The Unidentified Frame Observatory (OVNI, “Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat” in Catalan) has been a resident research project at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) for almost three decades. OVNI’s activities are structured thematically and aim at encouraging and enabling a critique of contemporary culture and society, using strategies based on the expansive and heterodox use of video as a medium. OVNI has always chosen to avoid prefabricated models and formats, approaching research as a daring quest for knowledge in the contemporary world. In the era of serialized images, OVNI speaks of things as yet “unidentified”, of the unforeseen, and of that which ventures into the unknown.
The OVNI archives record and document three decades spanning from analogue video to digital video in the era of “social” media. The archives are the result of the various thematic research projects carried out over the years: a constellation of works that differ from one another but share a commitment to freedom of expression and reflect on our individual and collective fears and pleasures. OVNI has achieved its purposes also thanks to its publicly accessible archives, to its touring thematic programmes, and to the many workshops and educational activities and screenings. The complete archive (currently 2,158 titles) is permanently available for public viewing at the CCCB. An online version of the archive (currently 1,281 titles) has been available since 2003. In 2004, the archives won the prestigious National Cultural Heritage Prize awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The Observatory has preferred to steer away from one-off events. Instead, it has focused on developing close ties with filmmakers and artists, and on building a stable knowledge infrastructure in Barcelona through various projects, also in collaboration with MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). Special emphasis has been put on gender equality, promoting works and research by women. In particular, the collaboration with Drac Magic and The Festival de les Dones has allowed to develop even further the issues of gender equality and women in cinema.
Streamthingsis a startup created in April 2020 to push forward the boundaries of the cinematic and audiovisual content available online. Streamthings manages streeen.org, a streaming service offering a wide selection of arthouse and independent movies curated in partnership with the no profit association Streeen-Lab. The Streamthings staff handles the entire online distribution process, from acquisition to publication and promotion.
In the last year, Streamthings has hosted several events and festivals that decided to migrate online due to the pandemic. This allowed the Italian and international audience to have access to programs that normally have limited space in the regular Italian theaters and that often focus on marginalised communities. The promotion of socially and artistically significant movies by female directors, as well as of productions working towards an attentive representation of the LGTBQ+ community, is a major goal of Streamthings’ editorial strategy.
Rosa Kadın Derneği is a no profit association active in the city of Diyarbakır (South East Turkey) since 2018. The association carries out activities related and promoting gender equality as well as women’s empowerment through a number of collaborations with other institutions, such as local government institutions, trade unions, cultural institutions, lawyers’ associations, etc. Rosa Kadın Derneği works in collaboration with the Diyarbakır Network for combating violence against women: BARO Women’s Rights Center, BARO LGBTI+ Commission, TTB (Turkish Medical Association), KESK Components, TMMOB Women’s Commission, İHD –Human Rights Association, Amed Women’s Commission, BARO Child Rights Center, DAKP (Dicle Amed Women’s Platform), Women Are Strong Together, THRESHOLD (Women’s Platform for Equality).
Several of Rosa Kadın Derneği’s activities focus on Women’s Cinema. The association promotes the activities of female filmmakers, producers and scriptwriters on a yearly basis and organises workshops, seminars and courses on cinema for young women. In 2020 Rosa Kadın Derneği has also co-organised the Filmmoor Women’s Festival (http://filmmor.org/en/).