1. Dick Penny 4/6 Making it work / How Watershed works


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    Watershed had three core strands of business when it was set up. The cafe bar was always seen as an essential part of the organization. It's the place where people meet, where ideas are hatched and it's continued to be a hub of the organization as well as revenue generator for the cultural production. The second strand is the renting out of our building as a place for other people to hold events such as conferences, meetings and presentations, which is a very strong source of income. But the core of the business has always been film. And while film, especially world cinema, is a difficult market place, we've always stuck to our guns and said we’re going to show what you cannot see elsewhere. What we've always offered is an extension of choice, a breath of choice and over time we've built up a very strong, loyal and adventurous audience – it takes time to build up such an audience. We've worked very hard to connect with that audience, we always try to bring the film makers and to create workshops around the films. We do an awful lot of work with schools, we have a very strong educational programme. It is always about being very active in the promotion of the content, when you seek to get an audience for it. It does not suffice to just put it on and hope the adverts will do the job. I think it's precisely this very active approach that Watershed has that brings so many people to come to work with us, because we're an agency that tries to say „yes.“ If you've got a good idea, we'll go and try to find the money. Over the years as we developed our production strand, we found many different sources of income. Three years ago we even bought our building. Now the bars downstairs pay us rent rather than us paying the landlord. We recycle this income into our production activities. We also raise money from charitable trusts and corporate organisations and we get some public money from the UK Arts Council. But that accounts only for about 10% of our income, the rest of the income we generate ourselves. Last year, our turnover was 5 million Euros.

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    • 1 Squat 38 People 10 Dogs 6 Cats & a Mum's Visit


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      A short documentary about a mum's first time visit in a London squat where her daughter lives for several years. We discover her time and interactions with the inhabitants during her three day stay. This documentary presents squatters as part of the society and is regularly updated with the development of the squatting situation.

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      • Gregor Kosi 9/9 Taking your ideas seriously


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        If you want to do something like Pekarna, you have to have a team. I am only the puppet. Behind me there are at least 20, 30 or even 40 people who are taking Pekarna very seriously. It’s not a story about some individual, it’s always a story about a group of people. They all need to be very honest and very responsible to each other; otherwise everything brakes down. It was probably Lenin who said that it’s not the authorities who will kill us, but the idiots amongst us. I take this very seriously, I think it’s completely true. What the authorities are afraid of the most, is to have on the other side of the table someone who really means what he is doing completely, who is giving all his time, his whole life, to an idea. Normally they work like this: „We will give you, say, 2000 Euros, and you do something for it. Now go away.“ But if they see on the other side of the table people who take their idea seriously, who will work on it, with or without them, they are unsure and step back.

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        • Gregor Kosi 4/9 Autonomy vs institutionalisation


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          The city decided to invest circa 20 milion Euros into the renovation of the Pekarna complex. This has been a big struggle so far. The architects in charge of the renovation don’t understand what is specific about Pekarna and its particular cultural and social dynamic which makes the centre what it is. Likewise, the municipality doesn’t understand how the centre works and why autonomy is so important for it. For us autonomy doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want but that we have certain ideas about how the world should look like and how we should run our affairs. After a long struggle, especially in last two years, the first building is now being renovated while works will be carried out on the other buildings over the next 2 or 3 years. Anytime someone supports your work financially, you never really know whether they do this because they truly like what you’re doing or because they want to buy you or shut you up. In the current situation, when we are receiving much more money compared to the past, I think the city is doing both. On the one hand, they would like to buy us but on the other I think they really understand the importance of what we are doing. None of this however affects our main concern, which is how not to become a regular part of the present system, which you just can not escape if you are taking the money from the government. The main question thus is how not to get institutionalised, when to say: „Ok, that’s enough, we should stop now.“ The only solution is self-control. When you accept more money, you should be able to involve more people. More money shouldn’t mean more money for the same amount of people, but it should mean investing directly into involving new people, new ideas, new projects, new associations. I don’t believe in the growth of an organisation, I believe in staying the same but empowering others to try to do things themselves. This is one solution how to avoid becoming (too) institutionalised. The second one, which I like even better, is that when you realise you became too big or that you have moved into places that aren‘t really yours just because that’s where the money is, you dissolve your association and start something new from the beginning, somewhere else, so that you don’t build a myth for yourself about yourself and about what you are doing. This is a rather difficult way because it demands a lot of energy and trust. I think we will try out this way because it looks like we have grown too much and that we are becoming a partner of the municipality, and I don’t think that being a partner of something which isn’t good is a great idea.

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          • Bergen Pestalozzi Lecture: Incredible Edible Sept 2010


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            This is a lecture I gave at the Pestalozzi Conference in Bergen in September 2010, it puts some of the work of our incredible edible project into a broader context. It includes a short interview at the end.

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            • Being a Queer Girl. Trigger Festival 2010 Last Performance Act


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              More in Englsih: http://gustavothomastheatre.blogspot.com/2010/09/trigger-festival-2010-honesty-of.html Más en español: http://gustavothomasteatro.blogspot.com/2010/09/el-festival-trigger-2010-la-honestidad.html Trigger Festival 2010 in Toronto: Last Performance Act. Ragging Spoon. Toronto, Canada. June, 2010.

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              • Transvestite, AIDS and a Bottle of wine... A Shocking Performance Act at Toronto Trigger Festival 2010


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                I have to say it was shocking, yes: the guy simply did what he wanted to do on stage, singing, crying and screaming (with his own body) what he is suffering with his AIDS treatment and his choice of life, and I had never seen anything similar in my entire life. This video is an iphone-video edition of it, I went to that place not looking for anything special and I didn't bring my camera, it is a pity but some of the experience as spectator still in this poor material. Trigger festival is an alternative art festival addressed to Queer and Outsiders communities in Canada. That was in June, 2010. More in Englsih: http://gustavothomastheatre.blogspot.com/2010/09/trigger-festival-2010-honesty-of.html Más en español: http://gustavothomasteatro.blogspot.com/2010/09/el-festival-trigger-2010-la-honestidad.html Trigger Festival 2010 in Toronto: Last Performance Act. Ragging Spoon. Toronto, Canada. June, 2010.

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                • »Unser Revier« station design


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                  This is a Video-Podcast / TV-Magazine design made by Kontragrafik in 2009/2010. It is part of the intermediate magazine (Online, Print and TV) »Unser Revier« about alternative culture. Designing this magazine was part of my diploma at the university of applied sciences in Potsdam, Germany. If you like some additional informations about this project and some images of the »Unser Revier« print magazine check: http://www.kontragrafik.de/portfolio/unser-revier-mag.html Footage Info: MUSIC (Track, Artist (Album)) • Track 1: Evil Night Together, Jill Tracy (from the Album »Diabolical Streak«) • Track 2: This Room, The Notwist (from the Album »Neon Golden«) VIDEO FOOTAGE • »Görlitzer Park« was made by Pilpop. (http://vimeo.com/pilpop / http://www.youtube.com/user/pilpop) • The Danko Jones Interview and the Concert Video Footage was made by STATE-TV (Another State of Mind Productions)

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                  • Alt Artist™ - www.altartist.com


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                    www.altartist.com a series of micro-documentaries coming to the web and your mobile phone.

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