artport gatepage January 05: C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi

Posted by Christiane Paul | Wed Jan 5th 2005 12:26 p.m.

artport gatepage January 05

features

C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi

http://artport.whitney.org <http://artport.whitney.org/>

Barbara Lattanzi's C-SPAN x 4 consists of 4 different variations on video c=
lips of current news made available by the C-SPAN Network:

  • Jim Andrews | Thu Jan 6th 2005 12:42 a.m.
    Hi Barbara,

    Could you tell me a little about the differences between the web versions
    and the downloadable versions of this work?

    Have you selected particular video clips, or do the apps search certain
    locations for video clips and work with whatever they find?

    If the latter, how did you arrive at the texts? It's interesting to think of
    that, erm, cross-product, ie, consider a video * text work where the videos
    are selected randomly from an unknown pool of videos (though they are all,
    in this case, concerned with politics) and the texts are drawn somewhat
    randomly from a pool of pre-composed texts by the author. Annotated video,
    yes, but also possibly a literary work.

    This work of yours is quite strong in the possibilities it suggests and its
    meditation on video and political process.

    ja

    artport gatepage January 05

    features

    C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi

    http://artport.whitney.org

    Barbara Lattanzi's C-SPAN x 4 consists of 4 different variations on video
    clips of current news made available by the C-SPAN Network:

  • Barbara Lattanzi | Thu Jan 6th 2005 10:23 a.m.
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    Hi Jim.<br><br>
    thanks for the questions about the project &quot;C-SPAN x 4&quot;, and
    the opportunity to comment on the political content (toward the end of
    this email).<br><br>
    First, just a quick note that the software, including the web versions,
    are only for Windows PC.&nbsp; (I just clarified this on the web versions
    today, Jan.6.&nbsp; Some Mac users visiting it yesterday may have tried
    it and been confused.)<br><br>
    Anyone, using either Mac or Windows, should be able to view the
    Quicktime-format video demos:<br><br>
    <a href="http://artport.whitney.org/" eudora="autourl">http://artport.whitney.org<br><br>
    </a>At 01:42 AM 1/6/2005, you wrote:<br><br>
    <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite><font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">Could
    you tell me a little about the differences between the web versions and
    the downloadable versions of this work?</font></blockquote><br>
    The web browser versions and the downloadable software versions are
    exactly the same.&nbsp; <br><br>
    The minor exception is that, in rare cases, some Mac users with an
    _older_ version of the Real Video media player may be able to experience
    the web browser versions of CSPAN x 4.&nbsp; This has to do with a boring
    technicality.&nbsp; <br><br>
    The Mac technical limitation is likely never to be fixed by Macromedia.
    That limitation prohibits use of Director and Shockwave in conjunction
    with the newer versions of the Real Video media player,&nbsp;&nbsp; Like
    they say, &quot;It was nice while it lasted.&quot;<br><br>
    <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">Have
    you selected particular video clips, or do the apps search certain
    locations for video clips and work with whatever they
    find?</font></blockquote><br>
    There is no filter for &quot;The Interrupting Annotator&quot;, one of 4
    software applications that make up &quot;CSPAN x 4&quot;.&nbsp; A perl
    script simply goes to the front page of the CSPAN.org website and adds
    any new video titles to an ongoing, cumulative list of CSPAN titles
    stored on my website, which then appears as a selectable list for the
    person using the software.<br><br>
    C-SPAN x 4 has an additional 3 software applications.&nbsp; Unlike
    &quot;The Interrupting Annotator&quot;, these other 3 softwares are
    satirical works.&nbsp; I realized, at the time the Tsunami tragedy
    occurred, that some sort of filter was needed.&nbsp; I do not want all
    CSPAN videos to be available to &quot;CSPAN Karaoke&quot;, &quot;CSPAN
    Alphaville&quot;, and &quot;In Lieu of Standing on Yer Head&quot;.&nbsp;
    <br><br>
    Instead, these 3 softwares receive a filtered list of video titles from
    the CSPAN website, i.e., the filtered list includes all the staid and
    proper CSPAN video documents of public policy-making that have become a
    window onto the corporate and fundamentalist slow-motion hijacking of the
    US government.<br><br>
    <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">If
    the latter, how did you arrive at the texts?</font></blockquote><br>
    As just described, 3 of the 4 softwares receive a slightly filtered list
    of CSPAN videos more appropriate to the satirical content of the overlaid
    texts.<br><br>
    The selection of the texts - Alphaville subtitles (&quot;CSPAN
    Alphaville&quot;), 1970s pop songs (&quot;CSPAN Karaoke&quot;) - were
    based on the possibility of being understood as ironic framing of the
    CSPAN videos.&nbsp; Since the video titles are constantly being added to,
    the texts had to be broad enough to &quot;apply&quot; to any of the
    public policy-making videos. <br><br>
    <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite><font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">&nbsp;It's
    interesting to think of that, erm, cross-product, ie, consider a video *
    text work where the videos are selected randomly from an unknown pool of
    videos (though they are all, in this case, concerned with politics) and
    the texts are drawn somewhat randomly from a pool of pre-composed texts
    by the author. Annotated video, yes, but also possibly a literary
    work.</font></blockquote><br>
    The CSPAN website is one of the few news-based websites where it is easy
    to access streaming video in this way.&nbsp; I have been looking into a
    military news website that uses Flash videos that seem impossible to
    effectively embed in another frame. And I have never tried those strange
    &quot;passports&quot; to access CNN streams, etc.&nbsp; There is more
    research to do in this area of reframing news streams (or video streams
    with other content).<br><br>
    In regard to the potential for text works.&nbsp; I do think that one
    of&nbsp; the CSPAN x 4 components, &quot;The Interrupting
    Annotator&quot;, could be a useful tool for writing experiments, or for
    teaching writing as, I think, Alan Sondheim suggested to me.&nbsp; In
    fact the original prototype for this software used several
    &quot;seed&quot; texts, one of which was a text written by Alan that he
    had posted to the Syndicate discussion list.&nbsp; <br><br>
    <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<br>
    <font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">This work of yours is quite
    strong in the possibilities it suggests and its meditation on video and
    political process.</font></blockquote><br>
    Its meditation includes a question like &quot;what would it look like to
    have a kind of video channel that turns everything upside
    down?&quot;.&nbsp; Then realizing it is a not-so-bad distancing strategy
    for political spin - maybe giving you a bit of mental space for making
    historical or other associations as you grapple with current
    events.&nbsp; Or, &quot;what would it be like to watch public
    policymaking in a convivial anarchic way with friends&quot;.&nbsp; And
    realize that karaoke is a genre retroactively made (at least in my
    imaginary universe) to ironically enliven the viewing and consideration
    of public policymaking.&nbsp; I am waiting for CSPAN Karaoke bars to
    appear - akin to neighborhood sports bars, or to bars where labor union
    organizing used to be done. <br><br>
    Barbara<br><br>
    <br>
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    Barbara Lattanzi<br>
    <a href="http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/" eudora="autourl">www.wildernesspuppets.net<br><br>
    <br><br>
    <br>
    </a><blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>&nbsp;<br>
    <font face="arial" size=2 color="#0000FF">ja<br>
    </font><font face="arial" size=1>&nbsp;<br>
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    <dd>artport gatepage January 05<br>
    </b><br>

    <dd>features<br>
    </b><br>

    <dd>C-SPAN x 4 by Barbara Lattanzi <br>
    </b><br>

    <dd><a href="http://artport.whitney.org/">http://artport.whitney.org</a>
    <br><br>

    <dd>&nbsp;<br><br>

    <dd>Barbara Lattanzi's C-SPAN x 4</i> consists of 4 different variations on video clips of&nbsp; current news made available by the C-SPAN Network: <br>
    </i><br>

    <dd>
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