TUBECON 2015: The idols of Finnish teenagers are now on YouTube

Tubecon, in Helsinki (Finland), is the biggest YouTube related event in Scandinavia. Read more about it and the success of YouTube in Finland in my article for the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme.

Kids don’t watch TV anymore; they watch YouTube instead. This statement is becoming common in many countries worldwide and Finland is not an exception: recent data show that 18% of Finns between 15 and 39 years of age watch YouTube every day.

The (Finnish) national YouTube community is in a continuous growth: 357 YouTube channels have more than 10,000 subscribers and 45 channels have got over 100,000 subscribers. Most of these channels are Finnish-speaking. Victor Potrel from YouTube HQ in London said that such a large community for a language of 5.5 million speakers is a unique phenomenon for the online video platform.

These channels represent a wide offer of diverse content. Video creators are developing a strong engagement with their audiences both through their videos and through social media profiles. “Is like meeting a friend”, Potrel said.

This strong engagement is what made Tubecon a reality: in 2013, some of the most successful Finnish YouTube creators were setting regular meet-ups with their fans, but when attendance to these informal gatherings was reaching 2,000 people, they realized that there is a need for a more structured event allowing a larger capacity. Tubecon was on the making.

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#ffbcn: La fábrica de las ‘start-up’ de Barcelona

El 17 de septiembre se celebró el acto final de fàbrica futur barcelona (#ffbcn), una iniciativa del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona y la Obra Social “La Caixa” que pone el punto de mira en el futuro, incentivando diez proyectos de futuro de diez jóvenes emprendedores en diez ámbitos distintos. Hablamos con Bibiana Ballbé, comisaria de #ffbcn, y con tres de los participantes en #ffbcn.

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Experimental Documentary: from the script to the video blog

Critical analysis over the processes of production and reception of experimental documentaries.

The video installation Script, by Brazilian artist Veridiana Zurita, was featured in Possible Futures (October 10-26th, 2013), the last activity of VOORUIT100, a six- month celebration for the 100th anniversary of Vooruit, the historic building in the city of Ghent (Belgium), currently used as a music venue, cafeteria and arts centre.

Script explores the relations between two women, a mother and a daughter. The daughter is Zurita and her mother is a psychoanalyst, based in Sao Paolo (Brazil).

The project is based in the meeting of these two women during two weeks, when they both recorded themselves on video while playing their social, familiar and affective roles, exploring themselves and the relation to the other. Continue reading “Experimental Documentary: from the script to the video blog”

“Tu, tu, tothom!”

An study on TV-show ‘Alguna Pregunta Mès?’ (APM?), Joana Brabo’s phonetic poem “Tu, tu, tothom” and the phenomenon as a viral meme.

What in this paper will be considered a meme, it was not originally considered a meme in the media and social context from where it was developed, in Catalonia (Spain). However, the Catalan phonetic poem Tu, tu, tothom and its landing into mass media and popular culture through television, Internet and social media, meets the characteristics Richard Dawkins described for memes in 1976 book “The Selfish Gene”.

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“El futuro más presente” de la música y la cultura en Internet

¿Hay un desinterés por la música, el cine y la cultura? Se lo pregunté a Lyona, scannerFM, y 365díasdefestivales.

En los últimos años se habrán reducido los beneficios de salas de cine o tiendas de discos pero ¿realmente hay un desinterés por la música, el cine y la cultura? Si echamos un vistazo a nuestros ordenadores vemos que no. Sólo que ahora todo ese contenido se encuentra, más fácilmente, en otro sitio. Ese sitio es: Internet.

Dejando a un lado las webs de descarga ilegal y gratuita de películas y música en que algunos colectivos de internautas han sintonizado con un sentimiento de que es posible ahorrarse pagar si hay una rendija que lo permite, encontramos blogs, páginas web y perfiles en las redes sociales donde artistas emergentes comparten su trabajo para darse a conocer.

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