RE: [-empyre-] Interactive Video for the Web -Have you thought of a story?
Hi Jim and others.
In the Thomas Edison film from 1902, "Uncle Josh at the Motion Picture
Show", we get a glimpse of the ideal audience for CSPAN x 4, including
In this early film, Uncle Josh is performing TO the screen that is
streaming new experiences about which he is clueless. As I recall, his
modes of interaction as he watches a variety of filmed vignettes include:
-- dancing in front of the screen
-- running and hiding from the screen
-- gesturing angrily to the screen
-- body-slamming the screen (an early predecessor of mouse-clicking)
In the process of his (inter)activity, he arrives at a shocking moment of
clarity in regard to the cinematic illusion. His "poor" attention to the
diegetic world reveals the projection/projectionist system behind the
screen. (The film ends with the projectionist and Uncle Josh wrestling
each other to the ground.)
Ultimately, his "bad example" serves to educate and to connect Uncle Josh's
"superior" audience, who are watching his antics, into a "proper" attention
to the authority of the frame, accepting it in a kind of bargain with
something in return (emotional projection).
So, when you say, in your previous post...
"active viewing mostly comprises activities that do not focus on the videos
or their content"
... I disagree. Uncle Josh and I are responding to what we see on the
screen. We have our motivations, as all good characters.
C-SPAN Karaoke is for building bad viewing habits and breaking the bargain
(of emotional projection in return for submission to the authority of the
C-SPAN Karaoke is one tactic among others for seeing better through bad
viewing habits. It is the Web that makes this other form of viewing
possible, because it is characteristic of the Web to re-frame and
re-contextualize. I would like to think that this "politics and poetics"
is shared, and articulated in a growing variety of forms of Interactive
Video on the Net by many artists.
I think that you are suggesting such a thing when you write:
"the sort of work that your C-SPAN x 4 suggests is of the cross product of
video and all other processes available on the Net. Not solely a processing
within video but within more comprehensive processes."
My only issue with this description is that it might be placing too much
emphasis on a supposedly neutral totality of processes and what can be done
with them, i.e., one apparatus of illusion (the cinematic apparatus) simply
being substituted by another (Net processes)... with the same result:
imposition of a new norm of behavior and attention.
C-SPAN x 4
At 04:43 AM 3/4/2005, you wrote:
> "CSPAN Karaoke" has enabled me to sit through more boring CSPAN
> than I would have ever thought possible.
What is C-SPAN? What are those videos?
> C-SPAN Karaoke is a genuine tool for active viewing. It
> transforms singing
> as a tactic for re-framing and dialoguing with media content.
> The project may need a better selection of songs, but it is not
> - it is activist!
It seems there are aspects of both, to me, anyway, in your C-SPAN X 4.
The karaoke and so on distracts focus from attention on the videos
themselves. The media rhetoric places focus not on the videos themselves but
on the interventions, and the delivery mechanism, the 'channel', the
interactivity, etc, ie, on the conceptual. I am not objecting to this. Just
saying that the active viewing mostly comprises activities that do not focus
on the videos or their content. Though the presence of the videos, and that
they are of the usa government talking, raises questions about how this
video operates in the different space/frame you've created, and raises
questions about what is possible in this regard.
> What is strange, I think, is the capacity of the web for breaking the
> authority of the frame itself. We aren't used to it.
Would be interested to hear more about that.
One can make video or make it and work with it in apps such as you and
Nicolas and others are creating. It is then no longer solely video but video
crossed with the computer program. And you are also exploring how that opens
up not only the creation of 'channels' but all sorts of different processing
on and in parallel with the video. Just as, say, Final Cut Pro is sort of a
video processor--within or of videos themselves--the sort of work that your
C-SPAN x4 suggests is of the cross product of video and all other processes
available on the Net. Not solely a processing within video but within more
comprehensive processes. Be they interactive or otherwise. The way your work
suggests these wider possibilities is striking, I feel, Barbara.
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