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Europe Now Europe Next is proving the potential of both art and the Internet as a means of unifying people across the globe. As described by artist Paul Sermon, [the website is] “…a rich resource that puts the visiting artist's creative practice into context. It informs both potential residency applicants and current artists-in-residence of the broad range of artistic experiments and creative responses to new environments that have previously been undertaken.”
More than 100 artists from countries as varied as Hungary, Iran, Germany, Serbia & Montenegro, Canada, India, Trinidad & Tobago and Colombia have all contributed work to be seen online.
The forthcoming live Encounters will take place in Odessa on 27 April 2007 and in Warsaw on 17 – 19 May 2007. Those taking part in Odessa include the Ukrainian theatre director Dmytrow Bogomazov, the composer Rikard Boggord, the curator and former head of the Hamburg School of Art Adrienne Goehler and the UK-based historian and journalist Neal Ascherson, a specialist in European 20th Century history and development.
Of the forthcoming online Encounters, “Culture and Development” will take place in March 2007
“The Political Potential of Art” will take place in April 2007; and “Europe and the Middle East” will take place in May 2007.
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Europe Now Europe Next is a partnership project funded by EU Culture 2000. The partners are Visiting Arts (UK), House of World Cultures (Germany), Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (Poland), Danish Centre for Culture and Development (Copenhagen) and Intercult (Sweden).
Europe Now Europe Next is developed with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union.
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Major International Media Conference Coming To Windsor
Chomsky, Herman, Goodman, McChesney, Jhally, K'naan (& more) Among Internationally Renowned Media Scholars and Journalists to Attend Event
(See: http://www.uwindsor.ca/propaganda )
20 Years of Propaganda?
Critical Evidence and Discussion Regarding the Ongoing Relevance of the Herman & Chomsky Propaganda Model
Internationally renown media scholars and journalists (Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Amy Goodman, Sut Jhally, Robert McChesney, Judy Rebick, Antonia Zerbisias, Robert Hackett, Peter Phillips, Robert Jensen, John Downing and many more), and Juno Award winning musical guest K'naan will be coming to Windsor (Canada) for a special media conference May 15-17, 2007 (see brief biographical information below).
This special conference 20 Years of Propaganda? (See: http://www.uwindsor.ca/propaganda ), hosted by the University of Windsor Communication Studies Program, will mark the 20th Anniversary of the publishing of the book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Mass Communication (Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, Pantheon, 1988/2001), by critically examining ongoing relevance of the Propaganda Model (Five Filters: ownership, advertising, sources, flak, ideology) as a way of understanding and improving 21st century media and society.
Conference Chair and University of Windsor Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Paul Boin, states "I've been overwhelmed by amount of international interest that this event has drawn. The conference is shaping up wonderfully, and will likely be one of the most significant international gatherings that the University of Windsor has ever had." Media scholars hailing from South Africa to Latin America, from Europe to Japan, and throughout the US and Canada will be in attendance. "This conference provides a unique opportunity for some of the foremost media scholars in the world to engage in a critical and multi-disciplinary analysis and debate of our present media system, and to propose solutions for positive media and democratic change."
While the conference itself has a limited registration , approximately 1,000 additional tickets will be made available to the public for the final night (May 17, 2007) of the conference where Noam Chomsky will be speaking and K'nann performing at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts (formerly the Cleary/Chrysler Theatre).
The Conference Will be Featuring:
NOAM CHOMSKY: Co-author of Manufacturing Consent; Author of over 30 books; Most cited scholar in world; …
EDWARD HERMAN: Co-author of Manufacturing Consent; The Global Media; Author of Myth of the Liberal Media; ….
AMY GOODMAN: Host of Pacifica Radio's DemocracyNOW!, Author of The Exception to the Rulers; Static …
SUT JHALLY: Founding Director of the Media Education Foundation; Co-Author Social Communication in Advertising; …
ROBERT McCHESNEY: Founding President of Free Press; Author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy; The Problem of The Media ..
JUDY REBICK: Founding publisher of Rabble.ca; TV Co-Host of Face Off; Author of Imagine Democracy; ...
ANTONIA ZERBISIAS: Media Columnist at the Toronto Star, TV Co-Host of Inside Media; …
ROBERT HACKETT: Author of News and Dissent; Co-Author of Remaking Media; The Missing News; Sustaining Democracy; …
SHELDON RAMPTON: Editor of PR Watch; Co-Author of Weapons of Mass Deception; Trust Us, We're Experts; …
PETER PHILLIPS: Founding Director of Project Censored, President of Media Freedom Foundation; Author of Censored 2006 ...
ROBERT JENSEN: Author of Writing Dissent; Citizens of Empire; The Heart of Whiteness; …
JOHN DOWNING: Director of the Global Media Research Center; Author of Radical Media; The Media Machine; …
JANET WASCO: Author of Understanding Disney; Television Studies; Co-Author of The Political Economy of Information; …
JAMES WINTER: Author of Democracy's Oxygen; Media Think; Common Cents; Co-Author of The Big Black Book …
ROBIN ANDERSON: Director of Peace and Justice Studies (Fordham); Author of A Century of Media, A Century of War; …
AUGIE FLERAS: Author of Media Communication in Canada; Co-Author of Media and; Author of The Politics of Indigineity; …
OLIVER BOYD-BARRETT: Author of Globalization, Media, and Empire; Co-Editor of The Globalization of News; …
K'NAAN: Juno Award Winning Singer/Songwriter; and Socially Conscious Somalia-Canadian Folk/Rap/Reggae Artist …
& over 30 other scholars/journalists
For more information contact:
Dr. Paul D. Boin, Conference Chair http://www.uwindsor.ca/propaganda
Chair, Graduate Program in Communication and Social Justice
Communication Studies Professor , University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Video Vortex Conference: November 30 and December 1 2007, Amsterdam (NL)
Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures
First announcement, March 15, 2007
List info: http://listcultures.org/mailman/listinfo/videovortex_listcultures.org
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 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 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 utilising the potential to independently produce and distribute independent video content on the Internet?
- What are the alternatives to the proprietary standards currently being developed?
- 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 unlimited uploads?
- 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?
Viral Video critique
Participatory Culture, Participatory Video
Real World Tools and Technologies
Theory & History of the Database
Narrative and the Cinematic
Database Taxonomy and Navigation
Internet Video: Art, Activism, and Public Media
Evening Programme / Exhibition
- Viral Video critique
YouTube made 2006 the year of Internet video. The video content produced bottom-up, with an emphasis on participation, sharing and community networking. But inevitably like Flickr being consumed by Yahoo, Google purchased YouTube. What is the future for the production and distribution of independent online video content? How can a participatory culture achieve a certain degree of autonomy and diversity outside mass media? What other motives does Google have for Internet video in terms of searching and advertising? After the purchase of YouTube, Google was asked to remove a number of clips that breached copyright laws. What comparisons can be made between the Napster incident with audio and video-sharing websites?
- Vlogging Critique
This section will deal with vlogging criticism. Is video blogging a form of text-based blogging with other means? How can we develop a form of criticism, and a critical practice, that is not derogative and yet surpasses the anecdotal diary level? Is vlogging the next stage of ego boosting of the blogger, who wants to raise his or her ranking status? What is a video diary and how can this emerging genre be shaped? Can there be sophistication in 'vlogging'? How can we overcome the evangelical that stresses the possibilities of gadget features? And how can we overcome the amateurish aesthetics of this new genre?
- Participatory Culture, Participatory Video
The Web 2.0 holds the promise to create a participatory culture that can renew the stagnated democracies in the West. In this utopian approach, the user has the historical task to overcome the old regime of top down broadcast media and create decentralised dialogues. To what extent can user-generated video content be energized by presenting the material as citizen journalism? Is the increased user participation really a sign of a new political culture or is it a mere special effect of technological change?
- Real World Tools and Technologies
In this session we will investigate the progress that open source and free software initiatives have made in regard to the development of the codex and the player that can compete with the proprietary standards such as Microsoft Media Player. It is not enough to critique the corporate takeover of MySpace and YouTube and upload alternative content. Increasingly the intention of programmers shifts towards Peer2Peer solutions in order to create a truly distributed network in which content can freely float around without having to use centralised servers. In this session we will present projects such as;
- Theory & History of the Database
Searching databases has become a dominant cultural practice. Instead of flipping through a radio and TV guide, the cinema programme or the library, we browse the Internet. In this session we would like to go back in time and investigate the history of the computer database.
What are the ideological underpinnings of 'taxonomy'? What do we search when we perform a search? Should the aim be to overcome the fragmented experience of our contemporary database culture and create overriding meaning structures that deepen our understanding without having to compromise on content diversity?
- Narrative and the Cinematic
Do these fragmented video databases lead to new narratives and genres? Does a database like YouTube evoke a skill such as continuous partial attention, or a contemporary disease like the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Against the medicalization, scholars have put the ability of users to reassemble short stories into larger new narratives as a reassuring alternative that replaces old media skills. The bricollage is assembled by the end-user, not
the producer. Is there a new cinematic experience?
- Database Taxonomy and Navigation
How do artists relate to the possibility of building large video databases? Is YouTube the future of video art? Traditionally, artists have always worked with found footage but nowadays it has never been easier to access. The remix culture, online video tools and increased server space make it possible to create large databases in which complex interconnected content can be offered to the viewer. What is the underlining information architecture? How does one navigate
Steven Spielberg's video archive of the holocaust survivors? Or take the Dropping Knowledge project in which 110 experts answered 100 questions of the audience, which can be accessed as a database. The same can be said of large museum collections.
- Internet Video: Art, Activism, and Public Media
From 16mm film and video to the Internet and back, activists have always used the moving image to produce critical and innovative work.
For many, the experimentation with visual language and critical content has been one and the same. In this session we will explore early examples of Internet video and investigate how artists and social movements have responded to the YouTube challenge. Is it better to integrate your message into large existing platforms or should we rather let a thousand blossoms bloom and each have our own video server? Online video databases like YouTube seemingly are the ideal artist portfolio online, with unlimited uploads and a massive audience. MySpace is inhabited by bands and musicians, but why don't video artists and filmmakers occupy YouTube? If we look at the videos on YouTube, what aesthetics do we find? Is there a homogenous style that only builds on eyewitness tv and candid camera formats? And now that music videos and commercials increasingly resemble video art, can we define how exactly artistic practices influence the look of online footage? What would it mean to take YouTube Art serious? Is YouTube a medium and platform in itself for art works or is it merely used as a promotional device? Many have used YouTube to produce diary-type performances in which they either played themselves or pretended to be some character. What status do we give to such ego documents? Is YouTube used by artists as a tool to intervene in social and political issues?
In this session we will present projects such as:
Evening Programme / Exhibition
"Short, user-created videos are creating a new kind of watching experience, one more about 'snacking' than half-hour sitcoms." (The Economist)
Much like poetry slamming the use of short video fragments has become a dominant mode in visual culture. Where are the video files found and how are they used and played with? Is 'video slamming' the new way of watching audiovisual files? This session is all about the new ways of watching, using, and playing with moving images: scratching, sampling, mixing, but also (meta) tagging, recommending etc. This session will feature performances, live acts and lectures.
Video Vortex Discussion List:
With this discussion list we like to gather responses to the rise of YouTube and similar online video databases. What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? Is YouTube the corporate media structure of the 21st century? What are the artist responses to
General information about the mailing list is at:
This list is meant for all those interested in the topic, and will
possibly continue after the event in late 2007.
PostCS 11, PostCS building
1011 AD Amsterdam
Institute of Network Cultures, HvA Interactive Media, Amsterdam
Geert Lovink, Sabine Niederer, Shirley Niemans
Seth Keen, Vera Tollmann
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism http://www.j-lab.org/
LAUNCHED TODAY: The Knight Citizen News Network http://www.kcnn.org is a free web portal to help both citizens and journalists create and responsibly operate community news sites. Its array of learning and resource modules were created by a network of participants.
See the news release.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
doing digital: using digital resources in the arts and humanities
DRHA07 : Dartington College of Art : 9 - 12 September 2007
Bringing together creators, practitioners, users, distributors, and custodians of Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities
Over the last decade the annual Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conferences have constructed an unusual kind of meeting place: a space in which researchers, curators, and distributors of digital resources could meet and share perspectives on their
Etichette: doing digital
E-Poetry Symposium 2007
NYC: Performances And A Symposium on the LEA New Media Poetry Special Issue
21 April 2007
New York City
Event Guest-Curated by Loss Pequeño Glazier.
Featuring Aya Karpinska, Elizabeth Knipe, and Jim Rosenberg. Shawn Rider,
Respondent. Tim Peterson, Series Curator
Live performances, talks, and discussion about New Media art forms, issues, and poetics in a cordial setting. Poetry is on the move ... catch a glimpse of present poetic forms in action! This event seeks to further conversation about poetics through its sampling in digital forms. Join us for an historic presentation of digital poetics featuring an engaging mix of foundational and emerging digital poets!
About the participants
Aya Karpinska (http://technekai.com ) is a digital media artist and interaction designer. She is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Brown University Fellowship in Electronic Writing.
Elizabeth Knipe ( www.dreamdilation.com ) is an engaging interdisciplinary artist. She is digital poet and experimental video artist who entertains an interest in physical electronic installations.
Jim Rosenberg (http://www.well.com/user/jer ) has been working in non-linear poetic forms in one medium or another since 1966 and is one of the foundational figures in digital poetry. His best-known work is Intergrams.
Shawn Rider (http://www.shawnrider.com ) is a writer, artist, teacher and programmer, currently working as a Web Technologist for PBS TeacherLine. He is also the owner and Editor in Chief of GamesFirst.com, a long-running independent videogame review website.
Loss Pequeño Glazier ( http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/glazier ) is a digital poet, professor of Media Study, and Founder and Director of the Electronic Poetry Center. He is the author of the digitally-informed poetry collection Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm (Salt Press) and the digital theory treatise Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries (Alabama UP).
Tim Peterson ( http://mappemunde.typepad.com /) is the author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press). He edits EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts and currently curates part of the Segue Reading Series in New York.
About the LEA issue
Guest edited by Tim Peterson, the issue features Loss Pequeño Glazier, John Cayley with Dimitri Lemmerman, Lori Emerson, Phillippe Bootz, Manuel Portela, Stephanie Strickland, Mez, Maria Engberg and Matthias Hillner. Don't forget to scurry over to the equally exciting gallery, exhibiting works by Jason Nelson, Aya Karpinska, Daniel Canazon Howe, mIEKAL aND, CamillE BacoS, Nadine Hilbert and Gast Bouschet.
Click here to access the LEA New Media Poetics Special