Articulating Creativities Symposium and Showcase

Sunday 2nd October 2005
QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove

This event shifts from articulating methodologies for analysing and planning for creativities, to consumer-driven creative articulations, particularly in TV.

Television is changing. New technologies allow programming to be delivered independent of the broadcast stream. DVD publishing drives a resale of content out of the broadcast market, reinvigorating old programming and sometimes giving recently deceased programs a new lease on life. Access to the digital spectrum offers more bandwidth for broadcasting, opening the potential for multi-casting, greater interactivity and new broadcasting modes. These developments are indicative of a shift in the composition of television as a service, a product and an activity. “Television” may no longer evoke a broadcasting relationship, positioning viewers at the mercy of networks and mass audience economics. Audiences can access content independently of the networks, an activity challenging established business models and legal understandings of content usage. Technologies providing easier compression and distribution of video content enable alternative, independent ‘broadcast’ networks to open up. Similarly, “television” no longer signifies essentially disposable content, designed for transmission. Official and unofficial, legal and illegal methods promote collecting and archiving content. Audience behaviour has shifted towards access, production and distribution activities; television “users” now make up a greater percentage of the audience of television “viewers”. This symposium explores the emerging shape of new television. It examines the shifting industrial structure of broadcasting, the new opportunities offered to both broadcasters and audiences to produce, distribute and access content. It considers the application, regulation and possibilities offered by P2P networks and BitTorrent file, looking at the potentials these technologies offer incumbent broadcasters, content owners, audience members and independent producers.

This debate seems to pursue two strands. One is about the changes to the industry and one is about participatory media and the new potentials for vernacular and ‘user’ creativity. For want of better terms at the moment we’ll call them the “industry strand” and the “participatory culture strand,” although there is much cross-over between the two. A preliminary list of potential participants includes:

The second component of this day involves a Showcase which highlights some of the emerging technologies under discussion at the symposium:

Possible Outcome:

Special issue of MIA, or a publication through QUT’s ACID Press