Resources

Ready to dig deep into why Small Files are so important?

This list of resources is a great start into exploring the entangled relationship between streaming media and the environment.

Here’s the full report, evidence brief, and best-practices recommendations from Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media, a year-long collaboration between ICT engineers Stephen Makonin and SFMF’s Laura U. Marks and Radek Przedpełski, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: “Streaming Carbon Footprint”.

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STREAMING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Laura U. Marks, “Streaming video, a surprising link between pandemic and climate crisis,” Journal of Visual Culture and Harun Farocki Institut special issue on Covid-19
https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/en/2020/04/16/streaming-video-a-link-between-pandemic-and-climate-crisis-journal-of-visual-culture-hafi-2/

Laura says: Since publishing these two, I’ve learned that we cannot calculate the carbon footprint of streaming media from the bottom up: we have to calculate electricity consumption of data centers, networks, and devices separately.

THE FUTURE IS SMALL FILES

Ger Zielinski, “Reflections on the Proliferation of Online Film Festivals during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic”https://www.zfmedienwissenschaft.de/online/open-media-studies-blog/sync-or-notonline?fbclid=IwAR1snpMlg57Bz4S5hIGcaP1ZH19qWv3V0MRiyc2i4UAwjvYP46yX44h84QY

Laura U. Marks and Radek Przedpełski, “Bandwidth Imperialism and Small-File Media,” in Post-45, special issue on “New Filmic Geographies” ed. Suzanne Enzerink (2020) https://post45.org/2021/04/bandwidth-imperialism-and-small-file-media/

Kris De Decker, Low-Tech Magazine, “Why We Need a Speed Limit for the Internet” (2015) https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/10/can-the-internet-run-on-renewable-energy.html

Laura U. Marks, “Let’s Deal with the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media,”Afterimage,
https://online.ucpress.edu/afterimage/issue/47/2

Kris De Decker, Low-Tech Magazine, “Bedazzled by Energy Efficiency” (2018) https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2018/01/bedazzled-by-energy-efficiency.html

ICT ENGINEERING ARTICLES

Renée Obringer, B. Rachunok, D. Maia-Silva, M. Arbabzadeh,  R. Nateghi, K. Madani. “The overlooked environmental footprint of increasing Internet use.” Resources, Conservation & Recycling 167. (2021)

ON AI, CRYPTOCURRENCY AND CRYPTO-ART

Karen Hao, “Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes,” MIT Technology Review(2019) https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/06/06/239031/training-a-single-ai-model-can-emit-as-much-carbon-as-five-cars-in-their-lifetimes/

Alexandra Luccioni, Alexandre Lacoste, and Victor Schmidt, “Estimating Carbon Emissions of Artificial Intelligence,” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2020)

Alex De Vries, “Bitcoin’s Growing Energy Problem” (2018)

 “Toward a New Ecology of Crypto-Art: A Hybrid Manifesto,” Flash Art (2021) https://flash—art.com/2021/02/episode-v-towards-a-new-ecology-of-crypto-art/

On Small-File Aesthetics

Laura U. Marks, “Video haptics and erotics,” Screen 39:4 (Winter 1998): 331-348. 
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Hito Steyerl, “In Defense of the Poor Image.” The Wretched of the Screen. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012. 31-45. 
https://www.e-flux.com/journal/10/61362/in-defense-of-the-poor-image/

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