[NetBehaviour] Fw: vj theory

Stefan Immelmann-Winter sim.winter at soy.de
Tue Jul 19 12:09:48 CEST 2005

might be interesting...

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From: "paul mumford" <lists at labmeta.net>
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Subject: [betacity] vj theory


VJ Theory
Philosophy and cultural theory of vjing and realtime

Keywords; narrative, philosophy, psychoanalysis,
cultural theory, ephemeral, performance, technology,
aesthetics, politics, ethics, realtime processing,
collaboration, integrating media.

During the AVITUK05 Vjing and live audio visual art festival

there was a fantastic level of debate based on both the theory

and practice of VJing and realtime interactive installations and the

questions those practices raise.

Paul Mumford and Lara Houston have been organizing Narrative Lab, a
program of lectures, screenings, performances and
projects as a major strand since of AVITUK since 2003.
The group has been seeking to encourage debate, spark
new work arising from theory and facilitate
collaboration examining the territories of narrative.
Over the last two years the narrative Lab has hosted
lectures on hypertextuality, meta narratives,
psychogeography, screen aesthetics, structuralism,
process methodologies and various production

These theoretical debates have now expanded across
many of the other sessions. What became apparent was
the lack of written texts which attempt to deal with
these questions which involves everybody's practice.
With this in mind we propose to gather a collection of
articles and essays which begins to deal with these
new media debates.

We see this volume as paralleling the early
anthologies of film criticism, such as 'Movies and
Methods' by Bill Nichols, containing a broad range of
analytical perspectives relating to the new medium.

This is an invitation to submit a short synopsis,
propose an article or ideas to be published as a book.

Please send it to the following e-mail address:
vjtheory at yahoo.co.uk <mailto:vjtheory at yahoo.co.uk>

Here are some suggested areas, please feel free to
suggest your own:

1- Narrative and hyper narrative
+ The cultural position of narrative
+ Meaning in narrative
+ Narrative Structures
+ New narrative
+ Cognitive process and discourse\Narrative Practice

2- Ethics
+ Copyright and "copyleft" (the creative commons open
source software and gnu licensing)
+ Cross cultural appropriation of imagery themes and
content (sources for video and other visual assets and
it's relation to the social)
+ Commercial sponsorship and market flooding

3- Real time processing and the problem of the "now"
+ Problem of the 'real' and the problem of the "now"
+ Internet realtime data

4- Collaboration and rhizomic relations
+ Vj <> Dj/ Network collaborations

5- Philosophical and cultural perspectives including
+ Phenomenology
+ Language and the body
+ Schizoanalysis
+ Semiology
+ Feminist analysis
+ Deleuzian movement\Image
+ Habermas and the relationships with cinema and

6- Interaction
+ Public/ work interaction (how much should the
interaction be apparent to the user of an installation
for example)
+ Vj <> interaction

7- Software
+ Open source and proprietary software
+ Latest software developments and software in
+ Software and ideas led production of work

8- Aesthetics
+ Moving wallpaper
+ The problem of the formal time/movement image
+ Control and the dispersal of control
+ Crafting the image and its relations
+ Abstract animation (e.g. Oscar Fischinger, Len Lye)
and it's relation to reactive 3D modeling.


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