Does it have to be an epic to be good? Can the ironic become iconic?
For the last Kinetic Cinema* of the season, choreographer Jody Oberfelder surveys the impact of YouTube and how artists use this video platform to showcase video art.
The very first :19 second video by Jawed Karim (one of YouTube's founders) "Me at the Zoo", set the tone of this casual, visually clever mode that constitutes this divergent art form. How YouTube manages to surprise and catch new audiences is a hot button topic for modern dancers and media artists alike.
Why not create alluring short videos for camera and muster up new audiences? How can this sometimes irreverent and often poetically profound new form ultimately be a boon to our live performing possibilities?
Presenting an array of stunning clips ranging from hilarious "fail" videos to bloopers to video-blogging-- including a few dance-centric films-- Oberfelder intends to open up questions about what captures our attention. What gets the most hits and why? How do we perpetually quote and comment on each others work? How can the immediacy of YouTube at our fingertips translate into something artistically fulfilling? Why are we afraid to try?
VIRAL VIDEO CONTEST
As an experiment in exploring what makes a video go viral on YouTube, Movement Media has posed a special challenge to the Kinetic Cinema audience for the Dec. 9th screening:
* Create a 30 sec video response to this video on YouTube: "Dcal Gwada Blondinette (vitesse normale)"
* Up-load the video to YouTube and send the link and your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will screen the video entry that receives the most hits by Dec. 9th at Kinetic Cinema, and post it on our blog: MovetheFrame.com shortly thereafter.
The winner will also get free admission to our next Kinetic Cinema screening, and a handy book: "YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts" by Alan Lastufka and Michael W. Dean.
*A co-presentation of Pentacle's Movement Media and The Tank
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