[Imc-esf] IMC esf Call: 4 Days of Tactical Media Production @
the london ESF
anna at mail.nadir.org
Mon Sep 20 12:17:03 PDT 2004
does that mean 'yes'?
or do people simply not care?
> ah, ok - either i missed it or it has been added since :)
> still - asking people to say whether they would like to *participate* in
> child care isn't a very inviting phrase. after all we're not coming
> because we love to spend our time doing child care but because we want
> to participate *even though* we have children and we need help to be
> able to do that.
> but then - i can see it's there and that i'm probably simply too late
> now.. ;)
> i'll still suggest some changes - please send some quick reactions
> whether you agree or don't agree to add them!
> Planet Mail wrote:
>>Indymedia @ the ESF: Four Days of Tactical Media Production
>>Come and join us from October 14th – 17th in London.
>>We need your reporting, radio, photography, cables, ideas, enthusiasm and more!
>>@ The Camden Centre,
>>Near Kings Cross,
>>(and other locations!)
>>At the heart of one of the worlds most techno-surveyed capital cities,
>>thousands of people from a huge array of social movements will gather in
>>London for this years European Social Forum. Indymedia is hosting a
>>four-day Indymedia centre (IMC) to facilitate reporting and DIY media
>>production around the ESF and other autonomous spaces and actions in London.
>>This call goes out to all the Indymedia and alt. media networks to
>>participate in organising, developing and experimenting with skill sharing,
>>creating networks of alternative communication projects and campaigns, and
>>producing grassroots media relevant to thousands of participants, a global
>>audience and our social movements.
>>Volunteers are needed to work on covering events, interventions, actions
>>and protests, to help co-ordinate, produce and publish video, audio and
>>photos, to help run spaces and self organise and create the media we want
>>The IMC will be at the Camden Centre - located next to Kings Cross, in the
>>Bloomsbury area (one of the two major ESF locations), and is one of a
>>number of autonomous spaces around the ESF. There will also be a bar and
>>cheap food available, as well as social events and film screenings. Further
>>IMC / alt. media production nodes will be located in other autonomous
>>venues, and additional spaces will be provided for some workshops and
>>training (more info on this soon).
> --> There will be a place for children and the people who are with them.
> It's not sure yet where this will be but we try to find a location as
> close as possible. Help with child care will be greatly appreciated.
>>The Camden centre also has an alternative programme of events in
>>collaboration with activists from the Indymedia uk network , developed to
>>counteract the lack of content addressing communication rights within the
>>European Social Forum programme, and address the rapid development of
>>technologically determined mechanisms such as mass-surveillance and
>>information control that increasingly shape and delimit our landscape of
>>civil liberties and participatory democracy.
>>The Camden Centre:
>>The Camden Centre has been hired via collaboration with a variety of alt.
>>Media networks and Communication Rights advocacy and campaigning
>>groups. The broad network is under the umbrella of the Media, Culture and
>>Communication Rights Network (MCCRN). As well as activists from the
>>Indymedia uk network, other groups involved include Privacy International,
>>Association of Progressive Communications (APC), Article 19, Association of
>>community radios (AMARC), WACC and the Electrohippes.
>>As well as the IMC, the Camden Centre will be used by a the MCCRN too host
>>a programme of events on Communication Rights and alternative media
>>(See - http://www.efcr2004.net)
>>LOCATIONS AND PRACTICALITIES:
>>The Camden centre is a large hall / conference space with a main hall
>>capacity of approximately 600 people, including capacity for info stalls
>>and some exhibition material. There are also two sets of two rooms which
>>have a total capacity of 50 people and are the Indymedia spaces. There is
>>also a bar cafe area.
>>NB Corporate Journalists will be allowed into the main hall and public
>>access Internet café.
>>Bar / Public Access Internet C at fe:
>>There is a licensed bar area which will hold about 15 public access
>>computers with internet, an info-point, and seating. There is also a
>>kitchen providing cheap food by the veggies collective.
>>If you’re coming to participate in the Indymedia centre, the Camden centre
>>will be able to cater for a variety of needs, but you are expected to help
>>create the media centre by participating in the co-ordination of the
>>The IMC will have morning meetings each day to plan and co-ordinate DIY
>>reporting and media production.
>>The four rooms for media production are designated as:
>>Dedicated reporting space (15-20 computers)
>>Priority Audio + Video production space (Please bring equipment YOU need)
>>Training room (at some times, reporting space when no trainings)
>>NB The main hall will be no smoking during daytime programme. Smoking is
>>permitted in the Bar.
>>There will be no smoking in the four media production rooms.
>>NB there have been some requests for a creche for children. While space is
>>limited, some people are working on the idea - if you would like to
>>participate in a self organised creche please let us know!
> Children at Camden Centre
> Some of us will bring children - we don't have a place for a creche
> yet, but we will find something as close as possible. If you want to
> take part and have children: please bring them! The more children there
> are the easier it will be to share child care, and the more fun it will
> be for the kids.
> We do need help with child care so please everyone consider spending
> some time helping so that everyone can participate in media activism.
> Please bring some toys, your juggling equipment, anything big and small
> people can use to have fun with!
>>The venue has disabled access via stair lift to the upper floors. If you
>>have specific needs please contact us as soon as possible.
>>Mail: imc-esf(atN0spam)lists.indymedia.org (nb this is a public archive
>>NB: There is no accommodation at the Camden Centre and the IMC will close
>>at different times each evening (these will be clearly advertised).
>>Indymedia as an autonomous space
>>The Indymedia uk Network is working with a wide range of groups and other
>>networks who are building alternative autonomous spaces around the European
>>Social Forum. The aim is to create open spaces for networking, exchanges,
>>celebration, thinking, and action with ways of organising and acting that
>>reflect our political visions, and that are united in standing for
>>grassroots self-organisation, for diversity and inclusion, for direct
>>democracy and collective decision making based upon consensus. In line
>>with these principles, the IMC will have morning meetings to plan and
>>co-ordinate DIY reporting and media production.
>>The various autonomous spaces and initiatives do not have, nor represent,
>>one single unified position on the ESF but are however all united in the
>>knowledge of the ESF UK organising process as un-transparent,
>>non-participatory, and exclusionary. However we wish to state clearly that
>>Indymedia is dedicated to respecting the value and supporting the energy,
>>diversity, and experiences of those attending the ESF.
>>Bring Your Own!
>>Indymedia London has very few financial resources, choosing to blag, borrow
>>and share most spaces, equipment and materials. The media centre and the
>>Camden centre stalls, as well as the other autonomous spaces all need to
>>have a wide range of media to share, give away and distribute. We would
>>encourage all those coming to participate in the four days to bring local
>>alt. media, leaflets, stickers, posters, CD's, films and all other
>>interesting and relevant material to distribute and share.
>>Other Media Production Locations
>>Beyond ESF - Another Autonomous Space
>>This will be in North London - so it becomes the nearest autonomous space
>>to Alexandra Palace. There is a room with internet connectivity that can be
>>used as an IMC / alt. media space for reporting and co-ordination. Some
>>computers should be supplied by imc london, other space will be for
>>laptops. London Hacklab is interested in helping co-ordinate and install.
>>The Beyond ESF space itself will have food for donations, daily programming
>>and events, evening assemblies, entertainments and films.
>>- see http://www.altspaces.net
>>AMARC and the Community Media Association are trying to gain a space inside
>>Alexandra Palace to webstream radio from.
>>RampArt Social Centre in East London is another indymedia access point, and
>>willing to accomodate volunteers who come early to help set up.
>>Rampart Street, London E1 2LA
>>Registration for the Official ESF Media Centre
>>Accreditiation to the Official ESF Media Centre at Alexandra Palace is
>>supposed to be available to all alt. Media and community media activists
>>and reporters (after a big lobbying effort by media activists). It now
>>seems that there will only be 20-25 computers in the official media centre,
>>but with around 50 internet connections provided for laptops.
>>NB Accreditiation will allow you to access the media centre and use the
>>facilities, as well as attending the official press conferences. It will
>>not provide you with the free travel card which is available for the first
>>20,000 people buying tickets.
>>You can register via the offical media centre if you have a press card here:
>>If you dont have a press card, sending a covering letter explaining your
>>publication / group should suffice.
>>NOTE: If you have any problems gaining accreditation for the official media
>>centre please contact Indymedia London as quickly as possible and we will
>>try and help: Mail: imc-esf(atN0spam)lists.indymedia.org (nb this is a
>>public archive email list)
>>To read the history and background of the official esf media centre and
>>other media and tech lobbying by activists see:
>>London, as the one of the most expensive, gentrified cites in the world,
>>suffers from a severe lack of living space. Most of the accommodation
>>options around the time of the ESF lie either within the official forum
>>itself (via a registration and payment process) where you may be able to
>>source discounted bed & breakfasts, hostels, a campsite (very far away), or
>>some free communal spaces (church halls etc) for groups, or via the
>>The free accomodation for people buying tickets is on a first come first
>>served basis - so if you are buying a ticket, hurry up and apply!
>>For details see: http://www.fse-esf.org/en/esf.shtml?x=1690
>>Indymedia is trying to find some home stay accommodation with priority for
>>Indymedia Europeans, however this home stay is extremely limited and spread
>>across London. Other accomodation should be available in social centres and
>>squats, but there is no guarentee!
>>All coming are highly encouraged to source your own accomodation. Please
>>let us know if you are coming, and if you need accomodation by adding you
>>details to the wiki at: http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/Esf2004Visitors
>>Location + Maps of Camden Centre, Alexandra Palace and other Spaces:
>>As the ESF this year is in two main locations, Alexandra Palace in North
>>London and Bloomsbury in central London, autonomous spaces are also in a
>>variety of locations close to these main areas. Travel costs may well be a
>>large expense for participants.
>>Much of the ESF will be concentrated at Alexandra Palace in North London.
>>This will house most of the Plennaries and Seminars (which get simultaneous
>>translation), as well as many of the exhibition stalls and cultural
>>events. All of the ESF Workshops will be held in the 'Bloomsbury' area.
>>This is the area in central london from Kings Cross down to Holborn, where
>>many of the london universities are located. There are some key venues
>>(like Trade Union Congress (TUC) House) where larger events will take
>>place. It is expected that some stalls will also be located here as well as
>>several cultural events.
>>The first 20,000 people to buy tickets for the official ESF in London
>>before 1st October will receive a travel card allowing free travel anywhere
>>in London on the Underground, buses and railways on 15, 16 and 17 October -
>>worth about as much as buying the cheap concession ESF ticket at £20
>> - see: http://www.fse-esf.org/en/register/
>>An Offpeak rate (ie after 9.30am) daily travelcard which covers the main
>>areas and central london costs £4.50. However the ESF will start each
>>morning before this time, and so a Peak rate daily travelcard will cost
>>£6.40. There is also a weekend card and other schemes available - ask at
>>any tube station.
>>Tickets can be bought in advance at many newsagents in London, most buses
>>will allow you to buy tickets on board, but others require you to purchase
>>tickets in advance, there are machines by the bus stops where this is
>>Single bus ticket costs £1 (this is one journey on one bus). A book of 6
>>single bus tickets ("bus saver") costs £4.20
>>A one day bus pass costs £2.50. A one week bus pass costs £9.50
>>It can be difficult to travel for free in London, all buses either have
>>conductors on board or you need to pay when boarding, and almost all train
>>and tube stations have staffed gates and electonic barriers. Fines can be
>>imposed for travelling without a ticket, from £10 upwards.
>>Programme at Camden Centre:
>>See link for programme of events over the four days at the Camden Centre:
>>(more details to be confirmed soon)
>>Thursday 14th October 9.15am-6.30pm
>>The European Forum of Communication Rights (EFCR) takes place the day
>>before the start of the European Social Forum, and tackles one of the most
>>important questions: how to bring together those working at different
>>levels on communication rights - from grass roots activists working on
>>practical projects and street level campaigns, to those engaged in lobbying
>>and advocacy, to researchers and academics. Starting the day a series of
>>keynote speakers, presentations and open-floor discussions will establish
>>what is at stake in the information revolution: who owns what, who has the
>>power, and what it means for us all.
>>"As the movement around Communications Rights gathers momentum, a multitude
>>of campaigns are confronting the same issues from a variety of directions."
>>Focusing on the global issues of Security and the Surveillance State,
>>Migration and Borders, and the Corporatisation of our Communication spaces
>>and knowledge, the event aims to find common ground that links these varied
>>strands together to produce vibrant, relevant and powerful campaigns.
>>Friday explores the emergence of the resistance to technologies of control,
>>looking at tactics, tools and techniques, focusing on Infowar and Signal
>>Jamming, Electronic Commons, IP and Bio Piracy, Biometric ID Cards, Gender
>>and Technology, and Tactical and Alternative Media. Friday night will see
>>an evening of entertainment with comedy, music, films and a special set of
>>presentations and performance from migrant networks, sans papiers, and
>>people from the global south.
>>Saturday will include the 10th anniversary celebration of the respected
>>alternative media project www.SchNEWS.org.uk with a full afternoon
>>conference.. Later that evening they kick off their birthday fundraiser
>>party in a venue south of the river.
>>LINKS AND CONTACTS:
>>IMC Media Centre organising wiki website:
>>Indymedia mailing list:
>>Indymedia UK Network:
>>Autonomous Spaces and Initiatives:
>>Official ESF website:
>>Unofficial ESF website:
>>Location + Maps of Camden Centre, Alexandra Palace and other Spaces:
>>Previous Media Labs:
>>Imc-esf mailing list
>>Imc-esf at lists.indymedia.org
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