Program: Long format, live-streaming web series
Scope: 7 episodes
Airdates: October 3/4, November 5/6 and December 19/20, 2015; January 14/15, February 26/27, March 18/19, April 24/25, 2016
SCOPEOUT is a long format, live streaming show. Each day-long, un-narrated episode is produced by new people; the only parameter is that for 24 hours, the stream can’t stop.
1. 12:00 AM PDT, Sunday, October 4, 2015 to 12:00 AM PDT October 5, 2015
We follow the life of a Los Angeles computer scientist as she goes about her day at home.
Episode producer: Anonymous
2. 11:05 PM EST, Thursday, November 5, 2015 to 11:06 PM EST, Friday, November 6, 2015
A New York designer takes from home to work and out with his friends on a typical day.
Episode producer: Lexx Gray
3. 10:19 PM CST, Saturday, December 19, 2015 to 9:49 PM CST, Sunday, December 20, 2015
We join a Houston artist as she creates 24 watercolor paintings.
Episode producer: Cat Scott
4. 9:05 AM PST, Thursday, January 14, 2016 to 9:00 AM PST, Friday, January 15, 2016
A writer shows us what life is like in the high desert of Southern California.
Episode producer: Devin O’Neill
5. 9:44 AM PST, Friday, February 26, 2016 to 9:30 AM PST, Saturday, February 27, 2016
An average day for a dog and his companion, an open-access publisher, along California’s Central Coast.
Featuring: Sparkles “Sparky” Joy
Episode producer: Eileen Joy
6. 6:55 PM PST, Friday, March 18, 2016 to 6:17 PM PST, Saturday, March 19, 2016
An architect in Hollywood takes us to his house party, on a hike and to a restaurant; includes footage of the Griffith Observatory and a thrilling motorcycle ride down Hollywood Blvd.
Episode producer: Kevin Lin
7. Sunday, April 24/5, 2016
Episode co-producers: Alan Valentine and Julia Moquin
Episode producers are selected by the series producer Samantha Jacobson, Imprint Editor, REBOOT. Season one lasted for seven episodes, broadcast live monthly beginning October 2015 and ending April 2016.
Producers are responsible for ensuring the stream is initiated on time and continues uninterrupted for 24 hours. While they are responsible for all aspects and tasks related to the timely initiation and uninterrupted continuation of the stream, the producers do not need to undertake any related actions themselves.
Rules for production:
- Episodes are streamed on Periscope, using the Twitter handle @SCOPEOUTSHOW
- All stream descriptions should mention the show name, episode number and episode title (if applicable).
- The stream should not be interrupted for any reason. Any potential interruptions should be avoided. Test and plan ahead as necessary.
- Neither your activities nor the production of the show should be narrated during the show.
The point of SCOPEOUT is that you and your life matters; we are asserting the value of your activities and lifestyle, no matter your choices or context. Our desire, to create a global diagetic universe of the real, without rejection, follows the post-structuralist framework whereby what grants meaning is existence itself and not delimitation by relative difference within binaries, like here/there, what I do/what you do, what you like/what I like, et cetera.
Bearing this in mind, and while there are no restrictions on content per se, the series producer strongly discourages the following:
- Dedicated question and answer or discussion with viewers, as this inevitably devolves to the level of comparison and the correspondence of basic facts (where you are/where your viewers are, differences, basic clarification of what is being seen); this correspondence is unnecessary.
- Promotions of any kind, as the purpose of the show is already the promotion of yourself, as a person, equal to all people, and therefore the promotion of humanity itself, as a sovereign good. Stated another way this is about the narcissism of everybody, simultaneously, as people, as such, together, interested in themselves, as a group – don’t make it all about you, and also don’t make the show about the show itself.
- Portrayal of any normally exceptional, fun, impressive, or monumental events, as these are 1) actually pretty boring to watch on Periscope, and therefore 2) streaming of them serves no purpose except to assert that you are doing something someone is not, which is not the point of this exercise.
- Trying to be entertaining. We take as given that watching you is already entertainment enough, so in this context trying to be entertaining will look either desperate or pathetic.
To all this we will add that we have found that the most banal activities, streamed on Periscope, can often be quite captivating. We encourage you to use this to your advantage.
We also add that you may choose to improvise, to plan out, or even be something of an auteur about your stream. Your choices are as inherent to the project content as what you stream, but it is also always already sanctioned; our attitude on this matter, as with most others, is: “you do you.”