I’m off to Brussels, Belgium for the Video Vortex Conference part one “Responses to YouTube”. I will be blogging live from the conference, so stay tuned!
Over the past years the moving image has claimed an increasingly prominent place on the internet. Thanks to a wide range of technologies and web applications it has become possible, not only to record and distribute video, but to edit and remix it on-line as well. With this world of possibilities within reach of a multitude of social actors, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has arrived at a totally new dimension. How is this potential being used? How do artists and activists react to the popularity of YouTube and other â€˜user-generated-contentâ€™ websites? What is the impact of the availability of massive on-line images and sound databases on aesthetics and narrativity? How is Cinema, as an art form and experience, influenced by the development of widely spreading internet practices? What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? And how does the participation culture of video-sharing and vlogging reach some degree of autonomy and diversity, escaping the laws of the mass media and the strong grip of media conglomerates?
This Video Vortex conference is the first in a series of international events, aimed at critical research and reflection surrounding the production and distribution of on-line video content, at the instigation of the Institute of Network Cultures (INC).
Speakers: Johan Grimonprez, Peter Horvath, Lev Manovich, Adrian Miles, Tomas Rawlings & Ana Kronschnabl, Simon Ruschmeyer, Keith Sanborn, Peter Westenberg.
(Text from Argosarts.org)