“Art production of the 20th century might have been a rarified field, but in the 21st century, cultural production has become a necessary component of organizing social action. In other words, if the world is a stage, then the players must learn the skills of theater.” (Thompson)
Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from the Last 20 Years
This event has already passed, but there is a great collection of lectures online, and now the release of a new book, Living as Form
You can find Nato Thompson’s lecture in the previous post, but if you go to the vimeo page for these videos you’ll find a bunch of other great talks.
Yesterday I led an HTML5 Video workshop at RoadTrip Productions. RoadTrip is known for their PBS documentary series, (before going to graduate school I was an editor for the series) but like many production companies RoadTrip is confronting the shifting landscape of online video. As producers of content that will mostly be experienced online, they can no longer afford a work flow that conceives of the web as simply a repository for where previously aired content is archived and made available. This is where our workshop stepped in, by illuminating the tools and frameworks that they could possibly leverage to help address their current issues and improve the user experience on their website.
The workshop was divided into two sections, the first was a lecture that briefly covered the major historical and theoretical points surrounding the formats and standards that have shaped the media ecology of the last 30 years, including a software studies account of the history of computers. The first section concluded with an overview of current HTML5 video standards, frameworks, and tools. This was followed by a brainstorming session with everyone in the group. The group represented a mix of video editors, designers, and programmers.
It was without question a great time, and the brainstorming session was very productive. For future workshops I would like to extend the time frame to include a day or two of rapid prototyping. The notes for the workshop can be here: Sputnik flew over the cuckoo’s nest
Slides and links for a lecture on the internet and video, in Film & Digital Media 136A: Experimental Cinema / Spring 2011
The Garfield Park Public Library dates back to 1914. It is one of the first libraries established in the Santa Cruz area. This video is documentation of a video installation that was made for and about the library.
The installation was made by spending a week in the library documenting people there, reading and studying. The footage was then rear-screen projected in a continuous loop, on the front lawn of the library.
Due to a shrinking budget, the library’s hours of operation are increasingly limited. The production of the installation has led myself and others (including the librarians and library staff) into a discussion about the nuances of this particular library system. Such a discussion reflects a more general effort to rethink the library, from simply a place of books, to understanding it as part of the commons, as a critical civic institution, and as an open free space of access in the negotiation of knowledge.
There are likely to be future collaborative possibilities for those interested in local histories of the Santa Cruz area.