CIVIC MEDIA LAB

4th - 10th JULY in Dnipropetrovsk (UA)
@ Summer Residency of Kultura Medialna
27th AUG - 2nd SEPT 2016 in Dresden (DE)
@ OSTRALE’O16 exhibition

ABOUT

CIVIC MEDIA LAB wants to breakthrough negative trends by promoting a trans-regional civil society network between EU, Ukraine and Russia, making unconventional dialogue and organise long term trans-regional collaborations between people working in civil society from the countries in the Eastern Partnership.

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trans-disciplinary approach

: bridges various cultures, art disciplines, scenes
: a low-threshold  "Do-it-yourself" format
: learn there to understand activities as a creative force
: long term, a network of participants in the countries shall be built up
: run by OSTRALE - art exhibition in Dresden, in cooperation with Kultura Medialna NGO, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Set in front of an unresolved territorial conflict and the friction built up from varying historical narratives of the countries in the Eastern Partnership and Russia, there is an increasing loss of trust among the participants in civil society and a diminishing preparedness to make dialogues and to outline a perceptible collaboration. Trans-regional civil society networks of the kinds that existed in the past are currently hardly there at all. Therefore, the imagery of ‘’the other’’ above all else becomes stamped by national(-ist) discourse. The sense of self and the sense of the foreigner are becoming differentiated more strongly with increasingly deepening prejudice. The obvious weakness of critical voices in Russia in current social and political developments strengthens the process of keeping people apart. The aim of the CIVIC MEDIA LAB is to breakthrough these negative trends by making unconventional dialogue and long term trans-regional collaborations between people working in civil society from the countries in the Eastern Partnership.

Alternative perspectives, and perspectives from outside, as well as involvement in a trans-regional networks make possible the promotion of dialogue and understanding through civil society multipliers, as well as a knowledge- and experience-transfer though a ‘’best practises’’ method. With these possibilities a civil society engagement in the entire region will be delivered with sustainable clout, preventing new conflicts and dispelling friction. In the CIVIC MEDIA LAB, the participants should abandon old ways of thinking by approaching media and artistic practises and interventions that you are not used to: the CIVIC MEDIA LAB stands as an experiment with media and digital forms with common experience in the foreground in order to turn away from traditional presentations of ‘’the other’’. Participants can activate the borderless freedoms of the digital realm and harness them for an engagement with real space and time.

As the body running the project, OSTRALE has established the conception of the CIVIC MEDIA LAB through many years of experience in unique international exhibitions, festivals and events: they commit themselves in their work to both the cultural valuation of interdisciplinary media projects and art production as such, to the valuation and production in whose meanings, regarding forms of expression, they can connect themselves to other cultural practises. With the CIVIV MEDIA LAB a creative platform for self-reflection and for learning at a global level is realised, a platform on which those taking part are urged to discover what is new, to inquire and question each other, to inspire and to challenge. The trans-disciplinary approach builds active bridges between various backgrounds and cultures, art disciplines, scenes and genres. The participants learn there to understand their activities as a creative force that - in terms of their long term dialogues with artists, producers, critics and audiences or publication - contribute in a constructive manner to dialogue and communication overall.

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The format was prepared as a low-threshold ’’Do-it-yourself’’ format. The participants should become able to implement their new experiences and experimental methods within their individual specific locations and contexts. After this implementation participants will come together to present and reflect on their results and to analyse with hindsight their success factors, portability and the possible potential for approaches to intercultural dialogue. These results, as well as reports on different experiences, will be collected together in an online portal which shall be freely accessible to other civil society organisations. This media directed project is highly effective in multiplying itself. Digital formats have many possibilities as means of distribution. In this way, the public visibility of this project and its partners is assured within further arrangements like the Info-events of the Project and the public presentations and involvement in the already established events Konstrukcija and OSTRALE.

CIVIC MEDIA LAB can be thought of as a pilot project. It should be build up further from the experiences of its first years progress in 2017. Long term, a Network of participants in the countries of the East-European Partnership and Russia should be built up as well as a ‘’best practise’’ principle for an online portal.
 



Aims of the CIVIC MEDIA LAB

New perspectives:

international exchange, dialogue and understanding between participants in the progressive political realm concerning common project work.

Capacity Building:

the promotion of creative handling of artistic and media formats and their utilisation for intercultural dialogue and understanding.

To lift up our voices:

the ability of the participants in civil society to present their engagement across regions and to record the impulse for social debate.

To manage new domains:

trans-media and trans-national formats for new forms of engagement and participation.

To take down the borders between networks:

to consolidate longterm the networking of participating multipliers, building up a sustainable infrastructure for independent further development for the CIVIC MEDIA LAB especially in giving impulses to new experimental, critical and media based projects.

To have a multiplying effect on the Internet:

those who can’t take part themselves will be able to reach other participants in civil society through the online-portal.

There are two weeklong workshops planned in the Ukraine and in Germany in which participants in civil society can meet each other to exchange knowledge and experience, and to work together with German and ÖP facilitators and artists on a common network and media project for Place und Online, which will be extensively documented.



CFP - Call for Participants

 

Debate with, cooperate with and work together with artists in a team!

 

Civic Media Lab Dnipropetrovsk 04.07 – 10.07.2016
Innovative platform for international cooperation and media art
@Summer Residency of Kultura Medialna.

The CIVIC MEDIA LAB offers to civil society multiplicators an innovative, community based platform to be developed from July 4th to 10th 2016. This platform will develop and support artistic strategies within various media formats and unconventional methods of promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding.

CIVIC MEDIA LAB presents itself under the theme »error«, a term which we encounter in the digital era perhaps more often than we would like. A huge amount of information and opinion has grown together into a complex data jungle on which the next generation, armed with selfie sticks while on the home front [Heimatfront], happily posts pictures of their dinner. But there is also a reason for hope. The ubiquity of global networking is more direct than ever before. There is an idea of global togetherness, and the net is the tool which helps us to throw a stick into the spokes of the mill wheels of our time.

We happily invite you to participate!
Civic Media Lab offers ten participants from the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
 

 

A________ Civic Media Lab Dnipropetrovsk.

• a seven day residency at CML in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) from July 4th to 10th 2016 at the Kultura Medialna Summer Residency guided by four experts.
• reimbursement of travel expenses up to 300 EUR, daily rate of 20 EUR per day (max. 7 days), accommodation will be provided by the organisers.
• Led by four facilitators and experts the aim is to work together on the development of the CML online platform with your ideas for the implementation of an online media based project in your hometown.
• The principles of a club as method.
The CML base in Dnipro will be in an old villa with a 54 metre squared space, which we will use as a meeting room, a working space and an exhibition space. We will spend time together, and open our CML for locals, and guests of the festival. We are interested in your personal situation and perspective. Together with you, CML will create different kinds of spaces during these days, and will invite audiences to share in our club. If you have a media art work to exhibit, please make a proposal! We would like to discuss different kinds of artistic approach with you.
 

B_________ Civic Media Lab – on-site

• continuation of the collection of material for the implementation of a media based project in your hometown.
• organisers will provide a small expense allowance of 300 EUR.
 

C_________ Civic Media Lab Dresden

• a seven day residency at CML in Dresden (Germany) from August 27th to September 2nd 2016 at OSTRALE – Center for Contemporary Art in Dresden guided by four experts (see details below)
• reimbursement of travel expenses up to 300 EUR, daily rate of 20 EUR per day (max. 7 days), accommodation will be provided by the organisers.

Application

To apply, please send us a:
• a letter describing your motivation, telling us why you would like to participate, which project/idea you would like to realize in your hometown, what it means for you to participate in the festival and which ideas and expectations you have for the festival itself.
• a short CV with a picture.
• One or two examples of your previous work.

Please send all of these documents no later than June 13th to thomas.dumke@ostrale.de
Target group: media artists, civil society multiplicators, independent media workers, cultural workers.
The selection of participants will take into consideration a balanced ratio of gender relations, as well as the eastern partnership countries of origin.

Initiated by OSTRALE – Center for Contemporary Art in Dresden, Germany [ ostrale.de ] together with Robert Bosch, cultural managers Cornelia Reichel, Barbara Bernsmeier, Kathrin Oerters & Clemens A. Schöll, and Thomas Dumke
 

Partners:

OSTRALE – Center for Contemporary Art in Dresden, Germany
Kultura Medialna NGO, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

 

further links:

[ kulturamedialna.org ]
[ http://constructionfest.com ]



DATES 2016

June 13th

deadline application for CML

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July 4th – July 10th

Civic Media Lab Dnipropetrovsk

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July 11th – August 27th

Civic Media Lab – on-site
continuation of material collection for the implementation of a media based project in your hometown.

 

August 27th to September 2nd

Civic Media Lab Dresden
a seven day residency at CML in Dresden (Germany) at & during OSTRALE´O16 www.ostrale.de

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CIVIC MEDIA LAB Dnipropetrovsk

JULY 04 - JULY 10 - 2016

@ Summer Residency of Kultura Medialna

 

• Getting to know each other and presenting the areas of work and work situations - to determine the aims of the common work.

• Exchange of ‘best practise’ principles (officially).

• Exchange of methods, target groups, partners and ways of approaching problems.

• To work on innovative formats and media formats in civil society work.

• Self-awareness and self-examination and the collection of material (documents, narratives, media work dialogues).

• Public Information events presenting the project.

• Exchange between the participating festivals and organisations as well as a public presentation of results within the framework of the festivals.
 

CIVIC MEDIA LAB Dnipropetrovsk

JULY 04 - JULY 10 - 2016

@ Summer Residency of Kultura Medialna

 
• Getting to know each other and presenting the areas of work and work situations - to determine the aims of the common work.

• Exchange of ‘best practise’ principles (officially).

• Exchange of methods, target groups, partners and ways of approaching problems.

• To work on innovative formats and media formats in civil society work.

• Self-awareness and self-examination and the collection of material (documents, narratives, media work dialogues).

• Public Information events presenting the project.

• Exchange between the participating festivals and organisations as well as a public presentation of results within the framework of the festivals.
 

CIVIC MEDIA LAB onsite

from 11th of July until the end of July in the hometowns of the participants.

• The continuation of the collection of material for the implementation of local media based projects.

• The involvement and activation of local communities.

• Exchange with other team members through social networks.
 

CIVIC MEDIA LAB onsite

from 11th of July until the end of July in the hometowns of the participants.

• The continuation of the collection of material for the implementation of local media based projects.

• The involvement and activation of local communities.

• Exchange with other team members through social networks.
 

CIVIC MEDIA LAB Dresden

27th August to 2nd September 2016, OSTRALE’O16 International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Dresden.

• The classification and evaluation and analysis of the experiences of the teams.

• A collective presentation of the results of all the small groups in a collective artistic show (in documentary narrative and dialogues though media works).
 

CIVIC MEDIA LAB Dresden

27th August to 2nd September 2016, OSTRALE’O16 International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Dresden.

• The classification and evaluation and analysis of the experiences of the teams.

• A collective presentation of the results of all the small groups in a collective artistic show (in documentary narrative and dialogues though media works).
 

Artists

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Artists

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CML Experts

 

Steffen Hönig, a system engineer during the day, and its neue raeume; collective prototype virtual reality labs, which allow a playful approach to current issues in the encounter of arts with technologies.

Clemens Schöll, Berlin, director of several programs for journalists from Central and Eastern Europe since 2006, is a journalist. He is a trainer at courses and seminars about journalism for students and actors in civil society at several institutions.

Ulla Heinrich, works in Berlin for the communications expert and activist Laura Meritt and is part of PorYes, the Feminist Porn Award-winning team. She is engaged in a broad range of queer-feminist and sex positive projects. Additionally, she puts on events with her collective ‘’böse und gemein’’ (‘evil and mean’) in female-focussed punk and hardcore concerts.

Stephan Franck, curator of the CIVIC MEDIA LAB in Dnipropetrovsk / assistence of the project management,
Dresden based Creative Consultant, Curator, Conceptioner focussing on photography, pop + mass culture, art in the 20th - 21th century. Co-Founder of Gallery Stephanie Kelly Dresden, currently working on programming, curation, and public relation, freelance editor of Leipziger Zeitung, Social Media Manager www.Off-Spaces.com.

Julia Ovcharenko, Coordination on-site Dnipropetrovsk @Summer Residency Kultura Medialna, Culture Manager, International projects, Fundraising, Urban Studies, Educational program at Kultura Medialna NGO

Thomas Dumke, project management at CML, has worked internationally since 2004, as a freelance Cultural Administrator in the field of New Media Arts and for various cultural organisations. He was the director of CYNETART festival at Hellerau in Dresden from 2006-2014 and was involved voluntarily with the Department of Film and Media in the Office of Culture and Monument Conservation of the Saxon Capital Dresden. In 2016 he founded his own Platform DS-X.org | depart.

 

CML Experts

 

Steffen Hönig, a system engineer during the day, and its neue raeume; collective prototype virtual reality labs, which allow a playful approach to current issues in the encounter of arts with technologies.

Clemens Schöll, Berlin, director of several programs for journalists from Central and Eastern Europe since 2006, is a journalist. He is a trainer at courses and seminars about journalism for students and actors in civil society at several institutions.

Ulla Heinrich, works in Berlin for the communications expert and activist Laura Meritt and is part of PorYes, the Feminist Porn Award-winning team. She is engaged in a broad range of queer-feminist and sex positive projects. Additionally, she puts on events with her collective ‘’böse und gemein’’ (‘evil and mean’) in female-focussed punk and hardcore concerts.

Stephan Franck, curator of the CIVIC MEDIA LAB in Dnipropetrovsk / assistence of the project management, culture scientist (pop & mass culture, photography, digital based art), member of the CYNETART editorial team 2015

Julia Ovcharenko, Coordination on-site Dnipropetrovsk @Summer Residency Kultura Medialna, Culture Manager, International projects, Fundraising, Urban Studies, Educational program at Kultura Medialna NGO

Thomas Dumke, project management at CML, has worked internationally since 2004, as a freelance Cultural Administrator in the field of New Media Arts and for various cultural organisations. He was the director of CYNETART festival at Hellerau in Dresden from 2006-2014 and was involved voluntarily with the Department of Film and Media in the Office of Culture and Monument Conservation of the Saxon Capital Dresden. In 2016 he founded his own Platform DS-X.org | depart.

 

SUPPORTERS

 

 

CML - Civic Media Lab is run by OSTRALE - art exhibition in Dresden, in cooperation with Kultura Medialna NGO, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Thank you.

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CONTACT

Thomas Dumke, Dresden
CML project management
OSTRALE O16 official
thomas.dumke@ostrale.de


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Thomas Dumke, Dresden
CML project management
OSTRALE O16 official
thomas.dumke@ostrale.de

Website by
Sven Dämmig (Dresden)
parmon@gmail.com



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