Small File Media Aesthetics & Politics

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Make beautiful low-bandwidth movies that stream with no damage to the planet, with Laura Marks and Radek Przedpelski of

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presented by Small File Media Festival and VIVO Media Arts Centre

Registration closes March 19.

9 hours total over 3 sessions, online // $94, or $58 for members

** By donation for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19

Session 1: Sat Mar 20, 10am–1pm

Session 2: Sat Mar 27, 10am–1pm

Session 3: Sat Apr 3, 10am–1pm

All times listed are Pacific Time  

Prerequisites & minimum requirements:

  • Suitable for practicing media artists who have basic familiarity with media production software and process.
  • Participants must bring their own files that they want to discuss and develop into a small file project during the workshop. Participants will also be supplied some files with which to do exercises.

Streaming video has an alarmingly high carbon footprint. In response to global warming, the Small File Media Festival challenges media artists to create meaningful works within very small file size limits. Doing so opens up exciting aesthetics and politics, which are the focus of this online workshop.

This workshop will enrich your creative process and approach to media art by challenging you to create an audio-visual work under 10 megabytes and less than 10 minutes. Bring your idea to the group and discuss ways your content and small file size limit can meaningfully inform one another. An overview of software and strategies for making small files will be presented, and their effects compared. Study examples and revise your own project ideas based on the feedback you receive from the instructors and other participants. Help develop new concepts and techniques for small file media making! Between each session, you'll continue researching, editing, and refining your project for further feedback with the group.

You'll be invited to show your small file project at the Small File Media Festival taking place in the summer of 2021. At your discretion, your small file work can also enter Video Out Distribution's collection at VIVO. More info about these can be found at and or @videooutcollection on Instagram.

During the workshop, participants will be invited to download and install the following free applications as useful additions to their tool kit:

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Laura Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). She programs experimental media for venues around the world. She was a visiting professor in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University in the fall of 2018. As Grant Strate University Professor, she teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory.


Radek Przedpełski is lecturer in media studies and visual culture at Trinity College Dublin, with a background in digital media and sound design. He is co-editor of Deleuze, Guattari and the Art of Multiplicity, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020. Radek is also a migrant artist working in sound, photography and video.

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