hazelk: (bunnies)
It’s been so long. As ever there was much goodness these are just some I have something to say about.

The Addictive

Bad Romance by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet[livejournal.com profile] obsessive24’s Merlin vid Red does a thing where by drawing attention to the lyric a tragedy waiting to happen she infuses a thoroughly campy and largely cracktastic show with all the weight of Arthurian legend (which is pretty cracktastic in its own right). This does for DC comics what Red did for Mallory. Smallville’s Clark Kent becomes the once and future Superman at the mercy of Lex’s inner Gaga. Also monkey! And random cows.

Tightrope by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain – I really want to love Janelle Monae but she has an ethereality that can be difficult to connect with. Putting her together with Adam Lambet like this is inspired. He gives her sex, she gives him class. Altogether it’s a marriage made in heaven (I’m in heaven).

The Infectious

Music Again by [livejournal.com profile] anoel - the show everyone loves to hate but I still love it and so does this vid.

Dance Across the Floor by [livejournal.com profile] littleheaven – so many dance vids rely on quick cuts to mash all the clips together and this just lets everyone do their thing and it’s amazing (although some are more amazing than others).

Mickey by [livejournal.com profile] redina – pure sparkly, slashy, gender-bending fun.

Take Me Home by [personal profile] such_heights - the vid to make anyone who’s ever thought they were gay “not so you’d notice,” sit up and take notice.

Hold on Tight by [livejournal.com profile] gwyn_r - Manifique. Seriously with the francais it reaches a whole other level of awesome.

The Reflective

Wading Deep Water by [livejournal.com profile] barkley - still runs deep. I love this woman. I’ve never met her but I know her. The mother, the daughter, the lover and the worker of her.

Straight to Hell by [personal profile] mlyn - in Westerns the landscape is a character. I read that somewhere but in this vid I really can see it. I can feel it. Harsh and inhospitable - while men break themselves, the outback endures. It was there when they came, it will still be there when they’re gone. There’s a great stillness to the vid, it feels like a painting but too raw to be painterly.

Light of Day by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth – the light at the end of the tunnel is a bomb. Biased, as I helped beta, but still beautiful, still heavy with meaning. The show I know but didn’t know I knew.
hazelk: (vidding)
Reading the impassioned debates currently surrounding the Vividcon policy statement I’m reminded of previous discussion about whether a person’s online journal should be considered public or private space. I think the faultline creating some (but not all) of this VVC related discord is similar. Vividcon is a conference, anyone can register, as of now it has a policy statement. In those ways it looks like a public space but in many others and to many others I think it feels more like, not private space maybe but a homely one. Not family homely, at least not biological family homely but created family maybe. Like Scooby space for lack of an existing word and because, to a child of the seventies, Scooby is a prefix that makes things sound friendly.

Since much of the anger began around issues of disability and access, I’ll use a disability related analogy. My kids go to a special school. It’s a good special school that for the last three years is housed in a purpose-built building (of the kind the current Lib-Con government is busy removing funding for the construction of). The building makes things easier for ASD and learning disabled children. The classrooms can be easily sub-divided to allow small group or one-on-one teaching. There are special rooms where students can go to chill out, there are visual timetables everywhere. For those with physical difficulties all parts of the school are fully wheelchair accessible. The space, all by itself, does a lot to make the world an easier, more navigable place for the children there.

Our house is not purpose built. We don’t have visual timetables or a chill out room or many of the other facilities they have at the school but our house is not an institution, it’s a home and where the space can’t do the work needed to make things good the people do it instead. We do it or at least we try. Similarly when visiting places if they’re public places, zoos, museums, parks, amusement parks we read the information and the policies and if they sound like there might be a problem or it’s expensive and there’s no disabled discount we don’t go. We could contact the people in charge and make personal enquires but often it’s simpler just to go somewhere else. If we’re visiting someone else’s home for a party or a barbecue or a dinner, however, we don’t research its accessibility on the internet or ask to see their policies, we talk to the hosts with the straight forward expectation that they will be hospitable. Again, in Scooby spaces people do the work that buildings and best practice recommendations do in public spaces.

So what of Vividcon, public or Scooby? I think the problem is that the answer very much depends on who’s asking. From all I’ve read of the history it began (and not so long ago, 2004?) as a very “let’s put this show on in our barn” operation, in other words totally Scooby (Mickey and Judy = Shaggy and Velma or Fred and Daffny. Dicusss). But it grew and grew and vidding has grown and grown and while some people come to Vividcon the old way, through getting to know other vidders others get to hear of its reputation long before they (virtually) meet the people. It’s become an institution without maybe feeling like one and for those who don’t feel it being judged as an institution is as discomforting and hurtful as if the OFSTED inspector were to arrive on your doorstep to tell you you were a failing home. Meanwhile the response to that probably makes those who read the policy and quite reasonably judged it on its institutional merits feel like they’re being excluded from High Table or the Senior Common Room because their face (or body) doesn’t fit and they don’t know the right people and the right people don't want to know them, which is equally hurtful and discomforting.


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May 2012



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