Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube

On: January 15, 2008
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About Rosa Menkman
I like to take photos, make movies and read about new media and art. Last year I graduated on internet art (wrote my master thesis on the internet collective Jodi). Now I am in the Research Master media studies. My blog my Flickr my my


Friday January 18 and Saturday 19th, PostCS11, Amsterdam.


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 imminent?

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 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 closing session on Saturday evening will explore the way VJs and media artists are accessing and using online archives. Under the banner of Video Slamming, this evening is all about the new ways of watching, using, and playing with moving images, such as scratching, sampling, mixing, (meta)tagging and recommending.

Read the complete introduction to Video Vortex here
You can find the program here


That night I will do a vj glitch.
Here is what the program says:

“My main interests have always revolved around inverting the default use of new media technologies, both hardware and software-wise. During my Video Vortex VJ set, I will try to make a collage of ways that this can be accomplished within the video medium, focusing primarily on the concept of the glitch. The English term ‘glitch’ means a malfunction or an error and is generally used to indicate a small defect within a technology.
Some of the glitches I will show happened accidentally, while others are triggered on purpose. For me a glitch is a form of machine poetry; a way to vocalize the internal workings of a technology.”


More of my glitch disasters can be found on my blog



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