About the Project
From the 1st through the 6th of February 2011, we will be shooting, editing and screening an immediated autodocumentary video at the Transmediale digital art and culture festival in the House of World Cultures in Berlin. Along with events like Ars Electronica and Future Everything, Transmediale is one of the most significant media art events in Europe. We are honored to be included in the Open Zone, a space which will be open to the public, described in the festival programme as “a social experiment with different social territories that are occupied by artists and media activists”. We are calling this project The Future of Art.
Our goal is a short video which explores questions about the future of art, both in regard to its aesthetics, production, finance, curation, distribution and collection. In addition to conducting interviews at the festival, we are planning to reach out to several artists in advance of the festival over Skype. Our intention with the Skype interviewees is to extend the discourse beyond the geophysical limits of the festival by including artists who we wish could be here with us in Berlin in February.
About the Process
Immediation is immediate mediation – an instant transfer of experience into media, enabling self-reflection and perspective shift. Immediation enables collaborative storytelling via frameworks of participation. Autodocumentary; auto as in autodidactic + documentary. Autodocumentaries are made by the people they are about. Our immediated autodocumentary process has iterated out of works created for Pictoplasma 2009 (Poems for Pictopia), Social Media Week 2010 (Delivered in Beta), DMY Maker Lab 2010 (Chasing the Buffalo) and the Sibos 2010 financial conference (The Future of Money). Much like a “book sprint”, this process will be a fast-paced push to shoot, edit and screen a video, all within the time-limits imposed by the festival.
Open Cultural Production
In the spirit of the Open Zone itself, the output of this project will be made available for free under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. We see our process as contributing to an honest and visionary discourse about the future of art in a way that is beneficial to the general public, artists and non-artists alike. Much in the same spirit of the Future of Money project, we intend the work we do to become a renewable resource for everyone.
Ask/Answer a Question
To kick things off we have posted some of the questions we intend to ask our interview subjects to Quora, to enable the larger audience both at Transmediale and beyond to participate. We will be selecting interesting answers from Quora, as well as comments appearing under the #futureofart hashtag on Twitter for inclusion in the final video. Check the sidebar to the right for the full list of questions and the latest tweets.
Stay tuned! More updates coming very soon!