why volg?

I was recently interviewed by a french art/culture/technology magazine abo=
ut
my work online. Seems relative to some of the currents in the discussio=
n here.
best
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http://publicaddress.typepad.com

> > > 1) When did you star=
t working on vlogs and do
> you
> > > think that vlogs have
> > > the same =
potential as a blog ?=A0
> > > =A0
> > >
> > > For a long time I wanted to=
develop a process
> that
> > > would be opposite of all of my art making a=
nd
> > > exhibiting experiences. In 1999, I traveled
> across
> > > the
> >=
> US with a friend who made a website to which we
> > > uploaded images an=
d text daily from the road =96
> > > documenting our trip for friends famil=
y and
> people
> > > we
> > > met along the way (this is called blogging no=
w,
> > > HA!). It was an amazing success. Our families felt connected to us=
even
when we were out of reach and random people we met were thrilled to =
be
included in our 'internet magazine', and wrote to us as friends. We wer=
e
astounded as the numbers of hits to the rose daily. The internet finall=
y felt
'interactive' to us.
> > > After this experience I wanted to docu=
ment my
> > > activities with moving images that I could
> > > imediately
>=
> > post on the web. In US art is very separated
> from
> > > rest
> > > o=
f life. Considered either a luxury or secondary
> > to
> > > important thin=
gs like `news', many people are
> > simply
> > > turned off by the word `ar=
t'. so now, as more
> > > Americans are become disillusioned, maybe more
> =
> > willing to see value or truth in less formulated
> > > more
> > > since=
re artistic expressions.=A0
> > >
> > > I think greater =96 but maybe its =
really a
> different
> > > animal. I am not a huge fan of blogs. I find
> t=
hat
> > > few
> > > people actually have something interesting to
> say
> >=
> and
> > > do so in an engaging way. Greater because the
> > power
> > > =
and immediacy of seeing a moving image =96 it is
> > > contemporary in a wa=
y that written word is not.
> It
> > > is
> > > live. There is nothing `mom=
ento momori' about
> it.=A0
> > >
> > > Similar because like blog emmerges=
from the need
> > for
> > > the individuals voice to be heard in media. It=

> is
> > no
> > > longer the underrepresented that need a greater
> > > pr=
esence in media, its everyone. We are all
> > > underrepresented at present=
. And through blogs and vlogs
> > people
> > > can reach out to each other =
in a way that
> > corporate
> > > controlled media cannot.=A0
> > > =A0
> >=
>
> > > 2) Why are you vogging and why are people
> vogging
> > ?
> > >
=
I am obsessed with
> > > having a new experience. I am obsessed with the
>=
> idea
> > > of the glorious future. I am obsessed with the
> > > history
=
> > > of communication technologies. I have to keep
> > myself
> > > making=
something I've never seen before. And the
> > > opportunity to expan on in=
teractive
> possibilities
> > in
> > > art and media, the boundaries of whi=
ch have
> barely
> > > been explored is thrilling. =A0
> > > =A0
> > > =A0
=
> > >
> > >
> > > 3) Do you feel vogging is like an alternative to
> > th=
e
> > > big media like
> > >
> > > Television ? Or is it different from TV=
? In
> which
> > > way
> > > ?
> > >
> > > Alternative? Well, for some ma=
ybe. I am too
> > > impatient
> > > to watch that much of what is on televi=
sion. I
> > need
> > > to
> > > be able to be involved, talk back, respond,=

> > > essentially have a dialog. With the vlogs we can
> > > play
> > > wi=
th things like length and multilinearity or
> non
> > > linear narratives t=
hat tv simply can't do.
> > However,
> > > my
> > > inspiration often does =
come from tv =96 I love
> > > educational programs from my (1970's era)
> >=
childhood,
> > > and commercials are amazing, production value
> and
> > >=
story telling in 30 seconds!
> > >
> > > I also have enjoyed vogs where =
people post
> > selective
> > > moments from broadcast TV, and include thei=
r own
> > > annotation and comments. Less passive you can
> get
> > > invol=
ved in a dialog or critique.
> > > =A0
> > >
> > >
> > > 4)Are there dif=
ferent kinds of vlogs, some with
> > > particularities (Art, culture, docum=
entaries) ?=A0
> > > =A0
> > > Currently, the people that I am aware of wh=
o
> make
> > > videoblogs seem to be more interested in playing
> > > with =
the medium and experimenting with
> > possibilities
> > > rather than commi=
tting to any specific format or
> > subject
> > > matter. I think this is a=
ctually a good thing
> for
> > > now. Why limit when it's so new? Also one=
of
> the
> > > differences from mainstream video based media is
> > > that=
I can show cooking one day and show
> > theoretical
> > > conversation the=
next, why not? To me these
> things
> > > are related and I hope that regu=
lar visitors to
> > the
> > site
> > > will start to see this and pull thre=
ads from one
> > > seemingly random moment in my life to another
> and
> > =
in
> > > time derive a greater meaning from it. It is
> this
> > > search f=
or meaning which makes my life art. I
> > admit,
> > > this approach to con=
tent makes defining an
> > audience
> > > more difficult but that's part of=
it, too. I
> don't
> > > have to reach certain people and sell them a
> > =
specific product
> > > so that I don't loose my funding. In that way I
> am=

> > > free, so I want to take full advantage of this.
> I
> > > think many=
of us are in this not to make a new
> > > vessel for content and are aware=
that the holder
> > changes
> > > the shape of its content. Idealistically=
, it's
> > hope
> > of a
> > > new way to communicate.
> > > I also like t=
he idea that I have my own TV
> network
> > rather than a single TV program=
.
> > Whatever `show' I feel like working on I can post
> > and
> > then
>=
> >save it online in a category.
> >
> >