<videovortex> Video Vortex: Call for theory
sabine at networkcultures.org
Tue Jul 10 13:58:01 CEST 2007
Call for Theory: Video Vortex
Date: 18-19 January, 2008 (new date!)
Location: POSTCS 11, Amsterdam
Organized by: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam Polytechnic,
HvA Interactive Media.
Deadline for submission of abstract (500-1000 words) and biography
(100 words): August 14, 2007.
Submit to: info at networkcultures.org
Reply date: September 7, 2007.
Institute of Network Cultures
NL-1091 GC Amsterdam
t: (+31) 20-595 18 66
f: (+31) 20-595 18 40
- database theory
- software studies
- online video analysis
- YouTube criticism
- alternative platforms/open standards
- theory of participatory culture
- collaboratory data generation
Video Vortex: general introduction
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 eminent?
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 organizations 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
The opening night will feature live acts, performances and lectures
under the banner of video slamming. We will trace the history from
short film to one-minute videos to the first experiments with
streaming media and online video, along with exploring the way VJs
and media artists are accessing and using online archives.
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.
The conference aims to raise the following questions:
· How are people utilizing the potential to independently produce and
distribute independent video content on the Internet?
· What are the alternatives to the proprietary standards currently
· What are the commercial objectives that mass media is imposing on
user-generated content and video-sharing databases?
· What is the underlying economics of online video in the age of
· How autonomous are vloggers within the broader domain of mass media?
· How are cinema, television and video art being affected by the
development of a ubiquitous online video practice?
· What type of aesthetic and narrative issues does the database pose
for online video practice?
Conference website: www.networkcultures.org/videovortex
Discussion list: http://listcultures.org/mailman/listinfo/
This list is meant for all those interested in the topic, and will
continue after the event in early 2008.
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