tishaturk: (professional geek)
I've spent the semester on a research fellowship at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study. Fellows meet weekly for lunchtime presentations of our work in progress. My presentation was today; I was supposed to be talking about the role of music in vids (which is the topic I've been researching this semester as a break from the book). Except I didn't actually get very far, because people had so many basic questions about vidding and fandom -- really good questions, but still. I had an hour and fifteen minutes, and I still got through only half of the material that I wanted to, most of which was the inevitable "here's what vids are and why they matter" introductory material and not the new stuff I've been thinking about.

So I am hoping to use this blog to post snippets of the actual research and thinking over the next few weeks.

I did, at least, get to show some vids -- not a full-fledged vidshow or anything, but a small selection rather than just a single vid (which is what I usually have to do when I'm presenting). It was really important to me that this group get to see more of a variety of subjects and styles and genres, even though of course it's still only a tiny fraction of the range of things vids are and do.

Here's what I showed:

[livejournal.com profile] sloanesomething, “Star Trek Dance Floor” (Star Trek)
[personal profile] violace, “King and Lionheart” (Pacific Rim)
[personal profile] kass, “Becoming Brothers” (Friday Night Lights)
[personal profile] laurashapiro, “Hurricane” (Farscape and Battlestar Galactica)
[livejournal.com profile] bradcpu, “Moonlight” (Sleepy Hollow)

I report with great pleasure that, after the presentation, a total of five people told me that now they really want to see Pacific Rim, Sleepy Hollow, and/or Friday Night Lights. Well done, vidders!
tishaturk: (professional geek)
In February, I was part of a panel on Participatory Cultures and Vidding at the Digital Media and Learning (DML) conference. Louisa Stein, who moderated the panel, has just posted the text of our talks, along with a bit of context. If you're interested in seeing how a few fannish academics who care about vids are talking about vids and vidding to an academic audience, I highly recommend reading the post.

Here's the list of panelists and what we talked about:

  • Francesca Coppa, from Muhlenberg College, on Musical Literacy in Vidding;

  • Louisa Stein, joining the Middlebury College faculty this fall, on Vids as Contemporary Remix Culture;

  • Melanie Kohnen, from Georgia Tech, on Media Literacy and Transformative Works;

  • Tisha Turk (...that would be me), from the University of Minnesota - Morris, on Vidding and Vid Watching as Multiliteracies;

  • Julie Levin Russo, from Stanford University, on Femslash Videos and Queer Literacies;

  • Alexis Lothian, from USC, on Vidding as Activist Critique.

Please feel free to comment on Louisa's post—or here, for that matter, though I think it'd be fun to have all the conversation in one place.
tishaturk: (keyboard)
For the past few months, I've been trying to finish up some academic projects that pre-date my current work on vids and vidding, which is why I haven't been posting much: I've been trying not to distract myself. But I've continued to think and talk about vids, both informally and at academic conferences, and I'm starting to get back to the writing part as well, so I hope to start posting more regularly again sometime soon.

I also have some good news to share... )

My budget request for that last grant also included a line for purchasing a paid DreamWidth account for the next three years. My paid time on LJ has lapsed, and I've decided that I have no particular need or desire to renew it; I'd rather support DreamWidth, and am very happy that I now have the means to do so. I'll be posting (and welcoming comments) under the same username at both locations, but DW will be my home base from now on.
tishaturk: (professional geek)
First, a quick bit of bureacracy: I'm now cross-posting to DreamWidth (same username), so if you're reading primarily on DreamWidth these days, feel free to add me to your DW circle and I'll happily reciprocate.

And now, the main business of this post.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a presentation about my current research to the UMM campus community as part of our Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar (TAFS) series, and it reminded me how lucky I am to be at a school with such terrific students and such supportive colleagues. Quite a number of students showed up; it was wonderful to look out at the audience and see Caitlin, Josh, Katrina, Meaghan, Sophie, and Taryn, and a few students I didn't even know! And so many of my colleagues came as well, not just from English and Communication, Media, & Rhetoric, but from Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Computer Science, French, from media services, from the library.

And I got to talk to all of these people about vids!

more about the presentation under the cut )

outline of the presentation )

Possibly my favorite part was after the presentation was over. A colleague and partner who are fans themselves (which I hadn't known!) came up to tell me that they appreciated hearing fans presented more positively than we often are (I should hope so! This is my own life I'm talking about here!), and to ask whether I'd seen "Women's Work" (why yes, yes I have). Another colleague came up to tell me about her experience making slide shows ("with strobe lights!") in the women's center at her college in the '70s. A student and I chatted about her interest in anime and manga (and I had to admit that my knowledge is almost all second-hand, although I did put my minimal familiarity with AMVs at her disposal). And this morning I got an email from a colleague in Computer Science telling me about Kolmogorov complexity and mulling over the ways in which it's related to what I'm writing about. Interdisciplinarity FTW!

The presentation was recorded and will at some point be available as a podcast; I'll provide a link once it's up. I admit I'm a little nervous about linking to it; as I said to someone after the presentation, nobody close-reads like fans do, and I'm fairly sure that anyone scrutinizing the presentation will find hundreds of things I could have explained more clearly, vids I should have mentioned and didn't, and so on. I just have to keep reminding myself that this presentation, like so much of my academic work, wasn't really for fans (though I was grateful to have fans there in the audience!). As fans, we do an excellent job of explaining ourselves to ourselves in ways that make sense to us; we don't need academics to explain us. But academics frequently don't know much about fandom at all, let alone the complexity and intelligence of fannish endeavor, or the ways in which understanding fannish endeavor might help us better understand things outside fandom, and that's the kind of work that I'm attempting to do in my current projects.

And speaking of current projects, I should be posting excerpts from or possibly .pdfs of forthcoming articles sometime next week. I'll be posting under lock, but am happy to give access to anyone who's interested.
tishaturk: (keyboard)
If you want to hear the presentations from the IP/Gender Symposium--including, but not limited to, mine--they're all available as podcasts. For more information about speakers and topics, including which speakers are on which panels, check the schedule. (I'm the third speaker of the first panel.)
tishaturk: (book)
A couple of weeks ago I attended (and presented at) the IP/Gender Symposium at the American University Washington College of Law. It was a terrific experience. I was particularly happy about the opportunity to engage in ongoing conversation with a relatively limited number of people; most academic conferences have multiple panel streams, but IP/Gender had only one, so nearly everybody was able to attend all the presentations, which meant that as the day went on more and more presenters referenced earlier presentations. The organizers also allowed lots of time for discussion, which I really appreciated. And I got to hang out and chat with some delightful people, including a few I had met before (Francesca Coppa, Kristina Busse, and the ever-fabulous [livejournal.com profile] par_avion) and a great many more whom I was meeting for the first time (Rebecca Tushnet, Wendy Seltzer, Casey Fiesler [author of "Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Fandom: How Existing Social Norms Can Help Shape the Next Generation of User-Generated Content"], Karen Hellekson [TWC co-editor with Busse], and the other presenters).

For a detailed account of the presentations and ensuing discussions, I refer you to Professor Tushnet's blog; she posted her keynote address as well as notes from the first panel (which is the one I was on), the second panel, and the third panel.

All I can add is that the most eye-opening moment of the symposium for me personally was Ann Bartow's response to the first panel. She observed that everyone on that panel (including me) had framed fannish participation as a privilege that women ought to be allowed because we're not interfering with anybody's profits rather than as a right we can demand because everybody has a right to free speech. As Coppa put it later, we've been presenting ourselves as the Cinderellas who have picked all the lentils out of the ashes and are saying "Can I go to the fair use ball now?" when in fact we already have tickets to the ball because we're citizens. And Bartow's exactly right: defining fannish fair use as a form of free speech that we don't have to earn, that we can simply assert, had just... never occurred to me.

For anyone who's interested, I'm reproducing the text of my presentation under the cut. Like any text intended for performance, it changed a bit in delivery--I always end up ad-libbing or elaborating on points as I go; but the text that follows is what I had in front of me while I talked. It's based on the post on narrative from several months ago, so much of it will look familiar to anyone who's read that post, but it does include some new ideas--largely inspired by Coppa's "Swap Audio" presentation on Thursday night, in which she began to explore some of the ways in which we might theorize vidders' uses of music, not just video, as transformative--and I have given that section its own cut tag so that interested parties can skip right to it.

Transformative Narrations: Fan-made Videos and Fair Use )

how narrative theory might help us think about the audio elements of vids )
tishaturk: (keyboard)
I haven't had time to blog in a while because I've been so busy actually working on projects! But [livejournal.com profile] deathisyourart nudged me for an update on my presentation for the IP/Gender Symposium (April 23-24), which I am in fact in the middle of working on. Hence, an update. )

As long as I'm posting, I have some other updates... )

And I think that's it! I'm going to try to resume more regular posting this month, and I will certainly be posting about the IP/Gender Symposium, either while I'm there (there could be liveblogging! ...actually, no, there couldn't--I can't multitask well enough for that) or afterwards.

It occurs to me that I never did post anything from the article manuscript I submitted to Film & Film Culture, the one focusing on "Vogue" and "Ring Them Bells." I'm not going to post the whole thing, but I'm willing to post excerpts if anyone's interested. Or, er, I think I'm willing; I haven't actually re-read that piece since I submitted it. So let's say I'm conditionally willing, the condition being that I have to be able to read the first three pages without wanting to bang my head against a wall.

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