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EngageMedia meets with Media Champon, Japan

Takuro
and Yukihiro from Tokyo, who
established Media Champon in 2007 along with a
group of
others, attended the Transmission meeting in 2008 and have stayed in
touch with
EngageMedia since then. The purpose of Nova’s discussion with the team
from
Champon was mainly to share EngageMedia experiences as an alternative
online
media provider and to discuss the potential for further collaboration
between our
organisations. Kei from Irregular Rhythm Asylum (an activist infoshop in Tokyo) and Jong from the Philippines (who
participated
in Transmission) also joined the discussion.

The
initial talk centred around who is
involved with activism in Indonesia, whether there is any connection
between
EngageMedia and Indymedia, what EngageMedia’s projects are in Indonesia
and
where our funding comes from. One of the concerns raised was that there
is
never enough money to fund activism projects in Japan. Most of the
people involved
with Media Champon have “normal” jobs, except for Yukihiro who
describes himself as a “frei arbeiter”, which means “freelancer” in
German.

Two
hours of informal discussion went
by quickly, with everyone exchanging their experiences and stories of
activism
in Asia. One of the outcomes of the meeting was an understanding for
Champon to
act as a bridge between EngageMedia and the video activist communities
in
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. They also plan to upload videos to
EngageMedia.org with short descriptions in English.

One
question that arose in Nova’s mind
during the delicious dinner prepared by Takuro and Yuki was why, with
all the futuristic
technology available in Japan (electronic toilets, touch screen LCDs in
public
spaces and excellent public transportation systems), do they still use
standard
operating systems (Mac and Windows) on their computers like most other
countries? The question was answered by the puzzled looks on the faces
of the members
of Champon looking at each other and then laughing. The discussion was
closed with
Nova saying, “Hopefully in the future many Japanese names will appear
as
contributors to FOSS”. Considering the country’s exceptional
development and
uptake of technology, the Japanese could be great contributors to the
world of
free software development if they are willing to share their skills and
knowledge. At the end of session, the team from Champon mentioned plans
to use
Plumi for their
website starting
in June this year. Stay tuned for more details.

Links:

Media
Champon http://mediachampon.net/

Irregular
Rhythm Asylum http://a.sanpal.co.jp/irregular/cont/about_us.html

Transmission
Network http://transmission.cc/

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EngageMedia Local Archives Project, Indonesia

The second and third phase of the Local Archives project in Indonesia will take place May 6 – 15 in Yogyakarta at COMBINE a Community-based Information Network, Resource Institution and Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). The first phase of this large project, EngageMedia partnered with Kampung Halaman in February, who are also taking part in these workshops. The last phase of the First Local Archives project will be in collaboration with ruangrupa in Jakarta. ruangrupa a non-profit organization which focuses on supporting the development of art in the cultural context through research, study and documentation, along with intensive cooperation with the artists through exhibitions, artist residency programme, art project and workshop.

Pitra IVAA LVA workshop
With the growth of community, artistic and activist video production, and ongoing improvements in broadband internet access, Indonesia is currently experiencing a period of transition. With this transitory state in mind, EngageMedia believes a more ’emergent approach’ to online video distribution is required which takes into account the uneven access to high speed internet and the need to offer both online and offline video distribution tools.

The Indonesian Local Video Archive project aims to deal strategically with this situation by mixing on and offline technologies. The project involves setting up a series of four local servers in Jakarta and Yogyakarta with four very different organisations; Kampung Halaman, COMBINE a Community-based Information Network, Resource Institution; Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA); and ruangrupa.

The archives will be built using Plumi, one of only a few FOSS (free and open source software) video sharing platforms. It is based on the Plone CMS and produced by EngageMedia. The local archive will essentially operate as a website, but it will only be accessible via the local area connection or  wireless network. Visitors will be able to access the archive by using any of the partner organisations’ computers connected to the LAN, or connect their own computer to the LAN via cable or wireless. Visitors browsing the archive will be able to view a flash video preview of the video and if they so desire, be able to rapidly copy any file to their USB device, phone and/or computer, or burn them to DVD/CD. The idea is to promote a “sneaker-net” effect; prompting people to pass on the files to friends via their own “offline social networks”.

The first phase of this large project, EngageMedia partnered with Kampung Halaman in February. The second and third phase of the Local Archives project in Indonesia take place May 6 – 15 at COMBINE Community-based Information Network, Resource Institution; Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). The last phase of the First Local Archives project will be in collaboration with ruangrupa in Jakarta a non-profit organization which focuses on supporting the development of art in the cultural context through research, study and documentation in June.