Tactical Media Meetup #2: Special Solidarity Screening

The Tactical Media Room, Emergency Support Initiative by the Kyiv Biennial, and HomeCinema organize a solidarity screening for the cultural community in Ukraine on Thursday 2 Jun


The event will take the shape of a hybrid video broadcast, both physically screened and online broadcasted via http://homecinema.video accompanied by a talk on Media Witnessing in times of crisis by Florian Göttke.

When: Thursday 2 June 2022
Time: 20:00-22:00
Location: Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam

A ticket costs ten euros and gives access to the screening and the accompanying talk (English spoken): https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-tactical-media-meet-up-2-video-art-in-times-of- war-339896649027

All proceeds from the screening will go in favor of the Emergency Support Initiative, launched to help the members of the artistic and cultural community in Ukraine finding themselves in need. The main goal of the fund is to offer support to people residing in the country and to provide them with immediate financial relief under the conditions of war, occupation and/or relocation.


20:00 Introduction and welcome
20:10 Talk: Media Witnessing in times of crisis by Florian Göttke
20:40 Filmscreening curated by Serge Klymko, the founder of the Emergency Support Initiative.

The screening will feature a series of recent works by moving image artists based in Ukraine. All of the works have been created in the past two months; giving a raw and immediate insight into the filmmakers’ current practices. The works provide an intimate portrayal of individuals and groups caught up in bureaucracy and war.

The films remind us of the importance of filmmaking in times of crisis and the necessity to make visible and keep traces as acts of resistance. They blatantly show the political dimensions of film and visual culture and the potential of artists’ moving image practices as a medium of communicating, relating, and knowing.

If you cannot attend the physical screening, but still want to support the fundraiser, you can make a direct donation via this link (we will gather payments and send them as one transfer): https://www.ing.nl/particulier/betaalverzoek/index.html?trxid=C7w2DNfn1MocazzupZA7fOnmrribQEIW


HomeCinema is a video broadcasting platform for moving image works by young and emerging artists, created by Carmen Dusmet Carrasco and Andrea Gonzále.

Florian Göttke is a visual artist, researcher, and writer based in Amsterdam. He combines visual modes of research (collecting, close reading, and image montage) with academic research to investigate the functioning of public images and their relationship to social memory and politics. Göttke has exhibited internationally, has written articles for academic journals and art publications. His book Toppled, an iconological study of the toppled statues of Saddam Hussein, was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2011. Göttke obtained a PhD Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Art Institute in 2019. His dissertation entitled “Burning Images: Performing Effigies as Political Protest” investigates the peculiar practice to hang or burn effigies—scarecrow-like puppets representing despised politicians—as a form of political protest. His dissertation, which will be published at the end of 2020 with Valiz, Amsterdam, combines two discursive narratives: a linear text and a parallel assemblage of images. Image narrative and text are like the two voices in a musical composition, each in turn taking the lead to introduce themes, structure the work, direct the reader, set tempo and rhythm, halt the attention or accelerate the flow.

Serge Klymko has been a practicing curator, cultural manager, researcher, and writer working on the intersection of visual and performative art, music, and urban ecosystems research over the last 10 years. In the last 5 years, he has curated a number of cultural and art projects in Barcelona, Geneva, Karlsruhe, Kyiv, Prague, Tbilisi, Vienna, and Warsaw working with a wide range of artists and theoreticians. Serge is one of the organizers of the Kyiv Biennial, an international forum for art, knowledge, and politics that integrates exhibitions and discussion platforms. From the beginning of the war, he founded ESI – Emergency Support Initiative launched to help the Ukrainian artistic community under unprecedented conditions. MA in Cultural Studies, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Tactical Media Room (TMR) is an initiative of Waag Futurelab and Institute for Network Cultures (HvA), founded in late February 2022 after the Russian invasion in Ukraine. In collaboration with hackers, artists, designers and researchers in The Netherlands, TMR aims to support independent tactical media, journalists, newsrooms and civic initiatives from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. As a temporary Amsterdam-based platform, TMR brings together different forms of expertise in the fields of journalism, media activism, arts, and research. A group of currently fourty members addresses topics and activities that vary from Russian disinformation, censorship and propaganda research to mapping platform geopolitics, support regarding hardware and online services by ISP’s and hosting providers, tech knowledge exchanges (from satellite phones to cyber security), and practical aid support.

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