I haven’t blogged in a while so this is a bit outdated but wanted to post it anyway. No post production, this stop motion film was made by taking 60,000 pictures, with 9,600 prints developed! It’s quite inspiring when you think of the effort involved.
Voices amidst the cacophony
I chanced upon the work of Christopher Baker via Computerlove. He’s involved in a range of interesting projects, but my favourite without doubt is Hello World! Or How I Learned To Stop Listening And Love The Noise, a video installation that takes 5000 personal videos from YouTube to create a massive wall where they all play simultaneously. It will show in Gijon, Spain from 23rd October 2009 to 5th April 2010. He explains the concept behind it very well, and I really wish I could see it:
On one hand, new media technologies like YouTube have enabled new speakers at an alarming rate. On the other hand, no new technologies have emerged that allow us to listen to all of these new public speakers. Each video consists of a single lone individual speaking candidly to a (potentially massive) imagined audience from a private space such as a bedroom, kitchen, or dorm room. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on unique speakers or become immersed in the cacophony. Viewers are encouraged to dwell in the space.
The Israeli defence company’s ad that bombed
Israeli arms company Rafael really didn’t need to do this. First, the issue is arms, not a dating website, second the video is plain tacky.
We have been together for long..trusting friends and partners..what more can I pledge to make our future strong?
In the span of 5 days, this video has got over a million views. This is a REAL viral. Regular readers of this blog may know that I have a dislike for the term ‘viral’ with the way it is bandied about as if people can actually ‘make’ a viral. You can make a video with the intent of it going viral, that’s about it. But anyway, great video. Check it out. Samsung were quite smart linking themselves to this!
Roman Coppola directs Sebastien Tellier’s song ‘L’amour et la violence’
One thing I did not know about Roman Coppola (son of Francis Ford and brother of Sofia) is that he directed a few sequences of Love Actually, or so says Wikipedia. Anyway, I wanted to write about the music video he’s directed for Sebastien Tellier’s track ‘L’amour et la violence’. The video starts off focussing on the singer – for what seems like ages – then suddenly moves to shots of his Paris flat. But that’s it. No bigger focus of the video than the singer and his surroundings. You can either think it’s a bit too simplistic or that it’s very poetic.
Dit moi qu’est que tu penses?
de ma vie
du mon adolescence
dit moi qu’est que tu penses?
j’aime aussi l’amour et la violence
Similarities, differences and what could have been
We get satisfaction from coming up with an awesome idea and making it come to life. In the process we bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales and give strangers a story they can tell for the rest of their lives. We’re out to prove that a prank doesn’t have to involve humiliation or embarrassment; it can simply be about making someone laugh, smile, or stop to notice the world around them.
Passed around at work today. Super creative and God only knows how long this thing actually took AKQA to get right!!
Is the machine using us?
Wandering around the WWW the other day, I caught this. You may or may not have seen it before. I was intrigued – it’s about Web 2.0 changing the way we think. Take a look.
Today’s election coverage
Today is probably the most important day in American election history that many will see in their lives. As we all wait with bated breath to see who will be revealed as the next President of the most powerful country in the world, here are a few things I’ve noticed about today’s election coverage by three websites and social media platforms:
Mena Trott on how blogs help build a friendlier world
If I were a teacher, I would ensure that I showed at least one TED video a month to my students. They aren’t just incredibly insightful, but very relevant and cover such a wide array of topics that it would be difficult for anybody not to find at least one interest of theirs covered. This one is by the co-founder of MovableType and TypePad, Mena Trott. (Her company, Six Apart, later acquired LiveJournal as well). She’s just a couple of years older than me. In this talk, she explains how blogs are building a friendlier world – and I agree. I’ve learnt so much about different people and their interests and unconsciously (for the most part) about life, simply by reading their blogs.