Events of interest

A few events that might be of interest to readers of this blog:

* Göttingen, Germany. REMAKE │REMODEL: New Perspectives on Remakes, Film Adaptations, and Fan Productions: is an interdisciplinary conference taking place June 30 – July 2, 2010. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010; more information can be found on the linked call for papers.

* Boston, MA (and elsewhere!) On February 25, 2010, Lawrence Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School. The Open Video Alliance is webcasting the talk at, or you can attend local screenings and events in many cities (check online for more details.)

* Los Angeles, CA, On March 25, 2010, Jonathan McIntosh, Julie Levin Russo (Stanford) and Alexis Lothian (USC) will curate an exhibition called “Subverting Gender and Sexuality with Remix Video” at California State University, Northridge that will feature PRVs (political remix videos) as well as vids. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Gay Geekery: The Organization for Transformative Works

Fans looking for reasons to become a member of OTW during our current drive might check out Jack’s latest article over at The New Gay: Gay Geekery: The Organization for Transformative Works. In this column, Jack explains how his support of the OTW is connected to his own politics around queer liberation and sexual freedom. “But even beyond that,” Jack adds, “I want people to know that what we [fans] do is truly meaningful artistic work.”

Read the rest of the article, and then join the OTW! (And thanks for the shout-out, Jack!)

Links Roundup: Things of Interest To Fans

AfterEllen has an article on femmeslash and fan art called Fan Art Empowers Queer Women, written by Danielle Riendeau. There’s links to some great stuff in Buffy, Xena, the L-word, etc. as well as vids. Well worth checking out.

Avi Santo’s latest contribution to in media res, a blog in which different scholars curate short video clips, is called, From ‘Heroes’ to ‘Zeroes’: Producing Fan Vids without Fans and talks about how the Heroes PR department have been creating promotional materials that look like fan products but without the hassle of dealing with actual fans. Santo asks, “What happens when fans realize they have been replaced by marketers schooled in their practices?”

Political Remix Video continues its series profiling vidding as a form of political remix; check out their new entries on Laura Shapiro’s vid Wouldn’t It Be Nice? and thingswithwings’ vid The Glass.

Henry Jenkins, in collaboration with Xiaochang Li, Ana Domb Krauskopf with Joshua Green, has been writing an eight part series on spreadable media. Of particular interest to fans might be Part Four, Thinking Through the Gift Economy, which specifically takes fandom as its model, and talks about how fans have tended historically to resist the commodification of our labors of love.

Gillian Carr, writing in Capital Arts Online, a culture magazine written by Carleton University’s journalism students, has done an article called, Remix: The new DIY cinema that discusses fan vidding, political remix, anime vidding, machinema, and other remix forms.