Why small files? Because streaming media is overheating the planet.
Networks, data centers, and devices
contribute a whopping 4% of greenhouse gas emissions.
About a third of that is the infrastructural share that
supports streaming media. The whole category is busting out of control as people worldwide, intoxicated by
corporate media’s siren songs, stream all kinds of media in high definition, video chat, video conference, and play
high-resolution online games, not to mention invest in crypto and get hooked on artificial intelligence apps.
Up to now we have been low-key, we have been playing it nice. But the world is broken. This time we are
demanding—stop fossil fuels dependence bringing war and destruction worldwide!** We are demanding—
unleash creative r/evolution! We are demanding—destroy the large-file clichés of thinking that prevent us from
imaging a world otherwise!
International media artists both distinguished and emerging responded to this year’s small-file call for movies that
are PUNK/CHIC—forceful and elegant, streamlined and stealthy, uncompromising in vision, edgy in message. We
received over 100 submissions from 18 countries in the categories NSFT art (gleefully lampoon media reliant on
fume-belching blockchain); Portals (seed-crystals for rituals and coalitions); the Small-file song contest; and our
mind-blowing Other category, in three file sizes! Molecules, infra-small loops and the like, under 1MB; Ripples,
works up to 5 MB; and Trouble, bingeworthy series up to 22 MB. As ever, the Small File Team is lovingly curating
the accepted works into satisfying thematic programs.
The Small File Media Festival team is Sophia Biedka, Kim Cleroux, Mena El Shazly, Joey Malbon, Laura Marks, Radek
Przedpełski, and Faune Ybarra
You can find our research confirming the carbon footprint of streaming media at https://sfu.ca/sca/streaming- carbon-footprint.html
Not So Fing Tiny
**Large-file streaming media supports the bellicose fossil fuel economy because 79% of world energy derives from
fossil fuels. Don’t believe the hype about green-at-source internet corporations. The US Energy Information
Administration projects a 28% increase in world energy use by 2050, mostly outside the OECD, as populations and
incomes rise. Almost every kind of energy consumption will rise: renewable, nuclear, crude oil, natural gas, and
petroleum. Renewables will support ONLY THE INCREASE! Fossil fuel production will maintain at a steady state!
Even if new electricity generation for data centers, networks, and devices comes from renewable sources, this is in addition to, not replacing, the existing fossil-fuel-powered electricity sources.
The Small File Media Festival grows out of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, on unceded territory of the –Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlío lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
We are grateful for support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.