“Instagram, YouTube videos are not suitable for ECA admissions” – Does content creation limit creativity?
As part of the DU admission procedure, candidates who opt for ECA admissions are scored on the basis of their physical tests (75 points) and the diplomas obtained (15 points). The certificates are divided into four categories: participation, prizes in competitions, training/examinations, workshops, public performance, published works and exhibition.
Deepti Taneja, co-dean of the Cultural Council office, told PTI: “YouTube uploads, Facebook and Instagram reels, vlogs and other similar uploads on other non-peer-reviewed video streaming sites will not be considered for scoring as part of public performance for admission into ECA categories.
DU ECA Admissions 2022: YouTube Uploads, Instagram Reels Not Relevant For ECA Quota At Delhi University
Videos posted on the internet often garner hundreds of thousands of views, but do they deserve to be called public performances? As for DU ECA, no, but if one were to wonder about the future of the medium of artistic expression, could the scene shift to social media?
Often what constitutes a public performance is a concert/exhibition in any public place such as schools, temples or parks and even programs organized by the local community during festivals. Some students may have had the opportunity to perform in well-known venues, such as in front of a dignitary or at an event for a famous ministry or festival. These programs are usually offered to established instructors, often those with the best connections. As a result, it can be said that students who learn from renowned teachers have an edge in securing the most lucrative opportunities. Additionally, students from more economically affluent backgrounds can book auditoriums and stage performances that others, perhaps equally talented, will not have access to.
Since not all audience members, whether in a public place or online, are geeks, whether the scene is physical or virtual shouldn’t matter.
However, this does not mean that social media validation necessarily indicates value. If the future of expression moves online where there are few barriers to entry, there would need to be checks and balances to ensure serious practitioners of the art form are given due recognition.
The future of the performing arts is already here. Dozens of websites and apps offer services for artists to host virtual performances. There is room for online art curators and digital art education start-ups that can support emerging artists by sharing their work and running online competitions and also help educate the audience without borders of social media on indian art.
The question is how to judge the credibility of such performances and therefore for institutions to recognize them as an extracurricular aptitude due to offering additional credits while judging these candidates! Until this is decided, DU ECA candidates must wait.