The Festival – Post Mortem

‘The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.’

– Hayao Miyazaki

The opportunity of being involved in something important and impactful is a rare event into one’s life but when it happens it is a must to be recognised and act upon respectively. East Winds Film Festival will mark such moment in my subjective experience and I feel honoured for being a part of its organization. The whole preparation and execution is rich in emotional nuances, successes and fails, a crash between expectations and reality, an amalgam of nerves and excitement and a lot of field work and learning during the process. This mix was generously flavoured with time sensitiveness and setting realistic goals, being reasonable and resourceful. At the end of the day, it is true to be said that in order to experience something beautiful one should overcome few disappointments.

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EWFF: Freaking Out?

‘Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.’

That’s it! We are counting the hours left until the start of the festival and the feeling is amazing! A few months ago everything began with modest strategy plan which had changed, and transformed, sampled in different shapes and forms to become film festival’s decoration contributing to the overall atmosphere of the event. Looking back at my participation from the beginning it become more and more personalised and personal, because I was involved with something related not only to my skills and competences but also close to my subjectivity and way of expression. With every project I am realising the impact which craftsmanship may have, designing those little details which are not seen as essential but can compliment the event in beautiful manner.

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The Down Side Of Quantifying The Self

‘real change will happen in individuals as they work through self-knowledge … of one’s body, mind and spirit … a rational [path]: unless something can be measured, it cannot be improved’ (Kelly, 2007).

[…] On one level, self-quantification transgresses the mind–body split; however, it also places the mind firmly in control. In this binary, the mind determines rational knowledge and quantification. The body (and ‘spirit’) is a passive object of this process, subject to being improved, whether they like it or not (Moore and Robinson, 2015).

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EWFF: The Creation

‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.’

So the East Winds Film Festival is in less than 10 days now… Excitement. Nerves. Excitement.

No more planning, strategies, trials, models, etc. It is time for The creation. Time, effort, attention to the details, persistence, patience, time management – you name it and you can probably find it in the videos below. When crafting comes with distribution it changes the process of creation, it takes more and it becomes meaningful.

The last few days felt like learning to swim in a sea where each wave brings either more tension or more passion and it was up to me to synchronise my body and mind if I wanted to achieve the best results. My eyes were tired and my fingers hurt but there is no such instant gratification when one sees how the effort takes bunch of raw materials to give birth to something beautiful, when one can feel what it is like to be a creator.

Excitement. Nerves. Excitement…

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EWFF: Study Leave Inspirations

‘The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.’

To some travelling to home for the spring leave might sound like many days off but I am of those kind of people who keep themselves busy even on holidays (actually time for relaxation is being scheduled as every other task). Paris gave me different perspective to think and also time and distance to develop plan for my visiting back home which happened to be quite gratifying and the small achievements were more than expected. The advantage which place like home comes with is security, in my case – the freedom to try, to experiment and eventually find the weak spots, therefore find a solution and improve them.

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EWFF: How did Paris Enhance my Work Process

‘I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.’

Paris. How can possibly international media experience in France contribute to my creative engagement with the film festival? – I was keep wondering during the trip. Big, multifaceted, colorful city of variety and tastes, luring one’s senses, rendering imagination into funny smell in the air. My models and maquettes and creative map, my materials and tools, all are left in Coventry, even my laptop is not with me – I kept struggling. But then the way the sun is shining in Paris, its music and its painters, the wind in women’s hairs and the smoke of that man’s tobacco pipe… one can inhale its aura almost tangible as a poet’s soul.

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The Networked Society – Data collection

For our international media experience in Paris between 3rd and 7th of April I got in touch with a LEMA (literature, editing, media and audiovisual) student in the Sorbonne for collaboration. After explanation of my group’s topic about quantification and biosensors and in particular my area of interest – the affect such contemporary technologies can create in the users, she agreed to participate. Knowing that the students in Paris are gone for their spring leave, I developed an questionnaire which was distributed among the students online.

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