Sunday, 18 December 2011 17:23

European tongue twisters

Written by Andrea Szöllössi and Marie Kimbel

We're debating efficient ways of changing the future of young people across Europe today with half of us sitting on tables, attentively following the course of the discussion. Well, most of us that is. The white cable thrown across the floor of the conference room leads to a girl with curly hair who is sitting underneath a table. She grabs the cable and connects it to her computer, takes a breath of relief, and gazes at the screen.

Kristi, a 19 year old Slovenian, studies graphic design at the Slovenian Academy of Arts in Ljubljana. I suppose you are wondering what she's doing under the table? Well, she's cutting and pasting footage for a video presentation. During the afternoon, some of us have heatedly debated the pros and cons of occupying public squares, philosophised about contemporary European literature and even written a pan-european poem. 

In the couple of hours we had, we also explored songs from different European countries and created a unique music video of our own. The group members taught each other to sing in a different European language: be it Romanian for a Pole or Turkish for a Slovenian. Matt, Editor of Sixth Sense, apparently speaks Romanian with a Moldavian accent! After a few tongue-twisting hours, everything was taped and it then was up to Kristi to make the final edit. (The result will be published in our special workshop edition, coming soon!) Later on, we caught her for an interview:

Why did you choose to do a video as an approach to European music?

Mostly because I thought it to be a more interesting thing for the audience to watch. I like things to be interactive and that's what it was. Besides, it is very interesting to see how people behave in front of a camera. They will immediately start acting.

Isn't that a bit like the phenomenon of taking pictures: you put on your "picture smile" that you usually hardly ever display?

Yes, actually it is. Only that it's for longer than just the fixed moment that you take the picture in. You just don't know what to do so you start doing funny stuff.

When do you think do people behave more authentically, in the video or in real life?

Definitely in real life. I think it lies in human nature to start acting a bit awkwardly when you are filmed. It's just very natural, indeed, everybody does it.

How did you come up with the idea of the set-up of the film?

Well, I guess it was inspired by some short films we made in high school in the past years. In December, for St Nicholas Day, there is this tradition in my region in Slovenia to officially make fun of the teachers. So we set up a parody talent show by and for professors and students, all in the form of a film.

How long have you been working with this medium?

I started three years ago with the St Nicholas project being my biggest one so far. I study graphic design, so film-making doesn't actually fall within the area of my studies, but it interests me nevertheless.


This workshop was organised in cooperation with: Kulturstiftung.Compressed
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This project is financed with support from the European Union through the program YOUTH IN ACTION. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the national agency JUGEND für Europa and they cannot be held responsible for them.

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