On June 8, the Interactive Institute’s Arvid Engström succesfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Going Live – Collaborative Video Production After Television” at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.
This thesis explores social and creative practices that emerge with new mobile video technology. The work frames a design space that spans across both social and technical domains. It associates emerging collaborative practices online with new means for producing and broadcasting media in real time, over mobile networks and using low-cost consumer technology just as these technologies are becoming widely available in the world. As a premise, we sketch a scenario where groups of non-professional users, enabled by new technology available in their mobile phones, produce live video together. We use detailed ethnographic inquiries into the practices of expert media producers to inform design and spur innovation of new technology. Over the course of the design research process, we have designed and developed two functional prototype systems and produced a number of theoretical contributions to research on video interaction and to the understanding of live video production.