With Mairead Case & Bryan Wendorf
Presented by HOMEROOM


December 8th, 2009

The YouTube Assembly is an attempt to capture the phenomenon of viral video in a live event. The event consists of screening web-based video for a live, participating audience. Like karaoke or a traditional performance open mic, the YouTube Assembly creates a situation in which people take turns entertaining each other, in this case, by sharing their favorite Youtube clips. In the spirit of the popular YouTube interface, audience members will be encouraged to comment on the videos they watch, except out loud and in real time with no anonymity.

Each screening will feature a pair of hosts from different artistic backgrounds that will share their YouTube video picks and help facilitate the evening’s open mic portion.

Mairead Case is Managing Editor at Literago.org. The former Managing Editor at Proximity and Books Editor at Venus Zine, she’s published fiction and criticism at places like featherproof, Pitchfork, Punk Planet, Village Voice Media, and Vice; started a writing program at an Indiana juvie; sold pumpkin pie wholesale; taught fangst lit to youth in libraries; and curated a radio show about dreams for Neighborhood Public Radio at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

Bryan Wendorf is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Filed under: new media, performance, video