Morbid events such as catastrophes are, of course, intrinsically medial: faithful to the journalistic motto that only bad news is good news, natural catastrophes (earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, etc.) and human ones (atomic bombs, car accidents, murder, riots, etc.) generate much higher ratings and greater coverage than any other issues. In addition, catastrophes are unforeseen negative events, which take place very quickly and therefore do not accommodate the gradual emergence of visuals.
There are pictures before and after a catastrophe, but the event itself is elusive. In this workshop, the mechanics of medial construction and reception will be examined from a rather
detached documentary and/or experimental perspective. Lisbon had suffered one of the greatest disasters in history – the great earthquake and tsunami from 1755 – yet few tourists are even aware due to the temporal distance. We will discuss various possibilities of how to approach the subject of “shooting disaster”. Each participant is invited to document/cover/experiment with a catastrophe.
Various strategies that deviate from the classic documentary like the remake or even by simulating one will be examined. Footage can be found “Live” in the city, on DVD’s, collected on the internet or from parts of my own digital archive that I will open to the participants. The aim is to produce small pieces that differ dramatically from the daily media coverage of calamities that we are so used to, while having an engaged discussion within the group about the mediatisation of catastrophe.
Christoph Draeger has been working on themes of disaster and destruction for the past twenty years. His conceptual projects take form in installation, video, and photo-based media. Draeger received the Swiss National Art Award in 1994. In 1994 and 1995 he was awarded the Kiefer Hab-litzel grant and in 2004 the Bessie Award of the New York Performance Arts Association for best stage design on Miguel Guettierez’ Damnation Roat at the Kitchen in New York.
Since 2015, Draeger is a full professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden. He lives and works in Umeå and New York.
13TH – 14TH OCTOBER | THURSDAY – FRIDAY | 9:00 – 17:00 – Shooting and discussion with participants
15TH OCTOBER | SATURDAY | 9:00 – 17:00 – Editing and discussion with participants
16TH OCTOBER | SUNDAY | 14:00 – Presentation of the results in Fórum Lisboa
Registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org until 10th October
Capacity: 10 people max.
All participants must have their own equipment (camera and computer with editing program)
13/10/2016 - 16/10/2016