<videovortex> Call for Contributions: Video Vortex Reader II

Rachel Somers Miles rachel at networkcultures.org
Fri Mar 5 15:18:22 CET 2010


In response to the increasing potential for video as a significant  
form of personal media on the Internet, the Video Vortex program  
examines key issues that are emerging around the independent  
production and distribution of online video content. With the rise of  
YouTube and alternative platforms, the moving image on the Internet  
has become expansively more prominent and popular.  As a wide range of  
technologies is now broadly available, the potential of video as a  
personal means of expression has reached a totally new dimension.

Following the success of the first Video Vortex reader (published late  
2008, second edition, 4000 copies in total), recent Video Vortex  
conferences in Ankara (Oct. 2008), Split (May 2009) and Brussels (Nov.  
2009) have sparked a number of new insights, debates and conversations  
regarding the politics, aesthetics, and artistic possibilities of  
online video. Since these issues develop with the rapidly changing  
landscape of online video and its use, we want to open up a space once  
again for interested people to contribute to this critical  
conversation in a second issue of the Video Vortex reader.


Taking its lead from the first reader, and based on the issues raised  
at the latest three Video Vortex conferences, as well as recent  
developments, possible topics include:

Theories of online video and Web cinema // Politics of online video //  
YouTube and the state of contemporary visual culture // Database  
aesthetics // Video art meets web aesthetics // Autonomous  
participatory culture for art and activism // Artist engagement with  
‘user-generated-content’ sites: content and architecture //  
Changing modes of video distribution and what this means for artists  
and activists // Open-source and open-content initiatives //  
Alternatives to proprietary standards // Censorship and YouTube // The  
ethics and politics of indigenous knowledge and online video // The  
use of online video within government practices (election campaigning,  
censorship etc.) // Democracy, citizen journalism and online video //  
Social Cinema // Educational practices and online video in the  
classroom // New and changing economic models // Google, YouTube and  
the economics of online video // Commercial objectives imposed by mass  
media on user-generated and video-sharing databases // Effect of  
ubiquitous online video practice on cinema, television and video art.


Internet, visual culture and media scholars, researchers, artists,  
curators, producers, lawyers, engineers, open-source and open-content  
advocates, activists, Video Vortex conference participants, and others  
to submit materials and proposals.


We welcome interviews, dialogues, essays and articles, images (b/w),  
email exchanges, manifestos, with a max of 8,000 words. For scope and  
style, take a look at the previous INC readers (Video Vortex Reader,  
Urban Screens, Incommunicado Reader, MyCreativity Reader) and the  
style guide at: http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/videovortex_styleguide.pdf

This publication is produced by the Institute of Network Cultures in  
Amsterdam and will be launched early 2011.

DEADLINE: May 10, 2010

SEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO: rachel(at)networkcultures(dot)org



Video Vortex:

INC readers: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/portal/publications/inc-readers/

Or email: rachel(at)networkcultures(dot)org


The INC reader series are derived from conference contributions and  
produced by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. They are  
available (for free) in print and pdf form on http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/portal/publications/inc-readers/

Previously published in this series:

INC Reader #5: Scott McQuire, Meredith Martin, and Sabine Niederer  
(eds.), Urban Screens Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of Network  
Cultures, 2009. The Urban Screens Reader is the first book to focus  
entirely on the topic of urban screens. A collection of texts from  
leading theorists, and a series of case studies that deal with  
artists’ projects, and screen operators’ and curators’  
experiences, offering a rich resource at the intersections between  
digital media, cultural practices and urban space.

INC Reader #4: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (eds.), Video Vortex  
Reader: Responses to YouTube, Amsterdam: Institute of Network  
Cultures, 2008.
The Video Vortex Reader is the first collection of critical texts to  
deal with the rapidly emerging world of online video – from its  
explosive rise in 2005 with YouTube, to its future as a significant  
form of personal media.

INC Reader #3: Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter (eds.), MyCreativity  
Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries, Amsterdam: Institute of  
Network Cultures, 2007.
The MyCreativity Reader is a collection of critical research into the  
creative industries. The material develops out of the MyCreativity  
Convention on International Creative Industries Research held in  
Amsterdam, November 2006 (no longer available in print; pdf online).

INC Reader #2: Katrien Jacobs, Marije Janssen and Matteo Pasquinelli  
(eds.), C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of  
Network Cultures, 2007.
C’lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader is an anthology that collects the  
best material from two years of debate from The Art and Politics of  
Netporn 2005 conference to the 2007 C’Lick Me festival (no longer  
available in print; pdf online).

INC Reader #1: Geert Lovink and Soenke Zehle (eds.), Incommunicado  
Reader, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2005.
The Incommunicado Reader brings together papers written for the June  
2005 event, and includes a CD-ROM of interviews with speakers (no  
longer available in print; pdf online).


Video Vortex V: Brussels, Belgium (November 20-21, 2009) was organized  
by Cimatics festival 2009 in cooperation with the Institute of Network  
Cultures in Amsterdam and supported by KASK (Faculty of Fine Arts,  
University College Ghent) and the Center Leo Apostel (CLEA).

Video Vortex IV: Split, Croatia (May 22-23, 2009) was organized by The  
Department of Film and Video at the Academy of Arts University of  
Split and Platforma 9.81, in collaboration with the Institute of  
Network Cultures in Amsterdam.

Video Vortex III: Ankara, Turkey (October 10-11, 2008) was organized  
by Bilkent University Department of Communication and Design, in  
cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures.

Planned Events: Video Vortex Budapest (Oct. 2010), Leicester,  
Amsterdam (March 2011), Croatia (September 2011).


Rachel Somers Miles
Publications + Projects
Institute of Network Cultures

t: +31 (0)20 595 1865
f: +31 (0)20 595 1840

Office Hours: Tues, Weds, Thurs 9:30-17:30

rachel at networkcultures.org

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