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Video Vortex Screening

Friday evening at Video Vortex in Brussels, Ana Kronschnabl and Tomas Rawlings showed “a selection of exceptional, witty and provoking Internet videos, compiled for the occassion by international and local guests”, which can be seen here. Most of us...
The Artist  Moving (through) the Web @ Video Vortex

The Artist Moving (through) the Web @ Video Vortex

German video maker Simon Ruschmeyer explores the borderline areas between traditional audiovisual narration and the new possibilities given by interactivity and networked communication. He explores this interface between classical moving media (film/video) and new interactive forms (web/media art) both...
Tomas Rawlings and Ana Kronschnabl @ Video Vortex

Tomas Rawlings and Ana Kronschnabl @ Video Vortex

The main question that was posed in this lecture was ‘Why is this conferention about Youtube, and not one of the other websites that allow people to watch video’s online?’ Because Youtube isn’t the first website that offers people...
Deleuze vs. YouTube: Adrian Miles @ Video Vortex

Deleuze vs. YouTube: Adrian Miles @ Video Vortex

The subtitle of this conference is Responses to YouTube, and at least one alternative to the world’s largest supplier of piano-playing-cat videos comes in the form of ‘soft video’, via Australian media scholar Adrian Miles. Some of the questions...

Lev Manovich on User Generated Content @ Video Vortex

The following post is a combination of a transcription of Manovich’s keynote and my own notes and commentary. Introduction by Geert Lovink Online video is renegotiating its (problematic) relationship with cinema. It deals with cinematographic principles versus the principles...

YouTube: If you can’t beat them, join them!

While Viacom is sueing YouTube for $1 Billion for “massive intentional copyright infringement” the Dutch public broadcasting company VPRO is embracing YouTube. After entering the Digital TV market it now sees YouTube as a new distribution channel. The VPRO...

OffTopic: The Shining

I’ve seen Stanley Kubricks film adaptation of Stephen Kings thriller ‘The Shining’ many times… I even read the book when I was younger… which I didn’t like too much, however, as it turns out I really missed to grasp...
Gambling in Call-Games??? I don’t think so….

Gambling in Call-Games??? I don’t think so….

Currently the Dutch television format Call-Games is under investigation with regards to fraudious practices, illegal gambling, and misleading of viewers. In Belgium the same program is used to interact with its public for the same fraudious and misleading reasons;...

Molotov Alva

Dispatches from Second Life A series of minifilms entirely shot on location in Second Life.  The series can be found at www.molotovalva.com.  A preview is, of course, available at YouTube. The series is produced by the Dutch new media...

Surveillance theory and ‘that video’

In Consumer Technology after Surveillance Theory, Richard Rogers and Sabine Niederer talk about how consumer technology unsettles old institutional power, possibly bringing a whole new set of problems along. There was the consumer-soldier, for example, who produced the Abu...

Person of the Year 2006: You!

Person of the Year: You Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world. By Lev Grossman The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history...

Avantgarde ‘YouTube’ (from Rhizome.Rare)

> ————————————————- > UbuWeb: The YouTube of the Avant-Garde > ————————————————- > UbuWeb has converted all of its rare and out-of-print film & video > holdings to on-demand streaming formats a la YouTube, which means that > you can...
Daily Show: Social Networking

Daily Show: Social Networking

YouTube and the preservation of artistic expression

Today various Japanese media companies forced YouTube to remove 29,549 videos from its archive because of its copyrighted disposition. Google, which recently attained YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars, will most certainly have to do this more frequently. In my...

Internet killed the video star

As I was getting ready to turn off the computer, I decided to do some last minute browsing through YouTube. Wondering if there would be any drastic changes after its takeover by Google, I came across an intriguing title:...