October 24: Global Perspectives in Digital Media: A Panel
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Digital technology and emerging platforms have opened up new ways of reflecting life around the world. We will share some content and begin a discussion with producers of five projects that have taken advantage of new technologies and novel production methods to bring global stories to North American and European audiences. What are the agendas in bringing these stories home? How do producers negotiate these cross-cultural exchanges? What strategies are used to engage audiences with distant lives and experiences?
This evening will feature a panel conversation with video clips from Video Nation (BBC 2), WSJ.com, Global Lives, Breakthrough, and Metropolis (VPRO), with producers in attendance for a panel discussion. Complete information on each participant below. Curated with Mandy Rose.
Video Nation was a ground-breaking access television and participatory media project which was co-founded in 1994 by producers Chris Mohr and Mandy Rose of the BBC’s Community Programmes Unit. Fifty people across the UK were given camcorders and training and recorded aspects of everyday life during the course of a year. Selected recordings were broadcast on BBC2 with the best known output, the Video Nation Shorts, broadcast on weeknights forty weeks a year for nearly six years. The project won a Race in the Media Award and the European Prix Iris. During Video Nation’s first decade ten thousand tapes were shot and 1,300 shorts were screened on TV. The project migrated to the web in 2001 and continues today in a new format as Video Nation Network.
Mandy Rose is an award winning producer who has overseen participatory and interactive projects including the BBC’s pioneering digital storytelling project Capture Wales (2001-2008), Voices (2004) & My Science Fiction Life (2005) the latter both webby nominated. Between 1994 and 2000 she was co-founder and producer of Video Nation. In addition to the UK project for which fifty people made recordings about everyday life, Video Nation travelled to the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Africa, and the Balkans, bringing vivid, first person perspectives from these regions to BBC screens. Mandy blogs at collabdocs.wordpress.com/
WSJ.com, the online arm of The Wall Street Journal, aims to tell the stories behind the numbers and increasingly utilizes multimedia tools and videos on the web to give the audience a glimpse of the lives of people all around the globe.
Hilke Schellmann is a producer with WSJ.com, her first initiative being the multimedia project Faces of Health Care. The videos which were narrated by the protagonists themselves, showed the struggle of every day people in the US with health insurance. It was pegged to almost all the WSJ.com stories about health care reform. In March, Schellmann reported an influential video story about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. She met with the stakeholders in Germany and made a very moving video, in which the victims talked about their plights and the church also addressed these issues directly.
The Global Lives Project is a collaboration of more than 700 filmmakers, photographers, artists and everyday people working together to create a video library of human life experience. They have produced ten recordings of 24 hours of daily life of individuals in Brazil, Malawi, Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Serbia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan and the US. Their multi-screen video installations have been shown at museums, galleries, universities and public spaces around the world including the United Nations University in Tokyo and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Currently they are developing an interactive web version of the installation that allows for dynamic navigation within the video content, tagging, participatory subtitling, geolocation and hypervideo navigation, as well as a feature-length film. Producers Rahul V Chittella and Khairani Barokka in attendance.
Breakthrough is an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, and community mobilization to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity in India and the United States. Through initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights.
Madhuri Mohindar is a Multimedia Manager of Breakthrough’s video documentary campaign Restore Fairness which deploys new media tools like online video, blogs, democracy in action tools and and social networking to mobilize action on fair immigration and racial justice. Its documentaries include “Face the Truth: Racial Profiling Across America” produced with the Rights Working Group, a coalition of 275 organization across America, ‘Restore Fairness’ documentary produced with 26 leading human rights and immigrant rights organizations, and ‘Death by Detention’, voted as ‘Best Long Form Video’ for the 2009 DoGooder TV Nonprofit Video Awards.
VPRO Television’s Metropolis is an award-winning TV show and new media project featuring content produced by a network of more than 60 documentary filmmakers from around the world. In each episode, Metropolis brings viewers a geographically diverse collection of short films, all grouped around a weekly theme. From obesity and the lives of fifteen-year-old girls, to self defense, outcasts and Elvis impersonators, Metropolis presents a new ‘global view’ every week, and exposes the surprising differences and similarities between people and cultures worldwide. The televised version of Metropolis has been airing in The Netherlands since 2008. All short films produced by Metropolis —over 600 in total—are also available worldwide on the show’s website, which recently won a special commendation from at the 2009 Prix Europa Awards.
Kel O’Neill (US) & Eline Jongsma (NL) have been US correspondents for Metropolis since the project’s inception. In addition, they are currently working on a new media project entitled Empire, which investigates the legacy of European corporate-colonialism in former Dutch East India Company colonies and trading posts in Asia and Africa.
The importance of demand in any market has exercised great influence in the power of decision making for all the important people involved, those entrepreneurs, marketers, financial advisors, accountants, so on and so forth. It is not just the quantitative aspect that matters but also the qualitative dimension that plays a huge part in shaping the general image of a particular product and in some cases, a particular market and industry.
In other words, demand is a solid platform for any course of action on part of the decision makers. Taking the example of the printing industry, the advent, an overwhelming one indeed, of advancements and developments have been a regular happening in attribution to the paradigm shifts in technology.
For instance, digital colour printing pertaining to the short run, has become a major factor of influence as far as the present scenario of the printing industry suggests with its findings, the summary of which is provided by the research and development departments. This trend of researching is becoming a particular necessity for survival in the corporate culture.
Throwing further light on the concept of digital print media, be that ink jet or electrostatic or even direct laser technology, a huge diversity of printers have been developed to suit the customary needs of the customer. This has promoted creativity and as a natural consequence, an increase in demand, as this gives the target market of the printing industry an opportunity to employ the phenomenon of mass customisation in the sign, photographic, labeling, advertising, or desktop publishing industries.
It is indeed a marvel that these printers are capable enough of printing directly from digital data. These printers achieve this feat while avoiding any involvement of plates and films. This provides an added edge to these printers in comparison to those printers that have plates and films.
This added advantage defines itself in terms of short runs along with the minimisation of set up times and of course a much greater degree of cost effectiveness as well as time saving to a great extent. This decrease in the cost of production and this time efficiency promotes further room for research and development that could go a long way in further advancements for providing more innovations in the printing industry.
In the course of digital printing, some of the players in the industry are offering plastic substrates for printing with the help of digital presses. This optimisation is inclusive of chemical coatings for ink as well as stabilisation of a thermal nature in order to prevent any kind of shrinkage, curling, or distortion of the film during the course of the printing process. In addition to that, chemical coatings are also vital for the toner anchorage to the substrate.
The cost of synthetic media is definitely higher than the cost of paper. Nevertheless, for the sake of durability, plastic is used. Overall, digital print media is emerging out to be quite a popular option in the market and the industry has become so advanced in attribution to technological developments that people are willing to pay a higher price in exchange for an increase in number of choices and innovations.
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