Top Video

Antoni Mercader

Year: 2009
Length: 3'

Between the slide projector and the audio mixing of Internet videos, 30 years have passed! This period goes from 1976 to 2009, from ‘the differentiated showing to the simultaneous screencast' or ‘from the book to the wiki archive data base'.

We could begin with: ‘from collective and exceptional visualization to viral flux....'; if this type of introduction works ‘the rise of the audiovisual and multimedia culture' would be a good ending for the epilogue.

The idea of an accessible archive, the power of creative experimentation, the potential of social connection, are ideas that we wish to highlight in this video recollection/ metaphor about Top Video.

If the aim was to reach a shared watchtower for visibility and sound, we have progressed. If our goal was to organize (in a way which shouldn't be imposing or alienating) the 70's audiovisual experimentation ahead, we can see that we are in the process of making it happen.

Note: the material from the seventies belong to private files. Material from 2009 are from digital files that are open for anyone to check out.