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Eric Kluitenberg on Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:40:10 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] The Tactical Media Files - website launch, De Balie, vrijdag 31 oktober, 20.30 uur


A  A  N  K  O  N  D  I  G  I  N  G

The Tactical Media Files

een levend archief voor tactische media

Website launch

(English info below)

De Balie
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam
www.debalie.nl


Datum | Vrijdag 31 oktober
Aanvang | 20.30 uur
Entree | Vrij


Het begrip Tactische Media is in Nederland vooral bekend vanwege de  
serie roemruchte Next 5 Minutes festivals voor tactische media die  
tussen 1993 en 2003 werden georganiseerd. Tactische media-interventies  
brengen kunst, technologie, media en politiek samen om onwelgevallige  
meningen, ongehoorde stemmen en verzwegen onderwerpen publiek te  
maken. Dit soort interventies vinden nog steeds regelmatig en vrijwel  
rondom de aardbol plaats. Het fenomeen is daarmee onverminderd  
springlevend.

De Balie heeft de afgelopen twee jaar aan een omvangrijke web- 
documentatie gewerkt van dit belangrijke culturele en maatschappelijke  
fenomeen: The Tactical Media Files.

De Tactical Media Files website wordt vrijdag 31 oktober ten doop  
gehouden. De avond wordt ingeleid door de initiatiefnemers David  
Garcia en Eric Kluitenberg. Tijdens de avond worden naast de website  
zelf een reeks highlights uit het archief vertoond die onderdeel uit  
maken van een veel omvangrijkere en hopelijk voortdurend groeiende  
collectie tapes, documentaires, films, campagne materialen.

De materialen die zijn voortgekomen uit de serie Next 5 Minutes  
festivals vormen de basis voor de Tactical Media Files. Deze zijn  
aangevuld met ander actueel en historisch materiaal rond tactische  
media. De Next 5 Minutes festivals waren altijd een samenwerking van  
heel veel mensen en organisaties. Op een vergelijkbare manier hopen we  
dat de Tactical Media Files een documentatieplek kan worden voor een  
grote diversiteit van tactische media activiteiten. De launch is  
daarom slechts het begin van de Tactical Media Files als on-line  
resource, niet het eindpunt.

Het webarchief van The Tactical Media Files is vanaf 31 oktober  
blijvend als publieke website beschikbaar. Naast een omvangrijke  
verzameling video documenten bevat deze ook een groot aantal essays,  
verslagen en beschouwingen die in de loop der jaren rond het fenomeen  
tactische media zijn gepubliceerd.

Het fysieke archief van The Tactical Media Files / Next 5 Minutes is  
ondergebracht bij het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale  
Geschiedenis in Amsterdam (IISG) en is daar op aanvraag te raadplegen.

Meer informatie over de achtergronden van het project en de mensen die  
hieraan hebben meegewerkt zijns hieronder te vinden ("About The  
Tactical media Files")


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The Tactical Media Files

a living archive for tactical media

Website launch

De Balie
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam
www.debalie.nl


Date | Friday October 31
Start | 20.30 hrs
Entree | Free


Over the past two years De Balie, centre for culture and politics in  
Amsterdam, has been working on a web documentation of tactical media.  
Tactical media blend art, politics, media and technology to give voice  
to the voiceless and create space in the public domain for dissenting  
opinions and marginalised social and cultural groups, in and across  
different societies.  The materials gathered in the Tactical Media  
Files mostly originate from the infamous series of Next 5 Minutes  
festivals for tactical media, organised in Amsterdam between 1993 and  
2003. These are complemented with historical and more recent materials  
around tactical media Tactical media interventions are still a  
recurrent phenomenon around the globe. Thus, tactical media are still  
very much alive.

The Tactical Media Files website is launched on Friday October 31.  
David Garcia and Eric Kluitenberg initiators of the project will  
introduce the Tactical Media Flies. Next to the website itself a  
selection of highlights from the archive is screened. These are part  
of a much larger and hopefully continuously growing collection of  
tapes, documentaries, films, campaign materials and other source  
documents permanently available from the site.

Much of this material originates from the Next 5 Minutes festivals,  
which have always been a collective effort of many individuals and  
organisations. In a similar manner we hope that The Tactical Media  
Files can become a documentation resource for a wide variety of  
tactical media activities. The launch is therefore only the beginning  
not the final incarnation of the Tactical Media Files.

The Tactical Media Files website and web archive will be available as  
a permanent public resource from October 31 onwards. Besides a large  
collection of video documents it will also contain a large number of  
essays, reports and analyses that have been published around tactical  
media over the years.

The physical archive of The Tactical Media Files / Next 5 Minutes will  
be located at the International Institute of Social History in  
Amsterdam and will be available there for public consultation on  
request.


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About The Tactical Media Files

The Tactical Media Files, is a "living archive" for Tactical Media's  
present, past and future.


"Tactical Media":

Tactical Media emerged when the modest goals of media artists and  
media activists were transformed into a movement that challenged  
everyone to produce their own media in support of their own political  
struggles. This "new media" activism was based on the insight that the  
long-held distinction between the 'street' (reality) and the  
'media' (representation) could no longer be upheld. On the contrary,  
the media had come to infuse all of society.

To challenge dominant (strategic) structures in society, it was  
necessary develop new (tactical) means of producing and distributing  
media. Not a specialised task separate from the social movements, but  
a key activity around which social movements could coalesce. And of  
equal importance, the media environment characterised by a broadcast  
logic of geography was being supplemented with an environment  
characterised by a many-to-many logic of access.

Though much has changed these insights remain as valid today as they  
did in the early 1990s.

About the archive:

This Tactical Media Files archive is at an early stage of development.  
We have begun the task of organising the infinite (and growing) amount  
of available data, with the aim of making it more easily accessible  
for new generations of activists and activist makers, scholars and  
curators to draw on.

Tactical Media Files has been conceived as a 'living archive'. The aim  
is not create a final, mute and unchanging reservoir, but much rather  
an active resource that can be utilised to connect current practice to  
a memory of events past. The archive can also serve as a documentation  
tool for current and future events. Organisations, initiatives and  
individuals who are interested to use this resource for documentation  
purposes, become active as a contributing editor, or who would like to  
contribute relevant materials can contact the current editorial group  
to discuss these possibilities. We very much welcome active  
involvement in the project.

Living archives are not just about conserving the past, tactical  
media's history continues to hold a tremendous reservoir of practices  
and social-political experiences. It also serves to remind us that  
mediation remains a central component of today's politics of  
resistance, a living practice in a continuous process of renewal and  
re-invention. So go ahead browse our archives, check our video's, look  
up articles and people, and above all share your thoughts, knowledge  
and tactical media with us so that we remain a living archive.

All materials in this archive are freely available on precondition  
that the originators of the material and the source of this archive  
are mentioned in the publications (electronic, print or otherwise) you  
may wish to use them for. The website is the principal point of access  
to the materials collected for the Tactical Media Files, while the  
physical archive resides at the International Institute for Social  
History in Amsterdam.

The editors


Credits:

Founding Editors:
David Garcia
Eric Kluitenberg

CMS Development:
Michiel van der Haagen

Visual and interface design:
Jeroen Joosse

Video player functionality:
Reza Tahami

HTML templates:
Onno van Braan

Video digitisation:
Ian van Riel


Special thanks to:

Huub Sanders (IISG), Gerbrand Oudenaarden (Engage!), Brigitte Bélanger  
(Bellissima), Nina Meilof, and all Tactical Media operators world-wide.


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