Getting To Know You (Tube)

Portland-based artists Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom established Getting to Know You(Tube) in 2011 as a way to cruise YouTube with strangers—to simultaneously get to know new people from their community, and to explore the phenomenon that is YouTube. In July 2014 Baxley and Ransom handed GTKYT off to local mutimedia artist and YouTube oficionado Kevin Noonan.

The general format of Getting to Know You(Tube) is pretty simple—Noonan invites local people to give 15 minute presentations about whatever they want, and however they want—as long as it utilizes YouTube in some way. Each event has its own unique character, which can attributed to the unique perspectives that emerge through presentations and audience conversations, as well as often not knowing what each presenter is actually going to do until it happens. After each presentation the audience can ask the presenter questions or show video responses, and once all of the presentations are complete for the evening, the floor is open for anyone at the event to introduce themselves and play their favorite YouTube picks with the crowd.