BRUSSELS FILM FESTIVAL 2016

The Catalan producer walks us through her experience on the set of the movie ‘Truman’ (Cesc Gay, 2015).

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Marta Esteban at the Brussels Film Festival (picture by Olivier Gouallec)

Weather in Belgium is just as unpredictable as throwing a dice: you wish for the best and hope you will get lucky — or at least that it won’t rain.

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‘Ixelles Ponds’ (source)

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On this summer day of 2016, the sun was shining bright through the plate-glass windows of the tall ‘Studio 4’ event lounge, overlooking the calm and inky Ixelles ponds.

A taxi arrived from the left side of the square. It rode around the church and dropped another swanky guest at the Brussels Film Festival.

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The red-haired producer confidently walked into the venue and immediately came upstairs. She was a bit late — but only enough so that nobody could ever notice. …


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The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world | Guardian Animations (source)

Contesting Digital Colonialism and Shaping the Future of Labour

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Manuel Beltrán is a Spanish artist and activist. He was part of the Indignados movement in Spain, as well as the Gezi Park protests in Turkey (2013). Manuel studied at the ArtScience Interfaculty of The Hague in the Netherlands and in 2015, which eventually led him to found the Institute of Human Obsolescence. Manuel focuses his research on the future of work, by studying the economic and socio-political implications of recent and future technological developments in human society.

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image: Institute of Human Obsolescence

For their project called ‘Biological Labour’, the Institute developed a suit that generates capital in the form of crypto-currencies.

This suit transforms the unused body heat into energy, capable of powering a computer.

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The Spanish activist has organized discussions on the future of labour in the Netherlands (Data Workers Union) and was one of the speakers at the re:publica 2018 convention in Berlin, where this interview was conducted.


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“Sometimes, I wish I had become a hairdresser, or a pilot: at least people would instantly know what I do for a job…”

This is how Ulrike Rausch opened her presentation on the 47th Pecha Kucha evening in Berlin. With twenty slides of twenty seconds, she had all she needed to get the audience in her pocket, although she struggled for some time to find her right path as a professional. “A few years ago, I would never, ever have thought that I could be a font designer”, she explains in confidence.

What was easily forgotten from this statement, is that embarking on this particular career is not an evident choice: Ulrike made a quick decision with boldness and in the end, fortune favors the bold. For almost a decade, she has been creating typefaces (lettering styles and designs) on her own, after starting her company LiebeFonts (‘fonts of love’) in 2009. …

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Lorenzo Cervantes

Tech junkie based in Leiden, NL — Working Media & Comms at the European Space Agency (ESA)

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