September 28, 1978 |
|Other names||Nekomimi Lisa|
Lisa Emily Batey (b. September 28, 1978) is a lifecaster who has streamed live from Brooklyn, Tokyo and other locations as Nekomimi Lisa on Justin.tv and Ustream.tv. She is noted both for her pioneering innovations in this field and for her extended interactions with viewers at both interior and exterior locations. On Labor Day weekend in 2007, she first began lifecasting from Japan while simultaneously streaming live images from her apartment in Brooklyn; the following year, she moved to Japan.
Born in Boise, Idaho, Batey was an early lifecasting pioneer at Oberlin College as an original participant and director of content with the now defunct Fragments of a Hologram Rose and HereandNow, founded by Erik Vidal, the nephew of Gore Vidal. Beginning February 1999 on HereandNow, Batey and her housemates acquired a Canon digital video camera, four Pentium III servers and a fractional T1 line and began to share their college life experiences via live, unedited 24/7 video streams. Unlike JenniCam and other webcams of the time, HereandNow webcast video in better video quality via Windows Media Encoder and was the first to stream both full motion video and audio.
In 2007-08, Batey occasionally read viewer's poems during her Bathtub Poetry sessions, a nearly decade-old tradition dating back to her segments on HereandNow. She departed from HereandNow in 2000 due to professional disagreements. HereandNow ceased broadcasting shortly thereafter. The Community still exists via a chatroom and Yahoo! Group.
In 2004, Batey had a minor role in an independent film. PDA Massacre.
After the revival of her lifecast in mid-2007 on Justin.tv and Ustream.tv, viewers were able to follow her through her days at work and evenings at home in Brooklyn, tending to two cats and an overgrown garden. On August 23, 2007, she streamed via an audience-controlled Surveyor SRV-1 robotic webcam called "Nekobot."
Batey is a New York state licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. After graduating from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, she pursued lymphedema management certification through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. An ASCA certified swim coach, she was active with Team New York Aquatics and the US Masters team at the Brooklyn Dodge YMCA.
In July 2008, she moved to Tokyo to teach English and absorb Japanese culture. Continuing to lifecast, she took viewers to various locations around the city.
- Nekomimi Lisa
- Salon: "Real-life Truman Show", April 27, 1999. - Salon.com
- Fame After Photography - Museum of Modern Art
- Real live, uncut on the net college students sleeping, studying, partying - The Plain Dealer
- Article from Le Monde (French, only paid access)
- Les dossiers de l'audiovisuel - INA Article including a paragraph about HereAndNow.net which features Lisa Batey (French)
- Student Bodies - Entertainment Weekly
- His world and welcome to it - New Orleans Times Picayune
- HereAndNow.net IRC Chat
- Yahoo! Group
- PDA Massacre on the Internet Movie Database
- Brooklyn Acupuncture
- Project: Life: Journal