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Bosnia/Herzegovina and the plenums documentary

A short documentary (produced by Global Uprisings) explains thoroughly the uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina that started on the 5th of February 2014, as  protests swept across the country when workers from five factories in northern city of Tuzla: Dita, Polihem, Poliolhem, GUMARA and Konjuh, declared strike. During these days, several governmental buildings were set on fire in cities across the country (including the presidential building in Sarajevo) resulting for four regional governments to resign.

The factories had been bankrupted and then illegally privatized, leaving the stuff unpaid and with large debts, deprived of health-care and other benefits. The protests were followed with popular assemblies (the so called plenums) exorcizing direct democracy organization. The first plenum appeared in Tuzla, (the starting point of the revolt) and then quickly spread in the following cities: Sarajevo (the capital), Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar, Travnik, Brčko, Goražde, Konjic, Cazin, Donji Vakuf, Fojnica, Orašje and Bugojno.

Athens: future suspended

A project from Crisis Scape

Future Suspended is divided in three sections. “Privatised” explores the legacy of mass privatisation projects that preceded the 2004 Olympics, placing them in the context of present day privatisation schemes. “Devalued” gazes at the ever-shrinking spaces of migrants in the city and the devaluation of their lives that comes as a result. “Militarised” shows how, in face of the crisis, this devaluation turns into a generalised condition. Through its cinematic traversal of today’s Athens, «Future Suspended» traces the rise of the authoritarian-financial complex and how this shrinks public space in the city, fuelling social despair and anger in return. Future Suspended is part of the research project at crisis-scape.net.

SHOPLIFTING: IT’S A CRIME? Sherry Millner 1979

An ‘educational’ documentary on the evils of shoplifting is itself shoplifted, mocked, and then remade or extrapolated on the Proudhonian principle that ‘property is theft,’ with the figure of the shoplifter freed from the zone of morality and re-situated as a vital part of an alternative economy. The dual aim is to shake up the disciplinary role of the educational doc as well as conventional definitions of criminality.

GR: Ένα «εκπαιδευτικό» ντοκιμαντέρ για τα δεινά της κλοπής σε καταστήματα γίνεται το ίδιο αντικείμενο κλοπής, χλευάζεται και στη συνέχεια ανακατασκευάζεται ή προεκτείνεται σύμφωνα με την Προυντονική ιδέα πως «η ιδιοκτησία είναι κλοπή», με τον κλέφτη να απελευθερώνεται από τη ζώνη της ηθικής και να επανατοποθετείται ως ένα ζωτικό μέρος μιας εναλλακτικής οικονομίας. Ο διπλός στόχος είναι να κλονιστεί ο πειθαρχικός ρόλος του εκπαιδευτικού ντοκυμαντέρ καθώς και οι συμβατικοί ορισμοί της εγκληματικότητας.

Interview with Cornelius Castoriadis by Chris Marker (English Subtitles)

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This interview with Castoriadis was conducted in 1989 by famed filmmaker Chris Marker for Marker’s own television series L’héritage de la chouette («The Owl’s Legacy»). Eighty-one minutes long, the raw footage originally recorded in French has been translated into English (via easy-to-read subtitles) and edited anonymously as a public service. Here, Castoriadis lays out and examines the contributions of ancient Greece to questions of contemporary relevance relating to democracy, politics, philosophy, art, poetry, economic and social reorganization, and the creative chaos that underlies all existence.

Metronome – a research strand of the project The City at a Time of Crisis

EN: Mass Transient is an ethnographic study of spaces of mass transit in Athens — and beyond: it is a study that seeks to reveal the ever-growing antagonisms and tensions in these quintessential spaces of the everyday, as the crisis deepens. At this historical conjuncture, buses, trolleys and metro carriages become the primary public spaces: on the one hand moving around are the ‘fallen angels’ of the bourgeois dream, and on the other, those swirling through the city are the undocumented, seeking survival. A close, meticulous reading of these spaces can help us understand how the transitory flux of a society in turmoil becomes a galvanized reality; how a transient mass becomes critical.

Produced by Ross Domoney & Antonis Vradis
Directed by Ross Domoney
Research by Antonis Vradis
Cinematography, editing & sound mix by Ross Domoney
Assistant editing by Antonis Vradis

EL: Ο «Μετρονόμος» είναι το πρώτο σύντομο βίντεο του ερευνητικού εγχειρήματος Mass Transient (Μάζα Εν Κινήσει), μέρος του ερευνητικού προγράμματος Η Πόλη την Εποχή της Κρίσης: crisis-scape.net.

«Υπάρχουν στιγμές στην ιστορία που ο χρόνος σα να επιταχύνεται
Στιγμές που οι χώροι στους οποίους συνυπάρχουμε γίνονται πυκνότεροι.
Και που η συνύπαρξή μας φαντάζει πιο καταναγκαστική.
Οι στιγμές αυτές είναι αποκαλυπτικές για τους τρόπους με τους
οποίους επιλέγουμε να συνυπάρξουμε.
Από τις μικρότερες των χειρονομιών, στο πιό απροκάλυπτα ρατσιστικό
ντελίριο, μας βοηθούν να κατανοήσουμε την ανθρώπινη κατάσταση.
Τούτη εδώ είναι μια φευγαλέα ματιά σε μια τέτοια στιγμή.»

Παραγωγή: Ross Domoney και Αντώνης Βραδής
Σκηνοθεσίας: Ross Domoney
Έρευνα: Antonis Vradis
Φωτογραφία, επεξεργασία και ηχητική επένδυση: Ross Domoney
Βοηθός επεξεργασίας: Αντώνης Βραδής