Friday, August 24, 2007

Hard? Easy? Why? Your own TV Channel on the internet?

So, now that everybody has tv cameras and downloads their most intimate or most pointless thoughts onto the internet in video format...has any of my fellow Chicago theatre bloggers thought about their own Internet Video Show? How would you want to do it? What would be the content? How "professional" would you want it to look? Slick or Immediate? Literary or visual?

Would you want to find a way to bring your stories online? How different would it be than say theatre that you produce? Would it accompany your theatrical exercise or supplant it?

Is there any difference between a virtual theater production and TV? If Chicagoans knew that you were going to post video of a production online would they bother to show up to the live event? Would the black box spaces across out town instead turn into internet video studios?

And since so many of us aren't making a living doing the theatre thing, is there a difference between youtube and theatre aside from the obvious immediacy of the actor?

I am wondering, if more people will see it, if you communicate to more individuals online than in the theatrical space? Who outthere thinks that is enough impetus to turn a large bedroom in there home into a studio and just broadcast their plays online?


Paul Rekk said...

I was talking to my roommate the other night about the popularity/respect cycles of art, and internet art (which describes a ridiculously huge spectrum) seems to be in that early experimental stage where people are just now really exploring their options. We're gonna see a lot of neat stuff coming from the Webbernets from this point on, and I can see it being respected as the/a dominant art form in about 25 years. (For the record, I think television's on the cusp of a renaissance that'll put it in a similar position in the space between.)

Personally, I just don't take much interest in [creating] it, but that could be a lack of know-how as well. I don't think it can effectively convey the immediacy of a good theatrical experience, or at least not in the same manner, so I can't see internet-broadcast theatre becoming a hit. Online theatre would have to provide something unavailable in person -- for which the potential is certainly there -- in order to make up for everything we lose.

Devilvet said...

I wouldn't even say 25 years. So long as the govt doesn't stick its nose in and impose limitations...i think most people will be using the internet for their primary entertainment in less than 5 years. The only thing saving TV right now is HD and blackout restrictions when it comes to sporting events.

If I could watch the white soxs live on my computer (cant due to cable tv blackout restriction) I might not even have a tv.

Paul Rekk said...

Oh, totally. Even 5 might be a bit much...

My estimate was more geared towards when online art (as opposed to TV or music transferred over the web) is taken seriously as an art form -- kind of like art cinema's heyday in the 60s.