Archive for the ‘proposals’ Category

knight news challenge application

October 9, 2009
how to reinvent local news?

well, we here at the broadcaster project of course think this should involve some broadcasters.

here’s quick pitch.
watch this video on flickr which wordpress wont let me embed. thanks.

Where you are the news!

A pizza shop or bodega type store in downtown Brooklyn near Fulton Mall or similar low income shopping area/transit center or across the street from a nearby housing project like Gowanus Houses.
Front window has a couple screens playing videos. These are all videos that have been recorded on site. (or maybe an extra screen for content from other sites?)
Inside is a series of photobooth and videobooth installations of varying quality, duration, and abstraction(art installations like friendslicer). Plain 30 second videobooth cost $0.50 or $1, you record your video, it gets archived locally and added to loop playing on monitors outside. It also uploads to some social video site where it’s tagged as “public domain” so television stations can rebroadcast and others can make mix tapes, etc.
In the store is a jukebox as well where you can pay small fee to select the video you want to see.
You can also get custom dvd mixtapes made in the store.
The store is a public history file for the local community. No more expensive than buying a can of soda or beer.
All financial records are public by default since every transaction is represented by an upload to the public feed.
A shared history for the local community. Truly ground up media. When you say, “I know where you are coming from” you will actually know where this news came from.

Technology developed will be open source and also business planning info will be open source so it’s easily duplicable in other communities. A shared history builds trust and accountability. Can a public history file bring the positive powers of online communities like wikipedia and linux into our shared physical spaces?



also see the LCC proposal, notes page, etc for more on the broadcaster philosophy.

something like the following mashup: your local barber shop + an anthropological history of youtube + storycorps + twitter.

a public history file for shared physical spaces… more notes.

please view the application:


proposal for locative cinema commission

August 2, 2009

working on a proposal for the o1sj/banff/sundance locative cinema commission. here is the google doc for the conceptual proposal.

technical proposal:

budget proposal:

150 word summary:

The Broadcaster Project is a video channel for the inhabitants of a physical space. The project involves creating a series of stationary, one-click video booths, which would each be linked to a public online channel. The Broadcaster would enable every person in a community, regardless of income or technical proficiency, to express themselves, and the channel would create a digital narrative of a specific place. Just like a telephone booth or arcade game, The Broadcaster could be adopted and maintained by local business owners. The stationary nature of the device allows online and local viewers to know exactly where the message is coming from. With this, we hope to bring to the physical world some of the positive features of digital collaborative communities: crowdsourcing, individual reward, and accountability.

more about the call here:

Once again, the general notes page for the broadcaster project is here: