I have been using Brightcove Network to host my video works for just over a year. It is actually more complex then any other video sharing sites but gives you more control of how you want to publish flash videos. More importantly, they offer a client encoding application, Brightcove Publishpod, and the compressing quality is not so bad at all.
Unfortunately, they are moving on from free service to paid account. My account has been disabled and the videos will be turned off in the end of January unless I upgrade to Brightcove 3 account. One has to develop and change to a better business model. And they seem to focus more on corporate target. No fuss. I just need to find another host. The hunt is on.
Control and compression quality come first when I choose this service. No one gives you options like Brightcove does, so it comes down to the final flash video they produce up in the cloud. I decide to find out which one is the best for the job.
So Long Cathy is the perfect video for this exercise. I literally made this video frame by frame. It is very tricky to codec this one because of its constant change. In fact, it is the key for me to choose which video sharing web site that I will use to publish my work from.
I am done with YouTube. Although it is the most popular video social media, they have got the worst quality. It comes down to these two sites, Dailymotion and Vimeo. Dailymotion is not as bad as YouTube but is not that good either. On top of that, after signing up, I start to get spam contacts from them.
And the winner is vimeo. Their video compression is very impressing, even better than Brightcove. It preserves the details nicely, especially, on my face that appears only 2-4 frames each time. Nothing can compare to the original and watch it as a video loop on a CRT television but this is the best. Next task is just to upload the videos and embed them to the blog.
Australia is facing a major censorship threat from its own Federal Government when Senator Conroy proposes ISP-level Internet filtering to protect the children, as they say. However, no one knows how this scheme will effectively work or how it will accidentally block other websites. Even the Senator could not provide a clear answer himself. Although this is a fundamental issue in a developed country, like Australia, that we are taking for granted, media coverage to remind us of this problem is still very poor. In Sydney, as well as the other Australian capital cities, Internet-based communities are fighting for a basic right to express themselves. We still need ripple effects to spread the words about this sneaky policy and stop the Government snatching away one of the most important rights in our society, communication.
We live in the world that technologies go faster than we could catch up ourselves. Artists are trying to explore, examine and question about this these technologies.
Some tries to visualise the Internet, for examples, Lisa Jevbratt’s C5 1:1, Vuk Cosic’s War in Yu, Mark Napier‘s Digital Landfill and Douglas Davis‘ The World’s First Collaborative Sentence. Meanwhile others use the medium for political agenda such as Floodnet-Zapatista Movement by Electronic Disturbance Theatre, Josh On’s They Rule 2001 and 2004.
Institute for Applied Autonomy’s i-see project explore the notion of people are watched by authorities in public whereas social media bring private and personal lives for the world wide web to watch.
Feng Mengbo mixes virtual characters into his works Q4U, The Long March and Super Mao. Joseph Delappe gets close to reality with virtual game in Dead in Iraq and America’s Army. In the most popular cyber world, Second Life, John Freeman and Will Pappenheimer sell drugs in Virta-Flaneurazine SL, Double Happiness reflects labour issue online. BorderXing plays the idea of physical boundaries where people try to cross. In the other hand, RSG Prepared PlayStation explores the trap we make ourselves in virtual games.
Online identity is another aspect to look at. Keith Obadike has Blackness for Sale on ebay, Tim Gregory asks about sexual identity in Seminal Disseminations. But Linda Demont says that males still dominate the realm in Typhoid Mary. Silpa Gupta is commissioned to create an online space for different religion to worship. And Yes Men Group uses false identities to penetrate big organization in order to deliver their messages.
Eduardo Kac is the best artist to alk about BioArt with a number of his works such as Time Capsule, Teleporting an Unknown State, Genesis and Alba.
Good contemporary art responses to the living world as opposed to classic works that have already been put on the top shelf which do not necessary ask about our relationship to the modern world.
This essay is a part of Critical Response Files for Art after Postmodernism class, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.