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Guggenheim Debuts Web Video Biennial October 10, 2010

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Reviews, Trends, Web Video, YouTube.
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Fresh from my engagement at the Open Video Conference in NYC, I am convinced that no other medium is pushing the boundaries of creativity like video. Much is in store for Web video advocates, activists and artists.

The Guggenheim Museum is recognizing the importance of video art by creating YouTube Play, its first biennial of online creative video. The collaboration with YouTube combines an online site, a juried contest, and showings at Guggenheim museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, and Berlin.

The 20 videos shortlisted from 23,000 submissions will be announced at the New York Guggenheim on October 21 at an event streamed live on the YouTube Play channel. The selected videos will be screened at Guggenheim museums and will be archived online.

So what makes the cut? The shortlist is reviewed by a panel that includes film director Darren Aronofsky, visual artist Takashi Murakami, recording artist Laurie Anderson, video artist Douglas Gordon and museum curator Nancy Spector.

While online video art is not new, the biennial shows the form is being recognized by the art establishment. YouTube is one of the platforms where people are sharing creative video. The biennale exposes viewers to work that they would not normally see. Viewers can then interact by posting comments.

“We wanted to look at what’s happening right now online and be part of it,” says Hanne Mugaas, territorial associate for the YouTube Play biennial. “There’s a history of artists working online. For the new generation of artists, the Internet has always been there while they were growing up, so it’s an everyday tool. It’s a tool not only for artistic production, but also for distribution and inspiration, and a platform for sharing.”

Visit YouTube Play to see the short list of finalists and come back on the 21st to see which 20 were selected.

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Building Solutions for Human Rights Video October 8, 2010

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, News, Social Media, Web Video, YouTube.
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Webs@Work participated in a “ hack day ” at the 2010 Open Video Conference in New York City. We gathered t at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) on Sunday Oct 3 for an all-day open space gathering of innovators, HTML5 developers and transmedia storytelling experts. Some of the stuff we did:

– Make interactive HTML5 video with WebMadeMovies tech like popcorn.js
– Map a transmedia strategy for content
– Build a custom HTML5 player for Websites
– Create robust video sites with Kaltura CE 2.0 self-hosted software stack.

The hack lab was a follow up from the previous day’s workshop where we came up with three areas to cover: 1) Safety and Security 2) Distribution (including low/no bandwidth) 3) Data Driven Storytelling. Taking the ideas from the brainstorming, we sought to build prototyped mobile video solutions in response.

Nathan Freitas of the Guardian Project led the really geeky part, using the built in facial recognition libraries in the Android platform to build a prototype of a mobile video tool for advocacy activists.


Hysterical Britney Rant Rocks YouTube September 26, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Social Media, Web Video, YouTube.
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Unlikely “talents” are propelled to stardom in an age of video sharing. A videoblogging channel started by Chris Crocker nine-months ago has now become the talk of the Web since his “Leave Britney Alone” rant attracted the attention of mainstream news.

Chris Crocker’s cathartic defense of pop star Britney Spears from her many detractors is a performance better than Britney’s going by the 2.8 million viewers who have pored over his rant. Now he’s getting more exposure than Britney, having been on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the “Today” show.

Chris Crocker, not his real name, as he has been getting death threats from homophobes, claims to be a 19-year old actor from Tennessee. He said he made the Britney video because he thought Britney fans needed a voice. And what a voice.

In the video he smears his eyeliner as he sobs and screams at the “bastards” who aren’t cutting Spears slack for the “hard time” she’s going through, especially since critics slammed her zoned-out “comeback” performance at the MTV video music awards.

Crocker was famous on YouTube even before his Britney rant – among the 66 videos he’s posted since the start of the year, his “Bitch, please!” received more than a million viewers. Crocker says his first video “This & That” got 8 million views on MySpace, but that the count was later hacked.

So which is a bigger deal these days – 8 million views on YouTube for your first videoblog or being on CNN? And if home-made, low-cost videos can bring you such attention, can they do the same to propel real issues onto the world stage and spur action?

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