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<nettime-ann> Video Vortex Conference Amsterdam, January 18-19
Shirley Niemans on Sat, 5 Jan 2008 14:27:31 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Video Vortex Conference Amsterdam, January 18-19

Last call for registration!

Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube
International Conference

Date: January 18-19 2008
Location: PostCS11, Amsterdam http://www.ilove11.nl
Registration: http://www.networkcultures.org/videovortex

Video Defunct, vlogging workshop
Date: Thursday January 17 2008, 13.00 – 17.00
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam http://www.montevideo.nl 

Video Slamming, evening program 
Date: Saturday, January 19 2008, 20.00 - 23.00
Location: PostCS11, Amsterdam http://www.ilove11.nl
Free entrance with a conference day pass or passe partout

Video Vortex is an initiative by the Institute of Network Cultures, in collaboration with Argos Brussels and the Netherlands Media Arts Institute.


In response to the increasing potential for video to become a significant form of personal media on the Internet, this conference examines the key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video content. What are artists and activists responses to the popularity of ‘user-generated content’ websites? Is corporate backlash imminent?
After years of talk about digital conversions and crossmedia platforms we are now witnessing the merger of the Internet and television at a pace that no one predicted. For the baby boom generation, that currently forms the film and television establishment, the media organisations and conglomerates, this unfolds as a complete nightmare. Not only because of copyright issues but increasingly due to the shift of audience to vlogging and video-sharing websites as part of the development of a broader participatory culture.
The Video Vortex conference aims to contextualize these latest developments through presenting continuities and discontinuities in the artistic, activist and mainstream perspective of the last few decades. Unlike the way online video presents itself as the latest and greatest, there are long threads to be woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artifacts has a rich tradition that still needs to be explored.


Presentations by:

Tom Sherman, Geoffrey Bowker, Andreas Treske, Tal Sterngast, Stefaan Decostere, Helen Kambouri, Tilman Baumgärtel, Ana Peraica, Dominick Chen, Thomas Elsaesser, Dan Oki, Jan Simons, Rosemary Comella, Thomas Thiel, Sarah Cook, Patrick Lichty, Emma Quinn, Matthew Mitchem, Valentin Spirik, Florian Schneider, Philine von Guretzky, Tatiana de la O, Jay Dedman



Online Video Aesthetics
Looking at the videos on YouTube, what aesthetics do we find? Is there a homogeneous style, and can we define how artistic practices influence the look of online footage?


Participatory Culture
Web 2.0 promises new levels of participatory culture. The user has the potential to overcome centralized top-down media and create dialogue. Is the increased user participation a sign of a new socio-political culture or is it a mere special effect of technological change?


Cinema and Narrativity
Do fragmented video databases lead to new narratives and genres? Does a database like YouTube evoke new media skills? The bricolage is assembled by the end-user, not the producer. Does this add up to a new cinematic experience?


Curating Online Video
From 16mm film and video to the Internet and back, artists have always used the moving image to produce critical and innovative work. This session will investigate how artists and curators have responded to the YouTube challenge.


Alternative Platforms and Software
This session will trace developments in the field of open source software,  P2P alternatives and open licenses. Both users and programmers aim to create a truly distributed network, in which content can freely float around without having to use centralized servers and sign strings of user agreements.


Evening programme: Video Slamming
Much like poetry slamming the use of short video fragments has become a dominant mode in visual culture. This evening session is all about the new ways of watching, using, and playing with moving images, such as scratching, sampling, mixing, (meta)tagging and recommending. Performances by Emile Zile, Tatiana de la O and Rosa Menkman, presented by Michael Stevenson and Sabine Niederer.


Video Defunct vlogging workshop
by Seth Keen and the Video Defunct Collective. Can blogs and/or blogging be tools for creating a new type of net based art? Video Defunct is an experimental work that focuses on producing a hybrid form of video blog. Currently as a work-in-progress, a number of prototypes are being developed in the open source blog publishing system WordPress. A key objective of the project is to explore the way video is presented within the structure of a blog from a ‘poetic’ perspective. The workshop focus is on artistic approaches towards vlogging and explores the questions raised in the Video Vortex.2 exhibition. Thursday Jan 17 from 13.00 – 17.00, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam. Please note: Register for the workshop at: http://www.montevideo.nl.

Register for the conference at: http://www.networkcultures.org/videovortex
Register for the vlogging workshop at: http://www.montevideo.nl 
For more information, please contact Shirley Niemans,  shirley {AT} networkcultures.org

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