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Video Vortex Conference, Ankara

I’ve been to Video Vortex Conference at Bilkent University in Ankara this weekend. The conference was organized by Bilkent University’s Department of Communication and Design, in cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.  See; http://std.comd.bilkent.edu.tr/videovortex/ and http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/weblog/tag/ankara/

It’s been a tiring weekend for me, but it was really nice gathering with a warm atmosphere and good presentations. I’ve presented a paper, organized a panel and moderated another one, got involved in the video screening, and helped Andreas and Ahmet in the organization of the event in general. 

The panel I’ve organized took place as the opening session of the conference and it was on the political-economy of online video. Kylie Jarrett participated to the panel online from Ireland (please check her article in First Monday’s special issue on the critical investigation of Web 2.0), which was followed my presentation on the political-economy of user generated content. Last presentation was from Dominic Pettman (http://www.blackjelly.com/pettman/), titled “Love me, love my avatar: The Libidinal Economy of Virtual Intimacy”. 

The video screening curated by Vera Tollman (which featured first-person narratives from young video artists such as Karolin Meunier), Michael Verdi‘s presentation on video blogging, and Michael Liegl and Martin Koplin’s presentations in the “participatory culture” session on Saturday were among the highlights of the conference. 

Well, of course, the most pleasant part of the conference was the day trip to Capadoccia on Sunday. The weather was wonderful, the site was amazing, and it definitely worth the 7 hrs minibus ride (including the return). :) check the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/karakafa/

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