Join me at “Video Vortex 3” in Ankara, Turkey (Oct 10-11th, 2008)

Photos from the earlier Video Vortex Conference in Amsterdam by Anne Helmond.

Thanks to an invitation from my online academic friend, Alper Sarikaya (aka radiognome), I’ll be speaking at the Video Vortex 3 conference, held on October 10-11th 2008 in Ankara, Turkey (see Google Map). I’m excited because 1) I will see the possibilities of video, 2) it’ll be my first time to Europe, 3) travel and accomodation expenses will be covered.

As a tentative focus, I’ll be sharing my experiences and perspectives on real-time (and semi-realtime) interactive video environments such as (lifecasting), (mobilecasting), Viddler (inline commenting), Seesmic (video twitter?), and Seero (live GPS + video). I’ll attempt to delve into concepts of evolving media richness, presence resolution / granularity, cognitive engagement, and memory prosthetics. Your thoughts are welcomed!

Organized by the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University, in cooperation with Institute of Network Cultures, Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition is the third in succession held after earlier successful conferences in Amsterdam and Brussels. You can experience previous conference through their video documentation page, photo and videoblogs, or join the Video Vortex discussion list.

Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition organizers have put out a call for participation, and since this is an international conference, I’d like to urge friends in North America to join in. Deadline for submissions is 15th June 2008. Details after the jump…

Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition – Call for participation

On October 10-11 2008, Bilkent University Department of Communication and Design, in cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures, will organise the 3rd Video Vortex event in Ankara, Turkey. Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition will feature a two-day international conference, evening program, live performances and new media art exhibition.

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. Video Vortex Ankara 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. At present, the organizers are in contact with Geoffrey Bowker, Donato Totaro, Jaromil, Steve Wilson, Vera Tollmann, Basak Senova, Angela Melitopoulos, Aras Ozgün and Michael Verdi, just to name a few.

We are currently finalizing the program and aim to start press release at the end of May. To keep up with our progress, please see as well as the Video Vortex discussion list. Information about subscription to this list can be found at The Video Vortex 3 Ankara Edition website and blog, containing the latest information, will be online soon.

For inquiries regarding participation, contribution or submission of related works, please contact Andreas Treske at

One thought on “Join me at “Video Vortex 3” in Ankara, Turkey (Oct 10-11th, 2008)

  1. internet connections oct 2008 urged me to attend video vortex 3 ankara event with a nice selections of video art instances and many more video implications that occur nowadays… photography and video as new art forms were actually in the cyber space communities, video clips with a full access to ne music were my primary concerns for attending this event… finally i had a chance to show a 10 minutes video clip entitled thirteen… a composition for 13 instruments by john cage was a good content for modernism with new technology show there

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