December 11, 2007 - Netherlands Media Art Institute - Video Vortex
December 11, 2007

Video Vortex

Video Vortex.2
December 8, 2007 – February 3, 2008

opening: Friday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.

Participating artists:
Johan Grimonprez & Charlotte Léouzon, Martijn Hendriks, Jaap de Jonge, Meta.Live.Nu presents DFM RTV INT, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Oog Volkskrant Online, Park 4DTV, Rabotnik, Sonic()bject, Martin Takken, Thomson & Craighead

Video Vortex is a collaboration among the Netherlands Media Art Institute, the Institute of Network Cultures and Argos, Brussels.

Video Vortex.2 is a sequel to the Video Vortex exhibition that responded to the Web2.0 phenomenon. Web2.0 stands for power to the user and democracy for everyone. It has led to innovative forms of media use in which open and friendly cooperation stimulates critical reflection and new ideas. In Video Vortex.2 attention is given to a different side of the democratic movement. How are artists reacting to this democratization process? To what degree does the democratic movement in Web 2.0 differ from previous utopias around radio and television? How can artists retain their autonomy and diversity outside the mass media? Is the esthetic of amateurism the new genre? Once again, artists will be responding to Web2.0, with special attention this time being given to the Dutch/Belgium situation.

Video Vortex Workspace
In the Workspace everyone can get acquainted with open and free software (FLOSS, in collaboration with Derek Holzer), Vlogging (under the guidance of Seth Keen), network mapping (, take part in the Furtherfield Visitors Studio and more. See for the latest program.

Curator for One Day
Once again everyone can become a curator in Video Vortex.2. With the aid of a specially developed website six video works can be chosen from the collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute. On the day indicated this selection is then presented in one of the exhibition spaces at the Institute as a component of the exhibition. Using the Institute’s online catalog, or by visiting the mediatheque, a selection can be made from 2000 video works. Thirty-second fragments from the works are found on the website; to see the whole work it is necessary to visit the mediatheque. The only condition is that the selection be accompanied by an explanation of why it was made. For a whole day the rest of the visitors to the exhibition then can see this statement and the video works. Every Thursday a special guest presents his or her choice, with:

Friday, December 7: Macha Roesink (director, Paviljoens, Almere)
Thursday, December 13: Esma Moukthar (freelance art critic)
Thursday, December 20: Ulay (artist)
Thursday, January 10: Kelli Dipple (webcasting curator, Tate Modern, London)
Thursday, January 17: David Garcia (artist, teacher and writer)
Saturday, January 19: Sabine Niederer (Institute of Network Cultures)
Thursday, January 24: Maria Rus Bojan (freelance curator)
Thursday, January 30: Mirjam Coelho (Brakke Grond)

With thanks to: David Garcia (advisor), VSBfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Powered by BeamSystems

Netherlands Media Art Institute
keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The Institute for Network Cultures presents:

Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube
18-19 January 2008
International Conference
PostCS11 in 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.

Themes: Online Video Aesthetics // Participatory Culture // Cinema and Narrativity // Curating Online Video // Alternative Platforms and Software // Video Slamming

Speakers: Tilman Baumgärtel, Geoffrey Bowker, Dominick Chen, Rosemary Comella, Sarah Cook, Jay Dedman, Stefaan Decostere, Thomas Elsaesser, Helen Kambouri, Philine von Guretzky, Patrick Lichty, Matthew Mitchem, Dan Oki, Ana Peraica, Emma Quinn, Florian Schneider, Tom Sherman, Jan Simons, Valentin Spirik, Tal Sterngast, Thomas Thiel and Andreas Treske

Limited seats available, so register now!

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