In March of 2010 I hosted a YouTube Assembly. I was the process of editing Magic for Beginners and had been researching fan culture. The performance/lecture/screening reflects my specific interest in the fandom surrounding the Twilight film, hence “Haters Don’t Sparkle”. Below is some info on the event and below that is my playlist.
The YouTube Assembly consists of screening web-based video for a live and participating audience. Each event features a guest host presenting a collection of YouTube clips that elaborate on a project or theme in which they have some expertise or interest. In the spirit of the popular YouTube interface, audience members are encouraged to comment on the videos they watch, except out loud and in real time with no anonymity. After the presentation the host then invites audience members to share their own clips. Like karaoke or an open mic, the YouTube Assembly creates a situation in which people take turns entertaining each other, thus bypassing the arguably isolating aspect of online networks like YouTube and encourage real, face-to-face interaction.
JESSE MCLEAN HOSTS:
Thematically based around fan culture, this screening will take a look at both fans and fan-created videos. Through our own cloudy voyeuristic lens, we will explore what it means to admire, to emulate and to obsess.