Online/ Offline Video
[Sanjay] Many of our discussions about online distribution are different in Asian contexts because of bandwidth/ interface/ language issues. Many of the technologies are not accessible for communities we want to make them available for - especially in Asia.
- Games* [Mien and Anna]
Two questions posed: 1. How do people access online resources for video distribution? 2. What are peoples' offline distribution strategies?
Everyone divides into groups - urban poor, young people, workers/ laborers, independent artists.
URBAN POOR Qu.1 communities without electricity etc - access to internet not a first priority.. community organizing face to face more effective pooling resources - shared electricity, computers etc mobile kinos/ cinemas/ radio transmitters/ generators etc
Qu. 2 you partner with people who do have these resources... non-internet strategies - not relying on electronic framework mobile phone low res films pirate TV/ community TV talk-back radio
YOUNG PEOPLE (two kinds of youth across an urban/ rural divide) Qu.1 mediums cybercafes public libraries bluetooth memory cards store/ transfer/ share
BBS - bulletins boards SNS - social networking sites Bittorrent free SMS/ instant messaging
Qu.2 (urban kids) give them more bandwidth cheaper real time space to respond - SNS
(rural kids) VCDS DVD public library USB bluetooth SMS screenings discussion groups local schools competitions mobile screenings get local leaders to mobilize network with the community and beyond middle man - give blank media to commercial outlets (and you can give them your content to distribute as well)
WORKERS/ LABOURERS (Japan, Korea, US)
Qu.1 Korea 80% internet access - workers access internet at home mobile phone - DMB - digital multimedia broadcast webhard sites - hosting system for large files public broadcasters
LA (day laborers and garment workers) DVD/ VCD screenings in independent worker centre if they access internet it is in public facilities, but their kids access internet at school public broadcasters
Tokyo broadband 100mbps/ADSL in the home mobile phones DVDS screenings
Qu.2 Korea/ Tokyo internet p2p networks transcoding content to a format that works on mobile phones- compatible to WML/XHTL DVD rental shops hand to hand
LA public access TV pirate distribution need to understand the piracy industry better - develop personal relationship with the vendors - give pirates content at low prices
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS Qu.1 create user names and passwords so they can share screenings exhibitions workshops cybercafes mobile phones video booths email groups podcasts
Qu.2 roadside TV TV on a cart offline film festivals CDs/DVDs Miro - grab local content and transport on computers to offline environments mimo bots - decorated collectible USB keys community TV flip books comics/ zines film posters layar tancap - traditional outdoor cinema projections onto buildings etc giant digital billboards mobile theaters can perform film frames
Projects to share:
Wi City TV - http://www.chitrakarkhana.net/whychitytv.htm November 2005, Bangalore cable TV - always runs 1 pirated channel - the most popular approach get the cable people to shoot local content to be screened on the pirate channel people related to seeing themselves and their community members on TV
Camputer - http://camputer.org/event.php?id=2 set up a computer on the street with a touch screen (inexpensive chinese made with great customer support!) friendly neighborhood project clicking the icon would turn on and turn off lights in the houses / video content kids loved it interacting with the screen and lights etc
Khirkeeyaan - http://chitrakarkhana.net/khirkeeyaan.htm surveillance cameras and TVs and mics - really inexpensive to set up - people could talk to one another - spontaneous indian idol stars
BurnStation Rama, Barcelona, Spain online database of ogg format videos (theora) which syncronizes with burn station which are like kiosks could be adapted for video possibilities for uploading to the database too