[NetBehaviour] call for TV hacking workshop CUCR/Deptford.TV

adnan hadzi a.hadzi at gold.ac.uk
Thu Apr 9 18:08:53 CEST 2009

During May (12th May till 1st June), Deptford.TV will host in 
collaboration with CUCR, http://dek.spc.org and http://www.bitnik.org a 
three weeks long hands on database filmmaking workshop, in which we will 
do some serious tv hacking, editing and uploading to Deptford.TV, a 
public database of documentary film and video to help annotate the urban 
change in Deptford and across SE London.

We invite you to take part in 4 workshop days over the period of three 
weeks plus to walk with the !Mediengruppe Bitnik artists through Deptford.

The workshops are free but places are limited, to book, please send an 
email to a.hadzi at gold.ac.uk and state workshop days you want to attend 
(it is first come first serve & priority is given to those able to 
attend all four days).



*Workshop Day #1: A hack a day*
Tuesday, 12th May, 11am till 5pm (take your cameras!)

After a short introduction to Sousveillance and CCTV film making, we 
will set out on a walk through Deptford. Equipped with CCTV video signal 
receivers we will let the incoming surveillance camera signals lead us 
through the city. The CCTV video signal receivers will catch 
surveillance camera signals in public and private spaces and make them 
visible: surveillance becomes sousveillance. By making images visible 
which normally remain hidden, we gain access to the “surveillance from 
above” enabling us to use these images for a personal narrative of the city.

Workshop with construction manual for later DIY! Attendance free Whoever 
has handycam, bring it! (plus cable and fully charged battery!)).

*Workshop Day #2: Collaborative Editing*
Monday, 18th May, 11am till 5pm (take your laptops!)

Introduction into Cinelerra & pure:dyne:
"Working with digital video is part of many artistic disciplines. 
Besides single screen narratives, video productions can range from 
animation, multiple screen installation to interactive work. Still, many 
aspects of digital video can be traced back to the history of film. The 
interface of a timeline editing software such as Cinelerra shows a 
multitrack timeline, a viewing monitor, a bin for clips; echoing the 
setup of a flatbed table for editing celluloid." (digital artists handbook)

*Workshop Day #3: Deptford.TV database*
Monday, 25th May, 11am till 5pm (take your laptops!)

Introduction into the Deptford.TV database & how to use the alternative 
subversion control workflow:
"When you start working with free software as a videomaker, it is likely 
that you need to invest some time and energy in understanding certain 
basics of the video production process. Sometimes this might mean you 
have to look for alternative workflows, to dive 'under the hood' of a 
digital tool, or reconfigure an existing solution to suit your needs. 
Investigating the tools you use as a video maker is an important part of 
the job, it can help gain insights, it can be an inspiration to explore 
new ways of working and imagemaking." (digital artists handbook)

*Workshop Day #4: pic nic*
Monday, 1st June, in the afternoon (take food & drinks!)

If the weather permits we will go to Greenwich Park and screen the films 
on portable screens while enjoying the spring/summer, tba!

The events are free, but places are limited. *to book please email* 
a.hadzi at gold.ac.uk

*supported by:*
Arts Council of England http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/
LCACE http://www.lcace.org.uk/

*Further infos:*

Deptford.TV is a project focusing on collaborative film - initiated by 
Adnan Hadzi in collaboration with the Deckspace media lab, Bitnik media 
collective, Boundless project, Liquid Culture initiative, and Goldsmiths 

It is an online media database documenting the urban change of Deptford, 
in South East London. Deptford TV functions as an open, collaborative 
platform that allows artists, filmmakers and people living and working 
around Deptford to store, share, re-edit and redistribute the 
documentation of the regeneration process.

The open and collaborative aspect of the project is of particular 
importance as it manifests in two ways: a) audiences can become 
producers by submitting their own footage, b) the interface that is 
being used enables the contributors to discuss and interact with each 
other through the database.

Deptford TV is a form of "television", since audiences are able to 
choose edited "time lines" they would like to watch; at the same time 
they have the option to comment on or change the actual content. 
Deptford TV makes us of licenses such as the creative commons sa-by and 
gnu general public license to allow and enhance this politics of sharing.


!Mediengruppe Bitnik is a media collective that became notorious, 
amongst others, by bugging the Zurich opera with radio transmitters and 
offering free live telephone broadcasts of the opera performances to the 
neighborhood, aesthetic hacking of movie files, and a pirate TV station 
based on media illegally downloaded from the Internet. The group does 
not understand hacking as a cult of technology geeks, but as a social 
intervention and practice everyone can adopt. To this end, they have 
been touring with their workshop series ,,A Hack a Day“, inviting and 
working with local and international artists.

*Contact details: *

adnan hadzi
phd media & communications

dept media and communications
goldsmiths college
university of london
new cross
london, se14 6nw
united kingdom

+44 20 8816 8166


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