The history and current situation of minor images in Hungary
One of the research projects of the Minor Media/Culture Research Centre, founded at the Department of Media and Communication at ELTE University, is to map the history and current state of participatory video production, or more broadly of participatory and art-based image making (minor media) in Hungary.
Images and Places of Memory in Roma/Gypsy Public Education
The possibilities in public education offered by a society to its own minorities and vulnerable groups hold an accurate mirror to that society. Documentary film is capable of functioning as such a mirror when it explores the diverse forms of public education. The season’s theme at the 2020 Roma Image Studio is gypsy public education and its cinematic representation.
MyStreet – History and Current Situation of Minor Images in Hungary
The central theme of the 2019 spring season of the Roma Image Studio was participatory and community filmmaking, which is related to such scientific fields as visual anthropology or autoethnography. The methodology of the research taking place in parallel with the film program had been worked out on the basis of participatory action research and digital storytelling.
Above all, visitors of the program could get acquainted with the previous activity, programs and pedagogical concept of the Roma Image Studio, followed by exploring the central theme of the 2018 season, the archive, through specific films and screening venues.
“Evening-making”. Open, Diverse, Permeable Communities
In 2017, through various examples, we tested ourselves whether it would be possible to revive the collective rural tradition of “evening-making” in an urban framework while combining it with the practice of the critique of the image.
Back-talk and the Creation of Proper Image. Media Anthropology Research
With a media-anthropological ambition, the 2016 Roma Image Studio explored how Roma communities were represented in the contemporary mediatized space and how the self-image of the community was shaped by Roma figures active in the media, what influence they could have on majority media and society in a cultural or political sense.
In the course of the semester, we relied on the themes of representation and self-representation to address the significations constructed by cinematic and photographic representations of the Roma people. Relating to the themes and explorations of the workshops of previous semesters, the interpretations allowed us to understand the norms operated by the signifier gaze, which give rise to these significations pertaining to Roma people, thereby shaping knowledge about the Roma in everyday reality.
Under the title “Border-crossings”, we included films of diverse origin, genre and theme in the program. On the one hand, we focused on cinematic devices that constructively trespassed on the border between fiction and documentarism.
Roma Cultural, Artistic and Political Activities after the Regime Change
This season focused on Roma cultural, artistic and political achievements throughout the post-socialist period. Our films and guests included members of the generation who had been influential figures, beneficiaries or victims of the democratic transition.
The key concept in the selection of films and guests alike was visibility. Most program elements comprised various forms of Roma self-representation: from science through art, music and theatre to legal protection.
Representation of Roma People in Documentary Films
Founding on DocuArt Cinema’s film club traditions and commitment to the dissemination of the documentary film genre, we launched this unconventional film club in the spring of 2011, also as a course at the Department of Media at ELTE BTK Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies. The subject of the course was “Representation of Roma People in the Light of Contemporary Cultural Research”.
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