If you are interested in learning about something where do you go first? In my case and for millions of others, we look it up on Wikipedia. Just about everything in the known universe that anyone has ever cared to think about is there. Being a user-generated site, the more interest there is in a subject the more comprehensive the Wikipedia articles on it will be. And the theory goes that this makes their encyclopedia more trust-worthy, up-to-date, and objective than any other reference source around, because it’s constantly being checked and edited by its users.
So I decided to look up my area of interest which is videodance. Immediately I ran into a problem, because while I call this genre videodance, there are at least 5 other names it is known by (see my first entry “What’s in a Name” for further discussion on this dilemma).
I decided to go with my first pick anyway, and I looked up videodance. Results: One entry for the Thessaloniki Video Dance Festival in Greece. That’s cool, but it only tells me about one festival of about 150 that show videodance work. I still don’t know what videodance is. At the bottom of that entry the only link for further information is the film festival’s official website. I’d hit a dead end.
Now my cockles were up. Do so few people care about this type of work that there is only one article on Wikipedia, and it’s not even about the art form, it’s a promotional blurb for a film festival? Why is there no information about this genre which is as old as film itself, has a huge and illustrious body of work from some of the world’s most prestigious filmmakers and choreographers, and could possibly revolutionize the entire art form of dance for the 21st Century?!
Before spontaneously combusting, I looked up the other known names for the genre (dance film, screendance, cinedance, kinodance, dance for camera). These also produced very poor results. “Dance film” and “Dance for camera” were the only searches that came up with any real articles and they both seemed to be written by single authors who have very obvious
OK, my mission was becoming clear. It was time to put my wiki where my mouth is!
I’m proposing a Wikipedia barn-raising for videodance.
We need to get some info up there and quick! I will start an article on “videodance” and post a link to it here on this blog. I encourage every one of you who has ever worked in this form, or had an opinion about it to comment here with your suggestions and thoughts. Once the article is started please go up there and edit it (or start one under your own genre name of choice, but be sure to link to the others), share your
knowledge and keep this going until we get a full, comprehensive, coherent, evolving, and useful set of articles up there that anyone with a spark of interest in this subject can refer to and get some answers.
Please help raise this art form up and spread the word!
As inspiration, below is one of my favorite videodances which always puts a smile on my face and reminds me of why I think this genre is so f***king phenonemal…
“Weapon of Choice” Fat Boy Slim, dir. Spike Jonze