The For the Record event series in Rotterdam takes the form of a public recording studio. Not only to visualize the forms of production and postproduction that are deployed in video, but also to record and share the conversations as a video in itself. Following each event, a new video is released on this channel.
For the Record: K-pop Fandoms and Digital Diasporas
K-pop, or the Hallyu wave, has solidified over the past two decades as an increasingly transnational popular phenomenon. The genre represents a resistance to both Western media as well as the conservatism of Korean traditional culture. On the basis of iconic K-pop videos, poet, essayist and editor Momtaza Mehri discussed on May 9th 2019 the participation of young Eastern African women in K-pop culture, and how it reveals the interconnectedness of digital subcultures from the mid-2000s to now. Respondents were Natalie Nzeyimana and Juha van ‘t Zelfde. The evening was moderated by Shay Kreuger.
For the Record: Designing Realities Nederlands Film Festival
During For the Record: Designing Realities at Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht on 28th September 2019, Dan Hassler-Forest (Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University) reflected on worldbuilding strategies in music videos, comparing them with methods utilized in fantasy films. By analyzing the created media personas and corresponding music videos of Taylor Swift and Janelle Monáe, he mapped out different types of story worlds.
For the Record: Performing Gender
For the Record: Performing Gender examines gender roles and feminist positions in popular music videos. Iconic videos of Madonna and Prince, as well as recent video releases of Sevdaliza and others, form the basis for a debate on the articulation of gender through the cinematographic gaze and the performing body. The evening is moderated by radio-dj, reporter and host Shay Kreuger. With Eliza Steinbock (Assistant Professor of Cultural Analysis at Leiden University), Emmanuel Adjei (film director and visual artist) and Gabriel A. Maher (designer).
For the Record: Reading Apeshit
For the Record: Reading Apeshit examines the music video Apeshit by the Carters, also known as Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The choreography and selected artworks from the Louvre collection form the basis for a debate on forms of representation, performance and decolonizing cultural institutions. With Davide Belotta (dancer and choreographer), Imara Limon (curator Amsterdam Museum) and Nathalie Hartjes (director Showroom MAMA). Moderated by Shay Kreuger.