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upcoming: EUTOPIA | workshop with Philip Rizk

Fragment from the wall of the burial chamber of Sennedjem, by the painter of the burial chamber of Sennedjem, circa 1200 BCE


School of Mutation within the framework of the iteration Film Archives & Militant Cinema. Dates To Be Defined (September/October) Online, Working language English
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In the early 1500s Thomas More wrote a novel entitled with a word he coined, utopia. 500 years later the play on words More had intended has been lost and only one of the two possible meanings of the term remains in common use: ou-topia, the impossible place. In the workshop “Eu-topian images for our times”, we will resurrect the second possibility of the term, eu-topia as a better place, with eyes set on the present – not a faraway future. In the six session workshop we will engage with films and critical readings on themes of counter-histories, agricultural self-sufficiency and organic seed production, the commons, anti-neo-colonialism, anti-imperialism and afro-futurist sounds for the now. The participants will meet online weekly to discuss and be inspired by each others’ interactions with the workshop materials during the course of the week.A central pivot of the workshop is the exploration of the possibilities that images allow for in both form and content. Through images we can theorize and think, indeed images have the potential to open up a critical space of imagining different worlds, to arouse the eu-topic for our times.

I think it is important to mention a few points:

– the curriculum is not Western-centric, which is reflected in the films we will watch   

– while Utopia has become a popular lens through which to view literature in recent years with the rise of utopian studies, very little work has been done on the relationship of moving images to utopia. This is a collective exercise in which we will be drawing on a lot of different texts and films

– we will have various guests to participate in the conversation around agroecology, degrowth, gender and class

upcoming: FOUND FOOTAGE FILM & VIDEO | workshop with Zeyno Pekünlü

Still from video ”Worn Part”, Zeyno Pekünlü, 2019


School of Mutation within the framework of the iteration Film Archives & Militant Cinema. Dates To Be Defined (September/October) Online, open to max 15 participants. Working language English
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In times of pandemic where outside shootings and physical team work are almost impossible, found footage practices including montage, collage, and other forms of juxtaposition, repurposing images from their original context and placing them in new combinations and situations could be an exciting way of creating. The aim of this workshop is to make a brief introduction to the history of found footage through examples and exploring techniques for producing new videos and movies.

During the workshop, participants will experiment with existing material to make something new.⁠ Participants should have a video editing application installed in their computers. All the rest of the materials will be supplied.

Session 1: Introduction to found Footage

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of found footage movies (5 movies from different artists) and discussing different methods of using found image. (repetition, accumulation, scratching, fiction etc.) [online]
  • Discussion: What kinds of expression opportunities repurposing and remixing images provides? [online]
  • Practicing with clips (The participants will be provided with clip extracts and will work on a short video individually) [online and offline]
Session 2: Collecting and Archiving

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • Collective viewing of 5 more found footage movies [online]
  • Which sources we could use? How we prepare and archive the sources? [online]
  • How to adjust different source clips into a common timeline? [online]
  • Individual practice (The participants will be provided with a full movie and will work on a short video individually) [online and offline]
Session 3 – Finalizing tips

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • How to finish the work (adjusting sound, color, black and white balance, exporting, titles etc.) [online]
  • Continue with the editing exercise of session 2 [online and offline]
Session 4 – Time to go crazy 

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

Before session 4, the participants will develop ideas on their own editing exercise, via email we will discuss the possibilities and they will gather their own materials for the final exercise. [offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • Discussion on copyrights, copyleft, fair use, ethics of found footage (online)
  • Editing exercise of their own material [online and offline]
Session 5- Results

[2 Hours Offline]

Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited videos [offline]