Deptford.TV is a research project on collaborative film – initiated by Adnan Hadzi in collaboration with the Deckspace media lab, Bitnik media collective, Boundless project, Liquid Culture initiative, and Goldsmiths College.
It is an online media database documenting the regeneration process of Deptford, in Sout East London. Deptford TV functions as an open, collaborative platform that allows artists, filmmakers and people living and working around Deptford to store, share, re-edit and redistribute the documentation of the regeneration process.
The open and collaborative aspect of the project is of particular importance as it manifests in two ways: a) audiences can become producers by submitting their own footage, b) the interface that is being used enables the contributors to discuss and interact with each other through the database.
Deptford TV is a form of “television”, since audiences are able to choose edited “time lines” they would like to watch; at the same time they have the option to comment on or change the actual content. Deptford TV makes us of licenses such as the creative commons sa-by and gnu general public license to allow and enhance this politics of sharing.
“The matrix of the cyberspace creates a reality in which the copy and the original code are identical. The computer is our digital cloning tool. The attitude of artists towards the idea of intellectual property owned by one soul is changing. In a copyleft attitude, artists are sharing their codes, communities are resisting against the big media players who try to control cyberspace. Copylefting might influence the handling of found footage in a way of realizing that there is no need of selling an artists rights to intermediates. Instead artists might sell their works directly, via micro-payments, to their audience. Probably one of the most interesting things going on the world wide web right now is the discussion about intellectual property and digital copyrights. The open source movement liberated the computer code with the general public license and the linux operating system, might this be also possible for artistic movements?”