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AUTO-PLAY


Auto-play refers to Alexander Astruc's motto and his theory camera caméra-stylo or camera-pen, a tool that is able to describe reality just the way we are permitted to capture and with the immediacy of a ball-point pen, deprived from the profusion of media and production used with traditional filming-videographic equipment, maintaining the idea in which the director uses the camera in a personal, creative way, providing the media for spontaneous performance.

Through Auto-play, young people will explore the community from their own point of view and their own glance, identifying relevant and leader characters, as well as important dates for their community's development. The series of Auto-play workshops has developed collaborations with educational, artistic and cultural Institutions and they are addressed to young communities. They started with the name Polen Workshops in Tijuana, back in 2004 in Mariano Matamoros neighborhood, the most recent workshop, took place at Camino Verde during the winter of 2012. There also have been workshops with young people outside the country, by following life's roads and paths: In Zaragoza (2005-2008) and Barcelona (2010) in Spain, as well as San Diego, USA (2008-2011).

We've lucky to have worked with diverse communities: Endangered young people with low socioeconomic status, and middle and high class people, as well with people from the Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada's outskirts; gypsy young people, Moroccan and immigrants from Eastern Europe in Spain, Somali young people, native Americans and Latin people in San Diego, among others.

The project is focused on young people's digital literacy through video graphic language and documentary formats, civic memory activation and self-representational methodology. Through Auto-play, we want these groups of young people to create experience maps related to the configuration-perception of their community (city), that is, we are proposing a series of workshops as a way of civic participation through the practice-record of urban routes, memory and characters. A core element of the series of workshops examines the ways in which young people face the transformation of their community, while they are being shaped as active observers from its past, through the media, specially from the use of vide-diary formats, working with personal cameras, cell phone-like flips. The diary reflects every-day life, through intimate testimonials and allows us to set out the collaborative method in the construction of video-graphic pieces. The workshops have a laboratory format as means of civic participation from the practice-record of urban routes, collective memory and characters that are identified by the participants themselves. The pedagogic element of the workshop is constructivism; using a collaborative methodology that is focused on the integral formation with effect on the development of participative, interactive processes, as well as practical knowledge.

Taller impartido en: Joaquín Roncal Cultural Center (Zaragoza, Spain 2005-2008), Media Arts Center San Diego (2007-2011), Citilab Cornella (Barcelona, Spain 2011), Camino Verde Community Center (Tijuana, Mexico 2012), Casa de las Ideas. Digital Library. Camino Verde (Tijuana, Mexico 2013), Casa de las Ideas. Digital Library. Camino Verde (Tijuana, Mexico 2014).