Padma Workshop July 17 & 18

From Archive to Application (and Back)
A workshop with Pad.ma

Presentation
Friday, 16th July, 6:30 PM
at
1 Shanti Road, Bangalore

Followed by a weekend workshop
17th and 18th July 2010.
at Jaaga, Bangalore, supported by the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

For over two years now, Pad.ma has been running as an online archive of digital video with text annotations. During this period, the focus has been on gathering materials, annotating densely, and building an archive. At present, pad.ma has over 400 hours of footage, in over 600 "events". Almost all of this material is fully transcribed and is often mapped to physical locations. Essays have been written over video, and narratives created across different clips in the archive. The focus has been on pulling material into pad.ma.

What are ways to start thinking about pulling material out of pad.ma? From the onset, pad.ma has had an API (documented at http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/API), a programming interface that allows you to perform searches, seek to exact time-codes in any video, fetch transcript and map data, and display all this however you please. Pad.ma's General Public License (PGPL, http://pad.ma/license) is designed specifically for the reuse of the material on pad.ma. Through the experience of running the archive, there have been various imaginations of multiple, layered, time-based annotations over video: pedagogical tools for learning and discussion; presentation tools that juxtapose text and video in new ways, essays and other writing formats enabled by rich and context-specific media.

At this workshop, we hope to explore some of these ideas for video on the web, and video's new qualities as a result of online practices. We invite video-makers, writers, coders and other enthusiasts to participate. Considering the term "application" in a broad sense, we invite video material, texts or software that, combined with existing materials and tools in pad.ma, become innovative kinds of "output", which would also then feedback into the future of the archive. The mix of technical and non-technical participation is here a plus, not a minus.

After a hands-on introduction to pad.ma and its possibilities and tools, the workshop will break up into streams for content and code. One day 2, these streams come back together.

In the content stream, participants could:

- bring in their own footage, clips from popular or unpopular cinema, science or lab videos, ads or news, artworks or documentary films, and write on or with them.
- bring together shots, scenes or sounds from fiction or non-fiction films, and make a 'movie' or create a 'running commentary' alongside.
- write over video critically or creatively: theorise or contextualise footage, collectively author textual narratives or weave fiction and/or poetry with moving images.
- create teaching units or illustrated lectures using pad.ma, begin a research project or map a phenomenon through video and text.

In the code stream, participants could:

- devise new ways in which video and text can speak to each other, and to an online audience.
- For developers, this 2-day workshop is an opportunity to experiment with the newest web-video technologies. Concretely, we will cover some background and history of HTML 5 <video>, understand how the pad.ma website works with time-based annotations, server-side seeking of video, etc. and finally work on hacking on applications / prototypes using the pad.ma API (http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/API). The developer track of this 2-day workshop is open to all, but knowledge of HTML, CSS and / or javascript would be useful.

The pad.ma presentation will take place at 1 Shanti Road, on the 16th of July, to be followed by two days of workshop at Jaaga, supported by the Centre for Internet and Society. By end of day 1, we hope to have interesting content and application projects that could be developed (individually or in groups) through the night and following day. Planning ahead will help, so: Video-makers, artists, writers, researchers and coders, write to us with a one-line bio and project idea, and a confirmation of your participation at am.dap|am.dap#am.dap|am.dap

Some reading around http://pad.ma:

* 10 Theses on the Archive: http://pad.ma/texts/10_Theses_on_the_Archive.html

* pad.ma's current newsletter: http://pad.ma/newsletter/2010-05-26.html

* A reader on Archives: http://files.pad.ma/beirut/Archive_Reader/

* How to use pad.ma guide: http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/HowTo

* Pad.ma API : http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/API

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