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Of a people who are missing

OF A PEOPLE WHO ARE MISSING is a ciné-club to discuss the aesthetical and political significance of the films by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub for contemporary image production. From November 12 to December 21 OF A PEOPLE WHO ARE MISSING will open in Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp as a platform for both, the viewing and making of films. The exhibtion space is structured by five studios which will act as showrooms as well as independent production spaces. Each studio is used in a different configuration of archive material, film excerpts, actual footage and the critical discourse around it. Every Thursday to Saturday one studio will host invited guests and contributors for a series of screenings, lectures and debates.

The "Straubs", as Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub are oftenly referred as, are among the most controversial, most inspiring, uncompromised and yet widely unknown filmmakers of both the presence and the history of cinema. Their films span over five decades and cover a wide range of topics, references and materials from arts, literature, theatre, and music.

9th edition of the Dictionary of War in New York

On Saturday, 26th of September, the "Cities and the New Wars" conference will host the 9th edition of the DICTIONARY OF WAR, a collaborative platform for creating concepts on the topic of "war". 12 guests will be invited to present a concept that plays a crucial role in the contemporary discourse of war and urban spaces. Such a concept might be a term that needs to be newly created, it can be one that has been neglected so far, or one that needs to be re-invented.

If it is the case that there is increasingly less difference between war and non-war, that war is the constitutive form of a new order, that war is perpetual and everywhere, then it becomes essential to desert from a war of words which can no longer be challenged or even critisized. Instead, what seems urgently needed, are new vocabularies, new terminologies that by abandoning old certainties are capable of grasping changing realities and addressing uncharted problems.

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Oksana Bulgakowa: Eisenstein and Disney

In 1944 Sergei Eisenstein wrote: "Walt Disney's work is the most omni-appealing I've ever come across. In terms of material, Disney's pictures are pure ecstasy  bearing all the traits of ecstasy (the immersion of self in nature and animals, etc.). Their comicality lies in the fact that the process of ecstasy is represented as an object: literalized, formalized." Eisenstein met Disney in 1930; he admired him deeply and was influenced by his work. In his theoretical project Method (19321948), which he initiated in Mexico, he devoted a chapter to Disney. In the manuscript of this unfinished book, Eisenstein examines modernity in its relation to archaic structures and analyzes artworks as reified imprints of pre-logical mentality, as collective dream images. The ecstatic state induced by art is an important starting point for his investigation and Disney becomes a central object of this analysis, as in his work the plasmatic qualities of form, color, and rhythm, are combined with animism and totemism. The lecture by Oksana Bulgakowa analyzes Eisenstein's vision of Disney as being the utopian promise of freedom within the relationship between humans and nature.

Imaginary Property: Intervention #2

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Sat, 04/18/2009 14:00 - 19:00

Imaginary property // Intervention #2 will be delivered by filmmaker Eyal Sivan. He is going to present "Towards a common archives: Manipulating the enemies images". Eyal Sivan is a London based filmmaker, producer, essayist and research professor in media production at the school of social sciences, media and cultural studies at the University of East London (UEL).
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Migrants in detention complex Schiphol Airport fight brutality

M2M Radio, Migrant to Migrant, calls on activists and artists for international collaboration in solidarity

On the 18th of February the inmates of Block L demanded clear information on their fate. “How long can they keep us here? Is asking for asylum a crime in this country? Why are we here?” In Block L migrants are detained who are supposed to be deported back home. They did not fulfill the tough requirements to be accepted as a refugee. But it can take a long time, even more than a year, for the Ministry of Justice to find out how to deport a single person, especially when s/he is from a country like Sudan, Somalia or Palestine, where the civil registers are not quite up to date. According to Dutch law the simple fact of not having the proper documents is not a violation. The reason for detaining thousands of migrants is administrative: to facilitate a smooth exit when opportunity knocks.

Liminal Zones - the Nicosia seminar

Any attempt to understand the rapid transformation of territories in the 21st century reveals shifting landscapes and moving boundaries, thus a continuous struggle for their redefinition through conflicts and exclusions. Different conditions of mobility and migration encouraged by the so-called 'globalised world' inscribe in material environments social and psychological borders.

Finally: Open Source Video support in Firefox 3.1

It was my last day  at ISEA 2008 in Singapore and we were supposed to have a dinner with noborder/no one is illegal activists and the panelists of the bordercrossing theme, when jaromil came down the street smiling all over the face: "I have great news" he screamed. "Firefox 3.1 wil support OGG Theora!"

In other words: This is most likely the breakthrough for open video on the web! OGG THEORA is the only open source video erncoding suite. It is available for general use after the bitstream format for Theora was frozen Thursday, 2004 July 1.

Ousmane Sembene Interviews

»I am really unable to talk about my life—I don’t know my life. I’ve traveled a lot and this is the life that I have lived, but that doesn’t mean that I know myself.« Ousmane Sembene, so called grandfather of African Cinema, talks to the writer Bonnie Greer. It's 2005, he has finished his last oeuvre »Mooladé«. The volume »Ousmane Sembene Interviews« is about talking and questioning. Questioning african film, colonial and postcolonial history, somehow an oral history. Interviews from 1965 until 2005, from Senegal periodicals and french, american or german Ciné-Magazines. The book project took quite some time and efforts but now it's out in the world thanks to University Press Mississippi and we are very happy about it. Find the preface and the contents list at the missing image site.

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