€urovisions, a live cinema performance about migrants chasing a European dream

  • Eye Film Institute IJpromenade 1 1031 KT Amsterdam Netherlands

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Mainstream media often shows one side of migration. But what is the story told by the people who migrate to Europe? Running up to the upcoming European elections in May 2014, €urovisons, a new show by European Souvenirs, proposes a glimpse on migration from the migrant perspective.

This live cinema performance portrays migrants chasing a European dream and look at the way they are represented in the media.

Remixing live cinema and documentary techniques (multiscreen, live music, audiovisual actionism, sampling and cut-ups) into an audiovisual performance, €urovisions takes you on a trip in Europe and the homelands of newcomers: migrants, nomads, tourists and souvenirs are guiding you through time and history.

We see pictures of migrants on the news, illustrating rhetorics about the political and economical causes and pre-assumed effects of migration - but what are their names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories? And why don’t the media bother to report on people’s dreams? Once, we were all migrants.

€urovisions is the second live cinema performance by an international collective of young artists from different European countries: Farah Rahman (the Netherlands), Karol Rakowski (Poland), Noriko Okaku (UK) and Malaventura (Spain). €urovisions is produced in collaboration with Chris Allen and Tim Cowie of the Light Surgeons, and coordinated by ZEMOS98 collective.

Prior to the show, ECF and Doc Next Network will launch the publication Remixing Europe – Migrants, Media, Representation and Imagery. Remixing Europe addresses four compelling case studies of recent media incidents which are the starting point for an analysis of country-specific (Poland, Turkey, Spain and Great Britain), cultural and historical contexts that influence public perception of migrants and migration.

ECF director Katherine Watson will present the book in a conversation about media and democracy with British-Dutch-Pakistani writer and human rights lawyer Naema Tahir and Spanish journalist, deputy director of eldiario.es and co-author of Remixing Europe Juan Luis Sánchez. 

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, an investigative artistic project by Doc Next Network with activities that stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies. €urovisions is partly drawing on the material generated in the Remapping Europe workshops.

Visit European Souvenirs' website for more information about the performance and upcoming touring dates.

Remapping Europe - a Remix Project has been made possible thanks to a contribution from the AFK (Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst) and Stichting Democratie en Media.