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In the WikiVideo project (2011) I produced compositions in cooperation with the general public. Not only is this fun, it is also necessary: the amount of videos and information on the internet is so overwhelming, diverse and ever-changing, that it is not realistic for any individual (amateur or professional) to independently create an overview of all these fragments and the links between them. To produce work with relevant content, I am forced to spend a great deal of my time researching videos and information about different subjects. I don’t have time for that, if I want to make art and work on my audio-visual instruments as well.

Besides that, I think there are already too many irrelevant opinions by unqualified people on the internet. I prefer to act as a moderator, catalyst, source of inspiration and instigator of a group-process in which video collages are made using facts recorded on video, rather than (usually irrelevant) opinions. I worked on different themes, fun themes like ‘Dogs’, ‘Things to remember from 2011’, ‘news of the week’, ‘Dutch culture’ and serious subjects like global warming, and stem cell research.

The website www.wikivideo.info was central to the WikiVideo project. This website allowed anyone to add fragments from YouTube videos to the WikiVideo database. Anyone could download a YouTube video to the WikiVideo website, cut a segment (max 30 seconds) from the video, add it to a WikiVideo subject, add a message for me and sign it with their Facebook account. After signing the videosample, the video segmented was automatically downloaded, trimmed and analyzed by my audio-visual instrument SenSei in my studio. This way I was able to use the submitted video sample directly in my compositions.

This whole process was visible on the WikiVideo website through two 24-hours-a-day live video streams from two cameras pointing at my workplace. Immediately after submitting the sample it enters my studio, so I can respond through the live stream.

When I published a ‘WikiVideo’ everybody who contributed to the track received an email automatically. On the WikiVideo website anybody could browse through the WikiVideo database, watch all the video samples, the Facebook profiles and messages of the submitters and the original YouTube videos that contain the samples.

Hyper Video

We developed a special video player for the publication of these WikiVideos: the HyperVideo Player. A HyperVideo is a video in which you can click on all the different elements in the video collage. Clicking on these elements (in this case, the video samples and the graphics) refers the user to other places on the internet. Clicking on a video sample automatically opens the original YouTube video from which the sample was taken. Graphics in a WikiVideo can refer (link) to all kinds of information, a text in Wikipedia, another WikiVideo, a playlist, a website, etc.

I used different themes like ‘best/worst about Holland’, ‘new of the week’, ‘cLimate change’, ‘stem cell research’, ‘ Dogs’ and ‘movies versus pop music’.  The tracks below are from the ‘movies versus pop music’ theme.