Open Channel: Video Slam 2008

by Stacey Lobo

VIDEO SLAM will again kick off with a two-day workshop, from Tuesday 6 pm 20 May to Thursday 6 pm 22 May 2008 wherein participants will learn how to incorporate Creative Commons-licensed content into a short film produced on-site at Horse Bazaar, Melbourne’s Digital Arts bar, in under 48 hours. The finished work will be screened at the VIDEO SLAM forum and re-appropriated into the live re-mix event.

In a variation of last year’s event, filmmakers, audio-visual artists, two lawyers, two curators and one producer will also slam out two and one-half hours of sound and video that explores appropriation, remix, and the use of public space in the electronic arts – the VIDEO SLAM Live Remix!

The Live Remix will be followed by the VIDEO SLAM Forum featuring a distinguished panel who’ll discuss appropriated hybrid artworks, and the laws that may govern what can and can’t be digitally consumed on and offline. Screening at Federation Square and workshops at Horse Bazaar, this and the two-day workshop are hands-on events for hybrid arts practitioners.

According to VIDEO SLAM Curator Andrew Garton “VIDEO SLAM is a unique event in that it not only provides a forum for the open content philosophy, but it’s also host to a hybrid form of production where people from across many arts disciplines can meet, network and make something… together! It’s certainly one of the earliest production initiatives solely devoted to Creative Commons licenses in Australia that I’m aware of…”

VIDEO SLAM is presented by OPEN CHANNEL as part of Arts Law Week 2008 in association with Film Victoria, 3RRR, apc.au, Arts Access, Horse Bazaar, Creative Commons Clinic and Federation Square.

More information about this event can be found here.

Videos:

A parody on public perception of public office and Melbourne’s Lord Mayor. Created by Team #1
A parody on action film trailers featuring Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, John So. Created by Team #2
Melbourne locals comment on the kind of relationship they have with their brothers, juxtaposed against the marketing memes of their Lord Mayor, John So. Created by Team #3
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, John So, marketing campaign gets a boost with his own series of Created by Team #4

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