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|[Nettime-nl] .IMP intervention #2: Eyal Sivan|
Imaginary property INTERVENTION #2 http://imaginaryproperty.com/intervention2 Saturday 18 April 2009 14:00 - 19:00 Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht Guest: Eyal Sivan"Interventions" is a new series of events hosted by the Imaginary Property
(.imp) research group at Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht. The second intervention will be delivered by filmmaker Eyal Sivan. He will present "Towards a common archive: Manipulating the enemies images". Eyal Sivan is a London based filmmaker, producer, essayist and research professor in Media production at the school of social sciences, media and cultural studies at the University of East London (UEL). Sivan directed more then 10 worldwide awarded feature-length political documentaries and produced many others. He is the founder and Chief Editor of 'Cinema South Notebooks' in Israel - a journal of cinema and Political critic, editor at the Paris based publishing house ‘La Fabrique’ and member of the editorial board and columnist at the French social studies journal 'De l'autre Côté'. Among Sivan’s films: Aqabat-Jaber (1987 & 1994); Izkor, Slaves of Memory (1991); The Specialist (1999); Route 181, fragments of a journey in Palestine-Israel, (with Michel Khleifi 2003); Aus Liebe zum Volk / I Love You all (2004 with Audrey Murion). Currently he is finishing his film "Jaffa-story of a brand name" and will show excerpts from this project. Sivan will be presenting an intervention that deals with the project of a "Common Archive": As violence becomes more reasoned, as nationhood becomes more "global", as the artifacts of memory become more manipulable, and as their manufacture and dissemination becomes more ubiquitous –research and theory in this field find themselves in constant lag of its ever-changing objects. As memory and trauma study literature and research grows in acceleration, so grows the need for a robust theoretical paradigm for social memory research. Such a paradigm does not exist today. Most memory research does not extend comparatively beyond particular geographies, historical periods and events. In the absence of a widely agreed theoretical paradigm, most theoretical work done today on memory and trauma falls within either one of two categories: either it is highly event-specific, remaining too close to empirical ground level, or it is highly philosophical and speculative, leaving actual research far below its scope. The wider task envisioned by the project is to theorize the fundamental notion of Archive in such a manner as to provide a historiographic paradigm both for the empirical recording of historical narrative data and wide perspective theory building. Building on notions such as Foucault's Status de Verite, Derrida's Anarchive and Jean Piaget's Constancy and Conservation, we wish to forge the Common Archive - a new archive format dedicated to bridging dissociated, conflictual, or historically dispersed or geographically distant historical narratives. The Common Archive concept also aims to challenge and transcend the binary oppositions constraining the structure of the traditional archive as such, e.g. victims/perpetrators, dominating/domineer, male/female, manager/employee, colonizer/colonized in order to propose ways of creating common narratives, acknowledging that such a combination is the base for future narrative and therefore a condition for a true understanding of any conflict and further of potentially bridging conflicts. Going further than a mere new theoretical concept, the wider context of this project aims to create a suitable methodology for constructing Common Archives, as well as specifying the technical requirements for what we term a Common Archive Data Architecture. New York based media theorist Ted Byfield was the first guest in "Interventions": http://imaginaryproperty.com/intervention1 The next intervention will feature Maurizio Lazzarato and Angela Melitopoulos, in a symposium on Bakhtin on May 15th and 16th. Imaginary Property, a research project of the Jan van Eyck Design department, initiated by Florian Schneider, aspires to explore new potentials for visual art and design practices across various registers. The project is set up as a realm of experimentation at the intersections of design-theory and image-production. It is a laboratory where emerging concepts and terminologies are set to a series of tests. What challenges emerge from the paradoxes that research into ‘imaginary property’ has given rise to? How could these potentially generate new rules of production, bearing in mind that property relations are constantly exchanging meanings? Jan van Eyck Academie Academieplein 1 6211 KM Maastricht The Netherlands http://www.janvaneyck.nl ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet * toegestaan zonder toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een * open en ongemodereerde mailinglist over net-kritiek. * Meer info, archief & anderstalige edities: * http://www.nettime.org/. * Contact: Menno Grootveld (firstname.lastname@example.org).