Aymar Christian

The Value of Representation

Aymar Christian
The Value of Representation

by Aymar Jean Christian, Northwestern University
International Journal of Communication, 11 (2017)

This is the first published academic article on OTV, focusing on the method of using community-based development as a research tool!

ABSTRACT

By changing the relations of production and exhibition, networked Internet (digital, peer-to-peer) distribution offers ways to experiment with representations different from legacy (linear, one-to-many) network distribution. To advance a theory of value in representation, I founded the platform Open TVbeta to develop queer, intersectional television in Chicago and online. I present a framework for assessing representational value through case studies of producing and exhibiting three local, queer, artist-driven pilots in Chicago. I argue that small-scale development processes restructure the politics of representation in television and art, allowing us to see value and innovation where it has historically been hidden in performances of cultures, organizations, and technologies of exhibition.

FULL ARTICLE (free, with video embeds!)