Rakı Prinzip: Intersection Session No.2 on Archives
We’d like to invite you to our series of community dinners taking place in the project space bi’bak in Berlin Wedding. Dedicated to bringing together artists, people working in the cultural sector and other creative minds, the Rakı Prinzip – Intersection Sessions combines the intimate experience of a dinner night with an informal discussion on the relationship between the private and the public and the politics surrounding these terms.
The Intersection Sessions are themselves half public and half private. They want to create a setting that is open yet with a familiar atmosphere.
In this session we focus on archives as collections of information or objects that picture certain aspects of the past and present. What kind of public do different archives address and how do they constitute their objects? The archive can serve as a cultural collection for future generations. But how can the archive itself become a tool for liberation in the present?
Talk “bak.ma archive of political disobedience” by Özge Celikaslan.
bak.ma is a digital media archive of social movements in Turkey.
bak.ma media archive of social movements in Turkey reveals the recent history of Turkey by means of audio visual recordings, documents and testimonies. The content of the online archive includes and involves visual and textual data of social movements such as the Gezi Park uprising in 2013, TEKEL (tobacco) workers’ resistance in 2009-2010, May Day marches and various other protests from 1977 until today, including specific demonstrations, events, meetings, talks by feminist, queer groups, urban rights activists and ecological initiatives. The archive also includes testimonies, evidences and recordings of the curfews, blockades and destruction in Kurdish towns from different periods between 1990s until today. Visual recordings and documents produced by various media activists, groups and actors of incidents have been gathered by the members of the archive collective.
Archives and archiving practices relate to many issues including the categorization of knowledge and the layering of complex social representations. As an institutional practice, archival practices often tend to serve the colonized, surveillance and discipline society of the modern world. However autonomous video archiving and its dissemination entails not only the open source recordings that reveal the hidden disobedient practices, it also empowers the tactics of montage of the uploading and leaking images which re-build a counter-memory of the political disobedience. This talk will try to open up a discussion on the political roles of autonomous media archiving practices and to what extent can they prevent surveillance mechanisms and preserve, protect, distribute and exchange digital data of socio-political movements in the sake of creating counter-memories on the Internet as part of digital commons.
You’d like to join the Intersection Session?
Please contact us via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us shortly what you do and why you’d like to join this session
Who can join the table?
People working in the field of art and culture, writing, or other creative or academic contexts. We encourage applications of artists, cultural workers and journalists that had to escape armed conflict, political repression and prosecution and recently moved to Berlin.
How many people take part in one session?
We have 25 seats at our table.
Is there an entrance fee?
No, it is free. We receive support from a fund of the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.