OPEN IMAGES

Open Images is a media sharing platform developed by the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, based on the Creative Commons licensing model.  May 31st marked the upload of their 2,000th video.  There are some lovely, inexplicable fragments in the collection.  It’s interesting to compare Open Images with the Creative Commons community, and to consider the national specificity of these online archives.  Does the seeming “openness” and boundlessness of remix culture blur the boundaries of the national?  Or do these platforms produce a toolbox of national signs (and, in turn, a remix practice that is always-and-already emplaced)?

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