The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb

Program

Video Vortex #8 – Cultures, Art and Politics of Online Video

International Conference, May 17-19, 2012

Admission to the lectures is free, no prior notification is needed.

Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, in collaboration with Association Kazimir in Split and the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, is organizing and hosting an international conference of theorists, artists and experts for new media, especially for online video, under the title Video Vortex. This platform deals with a recent phenomenon that has a considerable presence on the Internet (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook).

Moving pictures (film/video) and internet are in the process of defining their dynamic and creative mutual relations, and therefore the conference will focus on the content of changes in contemporary art and film, but also in wider cultural, social and technological fields.

The initiator of the Network is a prominent new media theorist Geert Lovink from the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam; previous conferences were held in Brussels, Amsterdam, Ankara, Split, and other cities. The Zagreb Conference is an important turning point, because for the first time the conference is supported by a big museum institution such as MSU. After the Zagreb Conference, the following ones will take place in Berlin, New York, and Paris. About thirty speakers will participate in the proceedings of the conference, divided in six panels: Contemporary Art and online video, Theoretical discourses on the contemporary shift in the digital moving image, Social network and online video in the region, The perspective of online cinema, Artists talk about their own work and research in online video, and Technological aspects and new developments of online video.

Participants of the Conference:

Seumas Coutts, Annelies Termeer, Sabina Salamon, Laurence Rickelts, Bojana Romić, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Andreas Treske, Dagan Coen, Janos Sugar, Peter Perg, Damir Nikšić, Sandra Sterle, Gabriel Menotti, Jan Simons, Nina Koll, Miklos Peternak, Dalibor Martinis, Natalie Bookchin, Annie Abrahams, Maartin Brinkerink, Miha Colner, Richard Vickers.

The exhibition:

Concurrently with the Conference an exhibition will be held, with works that were created through the participative processes in internet networks, i.e. as authorial videos prepared for online distribution: Liu Wei, Perry Bard, Flag metamorphosis, Janos Sugar, Sandra Sterle, Natalie Bookschin, Dalibor Martinis, Damir Nikšić, Annie Abrahams

Curator: Tihomir Milovac

A part of the exhibition consists of curators’ choices of online videos currently available on the networks; in this part, the emphasis is on using the internet networks to distribute activist content in the form of video works.

Curators for online video selection: Vera Tollman, Sarah Kesenne, Christiane Paul, Perry Bard, Brian Willems, Hebert Patrick & Alexandra Juhasz.

Panel moderators: Geert Lovink, Tihomir Milovac, Petar Milat, Brian Willems, Dan Oki, William Linn.

Contact: MSU, Tihomir Milovac, tihomir.milovac@msu.hr; Association KAZIMIR: Dan Oki, danoki@xs4all.nl

Schedule

Thursday, May 17

18:00 Wellcome speach: MSU, Accociation Kazimir and INC

18:30 Exhibition opening – MSU / NO Gallery

20:00 UPLOAD CINEMA – MSU / Gorgona Hall

Dagan Coen (Amsterdam)

Friday, May 18

10:00-11:30 – Contemporary art and online video

Moderator: Tihomir Milovac

Participants: Sabina Salamon (Rijeka), Seumas Coutts (Berlin), Andreas Treske (Izmir)

12:00-13:30 – Theoretical discourses on the contemporary shift in the digital moving image

Moderator: Geert Lovink

Participants: Laurence Rickels (Karlsruhe), Bojana Romić (Beograd), Riczhard Kluszchinsky (Warschaw)

13:30-14:30 lunch

14:30-16:30 – Social networks and online video in the region

Moderator: Petar Milat

Participants: Aleksandra Sekulić (Belgrade), Janos Sugar (Budapest), Peter Purg (Ljubljana),

Sandra Sterle (Split), Damir Nikšić (Sarajevo)

19:00- 22:30 dinner for all participants and guests

Saturday, May 19

10:00-11:30 – The perspective of online cinema.

Moderator: Brian Willems

Participants: Annelies Termeer (Amsterdam), Miklos Peternak (Budapest), Jan Simons (Amsterdam)

12:00-13:30 – Artists talk about their own work and research in online video.

Moderator: Dan Oki

Participants: Natalie Bookchin (Los Angeles), Annie Abrahams (Paris), Dalibor Martinis (Zagreb)

13:30-14:30 lunch

14:30- 16:00 – Technological aspects and new developments of online video.

Moderator: William Linn

Participants: Maarten Brinkerink (Amsterdam), Miha Colner (Ljubljana), Gabriel Menotti (London)

16:00-16:30 Closing remarks

The exhibition

Theexhibition at No Gallery is constituted by two complementary works. The first consists of a presentation in the gallery form of installation and screening, and the second of an on-screen “play list”, a single-channel screening resembling the way how we, “one on one”, mostly encounter video works. In both cases the curatorial selection of videos is directed at different creative procedures linked to the phenomenon of the online video and different focuses of the ones who upload the videos. Thus, for example, the procedure of using video material found on video sharing sites like YouTube or Vimeo, further used for creating new, authorial videos or the procedure in which sharing sites serve as communication space for the sharing community, which is done this way in the case of participative artistic, but also social and political activism, is perceived as important. Also present is video material primarily made as a documentary recording of an event, personal or public, spectacular or seemingly unimportant. The common denominator to the selected video works, no matter if they are of individual or collective nature, presented in these two sections of the exhibition are critical comments of recent social events in the moments of stratification.

These works represent different forms of online video, taking into account that the field of such activity is really continuously growing, that it is almost inexhaustible and offers, in the strategic sense of editing and reception, a myriad of possibilities. Although the potentials for spreading and use of online video are just becoming discernible, we can speak of its refinement, primarily of the Internet as a space of communication and sharing, a space of exchange of cultural, political, but also artistic ideas. In that sense, the ways of uploading and spreading videos outside of gallery, ambience presentations or single-channel screenings are becoming increasingly interesting. One of the most interesting forms are certainly participation strategies, collaborative actions mostly launched from or generated in the workshops of artists, but also non-artists; they include shared space as a space of creativity, no matter if the content is of entertainment or activist nature.

During the past few years, online video, as an integral part of the Internet, has played an important role as a means of communication, especially in activist networks that encouraged protests in different parts of the world, of which some ended in revolution, like in Egypt. Its other important role is in different forms of “occupying” public spaces or institutions in the attempt of initiating different paths to common political decisions in the form of “direct democracy”. This could be seen during student protests at universities in France, here at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and then during globally important protests Occupy Wall Street in New York. In all these cases the Internet space of shared video sites, i.e. video sharing communities served as a place of exchange through video recordings uploaded by participants of events, so-called “ordinary people” without special media skills, but with the idea of expressing a critical view of the society and the world around us. The models of the existing democracy and neoliberal economy, spaces of ethical and physical freedoms and human rights are in the focus of questioning and criticism.

Characteristic of online video is the recording made with mostly non-professional equipment, mobile phone, computer camera, photographic camera in video format and the like. Editing is mostly simple and reduced to narrative units (sequences).

Internet space is today crowded, sometimes even clogged with videos of different content, ranging from harmless family videos, videos of pets or self-recordings of different virtual protagonists and vloggers to documentation of all kinds of catastrophes and human tragedies to pornography and consumerist advertisements, music videos, documentary and feature films, as well as all kinds of health and other general advice. This diversity indicates the conclusion that online video is developing as (sub)culture founded on concepts that count on non-arbitrary limitations – contrary to existing value systems of conventional cultures, thus outlining the space of new forms of individual and social freedoms, becoming an extremely important formative factor of Internet reality.

Tihomir Milovac

Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, in collaboration with Association Kazimir in Split and the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, is organizing and hosting an international conference of theorists, artists and experts for new media, especially for online video, under the title Video Vortex. This platform deals with a recent phenomenon that has a considerable presence on the Internet (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook).

Moving pictures (film/video) and internet are in the process of defining their dynamic and creative mutual relations, and therefore the conference will focus on the content of changes in contemporary art and film, but also in wider cultural, social and technological fields.

The initiator of the Network is a prominent new media theorist Geert Lovink from the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam; previous conferences were held in Brussels, Amsterdam, Ankara, Split, and other cities. The Zagreb Conference is an important turning point, because for the first time the conference is supported by a big museum institution such as MSU. After the Zagreb Conference, the following ones will take place in Berlin, New York, and Paris. About thirty speakers will participate in the proceedings of the conference, divided in six panels: Contemporary Art and online video, Theoretical discourses on the contemporary shift in the digital moving image, Social network and online video in the region, The perspective of online cinema, Artists talk about their own work and research in online video, and Technological aspects and new developments of online video.

Participants of the Conference:

Seumas Coutts, Annelies Termeer, Sabina Salamon, Laurence Rickelts, Bojana Romić, Riczhard Kluszchinsky, Andreas Treske, Dagan Coen, Janos Sugar, Peter Perg, Damir Nikšić, Sandra Sterle, Gabriel Menotti, Jan Simons, Nina Koll, Miklos Peternak, Dalibor Martinis, Natalie Bookchin, Annie Abrahams, Maartin Brinkerink, Miha Colner, Richard Vickers.

The exhibition, 17/5 - 27/5 2012:

Concurrently with the Conference an exhibition will be held, with works that were created through the participative processes in internet networks, i.e. as authorial videos prepared for online distribution: Liu Wei, Perry Bard, Flag metamorphosis, Janos Sugar, Sandra Sterle, Natalie Bookschin, Dalibor Martinis, Damir Nikšić, Annie Abrahams

Curator: Tihomir Milovac

A part of the exhibition consists of curators’ choices of online videos currently available on the networks; in this part, the emphasis is on using the internet networks to distribute activist content in the form of video works.

Curators for online video selection: Vera Tollman, Sarah Kesenne, Christiane Paul, Perry Bard, Brian Willems, Hebert Patrick & Alexandra Juhasz.

Panel moderators: Geert Lovink, Tihomir Milovac, Petar Milat, Brian Willems, Dan Oki, William Linn.

Contact: MSU, Tihomir Milovac, tihomir.milovac@msu.hr; Association KAZIMIR: Dan Oki, danoki@xs4all.nl

Schedule

Thursday, May 17

18:00 Wellcome speach: MSU, Accociation Kazimir and INC

18:30 Exhibition opening – MSU / NO Gallery

20:00 UPLOAD CINEMA – MSU / Gorgona Hall

Dagan Coen (Amsterdam)

Friday, May 18

10:00-11:30 – Contemporary art and online video

Moderator: Tihomir Milovac

Participants: Sabina Salamon (Rijeka), Seumas Coutts (Berlin), Andreas Treske (Izmir)

12:00-13:30 – Theoretical discourses on the contemporary shift in the digital moving image

Moderator: Geert Lovink

Participants: Laurence Rickels (Karlsruhe), Bojana Romić (Beograd), Riczhard Kluszchinsky (Warschaw)

13:30-14:30 lunch

14:30-16:30 – Social networks and online video in the region

Moderator: Petar Milat

Participants: Aleksandra Sekulić (Belgrade), Janos Sugar (Budapest), Peter Purg (Ljubljana),

Sandra Sterle (Split), Damir Nikšić (Sarajevo)

19:00- 22:30 dinner for all participants and guests

Saturday, May 19

10:00-11:30 – The perspective of online cinema.

Moderator: Brian Willems

Participants: Annelies Termeer (Amsterdam), Miklos Peternak (Budapest), Jan Simons (Amsterdam)

12:00-13:30 – Artists talk about their own work and research in online video.

Moderator: Dan Oki

Participants: Natalie Bookchin (Los Angeles), Annie Abrahams (Paris), Dalibor Martinis (Zagreb)

13:30-14:30 lunch

14:30- 16:00 – Technological aspects and new developments of online video.

Moderator: William Linn

Participants: Maarten Brinkerink (Amsterdam), Miha Colner (Ljubljana), Gabriel Menotti (London)

16:00-16:30 Closing remarks


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