Arts Video Networks #2

AoDL Meetup
Show 'n Tell // Network // Drinks

11 December 2012, 6.30pm-8.30pm
The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London W1F 7LW

// Line-up

- Jordan McGarry, Senior Curator, Vimeo

- Hana Janečková, Artyč

// Event Description

For this month's AoDL meetup we will run a second session around Arts Video Networks because we feel we haven't done the topic justice yet as there is just too much to cover in one evening!

Platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo have radically altered how we access and consume moving image. Combined with new developments in hardware such as smartphones and tablets we are now watching more and more (non-broadcast) video than ever before. YouTube is in fact now the world’s second largest search engine, relegating Yahoo to 3rd in 2011.

Both Youtube and Vimeo have been the default outlets for many arts organisations over the past few years. It’s a one-stop-shop - they host the content for free, members can have their own channels, they allow the videos to be embedded in other websites, they even track views, yes they do have some fuzzy rights issues but what’s not to love?? Nothing really but, as these sites grow into monoliths discoverability reduces and communities dilute. To answer these problems there has been an emerging shift towards the development of independent arts specific sites/players that enable tighter knit communities and a clearer overview of available content. These new platforms have also brought to light new ways for the monetisation of content and rights control.

There are so many examples to cite, to begin with there is the newly launched by FACT, a national arts channel supported by ACE. Larger arts organisations have developed players such as Tate ChannelMOCAtv, Sadler’s Wells and National Theatre (and NT Live). Archives such as and the longtime favourite UbuWeb. Magazines such as FriezeArt Review and ArtForum all create their own content now. Services such as MUBI offer independent film on demand. In some instances the very nature of broadcast is under scrutiny, a fine example being Auto Italia who have created a series of successful LIVE shows. In other ways new platforms are a chance to re-engage with pre-internet content as YouTube curation is given credence through Network Awesome.

This month we will celebrate all the above and consider what new things are on the horizon.

The meetups are open to all and we would be delighted if you would pass this onto a friend or colleague who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The AoDL Team

**The post-social social**

We have access to the venue until 8.30pm but hey why stop the socialising there? For those who want to continue we’ve designated a nearby pub The Red Lion (14 Kingly Street, W1B 5PR) as our ‘after hours’ watering hole.

The AoDL meetups are presented by Mute in partnership with The Photographers' Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe

About Art of Digital London

AoDL is a research programme and network that runs an online peer learning resource, regular public events, training sessions and meetings about digital strategy in culture. Over 2011 AoDL in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery ran a series of successful discussion groups building on the thematics of its founding programme of Salons & Surgeries [masked]). Including such topics as Open Archiving and IPTV, these continue to drive a collaborative research project conducted on AoDL's Wiki resource, TheKnowledge.

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  • Jacqueline F.

    Very good presentations and very well organized!

    I learnt a lot about Vimeo and it was interesting to have an Eastern Europe point of view about Digital Art.

    Some very good questions about the curator point of view in Digital Art were asked.

    Unfortunately, I coundn't stay for the discussions but I enjoyed very much talking with Abigail Addison about Animate Projects online exhibition space.

    The Photographers' Gallery is an amazing place!

    I am looking forward to attending the next Arts Video Networks!

    December 19, 2012

  • Simon W.

    Good follow on event about Open Video

    December 14, 2012

  • Otilia

    Very interesting, it was the first meeting I attended and I hope they organize more soon.

    December 11, 2012

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Dec 11 is a Tuesday, not a Friday.
    So does the usual "Friday night, post-social social" comment still apply?

    November 29, 2012

    • Caroline H.

      Well spotted Michael, but yes, even on a school night we'll still have the 'post-social social' :)

      November 29, 2012

    • MJY (Michael Y.

      Thank you, Caroline :)

      November 29, 2012

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