Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution
Gene Youngblood is a media, arts and politics theorist that holds the belief that media itself needs to be democratic. The publication of his book, Expanded Cinema, in 1970 led to the impact of communication technologies on the democratic process and the capacity to participate. Youngblood announced the need for a “communication revolution” Read more →
When it comes to social broadcasting, we can see the many changes that it has come to adapt and grow throughout the years. Many artists have experimented with the medium, using it to produce works and attempting to push the boundaries where it involves a greater audience and it becomes a work which encourages active interaction. Although it may seem Read more →
I attended Symposium Day 1 and 2, and it was really quite eye opening. The Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium was an event, a gathering across the globe that presents the artistic works and technological breakthroughs that incorporates art as a practice. The symposium was completely free and brings people from across the gobe together. Granted, many of Read more →
3 years ago, I mused that, someday, A Level History would cover the rise of the Internet as a full-fledged topic. It's an important historical event, after all. There'd be so many possible subtopics, and all the Gen Z kids would love it. Still waiting though.
Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution. This is the theme of the symposium, and a phrase saturated with meaning. As quoted by Packer,
Gene Youngblood signals the need for “a communications revolution… an alternative social world” that decentralises the experience of the live broadcast through the creative work of collaborative communities’. (link)
And yet, this complete upheaval of the way we communicate Read more →
The third space network is a live video broadcast, which focus on broadcasting creative dialogue all over the world.
At the start, what becomes prominent in the broadcast is the various technical issues that appear in the broadcast. Glitches with the sound system, where the poor keynote speaker could not hear everyone else. Glitches in film, where the video would pause Read more →
What is love? What makes you fall in love? A lot of people tell me that love is the connection. Having the connection gives the feeling of belonging to a particular person or group. Communication is probably the key to create the connection. Our ancestors created languages for better communication and invented methods and tools to help with communication including, Read more →
Days attended: 1 & 2
The Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium is an international gathering presenting emerging research, artistic work, and technological innovation in the networked arts. Intended as a global and inclusive gathering, with no registration fees, the symposium unites local and remote speakers and audiences from all corners of the world via Webconferencing, Read more →
Networked practice is indisputably one of the most revolutionary media in art to date. The engagement of social media has assimilated into the daily, who is to say how far it has burgeoned as a lifestyle, let alone an artistic media. What seems important to me is that we understand the blurred lines between the art, the philosophy, the Read more →
My favourite part of Kidnap is probably its ability to transfer the creative courage and power from the artist to the performer to the audience. It is this salience that creates an unstageable act of artistic research, a candid experience not just for those who participate in it, but also for those who watch it.This transfer of power was precisely what Steve Dixon had discussed in his essay on cybernetics and existentialism, which I wrote about in one of my blog posts. Putting the viewer into the position of captivity forces them to question the very nature of existence, freedom, aloneness, etc. What would have been very interesting is to tie this transfer of power to the overall objective of the Symposium. As you could see, the audience was very active in the chat space, where they were free to comment and express their opinion at any point in time. This is essentially the idea of social broadcasting, transferring power from the hierarchical nature of traditional broadcasting (the monologue) to the collaborative, social forms that flatten the hierarchy and turn control over to the viewer. I wanted to mention that because tying your excellent commentary to the broader themes of the symposium would have been a nice addition to your essay. One thing I want to point out is the design work you did with your illustrations. Very nice!
“The third space network is an internet broadcast channel for live media arts and creative dialogues, in terms of broadcasting and bringing a global audience to creative dialogue, performance and other forms of activities.” – Randall Packer on the third space network.
Communication is a vital aspect of current society, especially with the Read more →
The notion of leeches, the internet and the online users draws inexplicable connection as they subsist on one another. Also, one additional reference drawn could be: is there a possibility of wordplay when they make use of leeches as part of the performance? Could it altogether be a true reflection of the impact of technology and social media? The conception that we are over-reliant on mechanization as it leeches our time away on mindless scrolling.I had not thought about the relationship between the leeches and our parasitic relationship to the Internet, but I think this was an incredible point, even if it wasn't the intention of the artist. We are reliant on communications, each and every day, and this reliance creates a dependency that can in fact cause "bleeding," at least in a metaphorical sense. Perhaps this may have been an opportunity to offset this observation with the concept of social broadcasting, which in effect, when used for critical and artistic purposes sheds light on our Internet condition. I thought your analysis of Annie Abrahams' work beautifully described how the artist might attempt to resolve this condition: by creating a space where the entanglements can become an aesthetic experience, a thing of beauty. This perhaps describes the unique differences between the two performances: igaies was, as described by the performers, a dystopic view of the Internet condition, whereas Abrahams was a more utopic rendering, at least in my opinion, in that she attempted to create a harmonious space despite the technological and geographical separation. This is a very fine essay indeed!
[On Social Broadcasting: A Communications Revolution]
|| During the Art of the Networked Practice 3-day (or night) symposium that took place from 29th-31st March 2018, I got to listen to very insightful speakers and witness before my very eyes how far art has grew simultaneously with technology. It is amazing to think how unfathomable all of these works would have been Read more →
To have the ‘Third Space’ in co-existence and seen in totality with the local and remote spaces would be to also accept the faults that comes with it, just like how we do not act in a perfectly rehearsed manner in real life, for that would be way too unnatural...You are absolutely right: to accept the faults of our online existence is to embrace it, understand it, augment it, particularly for those of us who are artists and designers thinking about creative interactive spaces on the Internet. I also really appreciate your conclusion, in which you stated how we need to understand the various real and virtual spaces we inhabit, and as I always trying to teach my students, understand how to balance these worlds so they can be more harmonious and expressive as a third space environment. If we don't do this, we will forever be victims of our online interactions, rather than having a critical understanding.