Other Ways of Watching together
. January – February 2020
. At Showroom MAMA
Other Ways of Watching Together is a three-week program organised by Neverland Cinema at Showroom MAMA. The program consists of screenings, performances, workshops, and talks; and features the work of more than hundred participants.
In these three weeks, taking place in parallel to International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and Art Rotterdam, we show a selection of works by an extensive number of participants, ranging from screenings of feature and short films, video essays, amateur films, film-based archives, to installations, performances, talks and workshops. These landscape of these works poses an alternative to ways in which film practices (from production to programming and watching) have been conceptualised and are being practiced; and proposes formats that amplify not only marginalised voices but also marginalised concerns, and temporally shift the coordinates of spaces we think together in.
We are in need of (safe) collective spaces in cities to exist and think in; where we hear the vibrations of our own voices, and of ones around us. For us, other ways of watching entails listening, hanging out, telling stories, talking, moving, being silent, meditating, publishing, and sensing.
This program is part of our common effort in shifting attention from today’s established notion of cinema to ways of enabling the possibility of togetherness around film and performance; resisting especially the prevailing commodification of cinema. The show creates a communal space to hang out, share, and experiment with (other) ways of watching together; shifting the attention from the cinema itself, to ways of enabling the possibility of such practice. Especially, in the current economic climate that such practices face hardship and even cease to exist, we would like to shed light on the importance of self-organised structures, that resist the commodification and individualisation of cinema as a space of possibilities.
Neverland Cinema’s weekly events have been experiments in reviving the idea of watching together around issues that concern us on a daily basis; either get our blood boiling, or fascinate or comfort us. In January 2020, the facilitation of Showroom MAMA gives us an opportunity to expand on the notions and experimental lo-fi practices it has been addressing in a more time-intense and focused manner. For this program we are looking for entries that pose an alternative to ways in which film practices (from production to programming and watching) have been conceptualised and are being practiced. And re-conceptualise those in formats more than watching films, in ways that amplify not only marginalised voices but also marginalised concerns, and temporally shift the coordinates of spaces we think together in.
. Neverland Cinema has been organising informal non-commercial weekly screening programs inhabiting Stokerij – City in the Making. With an always-free-entrance policy, it has been kept deliberately simple and (proudly) unprofessional.
. This program was made possible by the generous collaboration and support of Showroom MAMA.
. Design of posters by Nora Bekes