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Beyond Surveillance

videoclub & Index on Censorship present:


BEYOND SURVEILLANCE

28 April 2010
6:00pm: Doors & Bar
7:00pm: Screening & Panel
Entry: FREE
At: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

A screening of art works developed in response to and in counteraction against surveillance technologies, will be followed by a panel discussing the consequences of surveillance and censorship on daily life – how do we respond to or engage with the consequences of censorship and surveillance?

As surveillance technologies become more ubiquitous – from CCTV to data-mining on websites to mobile phones to Google streetcar – it becomes all the more important to consider the implications and to develop creative, radical responses, counteracting and reversing acts of surveillance.

Artist and curator Manu Luksch has selected several works which explore differing aspects of re-activism to surveillance technologies; selected artists include: David Valentine, Caspar Below, The Bureau of Inverse Technology and MediaShed. Manu Luksch is highly celebrated for her work investigating the use of surveillance technologies in artistic practice: http://www.ambienttv.net In particular her work Faceless has been internationally recognised and celebrated for its approach in exploring CCTV / surveillance technology in society.

Links:
http://www.surveillance-and-society.org
http://www.videoclub.org.uk
http://www.ambienttv.net

Concern for imprisoned Iranian filmmaker

In support of the FSFF blog calling for solidarity for imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who has been detained since 1 March, 2010 as part of the crackdown on censorship in Iran since the reelection of President Ahmadinejad.

Jafar Panahi is most notable for his film The Circle which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2000, portraying the lives of women in Iran. International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has recently expressed concern over the physical welfare of Panahi. Iran also currently has the highest number of journalists in prison in the world, for more information visit the Our Society Will Be A Free Society website and sign the petition.

Call for submissions

Dear budding filmmakers, guerilla camera-wielders, underground directors and scriptwriters,

We are currently taking submissions for our series of EPIC short film evenings, to be screened at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. The launch night for the event will be in mid-May, kicking off with a night of short films made by the Go Group in Georgia. You can find more information about the night here, and this page will be regularly updated with more information in the future.

If you have a short film or documentary that you would like to be screened at one of these nights, email us with a short 100 word summary of your film to intern1@indexoncensorship.org, or a link to your video online and details of any charities/organisations that you are affiliated with.

Please note that submissions MUST fit the subject of freedom of expression or censorship, dealing with issues or events from a unique perspective that is not often acknowledged. As we are a non-profit charity, we cannot offer any payment  for the artists, except a platform and opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their film to a large public audience.

In addition, as we would like these events to encourage talk and debate, it would be ideal if the filmmakers were willing to come down and attend the screenings themselves, giving a short talk or hosting a Q&A session afterwards.

If you would like to be updated with further EPIC short film events, please email intern1@indexoncensorship.org to be added to our mailing list where we will keep you updated with future events as well as other relevant information. Alternatively, you can subscribe to this blog, where we will be regularly updating it with new information about up and coming British and international short films and our events.

English Pen and Index on Censorship Short Films





EPIC short films are a series of a monthly film nights running in conjunction with English PEN (EP) and Index on Censorship (IC), hosted at the Free Word Centre at 60 Farringdon Road.



At the moment we are currently looking for submissions from independent/student film-makers, producing short films or documentaries with a focus on censorship and freedom of expression, that derives power from it’s subject matter and the risks taken making and or releasing it. Moreover, we are also looking for films that gives new insight into issues or events, showing a perspective not often acknowledged and giving a platform to new voices in filmmaking.



If you are interested please get in touch with us on intern1@indexoncensorship.com We will be updating this blog in the future with more information about our events and letting you know how you can get involved.