Sunday November 08, 2015

Live streaming the mundane

Live streaming video platform Twitch broadcast every episode of the TV show The Joy of Painting to launch Twitch Creative, a place where people can live stream their own creative process.

Live streaming video platform Twitch broadcast every episode of the TV show The Joy of Painting to launch Twitch Creative, a place where people can live stream their own creative process. (twitch.tv)

We're seeing the increase in the use of live streaming tools like Twitch by non-gamers. Instead of just focusing on competitive play, people are using these platforms to showcase their artistic and creative pursuits like drawing or costume construction. But why a live stream versus a pre-recorded tutorial on YouTube?

"I think part of what we're seeing develop is people leveraging creative process as a performance." -  T.L Taylor

T.L. Taylor is a professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and a gaming and live streaming expert. She explores the appeal of live streaming the creative process -- for both the viewer and the creator.