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Video Vortex 3 Ankara
Location: Conference Hall, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara
October 10-11, 2008

As video is becoming a significant form of personal media on the internet, this conference and new media event aims to examine the key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video. We are witnessing the merging of television and the Internet at an unprecedented speed.

Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition, similar to the former Video Vortex conferences, will contextualize the latest developments through presenting continuities and discontinuities in the artistic, activist and mainstream perspective of the last few decades. Unlike the way online video presents itself as the latest and greatest, there are long threads to be woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artifacts, has a rich tradition that still needs to be explored. How will we navigate through continuous expanding spaces of moving images? Will there be a technological paradigm shift, and how will this shift be narrated? What responses do are artists, activists, filmmakers and media producers have to the dynamic and controversial world of online video? How are institutions, groups and individuals coping with the potentialities of freely distributed video content?

Themes of Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition will be: navigating the database, p2p, art online, visual art, innovative art, participatory culture, social networking, political economy, collaboration and new production models, censorship & YouTube, collective memory, cinematic and online aesthetics.

Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition is an extension of the broader Video Vortex project by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam and it is a follow-up to the Amsterdam conference, held in January 2008, and the Brussels conference, held in October 2007. It aims to continue and deepen the debates, while bringing together a wide range of scholars, artists and curators as well as lawyers, producers and engineers.