5 Sebastian Street
London EC1V 0HD
working on pro EU Campaign
A project around activist videos
I've chosen videos of pacifist collective gatherings, public speeches, empowering anecdotes as well as expressions of dissent that have gained thousands of 'views' and that have shaped my imagination of certain political events, episodes in which citizens have shown active political reaction towards an oppressive status quo. Situations that I feel I've experienced through the screen. These visual fragments - lasting minutes or just seconds - are still very iconic today and empowering for me and I remember them as crucial for describing an intense historical time or emblematic moment.
Subjective reports from personal perspectives that show various forms of activism in public which, thanks to their viral circulation through 'likes' and 'shares' across online social media platforms, have contributed towards the construction of individual and collective historical legitimization of such events.
I have invited Between Bridges to contribute their own selection of videos from YouTube that have made an impression on them, of images that have stayed with them over time and that they consider examples of activism.
Marianna Liosi (b. 1982, Italy, is an independent curator living in Berlin. Through her research she explores the aesthetics of social, economic and political dynamics, with specific attention to media, technology and the question of spectatorship in relation to engagement. She has curated exhibitions, film programmes, and workshops. Among them: Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and the Distant Observer, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2015); Leisure Complex, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (2014); When spectators work, workers observe, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands (2014). She has recently published on opendemocracy.net the text: Human rights and the internet from a curatorial perspective: reflections on the show Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and the Distant Observer.
2nd June, 7pm
9th June, 7pm
Passagen follows uprooted lives of three Chileans who were forced to leave Chile in the aftermath of the coup d'état led by Pinochet in 1973. All three ended up living under Nicolae Ceausescu's communist dictatorship, and in time, two of them decided to emigrate to Sweden, while one managed finally to return to his homeland. Through the protagonists' shared experiences, the film touches on the distinct social structures in Chile, Romania and Sweden. A film about refugees, expectations, estrangement, prejudices and loneliness, as well as about the ways in which the past reflects into the present.
16th June, 7pm
In Roska Camp in Slovenia, Bosnian refugees, deprived of everything they owned, decide, with the technical help of a N.G.O., to put together a way to retrieve information. They create a television programme, equipped with all the elements to make it appear like actual Television: with anchorpersons, jingles, and pirating of shows that talks about them. Reflecting on spectatorship and self-representation, the film reflects on the attempt of refugees to emerge from the forced invisibility and anonymity and to enter the official chronicle
23rd June, 7pm
Please join us on this historic evening. We want to be an open house, meeting place to exchange thoughts about these last weeks and months.
At least since Virgil's Aeneid about the legendary wanderings and adventures of the (post wooden horse drama) Troyan refugees across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, the shockingly regular movements of the dislocated across this geography has produced a variety of artistic output of similarly epic emotionality juggling between despair and hope. Coming from a Greek family dislocated during the wave of ethnic cleansings in Anatolia in the 19th and 20th century, the grand (and grandly disputable) Hollywood director Elia Kazan adapted his own novel of the same title into one of those monuments to what seems to be a perpetual state of human fate, the diminishing of one's own habitat along with the (more or less legitimate) dream of a better place: America America follows the adventures of the young greek Stavros from his Cappadocian village to Ellis Island, where he assumes a new identity and a new life, based on the biography of the director's own uncle. Fired by the deeply personal involvement in the subject, Kazan created a powerfully pathetic monument to both this particular slice of history (the 1894-1896 Hamidian Massacres that paved the way for the later and more thorough ethnic cleansing culminating in the 1915 Armenian Genocide and eventually the near-extinction of Christian life in where used to be its consolidation) and the universal quest of human-beings for a better life for themselves and the ones they love. Supported by the Academy awarded art direction by Gene Callahan, the captivating soundtrack by Manos Hadjidakis, and the one-off performance of the then 22 years old actor Stathis Giallelis as Stavros, America America offers a spectacular glance of Hollywoodian dimensions shockingly paralleling the circumstances and the imagery from today's news. Humans in search of a life more human - not rarely on the cost of (other) humans.
Meeting Place: Workshop
1+all is an initiative intended to integrate Refugees into networks through individual crafting techniques. Everybody is welcome to join and no experience is required. The aim is to collectively develop a shirt collection for a fashion show. 1+all provides it's knowhow, techniques, materials and tools. In this workshop we'll knit, stitch, crochet, cut out, braid, knot, talk and laugh. www.one-and-all.de
Room 2, Installation views, Meeting Place: Between Broadcast
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