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Research Critique 3: Good Morning Mr Orwell

The NetArtizens Project is described as an initiative to investigate the role of live broadcasted media as a medium for artists in the context of the networked arts. The term live broadcasted media had expanded broadly ever since it was used to describe the television: what used to be the primary form of visual broadcast media. Similarly, ‘networked arts’ no longer brings to mind technology like satellite. I would think that live broadcasting as a medium in the age of the Internet have grown to become more seamless. There are a few different types of live broadcasting on the virtual realm, apart from video streaming, Internet TV, there’s also live radio podcast, video chats. The beauty of such live broadcasting does not only lie in the immediate outreach of the content towards audience, but that it allows for functions of social media to be incorporated allowing the work to be participatory, not only inviting audience to view it but also engage in it.

In the essay, the NetArtizens Project is described as follows:

… a forum that that challenges the limitations and obstacles of cultural differences, social inequalities, political insecurities, and geographical distances, bringing access to voices often excluded from the conversation in the field of the new media arts.

This is similar to the concept in the work Good Morning Mr Orwell. The satellite installation links up channels from a few different cities in different countries, and making use of this satellite technology to pull live data into one single channel, viewed by audiences from all over the world, thus breaking down boundaries. Nam June Paik is known to manipulate the use of the television, and making use of its existing functions and capabilities to create something new. Good Morning Mr Orwell operates like a single, seamless tv show with different segments for the various artists/musicians who participated in it. What makes this work more endearing at the time of its creation was that it allows people all over the world to see satellite broadcast as more than just a tool to disseminate live/important news, but also as a mediator for collaborative artwork to take place.

  1. Yes, the keyword here is the “artist as mediator,” a term I have been using for many years to describe artist who engages media as a form of mediation, inserting themselves into situations to spark dialogue, to illuminate issues, to challenge the status quo. Let’s talk about this idea of mediation further in the context of live artist-driven broadcasting.

  2. You know I actually see this as the prototype for the modern youtube. Just that the technological medium is different. However, I do feel that its not as spontaneous as I expect it to be but rather staged. If it wasn’t staged, then I think it already is at a whole new level of broadcasting.