Alumni activities

ESA = Eustory Seminar Animates: Explaining complex topics

From the moment we conceptualized the Alumni Seminar in Ronda we were planning on having Animates explaining complex topics as a final result, similar to those, produced by the Royal Society of Art (London). The idea was to make a synthesis of all relevant information the participants gained during the seminar. It was an experiment, since we had never done anything like that. And even though the technical things are really important (drawing, recording images and audio, cutting) the other dimension is much more complex: Finding the topic you want to explain, developing a concept, gathering all information necessary, thinking of images to support the information, writing a text that is both, focussed but not too simplifying, matching it with the images to develop a storyboard… After a...[Read More]

Day 5. Orientalism, Ronda and the final project!

It was the first cloudy morning since we started our seminar. After breakfast we went to Ronda by bus. We arrived to the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda and heard a lecture about Orientalism by professor Waleed Saleh from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.We were excited about meeting him because of his interesting life story. He opposed the regime of Sadam Husein, and had to leave Iraq. He first went to Morocco and he now lives in Spain. This is the definition he explained to us: Orientalism is a reflection of the image of the Islamic world, forged by the Western world through research. A lot of images of the “Orient” originated from Description de l’Egypte, published in 1820. When Napoleón Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798 he brought an entourage of more than 160 scholars and...[Read More]

Europe, do you feel free?

In preparation of the workshop in Berlin our 15 participants conducted a survey within their countries in order to find out, what freedom means for their peers/families and how they assess the situation concerning freedom and human rights in their countries. Zuzana and Sárka read all the evaluations from Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain and extracted the most important points. Here is their conclusion

Freedom in Europe: Equal opportunities?

During the workshop ‘Desire for Freedom’ Mare from Estonia conducted an interview with Sofia (Finland), Sławomir (Poland) and Darya (Belarus) How do you feel about the situation of freedom in your country? How is it restrained? Sofia: Excellent. Not only are the human rights guaranteed to a great extent, I think we have one of the closest things to equal opportunity as well. Sławomir: I think there is a lot of freedom in my country, but on the other hand people are not taught how to use it. There have been some bad times that have shown, that not everyone’s freedom is accepted by the society. But I guess we are heading in a good direction. Darya: In our country, we are in some ways restricted. Not everybody is free. The restriction of the freedom of expression, the impossibilit...[Read More]

“Pasta for the Poor” – Experiencing inequality

A simulation seemed to be the best way for our Eustorians to experience the situation of inequality during the seminar in Berlin. With pasta as money and socks and tape and socks to create different starting chances for our participants during the distribution of wealth. Giving different voting rights according to wealth just established the inequality. One participant summarized his experiences here   

Freedom of Interpretation

While working with the exhibition ‘Desire for Freedom’, our participants were confronted with the fact, that we were not allowed to take pictures of the art and display them here. They found another way of visualizing their interpretation. You can also look into the Making of

The Desire for Freedom

After only four days of intense working in Berlin on the topic of freedom, our 15 Eustorians produced an impressive ‘piece of art’, a blog consisting of many different pieces. We will are going to publish parts of it here as well, but if you want to see the whole, go here… http://desireforfreedom.wordpress.com/

‘The Desire for Freedom’: The Eustory alumni workshop started in Berlin

Yesterday Eustory alumni from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain arrived in Berlin. Today the worked started in the exhibition of the German Historical Museum and right now our participants are strolling around the exhibition to look for that one piece of art that stood out for them, either in a positive or in a negative way. Since the main (visible) result of this workshop will be a blog, where the participants present bits and pieces of their work, we will just give you some daily sneak previews about what to expect here, starting with some of the creative work the participants brought with them, dealing with limits of freedom.

Exile – A State of Mind?

We were together for a week in Madrid aiming to find out more about the phenomenon of “exile”, talking with many different people about their very different experiences with exile, differing in reasons or places to leave. We were comparing and discussing definitions from encyclopedias from different countries, trying to frame exile, to differ it from migration or asylum. We informed ourselves about legal terms, the conditions of asylum in Europe today, we were digging in European history to find events of exiles with common elements. But the more information we got, the more we struggled to find a common definition. And to be honest: We failed in that respect. But… We would like to share the things we actually found out. So read in our magazine “El Exilio” abo...[Read More]

Exile stories XVII: Rafael Safin, refugee from the former Soviet Union Republic – Tajikistan

Looking for a person who experienced exile, migration or something like that to interview in order to prepare for the Eustory seminar Aliya from Russia realized that she even does not have to go far away in searching: I can start from my nearest surrounding. My family experienced something similar to that in earlier 90s. That is why I decide to interview my elder brother Rafael. So here is the summery of the interview and some additional information from members of my family. Rafael Safin is 31 years old man now. He is a musician. He lives in Kazan, Russia. Rafael was born on the 28 November, in 1979. At the age of 14 his family and he moved from a small town named Kurban-Tube (Tadjikistan) to Alabuga (Russia). As he can judge it now, it was very important event in his life. The reason due...[Read More]

Exile stories XVI: A Spanish Odyssee

First Margarita was interviewed by Marta as a preparation of the seminar and her story was so amazing that we arranged another meeting with a group from during the interview. Margarita was born in Madrid in 1935. She belonged to the upper class and her father collaborated with the Republic Government as Director of Public Prosecutions. At the end of the Spanish Civil War, they had to pass the frontier and struggle to make ends meet in their new life in Paris. Those were not happy times for Margarita as she was hungry and cold and had no friends at school; then, when she was getting used to the new country, the family decided to migrate again to Venezuela. There she has been all her life, she got completely adapted to her new life and got married and had two children there; on the contrary,...[Read More]

Exile stories XV: „If my kids are happy, I’m happy too”

Martyna has gone to a refugee camp in Poland. There she found people from the Caucasus who escaped from the war and conflicts in their countries. She spoke with the officials of the camp and then had the opportunity to interview A., a woman from Dagestan who has lived as a refugee since one year and two months ago. In order to prepare the summary for the academy, I visited a centre for aliens applying for refugee status or asylum, placed 16km from my home. Due to one of recent law regulations, the centre should be removed – such places ought to be located up to 200 km from Eastern borders and it’s over 400 km in this case. Representatives of organisations helping refugees appealed against the resolution and were successful. There’re aliens from Russian republics as Chechnya and...[Read More]