This is a video for a song called "Belief" from John Mayer's recent dvd. As a musician who has been in a couple bands, the performance is simply amazing. However, as an artist I am drawn to the incredible lighting and set up of the stage.
We have done a great deal of talking about art in it's many shapes and sizes. This is a book, nothing more nothing less. I feel that it's a piece of art not so much for the words written on the page them self... but how there written there and the feelings it provokes while you're reading it.
(here's an example of one of the pages) http://semanticdrift.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/hol3.jpg
This often quoted scene from the 1976 movie taxi driver, has some of the elements i think make up good artfully crafted storytelling. There is a tension and a conflicting emotion when you view it, it's not exactly entertainment because it makes you feel uncomfortable, but it's also funny and engaging at the same time.
This is a website still under construction but is created by my good friend giancarlo. again it is still under construction but will soon have some of my work along with about 5 others. check it out soon. www.leavesontrees.com
this is a segment from TCM when tv food host alton brown talks about "closely watched trains." it is a czech new wave movie from 1966 that is sexy, funny, political, sad, thoughtful, entertaining... it is everything a movie should be. czech new wave movies are (in my experience) funny and about common people; they are very accessible. for people who don't watch foriegn movies because they think they are too sad, slow, whatever... this is a great place to start. here is a clip from the movie...
This video is AMAZING. The writing and the narrative are excellent..it actually kind of resembles what I'm doing for my photo project. (Except the images are not stills) Check out this website, it's just full of videos posted by artists and a lot of them are really intereting.
I'm not in this class, but I'm really interested in the Internet phenomenon of Single-Serving Sites -- or sites that only have one thing on them. It's amazing how popular these seemingly-boring decidedly sparse sites have become. BarackObamaIsMyBicycle.com, for example, gets thousands of hits a day. Kottke does a really nice compilation of some of the best ones, and you should check it out.
This is a fairly arresting image/video. The Guinness book of world records got the woman with the longest legs to pose with the smallest man in the world. The contrast is so strong to see, it's pretty wild. I like also how Guinness makes an effort for this to be a celebration and not a "freak show." That's commendable.
Dietmar used to work here at CMU. This is an excerpt from a live performance. This link shows some more excerpts of his videos. He uses absurdity to discuss language. "This Time With Feeling" is a favorite, but they are all great.
i've always enjoyed those talented ravers that can swing lights and put on this kind of show. i think i prefer seeing this stuff in person, but it's nice to know that we can pass this sort of thing around in videos, maybe even use it in new ways for new purposes.
Doubtless some of you've seen this before, but The Surrealist is a great website. There's plenty of humor to be had and, if you're observant or creative enough, just enough inspiration to get you going. My favorite link is the Bilateral Thinking Puzzles (Don't try thinking through them, though.)
This is the best video I have ever seen. Not really but I think it is hilarious. You'll see what I mean when you watch it, but this is definately an entertaining video. This guy has great facial expressions and really amazing presence in front of the camera.
This introduction sequence of this movie is very similar to what i hope to do for the upcoming assignment, its from a low budget 1970s animated film called Wizards. The first scenes of the movie utilize almost entirely still images. The rest of the movie is great aswell, but is more traditional animation.
I'm a big fan of David Blaine, so I'm excited about his new endurance project which he's currently performing (at this moment!) in central park in NYC. Blaine is hanging upside down for 60 hours straight--a feat that has never been attempted before. Supposedly hanging upside down for that long can be very dangerous for your health--eyesight and blood pressure are two potential areas of complication. Read the accompanying article and watch the video link to learn more. The conclusion of the event will be televised this Wednesday at 9m on ABC. Performance art, spectacle, and entertainment all wrapped into one.
BTW, Houdini used to hang upside down while freeing himself from chains, and Blaine frequently references Houdini as one of his heroes.
I think the show Dexter has an awesome opening credits sequence. I've seen it several times and each time it still intrigues me. For anyone who unfamiliar with Dexter, he is a friendly, vigilante serial killer. His personality and really the whole feel for the series is neatly displayed in this opening title sequence. I'd have to say it's the most successful I've ever seen.
another movie, like "i'm not there" with multiple actors playing the same role. this has a different effect though. the different actors in the other movie show different sides of the same man where as this shows how the little girl could be anyone of us.
Somebody sent me this collection of Federer highlights in memory of the great David Foster Wallace, who took his own life last friday. Wallace once wrote a piece about tennis and philosophy, titled "Roger Federer as Religious Experience," and somebody tried to capture the idea in this video. I think they did a pretty good job. The combination of grace, force, angle, the body in motion, with the spirited commentary and classical music really bring some weight to this. Whether you're a tennis fan or not, it is enjoyable.
Hey everyone, if any of you are having trouble finding images for your photo projects and/or coming up with an idea, here are two websites where I looked for inspiration. Plus, a lot of these images can just be opened in a new window and saved to your desktop.
This is a video of an older performance by one of my favorite 20th century artists, Marina Abramovic. She is known for her many endurance pieces, both with her one-time partner (Ulay) and on her own. You should look up some of her other work, interviews, and writing. She is an amazing person and artist.
sidenote: this video was later used for a shampoo/hair care advert.
If anyone hasn't heard about Rick Rolling, its a running internet joke around editing a certain pop song from 1984 that im sure everyone has heard at some point. This version targets Barack Obama. i thought it was effective because it avoids saying anything substantial, and is completely pointless.
Mike posted the vid "RNC in a minute," super short clips cleverly cut together for impact. Reminded me a little of this piece I'd seen a few years ago. Definitely a lot of work to put this together, but it has power.
Katie S. posted a video of some puppets singing this song, and it caused me to remember this video that I saw last spring and had posted on this very blog with the following commentary. I think it is a good example of being entertaining in front of the camera for 60 seconds or more.
Personality as Art "I've always enjoyed the subject of personality as a work of art. When we say someone is "charming" it's because they have something in their nature that makes us want to be around them or watch them. Chris Crocker is a good example of somebody who has a certain energy that makes his personality charged and artful to me. This guy is equally engaging to me. His unabashed way of expressing himself, the freedom with which he appears to fluidly follow any impulse is brave, pure and uplifting. I can watch this again and again with enjoyment. I'd be interested to hear what all of you think of this kind of video. What thoughts fill your head when you watch it? "
I started search performance artists on youtube after yesterday's class and I came across this. It's really simple, but really cool. There were a whole bunch of similar videos in different cities around the world.
I mentioned that one time I did the current Youtube collage assignment along with my students, and that I would post it on the blog. So here is the piece I made then. The music was created in Soundtrack, and it was constructed to go along with certain movements in the visual action.