Al Barzaj [between worlds]
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep
You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep
People are going back and forth across the doorsill, where the two worlds touch
The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep
Far limits of an illusion.
"Running after a mirage is a permanent job without end"
Explorations at Dusk are eleven videographic sessions around the image-magic-artifice continuum, initially presented at the Santa Mònica Arts Center in Barcelona. Each session has been prepared by the Unidentified Video Observatory or in proximity collaborations. In a second phase, adaptations of the different projects will be published in the web context, at Desorg Dot Org.
If a world awakens among us, we do not remain the same.
We have embarked on a research permanent work in progress since 2020, that will look into the silence in which certain images alter a person’s life when they collide with it, triggering a “reworking” of the stories that this life tells itself.
The purple meridians II
From Wednesday, 15 June 2022 to Friday, 17 June 2022
The Purple Meridians are geographic as well as symbolic coordinates, and also the name of a joint project created in 2021 by three organisations based in three European cities: Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat (Barcelona) Streeen.org (Turin) and Rosa Kadın Derneği (Diyarbakır).
The OVNI Archives - Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat presents in collaboration with The Rojava Film Commune, a wandering video research project: Rewend.
The Purple Meridians is a joint project by three organisations in Spain, Italy and Turkey with the support of 2021 Eurimages Gender Equality Sponsorship.
Five meridians are drawn on the map between Barcelona (Spain) and Turin (Italy). A person walking from Turin to Diyarbakır (Turkey) would cross thirty-five more. Three cities and countries distant in space yet sharing the desire for a fairer distribution of opportunities for women and non-binary people in the audiovisual and film industry.
The selection of videos presented in the Migrant Knowledge project puts forward alternative constructions of thought, analysis, and reflection concerning migrations. It does so through a plurality of views, experiences, memories, and stories that converge in a three-day program live at the Centre Civic Can Felipa, and a two-week online audio-visual menu, based on a selection of videos from the Archives OVNI.
Bergamo, the massacre that employers chose not to prevent.
The Italian region most devastated by Covid-19 is an industrial hub. It was never declared a red zone due to pressure from the employers association. The cost in human lives has been catastrophic. (Alba Sidera, Roma, 10/04/2020).
They want us to continue with our previous lives. The do it using a pincer strategy: first they spread fear and then they appeal for us to work "together". But it is the people who go to work who risk their lives, for inadequate salaries, while those at the top share the profits among themselves. What we have to do now is imagine other forms to live and rise above fear.
TransArab is about the richness and complexity of reflections, about countries with an Arabic culture through video, a hybrid medium which allows for autonomous production, independent of major commercial or institutional productions... and which, by it’s nature, is much more closely linked to social, community and subjective microcosms than to “satellite” vision and “audiovisual fastfood”.
An early www media Archaeology project.
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