Interactive blog networks allow everybody publishing their work, getting feedback and information about events from the other peers, as well as, socialising and making new contacts.
The most popular and extended one at the moment is Myspace, which offers free space where art practitioners, professionals and amateurs, established and emerging artists, interact publishing their work; everybody seems to have a blog in Myspace, apart from their ‘official websites’, being aware of the advantages of the interactivity and the networking opportunities that it offers.
Browsing the page of an artist whose work you are interested in, it is very likely to be able to find other people you share interests and tastes with, finding new collaborators and new relevant information. By sending a friend request, being accepted and joining the friends list of an artist, you can send and receive, regular mails with information on performances, gigs and sometimes “secret events”, that they are not announced anywhere else.
As my tiip of the iceberg these days is to be adventurous, bearing an outline, a route, in mind but leaving space to spontaneity in order to discover and explore unexpected paths that I wouldn’t find otherwise, for this exercise I have decided to have a little Myspace adventure navigating the network to see what do I find on my way…
To start with, I type the keyword ANIMATION on the searcher. From the list of animators that appears on the screen, I decide to click on the icon of a link of an animator with a cute cartoon character on it, opening the blog of GLOBBLYNNE, that as her page states, is a 24 year old female animator settled in London, to whom I send a friend request.
In her colourful blog she includes her CV, as well as, her portfolio with clips of her work for music videos, in which she combines video footage with 2D Flash animation, and 3-D model stop-motion with live action footage.
Browsing the friends of GLOBBLYNNE, I find 4TALENT, which is the gateway to all Channel 4’s talent initiatives, which leads me to the Myspace blog of FUTURE SHORTS, a network where filmmakers can have their work seen on a largest platform in Europe.
Among the friends of Future Shorts, I find the Myspace Blog of SHOOTING PEOPLE , which is another filmmakers’ network where we can sign up and trade information with each other, find collaborators to work on each others’ films, hear about funding, calls for entries and competitions, debate the latest film/digital technologies.
Link that leads me to the blog of SALLY POTTER with clips of her new stage production of CARMEN for the English National Opera.
And so on. We could carry on and on with this little adventure through the web, endlessly, browsing, discovering, sharing and connecting with other practitioners that are open to new proposals and networking opportunities.