17:00 Thursday, 25 October 2012
IMPAKT FESRTIVAL PO Box 735 3500 AS Utrecht, Netherlands t. + 31 30 2944493 f. + 31 30 2944163
Film expert Kate Taylor explores how Japan’s most popular video site, Nico Nico Douga, started out as a simple website that linked videos from YouTube, until they were banned by the video giant for sending them too much foreign traffic. China’s Tudou and Youku streaming services have recently merged to in a $1billion deal to become China’s largest online video website. Kremlin ideologues pioneered “The Tits Show”, the most popular series on Russia’s massively popular state-owned RuTube. This screening program will look at online video formats in non-Western countries from the perspective of artists working in those places, considering if these sites offer spaces of inspiration, distraction, influence or a point of political opposition. Artists include Taiyo Kimura.