Voices Outside the Echo Chamber takes the phenomenon of echo chambers as a starting point for understanding the meta-framing producing current discourses on migration. The form of recent debates about migration to the European continent mirrors that of online filter bubbles, or so-called echo chambers, in which individuals intensify their world-views by surrounding themselves with information that corroborates and echoes back their own beliefs. The recurrent use of terms such as ‘crisis’, ‘borders’ and even ‘human rights’ in recent discussions on migration largely disregards the complexity of human mobility and movement, obscuring the histories, created largely by European colonial powers that call for closer attention to the conditions and uses of such words.
Departing from the dialectical relation between the discourses of ‘human rights’ and ‘border control’, the exhibition Voices Outside the Echo Chamberexplores the complexity of human migration beyond supposedly fundamental notions and the repetitive use of empty signifiers. The artists’ works in the exhibition break out of these echo chambers, freeing themselves from the regulated discourse propagated through the language used by the media, NGOs and other institutions, which conveniently filters out all other possible perspectives. In an attempt to unsettle these fundamental notions and concepts, the exhibition calls attention to modernist knowledge-systems and structures of truth-making at work today.
The exhibition and the event-program question perceived realities and locate perception gaps.They reflect on actorhood, imaginary geographies, images and the conditions and use of language in debates on migration. In destabilizing prevailing views on migration from a historical and contemporary perspective, and by shifting and displacing the meanings of supposedly fundamental concepts such as ‘human rights’ and ‘borders’, the exhibition and the event program create space for voices that are otherwise filtered out or marginalized.
17:00: Opening of the exhibition Voices Outside the Echo Chamber at Framer Framed.
18:00 – 19:00: For the occasion of the opening of Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, European Souvenirs will delve into recent footage and archival audio-visual material related to issues of migration and border control, revisited during an artist residency one week prior to the exhibition. The hour-long performance€urovisions is an audiovisual journey through their re-interpretation of European institutional archives, aiming to capture the views of a new generation of media-makers addressing key concerns and recent developments on border control and migration.
€urovisions is presented within the framework of the exhibition Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts, and Framings of Migration. The performance also coincides with the opening of Beeld voor Beeld film festival and is supported by Ongekend Bijzonder and European Cultural Foundation.
In 2012 European Souvenirs premiered in Amsterdam and has been travelling to different cities in Europe since. Their live cinema performance €urovisionsis a longterm collaborative project together with @DocNextNetwork, an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation, curated by @ZEMOS98.
20:00: Opening Beeld voor Beeld documentary film festival with the Dutch premiere of ‘Trapped by law’ (2015) by Sami Mustafa at the IJzaal in de Tolhuistuin (next to Framer Framed exhibition space). Please mind that reservations are required for the film! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ólafur and Libia’s collaborations explore the political, socio-economic, and personal forces that affect life in the present day. Their work, which has taken them to cities around the world, and often develops out of their personal interactions with people and places, can be characterized as an interpretation of culture and the complex relationships that compose it.
Their artistic practice concentrates on the phenomena of transition towards the post-fordist phase of political, social and cultural development. Exclusion and exploitation appear as the main issues in Castro and Ólafsson’s critique of flexible subjectivities, under pressure of the decline of the nation-state and the rise of global markets and corporations. In their work – executed across media and a variety of genres and disciplines, from political history, through gender studies and sociology – the artists critique an injured world of non-belonging and denied participation. By destabilizing the established symbolic structures of late-capitalist society, Castro and Ólafsson reengage their audience with disaffected cultural topos, emancipating both the work and its viewers from the societal dogmas that subversively inform the artists’ practice.
Castro and Ólafsson, collaborating since 1997, are based in Rotterdam and Berlin. Their recent exhibitions include Asymmetry, 2013, TENT, Rotterdam, The Unexpected Guest, 2012, Liverpool Biennial, Germans, Speak German! Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Under Deconstruction, Icelandic Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial, 2011 curated by Ellen Bluemenstein, Manifesta 7, 2008. Their music video Lobbyists was awarded the Basis Prize of the prestigious Dutch art prize the Prix de Rome in 2009.