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Distributing video and other media
ADOPTER(S) criticalartware (jake_elliott :: racter AT ++ jonCates: joncates AT, Mick Fuzz (mickfuzz AT
FACILITATOR(S) it would be good to identify facilitators in advance! enter names here

"criticalartware: How was work distributed or seen? How did the early festivals begin?

Kate Horsfield: The only way you were able to see anybody's work wasn't through festivals. There weren't any festivals then, it was through what everybody called "bicycling." Somebody would send Phil Morton a tape and he would invite everybody over to his house to look at it."


title: Kate Horsfield interview
dvr: criticalartware core.dvrs (jonCates, Blithe Riley ++ jon.satrom)
date: 2002.06.26
uri: criticalartware

void snailweb() {
	local groups mail collections of recent work
	every month to a different, computer-selected
	localized group in another part of the WWWorld.
} // BLITSCREEN about.nfo


BLIT:SCREEN is a web application that runs on the platform. localized new media + video art "groups" (collectives, clans, classes, cabals etc.) sign up, registering their address and media playback capabilities. once a month, the system sends each group an email with the address of another group to which to mail recent media. every month, every group receives a DVD/CD-ROM/VHS/VinylRecord/ETC and every group sends one.

we are conceiving of BLIT:SCREEN as an executable hyperthread which connects distribution practices from the early video moment with more recent distribution systems such as hacker/cracker/demoscene BBS's from the late 80s - early 90s. in this way, BLIT:SCREEN will serve as a useful system for grid archiving and grid distribution, and also as an exploration of the possibilities raised for contemporary new media discourse and practice by active consciousness of theoryPractice from those early moments.

in this session we have two goals ->

  • to discuss with KnowledgeLab participants, artists and activists those aforementioned possibilities and weave our threads into a wider net for criticalConspiracy.
  • to distribute information about BLIT:SCREEN and welcome KnowledgeLab participants to use this system. the KnowledgeLab will be the official debut of BLIT:SCREEN and we will bring along a first offering of media from our archives.


"Artists and activists outlined their plan to decentralize television so that the medium could be made by as well as for the people, in the pages of Radical Software and in the alternative movement's 1971 manifesto, Guerrilla Television, written by Michael Shamberg and Raindance Corporation,. These "alternative media guerrillas" were determined to use video to create an alternative to the aesthetically bankrupt and commercially corrupt broadcast medium. Earlier in the 1960s various versions of "the underground"--alternative political movements, cultural revolutionaries, artists--began to search for new ways of reaching their audience. Cable television and the videocassette seemed to offer an answer. The movement was assisted, perhaps inadvertently, by federal rules mandating local origination programming and public access channels for most cable systems. These channels provided a forum for broadcasting community-driven production. The newly developed videocassette allowed independent media producers to create an informal distribution system in which they could "bicycle" their tapes--carrying them by hand or delivering them by mail--to other outlets throughout the country, or even the world."


dvr: Eric Freedman
date: ?
uri: The Museum of Broadcast Communications

void criticalConspiracy() {
	online discussion and emergent microfora make
	BLIT:SCREEN a nexus for conspiracy across
	location + inter-local critical [action|reflexion].
} // BLITSCREEN about.nfo

Indymedia IVDN, and Clearer Channel

Both Indymedia IVDN and clearer channel take a very simple approach to the aspect of Video distribution. Allow people to upload their screening quality files to a webserver, and let people download them for free.

Along with that comes the idea of making it as easy as possible for people to download them in as many different ways as possible. Media RSS is a newish thing which allows people to set up an application to automatically download your videos at night and watch them while they are eating their oats in the morning, or after a hard day at the social centre.

There is set to be a lot of collaboration between internation projects with this kind of aim. V2V, New Global Vision,, engage Media {australia), all have similar visions, and are meeting this year to try to collaborate.

Promoting these channels, and incorporating their videos as part of what you do, your webpresence, the promotion of your project is possible and may be a reason you come to the workshop.

Mick Fuzz : mickfuzz <at> rocketmail <dot> com