Apropos of UGC......From Machina guru Paul Marino....School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, February 8-10, 2008
We are in the early stages of a fundamental transformation in how we create, share and view dynamic visual media. This transformation is enabling a new media ecology that can support widespread amateur video creation, and peer-to-peer and many-to-many distribution to audiences both large and small. Although it is clear that there is tremendous demand for user-generated and bottom-up forms of digital video, it remains unclear how best to support these creative projects, what the implications are for artistic practice and how to build bridges between old and new media.
24/7: A DIY Video Summit will bring together the many communities that have evolved around do-it-yourself (DIY) video: artists, audiences, technology providers, academics, policy makers and industry executives. The aim is to discover common ground, and to chart the path to a future in which grassroots and mainstream, amateur and professional, artist and audience can all benefit as the medium continues to evolve.
This three-day summit features:
Screenings of DIY Video:
On February 8 and 9, there will be screenings of DIY video that are open to the public. These will feature curated programs on design video, activist documentary, youth media, machinima, music video, political remix and video blogging. The video program will culminate in an evening program and reception on February 9 that will draw from all of these video genres.
Registered attendees will have access to the academic program on February 8 and 9 that features panels on The State of the Art, The State of Research, The State of Industry, IP and Copyright, and User-Driven Innovation. Featured speakers include Yochai Benkler, John Seely Brown, Joi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and Lawrence Lessig.
Workshops and Bird-of-a-Feather Meetings:
On February 10, the day will be devoted to practical and hands-on workshops for registered attendees on topics such as intellectual property, media creation, distribution and new-media design tools. Attendees will also have the option of organizing their own bird-of-a-feather meetings to connect with other attendees.