2019 Summer School for Video, Film and New Media

Inniticate by New Media Society in 2018, after 4 years of educational activities, The Tehran base collective/ archive and library has created a platform for alternative education to cover the intersection of Inter-media/ Moving Images and experimental film.
The summer school of Moving images and new media finished its second year in August 2019, The workshops and lectures span over the course of 2 months from June to August in 2 parts. The 1st intensive part focused on various modes of media perception, interview techniques and inter-media on stage (theater/dance/performance) among other topics.
And the 2nd part took place during the Limited Access Festival (July 26 – August 2, 2019)
Around video presentation / exhibition design in museums / experimental films / Video Art scene in Isfahan and Crowdfunding in Art and Media Projects.

This report only focuses on the German lecturers / artists / filmmakers whom their presence made possible with the kind support of the German embassy, we also had the pleasure of benefiting from workshop leaders and curators from Iran, Turkey, The Netherlands, Canada and Austria.

Overview Report about the Summer School 2019
Where: New Media Projects (and Bidar School for Art and Literature)
Workshops in collaboration with Cultural section of German Embassy in chronological order:
Artistic Films – From Materiality to Immateriality | Wolfgang Knapp
The Role Of Interview In Documentary Filmmaking | Presenting The Oral Storytelling Interview Forms | Friederike Bérat
Video And Cinematography On Stage in Performing Arts, Concerts, and Performances | Nazgol Emami
Technic visions from Videonale on tour Program (Screening and workshop) | Tasja Langenbach
Workshop by Wolfgang Knapp: Artistic Films – From Materiality to Immateriality

The Main Topic of the Workshop:
Artistic Films – From Materiality to Immateriality – About Changes in Contexts of Making, Presenting, Perceiving, Interpreting and Distributing Film
Workshop Leader Biography:
Wolfgang Knapp focuses on interdisciplinary projects, art and the media, curatorial activities and international project cooperation. Knapp is professor h.c. at the Department of Fine Arts and Design at Zhejiang Commercial Technical College in Hangzhou/China and has been the chairperson of the Commission for artistic and scientific projects at the University for the Arts in Berlin. He created the UdK-Preis für interdisziplinäre Kunst und Wissenschaft(UdK Prize for interdisciplinary art and science).

A Public Lecture by Wolfgang Knapp
“Moving Images; Presentation Contexts and the Separation of Perception”
New Media Projects host the public lecture on June 15, 2019. The lecture was in English with consecutive interpretations by Farsi-English interpreter.

The lecturer’s focus was on recent exhibitions like Venice Biennale 2019 and shows in China (Shanghai and Hangzhou). In analyzing the contemporary art spaces, Wofgang Knapp presented a historical timeline dating back to the Teatro Olimpico (“Olympic Theatre”) in Vicenza until Joan Jonas installation, named Moving Off the Land II, at Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in 2019. The main points of presenting this wide-ranging spectrum were to highlight the atmosphere, design, spaces, and recent conditions of looking at moving images in exhibitions, shows, and screenings to explore if we are observing a gradual shift from collective viewing to the individual perception context.

Workshop by Friederike Berat: The Role Of Interview In Documentary Filmmaking

The Main Topic of the Workshop:
This workshop was intended to present a reflection about different interview approaches in documentary filmmaking, the connection between form and content and the responsibilities you should think about before making a documentary and conducting an interview.

Workshop Leader Biography:
Friederike Berat (born in 1971 in Berlin) is a curator and filmmaker based in Berlin. She studied directing at ETTIC Paris and has been making documentaries and video-installations. She is head of s.c.e.n.e 5 Verein für Kultur und mehr e. V., organises the exhibition and event space Villa Kuriosum in Berlin Lichtenberg und is the founder and artistic director of Circus Charivari.

Public Screening “We Did What Had To Be Done”
90-min Documentary by Friederike Bérat and Ulrike Ertl + Q&A with the director
The Screening was held at New Media Project on June 20, 2019. There was a brief artist talk with Friederike Bérat after the screening, the audience asked questions about her methods in making this specific documentary and the social/political implications of the interviews conducted during the film.

“We did what had to be done” is a documentary about the role that women played in the Northern Irish Troubles. “We did what had to be done” is a phrase nearly all interview partners used to describe their involvement. Depending on their political affiliation, however, they meant very different things with those words: to work in a British Army store, to break out of the women’s prison in Armagh, to transport bombs or to educate their children to become Republican fighters or British soldiers. The women described their roles in the war as a result of their individual political conviction, but above all, they saw themselves as those who had to come to pragmatic decisions. With few exceptions, the women stayed in the background. Unlike their male combatants, they are rarely mentioned in history books or in the narration of the wartime. This documentary wants to tell their story.

Workshop by Nazgol Emami: Video And Cinematography On Stage in Performing Arts, Concerts and Performances

The Main Topic of the Workshop:
The workshop focus was to encourage the participant to find a connection between themselves, the surrounding space and other participants. Based on each participant’s personal expertise, they tried to carry out a cooperative interdisciplinary project with the available material and devices in the very place the workshop was held.

Workshop Leader Biography:
Nazgol Emami was born in Tehran in 1978. She lives and works as a filmmaker and media artist in Cologne. Nazgol holds a Master’s degree in Visual Communication from the University of Wuppertal and a diploma in Media Arts from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Since her early career, she has been working as a graphic designer in motion design and a production manager, assistant director for various TV stations (WDR, the Kinderkanal, Disney Channel and Super RTL) and film productions. She created media workshops for children and youngsters on photography, film and animation techniques for museums, art institutions and schools.
She has been making video design on stage for many theatre productions and musicians, across Germany, Austria and Greece. Her work has been exhibited and screened in Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Brazil, France and the US. Further, as an interdisciplinary artist, she engages in various forms of media such as video, animation, photography, design and architecture in her projects. In her works she focuses on socially relevant topics such as Identity, migration and the working life.

One day workshop by Tasja Langenbach Technic visions from Videonale on tour Program (Screening Seminar)

Workshop Leader Biography:
Tasja Langenbach studied Art History and Cultural Sciences in Germany and Spain. After working at the ZKM / Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, Germany for the exhibition project MakingThings Public – Atmospheres of Democracy, she held a position as gallery manager at Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany. In the following years she curated the yearly film program of SoundTrack_Cologne / See the Sound in Cologne, Germany and was responsible for the festival program of Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts, Bonn, Germany. Since 2012 she has been the Artistic Director of Videonale. Tasja Langenbach still periodically takes part in prize and competition juries, curates video and film programs for different occasions, contributes to catalogues and teaches in the MA program Culture, Aesthetics, Media at the University for Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf.

For Limited Access Festival, Tasja Langenbach presented a special screening program of the recent edition of the videonale, REFRACTED REALITIES – a selection Videonale 2017, as well as a public talk on the history of the festival and its strategies on the course of decades since 1984, in presenting moving images in exhibition format and museum context. The screening / talk and seminar took place at Bidar School for Art and Literature.

In addition to that has held a One Day Seminar On One Of The Videonale On Tour Programs: Technic Visions, Which is composed out of 6 works from the 80s to today which had been presented at past Videonale editions. The focus here is on how artists deal with the technical developments of media technologies, from an artistic point of view (as artistic material) but also from a social point of view (how technologies influence social and identity processes).

Public talk by Tasja Langenbach | On Videonale

Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts was founded in Bonn in 1984 and since this time takes place every two years. Since 2005 the festival and its exhibition are located at the local art museum, the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Videonale is one of the oldest festivals for video and time-based arts in Europe with a special focus on young and upcoming international artists.

The 17th edition of the festival took place from February 21st to April 14th, 2019 and presented 29 moving image artworks from 20 countries, selected from more than 1.100 entries under the topic of REFRACTED REALITIES. In optics, “refraction” refers to the bending of a beam of light, a change in direction which occurs at the moment when it passes from one medium to another. In its figurative sense, refraction refers to a critical reflection on the means and channels of visualization, and by extension, the possibility of our view of things – how they are, were, or apparently, always have been. Our interest was to ask what artistic strategies are currently being developed to create alternative points of view and to integrate new perspectives. Which visual languages are available to the artist? And how can we use these languages to enter into dialogue again and discuss how we see things, saw them or apparently always have seen them?