It's a bit frustrating that the Small File Media Festival website is so large that it's impossible for me to load even the front-page.

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@neauoire Out of curiosity, what sort of transfer speeds and round trips do you usually see?

@neauoire that’s ironic. It’s a pretty big wordpress site. Have you tried to download it with wget to see if that helps anything?

@neauoire can we help? e.g. by copying content in plaintext for you?

@alinanorakari I'm looking for a blurb that describes what it is, so I can mention it on the permacomputing wiki.

@alinanorakari I realize the irony of asking for someone to navigate a bloated website so I could talk about it on a website listing projects that focuses on lean formats, but uh..


There doesn't seem to be a real about us blurb. I'll paste the closest things:

The Small File Media Festival grows out of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded territory of the –Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlío lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

We are grateful for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Hello artists! The Small File Media Festival is back with our third iteration! This year we want to blow your mind with new categories. But above all, we want you to be PUNK + CHIC —forceful and elegant, streamlined and stealthy, uncompromising in vision, edgy in message.


We have been low-key, we have been playing it nice. 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!

@neauoire The Small File Media Festival works in defense of the tiny image, to riff with Hito Steyerl’s earlier phrase. Size matters, and small is better, tiny is best, which is not merely to argue for a different aesthetics or narrative structures (that too) but also for an understanding that all media is media ecology – and as such, directly related to infrastructures with environmental costs.

@neauoire – Professor Jussi Parikka, media scholar, University of Southampton and Academy of Performing Arts, Prague

@neauoire i see people suggesting wget and whatnot, but do you know about `rdrview`?

I tried it on their page and it works well.

@neauoire if you try it, then you can ignore the recommendation to use it with lynx. just run `rdrview <url>` and it will print to stdout in a pager.

@neauoire The main point of SFMF is that each of their films has a file size of maximum of 5 megabytes in order to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of streaming media. But according to Nethogs it seems that the main page of their website is more than half of that. Maybe worth mentioning in the wiki, I think!
@neauoire We may also compare this to the Lovebyte demoparty where the entries are max 256 or 512 bytes each, and then then many of them kill the encoder when they are video-streamed to the watchers in high bitrates.

@viznut what would be a good some for this case, it's kind of similar to pseudosimplicity, but it's more like.. spectacleminimalism?

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