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why volg?

By contactmica | "contactmica" <contactmica@...> | contactmica
November 20, 2004 | Post #1889 | Topic #1889

I was recently interviewed by a french art/culture/technology magazine abo= ut my work online. Seems relative to some of the currents in the discussio= n here. best m http://publicaddress.typepad.com > > > 1) When did you star= t working on vlogs and do > you > > > think that vlogs have > > > the same = potential as a blog ?=A0 > > > =A0 > > > > > > For a long time I wanted to= develop a process > that > > > would be opposite of all of my art making a= nd > > > exhibiting experiences. In 1999, I traveled > across > > > the > >= > US with a friend who made a website to which we > > > uploaded images an= d text daily from the road =96 > > > documenting our trip for friends famil= y and > people > > > we > > > met along the way (this is called blogging no= w, > > > HA!). It was an amazing success. Our families felt connected to us= even when we were out of reach and random people we met were thrilled to = be included in our 'internet magazine', and wrote to us as friends. We wer= e astounded as the numbers of hits to the rose daily. The internet finall= y felt 'interactive' to us. > > > After this experience I wanted to docu= ment my > > > activities with moving images that I could > > > imediately >= > > post on the web. In US art is very separated > from > > > rest > > > o= f life. Considered either a luxury or secondary > > to > > > important thin= gs like `news', many people are > > simply > > > turned off by the word `ar= t'. so now, as more > > > Americans are become disillusioned, maybe more > = > > willing to see value or truth in less formulated > > > more > > > since= re artistic expressions.=A0 > > > > > > I think greater =96 but maybe its = really a > different > > > animal. I am not a huge fan of blogs. I find > t= hat > > > few > > > people actually have something interesting to > say > >= > and > > > do so in an engaging way. Greater because the > > power > > > = and immediacy of seeing a moving image =96 it is > > > contemporary in a wa= y that written word is not. > It > > > is > > > live. There is nothing `mom= ento momori' about > it.=A0 > > > > > > Similar because like blog emmerges= from the need > > for > > > the individuals voice to be heard in media. It= > is > > no > > > longer the underrepresented that need a greater > > > pr= esence in media, its everyone. We are all > > > underrepresented at present= . And through blogs and vlogs > > people > > > can reach out to each other = in a way that > > corporate > > > controlled media cannot.=A0 > > > =A0 > >= > > > > 2) Why are you vogging and why are people > vogging > > ? > > > = I am obsessed with > > > having a new experience. I am obsessed with the >= > idea > > > of the glorious future. I am obsessed with the > > > history = > > > of communication technologies. I have to keep > > myself > > > making= something I've never seen before. And the > > > opportunity to expan on in= teractive > possibilities > > in > > > art and media, the boundaries of whi= ch have > barely > > > been explored is thrilling. =A0 > > > =A0 > > > =A0 = > > > > > > > > > 3) Do you feel vogging is like an alternative to > > th= e > > > big media like > > > > > > Television ? Or is it different from TV= ? In > which > > > way > > > ? > > > > > > Alternative? Well, for some ma= ybe. I am too > > > impatient > > > to watch that much of what is on televi= sion. I > > need > > > to > > > be able to be involved, talk back, respond,= > > > essentially have a dialog. With the vlogs we can > > > play > > > wi= th things like length and multilinearity or > non > > > linear narratives t= hat tv simply can't do. > > However, > > > my > > > inspiration often does = come from tv =96 I love > > > educational programs from my (1970's era) > >= childhood, > > > and commercials are amazing, production value > and > > >= story telling in 30 seconds! > > > > > > I also have enjoyed vogs where = people post > > selective > > > moments from broadcast TV, and include thei= r own > > > annotation and comments. Less passive you can > get > > > invol= ved in a dialog or critique. > > > =A0 > > > > > > > > > 4)Are there dif= ferent kinds of vlogs, some with > > > particularities (Art, culture, docum= entaries) ?=A0 > > > =A0 > > > Currently, the people that I am aware of wh= o > make > > > videoblogs seem to be more interested in playing > > > with = the medium and experimenting with > > possibilities > > > rather than commi= tting to any specific format or > > subject > > > matter. I think this is a= ctually a good thing > for > > > now. Why limit when it's so new? Also one= of > the > > > differences from mainstream video based media is > > > that= I can show cooking one day and show > > theoretical > > > conversation the= next, why not? To me these > things > > > are related and I hope that regu= lar visitors to > > the > > site > > > will start to see this and pull thre= ads from one > > > seemingly random moment in my life to another > and > > = in > > > time derive a greater meaning from it. It is > this > > > search f= or meaning which makes my life art. I > > admit, > > > this approach to con= tent makes defining an > > audience > > > more difficult but that's part of= it, too. I > don't > > > have to reach certain people and sell them a > > = specific product > > > so that I don't loose my funding. In that way I > am= > > > free, so I want to take full advantage of this. > I > > > think many= of us are in this not to make a new > > > vessel for content and are aware= that the holder > > changes > > > the shape of its content. Idealistically= , it's > > hope > > of a > > > new way to communicate. > > > I also like t= he idea that I have my own TV > network > > rather than a single TV program= . > > Whatever `show' I feel like working on I can post > > and > > then >= > >save it online in a category. > > > >