Iowa Vlogs

The Daily Palette is pleased to feature "Iowa Vlogs," a new category designed to spotlight the video blog, an emerging media type. Traditional blogs (short for web log) provide online commentary, news, or personal journals. Vlogs expand this use to include time-based videos and media. Clicking on the still will take you to the featured artist's personal vlog.


Zachary Kmiec is in his last year as an undergraduate film student at the University of Iowa.  In October 2007 he hopes to mount a bicycle and take an extended vacation from the land of images.

Of his work, Kmiec says, "Mmmff came about through my enrollment in a class focusing on the development of video blogging as a creative practice. Following up on a continuing interest in cumbersome forms of imaging, I decided to base my vlog around inquiries into the aesthetic possibilities and limitations of cell phone video.

'WikiTchen' documents an installation my roommate and I created in our apartment, physically emulating the open-source website format known as "wiki." Arising from a running joke about how we could organize our music collection, the WikiTchen took three hours of initial installation, and endured for about five days

In the post bearing its name, the WikiTchen reflects a skeptical take on notions of socio-technological progress found in current discourse on blogging and 'Web 2.0' in general.  It should be noted, however, that the installation was a thing in itself, created for our own amusement and frustration.  During its short lifespan, the WikiTchen was also displayed as an art project, and was the subject of a creative nonfiction essay by Chelsea Cox."

This page was first displayed
on April 04, 2007

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