The aim of the multilayered project is to highlight the own perspectives of young migrant mediamakers in four countries by includingtheir mediaworks, stories and visions in the public discourse.
We are working with some 50 young media makers from Poland, Turkey, Spain and the UK , who have a migrant background, to deconstruct existing imagery of migrants in different European countries and… to remix that. By presenting their visual remix stories we aim to create a new imagery of migrants: in and of Europe. We are interested in the debate around media, migrants, Europe and ‘self-representation’. We invite you to take part in our journey!
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. A method which reveals the local and personal perspectives of migrants, as captured by a new generation of digital storytellers. Ultimately, we want to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally.
• 4 Creative remix ateliers in Spain, Poland, Turkey, and the UK involving young digital storytellers with migrant backgrounds creating new media;
• International screenings of remix works at festivals and events. Also online, in the Doc Next Network’s free of use media collection;
• European Souvenirs, a live cinema remix-performance touring Europe, and making and touring of a second major artistic live cinema performance as of spring 2014;
• The Remix Room, a digital space for research & debate, investigating the migrant’s perspective in the public debate and imagery;
• A printed publication / catalogue, documenting the processes and outcomes of the project;
• A seminar in spring 2014.
More information on www.docnextnetwork.org
Remapping Europe has been funded with support from the European Commission. Please note this publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.