Can Video Artists Adopt Open Video Strategies as Their Own?

Off to New York to participate in the Open Video Conference. Looks set to be a great event with some great presentations scheduled by the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School with support form the Mozilla Foundation among others. So what is Open Video? From the site:

“As internet video matures, we face a crossroads: will technology and public policy support a more participatory culture—one that encourages and enables free expression and broader cultural engagement? Or will online video become a glorified TV-on-demand service, a central part of a permissions-based culture? Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video.”

I’m giving a talk on artists video and the so-called “open circuits” of distribution envisaged by some artists in the 1970s. Here’s my spiel:

“This presentation argues that the most radical proponents of video art were always concerned with establishing alternative networks of communication based on the principle of “open circuits” and “participation TV”.

An understanding of this historical context is helpful in highlighting the potentials to be found in today’s web-based networks that privilege “sharing”, “participation” and “openness”.

I want to suggest that solutions to these challenges can be found in open archive principles, and that these approaches will “diversify the video culture” in new and unexpected ways. The radical challenges to television, art and culture made by video artists in the 1960s and 1970s find their echo today in the principles of Open Source, Creative Commons, Open Content and other emerging principles of participatory culture.”