[Air-L] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Video Vortex Amsterdam - March 11-12, 2011
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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Video Vortex Amsterdam - March 11-12, 2011
Video Vortex is coming back to Amsterdam! Having contributed to the
dialogue about the ever increasing potential or online video through
five international events since 2007, the publication of the Video
Vortex Reader and the current production of a second one, the
Institute of Network Cultures will host Video Vortex #6 on March
Video Vortex #6 will include a conference, artist presentations (talks/
performances/exhibition) and hands-on workshops.
Internet, visual culture and media scholars, researchers, artists,
curators, producers, lawyers, engineers, open-source and open-content
advocates, activists, and others to submit abstracts, preferably
within the themes listed below.
SUBMIT PROPOSAL + BIO
Please send an abstract of a maximum 500 words outlining your proposed
talk, and a short biography of a maximum 200 words.
SEND TO: rachel(at)networkcultures(dot)org
DEADLINE: Monday, October 11, 2010.
Video Vortex: http://www.networkcultures.org/videovortex/
Institute of Network Cultures: http://www.networkcultures.org
Sign up for Video Vortex Discussion list here: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/videovortex/discussion-list
Or email: rachel(at)networkcultures(dot)org
VIDEO VORTEX #6 THEMES
- Open Everything and the Challenge of Cash
What is the ultimate open video? What are the new ways to produce and
distribute online video as open? And what are the limits of openness
online? Why would you share your content or code, what’s in it for
you? What are the key economic questions for video start-ups? How can
they combine a culture of openness and sharing, while attending to the
need to generate income in order to keep producing and pay the rent?
What are some of the examples of best practice: what are they, who are
they, where are they? Does government policy have a role, or should it
be left up to the uneven geography of informational peers to generate
new protocols for content distribution?
- From Dead Collection to Dynamic Database
Now that museums, distributors and TV channels have put their
collections online, what is the next phase for these digitalized
public archives? How can ‘the audience’ be involved, in order to avoid
a dead online collection with zero comments? Moreover, what forms of
social dynamism can be critically forged in the default rush towards
greater participation? Who controls the database, and is there a role
for designers in developing database aesthetics? How to jump through
the hoops of copyright legislation, format compatibility and the
spatial culture of consumption and production? Once collaboration
comes into play, what impact do conflicting skill sets, different
modes of knowledge production and varying social desires have?
- Attack Amateur Aesthetics!
This theme seeks to tackle the tenuous relationship between amateur
and professional video production, particularly with respect to the
question of ‘quality’. Have amateur and professional video grown
closer or are they still in competition? Given Andrew Keen’s and Jaron
Lanier’s critiques of amateur content, is it possible for the quality
of video to be improved? How can cultural value or worth be understood
in this expansive realm of video? What aesthetics, techniques, genres,
structures, and so on, exist in the professional realm of online
video, compared to the amateur? Now that professional advertising
campaigns seek that ‘raw’ amateur look, and the amateur
experimentation tries to produce high quality produced work, what
should professional education in this field be aimed at?
- Art and Activism
What are the political and artistic strategies of online video? Are
there powerful platforms available for videos in the realm of art and
activism? How do artists and activists deal with and reflect on the
nature of online video, with its guerrilla, amateur, viral, remix and
lo-fi characteristics? How is online video being used as a
(grassroots) political tool, and conversely the ways in which
authoritative powers understand and use video against activist
actions? What are the new ways of launching political content
effectively when everything aims to be viral? And where is the radical
and artistic answer to TED Talks?
- Big Players and the Politics of Appropriation
Who are the big players in the world of online video? How are
corporations and governments using online video? What kind of
guerrilla marketing strategies are companies adopting, appropriating
amateur aesthetics and making use of the possibilities of online video
for its easily viral nature? How are cinema and television companies
dealing with the large-scale use of online and mobile video? And how
to respond to the rise of 'national webs' and the new enclosures of
the cable/telecom packages and TV set-top boxes?
- Platforms, Standards and the Trouble with Translation
This theme seeks to draw forth experts who will offer strong
interventions regarding various platforms and channels proliferating
on the internet that contribute to the ecology and culture of online
video. These include, but are not limited to: Skype, streaming video
technologies, Foursquare, Seesmic, Qik video, Netflix, immediate news
channels online etc. The theme focuses on the problem of the
translations across platforms that arise to due to conflicts in
standards. The geo-cultural, and often the national, limits to open
sharing of online content are also significant. How do users and
producers get around the limits of these borders? How do they work
under the radar or tunnel through the firewall in the face of
censorship and content control? Or do people simply submit to the
powers that be?
Video Vortex 6 is organized as part of Culture Vortex, a research and
innovation program on public participation in online cultural
collections, organized by the INC and partners MediaLAB Amsterdam,
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Netherlands Media Art
Institute, Virtual Platform, and VPRO, and five participating cultural
organizations. Culture Vortex is funded by RAAK-Public program and the
Innovation Alliance Foundation.
More info: http://www.networkcultures.org/culturevortex/
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