This is the official MAG 04 site, though it isn't accessible to all yet.
Abstract [en only]: announcement and invitation to the celebration of
Indymedia's fifth birthday and the first Media Activist Gathering (MAG) in
Berlin, Germany, on November 25th to December 1st.
Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 -
Beginning of film programme screening videos made by Indymedia activists
and other video projects in multiple cinemas all over Berlin.
Opening event and start of decentral workshop programme (still open for
Fridaz, 26 Nov 2004 - afternoon/evening
Open media fair: present your own project and see what other people are
doing. Let us know what your needs are in terms of space and technology.
Saturday, 27 Nov 2004 - 9am to 6pm
Topic: "Networking free and independent media: A quantum leap in media
evolution!?! Visions & Strategies"
This is where we will have space and time to presentour
ideas/concerns/visions as wel as to exchange with others in a free and
PARTY in the evening with audio-visuals, cocktails, and chance for
Sunday, 28 Nov 2004 - 9am to 1:30pm
Final get-together brunch to express impressions and ideas...
evolving into a half-day Open Space to formulate action plans from
Saturday`s results, to look into the future and possibly create the basis
for joint projects...
To Wednesday, 1 Dec 2004 -
Continuing film programme and workshops.
* Open Space has been chosen as conference methodology since it seems to be
best suited for the occasion, offering ample opportunities for networking
given the participant's diversity. For organizing though, we do ask you to
register as soon as possible. An email is all it takes:
Projects/initiatives or individuals interested in participating and helping
out may place their logo/link/signature on our website, both as to give us
an overview/feedback and to show who colorful and diverse an alternative
world of media might look like.
There is also a plan to connect with other conferences/meetings/festivities
taking place at the same time around the globe, e.g. to establish a live
video stream. So far we know of Dakar, Canary Islands, and Chiapas...
Seattle 1999: for the first time on a large scale, hundreds of
individual media activists and a dozen independent media projects join
forces on occasion of the protests against the WTO ministerial. Forming
the first Independent Media Center (IMC), they provided news coverage,
broadcasted by satellite TV in the US and globally through the Internet,
making information on the protests available to the public. Indymedia's
"open publishing" principle of uncensored and anonymous contribution
open to everyone has created and enabled new ways of media production
and consumption. Within the last five years, Indymedia has grown into a
global network of more than 160 autonomous IMCs and continues to expand.
This network is shaped and used by a diversity of free and independent
media projects and individuals, connecting them not only through the
Internet, but in numerous other ways as well. With the first MAG in
Berlin from November 24th to December 1st, the initiators will create a
temporary platform providing media activists with the space for personal
and hands-on exchange, networking and cooperation.
This is a time of merging huge transnational media corporation gaining
an ever increasing influence on form and content of the information we
are presented with. Their power to shape how we perceive the world
around us enables them to more and more determin what possiblities and
necessities to change it are presented to us. To the mainstream media we
a merely passive consumers or isolated individual activists.
That is why we think now is the time to bring together those people who are
interested/involved in other ways of media production and consumption that
are more open. The idea is to gather and get to know each other, to identify
what we have in common, to embrace our diversity---taking back home new
ideas, goals, motivation...
We invite long-time media activists as well as those who have only recently
acquired a critical stance towards the media. The activist who sometimes
publishes an article as well as the professional journalist interested in
reporting without pressure by hierarchical structures and editors. Pupils,
students, people in front of and behind cameras, mics, sets and enabling
information technology. In short: everyone wanting to contribute to a more
open world (of media and otherwise) should come to Berlin for networking and
exchange to both develop new visions and strategies and to further the
realization of existing ideas... or to contribute from wherever they are.
Thus during the birthday festivities we aim to create a space enabling
everyone to contribute. So for one thing we are asking you for your own
video and audio productions to be included in the cinema programme. Also we
are looking for trailers, one to five minutes in length, introducing your
project/idea, to be screened before feature presentations.
We would like to cover all expenses through donations from the participants,
so as to not exclude anyone because of limited funds. There will be a
transparent budget calculation.
The preparatory process is open for your ideas and input---and of course
help is always appreciated...
- 05 Oct 2004