Friday, October 30, 2009

Sheep. Brilliant.

I am so glad this exists.

Laroux - I'm Not Your Toy

Love the song and the video is beautifully done, weird and leaves you with a nice feeling. Embedding is disabled by request, so here's the link. Enjoy.

Surprise Wedding Reception

I thought this was the cutest thing. The bride looks so happy in the whole video, and it definitely made their wedding more memorable.

The 350 Day Movement

This is a cool video that was put together about 350 day (an international day of climate action) which took place on October 24th. Over 180 countries came together to call for action and leadership on our climate crisis. The goal of the 350 movement is to "stop climate crisis." Here's the video:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grocery Store Musical

Another great performance from Improv Everywhere.

Wait, That Says “Google”?!

This brief article claims that Google is being "smug" about the use of their logo... I find it quite creative, though I must admit that I have also experienced occasional confusion when visiting the page. What do you guys think about the fact that Google often recognizes foreign holidays but not necessarily American holidays? I wonder how they choose which events to represent. Do you think they need to do this? What is the benefit of altering the logo so much?

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Future Careers for Seagulls?

Did you ever think that maybe a Seagull would like some time in the limelight? Well maybe its time to give them a little bit more attention:

Feltron, Anual Reports, Daily datan

Nicholas Feltron is a NYC based designer who has become famous for his personal annual reports. He obsessively records his actions: what he reads, eats, how he spends his time, who he spends it with, and where. His infographic displays are fascinating. In his most recent (2008) he conflates his time spent in Grand Theft Auto IV with his real life data.

Daytum is his side project to make it easier for you to be OCD with your personal data. As Joanna put it, it's like but for ANYTHING you want to keep track of.


This is a video clip from a documentary about a couple who owns a monkey and consider it their daughter.  The mother puts make-up on "Jessie" and does her nails and such.  It's pretty weird and interesting.  Embedding is disabled by request so here is the link.

Playfully enticed to get some exercise.

This video makes the idea of the stairclimber less boring.

In the past I have noticed a full escalator and no one using the stairs. I have used the escalator up sometimes, but I always uses the stairs on the way down.

I love the idea of provoking the public to interact with an installment.

Another Keyboard Cat Made out of a Recent TV Moment

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Feelings on the Internet

Check it out. Super visually stimulating.

Sticky Note Experiment

This video reminds me a lot of the dominos video that was posted last week but might be even cooler... because they're sticky notes! I never would have thought of using sticky notes to make such a colorful and playful video.

EepyBird's Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

Youtube luvs animals

...there are thousands of posts about goats. This one is most popular of them all.

Why are we so obsessed with animals and specifically anthropomorphism?

Cat Massage

Love the editing on this one.

Electric Feel

We all know that MGMT hit it big last year with "Electric Feel." The song is outstandingly unique and the video is absolutely insane. Check it out here. (There's no embedded link, sorry!)

Now, you can make your own version of this crazy good video with the interactive music video. Give it a try here!

So fun.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Marina Abramovic

We were talking about Marina Abramovic in 180 last week, and I gave out an essay written by Marina Abramovic.  Abramovic is a living legend in the realm of performance art, and she is also famous for many of her videos.  I've always thought she was one of the most inspiring, willful, and bold artistic voices currently alive.  The videos I'm embedding here are especially good in light of thinking about narrative delivery.  But I'm also posting a link to a Marina Abramovic playlist and would encourage everyone to watch as much of it as you can; she has a broad and exciting spectrum of work, including many endurance projects..  You may find yourself drawn in.

Here is the Playlist.  There are many more videos and pieceds of documentation on youtube as well.

I am not a robot.

I think this video is incredibly beautiful. The lyrics are pretty awesome, the melody is attractive and the visuals are captivating. At least in my opinion.

Bullet Proof

My roommate showed me this video and I fell in love with it. Its absolutely amazing! I loved the scene changes and I feel like it is truly a unique work.
Unfortunately the embedded link was disabled but check it out!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

People of Wal-Mart

This is quite a fascinating site that someone recently shared with me. It is a website with pictures that are taken of all the different Wal-Mart customers in the U.S. As the website states in their "About Us" section: "This site is simply a satirical social commentary of the extraordinary sights found at America’s favorite store. Walmart is Americana baby, Enjoy! People of Walmart was founded in August of 2009 by three friends and roommates after an inspirational trip to Walmart." I must admit I was pretty horrified by a lot of the outfit choices, but it really gives one a special insight into Americans.
Click here to go to the website

Big Bad Chinese Mama

For my senior seminar I was asked to look up "Big Bad Chinese Mama" on google. It is a spiff on traditional female roles. I think some of them are quite funny. The humor is in its obvious sarcastic tones of the offensive roles of the women AND please note the ridiculous faces of the profiles...

I feel that this is a very artful way to present more serious, social and political commentary on feminism.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sign Language Miley

In response to the last post... (although probably not answering any of your questions)
Try watching this one both with and without sound. I found this very entertaining and thought-provoking. How do deaf people listen to music? I know I've heard things before about feeling vibrations and such... but do you think watching Miley's video, in combination with this video, in combination with some sort of vibrations could give you the same effect? Might be something interesting to try...

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Miley Cyrus Post

As Dave Chapelle once stated in his For What it's Worth stand-up "How old is fifteen really?"
Well Miley Cyrus is sixteen. I think we can all agree on the highly sexualized representation of the teen pop-star. But is it too young? Her career also started much before this year with the controversial photo shoot with Vanity Fair.

These new videos to the song Party in the USA are interesting in their subtleties. Who makes up the real demographic for her popularity? Are they 9-12 year old girls that need a role model? Are they 13-17 year olds that need their own celebrity peer? Or are they 45 year old men who are fantasizing?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The WTF Blanket (snuggie parody)

This video makes a joke of a pretty well-known commercial. It reminded me a little of our subdubbing project because it uses a real clip and substitues the narration. Anyways, my friends and I thought it was funny... especially since one of them actually has this. CAUTION: this clip does contain profanity.

Subtitle Spoof

I couldnt help but laugh at these cats. This video is pretty much what we did in class. I feel that the scene is great and the words match pretty well to the actions in the clip. Let me know what you think:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, toy, art?

This video is really cool. Dominoes in general are cool. I dont really care for the music in this video, or the editing, however I feel that the content is very interesting. Just the pure form that these dominoes create is aesthetic. Some of it is very beautiful. It also reminded me of the Jack Ass clip we watched in class with the mouse traps. I feel that the same idea is present here.

Real or Fake?

We've been talking a lot about "real or fake and does it matter" in class and this is a prime example of it. What do you think? I don't know how it would be faked, and yet....

Symphony of Science

I'm not sure how others will feel about this video, but I am obsessed with it. It's such a neat way to transform other videos and famous voices and then realign it with original music. It turns out to be a rather beautiful song

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Did you mean to search for Beyonce?

This may be old news, but I still find this to be funny.

Another Version of "The Drunkest Guy Ever"

This version is also quite well done in its aesthetic treatment.  I prefer the contemporary feel of  the other one from the earlier post, but this is well worth the watch to see how dramatic is the change in feel.  180 peeps, this should remind you quite a bit of that first assignment with different soundtracks used to alter the tone.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yacht - Psychic City (Voodoo City)

This is a beautiful video.  It has an original feel, it's visual striking, and it has a great build to it (both the music and the video).

Watch This!

I suppose this could be fake, but in any case this is an pretty amazing treatment of some supposedly real security cam video. Another brilliant musical mosh up.  If indeed this guy is inebriated then I suspect he's on something much more than alcohol.  Striking piece.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Human Experiment

This is an interesting experiment done by a group called the FunTheory. This group believes in changing people's behavior by making things fun to do. In this case, they changed the stairs to be a walking piano to see if more people would take the stairs instead of the elevator. Check it out!

Figurines: The Way to a Woman's Heart

Cheap budget or a good video?

I personally could not stop laughing while watching this video. The combination of the lyrics and figurines... All I could think of was someone trying to use this on me to "woo" my heart.
Artistically, though, do the figurines even have value to what he is trying to say? I mean, the dinosaur? Really?

Auto Tuned Health Care

Confused about the Health care debate? T-pain helps clear things up with his new i-phone application.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

ugh. another great youtube production.

This is annoyingly good. I have a big crush on this video.

Not so much a meme...

So I'm just wondering if any of you folks have ventured a visit to gross-out sites such as, goatse, tubgirl, et cetera and your reactions. I remember being a kid on the Internet for the first time and being extraordinarily frightened/weirded out/totally fascinated with stuff like JFK's autopsy pics, and other shit on Rotten that's just really horrific. I revisited some of these images while looking for painting source material and somehow felt a bit more de sensitized to a lot of images, although I still couldn't click on one "helicopter blade decapitation". Gehhhh.
Anyway, thoughts and stuff?

PS: did not know that pictures of the Black Dahlia murder existed online. Absolutely horrrrifying.

Invisible man?

Also check out these other photoshoots that he's done. The obvious amounts of hard work put into every photo really gives a message of sincerity.

Photoshop wall paper!

Cassandra Jones has taken everyday- iconic images and turned them into household art. This interview shows how she has taken the image of the cheerleader and transformed it into a floral patterned wall paper. I feel that this is a great example of how new genre art is being incorporated into our lives daily.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby does Stanky leg dance

This infant has more rhythm than I do.

Pop Inspiration

The 'Diabetes' video had us talking about the strange inspiration and sincerity that came from the video.  Here is an old classic that was strangely very popular.  Seems a little cheesy to have gotten so big.  But hey, we love to be inspired.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Fashion

You too can look like a Noble Peace Prize winner with these simple cues!

Nobel Peace Prize?

I'm sure everyone has heard the news that Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. There are many different perspectives from people around the world who either support or reject the idea that Obama deserves the Peace Prize.
What does everyone else think about the acceptance of such an award by Obama? Especially in the contrasting "accomplishments" by Mr. Obama including, on a positive note, talks with Iran about their nuclear facilities and then, on the flip side, the push to surge Afghanistan with 40,000 more troops...
Here's a link to Obama's acceptance speech, just in case you're curious to watch it, too.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Harry Connick Jr. and Australian TV Show

An interesting controversy was brought up when Harry Connick Jr. guest starred as a judge on an Australian TV show in which people performed in black face. I found it very startling to find out that people think it is socially acceptable to perform in black face. Harry Connick Jr. had issues with this as well, and you can see his reaction and more about this story here.

Ultra Thin (and photoshopped) Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

This kind of outrage story is not so unusual really, but when I saw the actual picture of this model (albeit photoshopped, yes)  I was slightly amazed.

Here is the opening paragraph from the article:
In recent years an ongoing debate has brewed over advertisers and fashion magazines using photographs, particularly photographs of women, that have seemingly been altered, or "retouched," by airbrushing and photo editing software such as Photoshop. The latest such image to cause an uproar is one featured in a new Ralph Lauren advertisement that shows a model, Filippa Hamilton, so emaciated that her waist actually appears to be smaller than her head....

And here is a link to the article if you want to read in entirety.

Once again, I think stuff like this shows us how things continue to be pushed to extremes, and to be effective (even in negative light) with a certain disregard for moral standards.

Fifty Londoners, one question.

This is an amazing video. It is a very raw look into culture, perhaps more so into humanity. It takes a simple question that calls upon the individual to share their deepest desires, needs, or fantasies. Occurring on the street corner, the question catches the public unaware during their daily business forcing them to come up with an answer, may it be hastily fabricated or slowly discovered in the individual. The camera is like a megaphone turned backwards towards the viewer's eye, capturing every expression, idea, and characteristic of the people featured.

This video is a delicate and precise version of the exercise that the Arts 280 class participated in a few days ago, concerning the interaction of people during a dialogue of questions and answers.

I think this video captures a few other things that we have talked about in class, but I'm leaving it up to you guys to say what.

Fifty People, One Question: London from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Real or Fake?

Here is the Youtube channel by the creators of the famous "kid freaks out over wow" video. There is a dispute about whether these videos are real or fake.

The more I watch the videos, the more I believe these are genuine/candid video captures of a boy who quiet simply looses his temper often and easily. It seems that his family is aware of the boy's predicable reactions to particular circumstances that make him "freak out". So in this way the videos may be fake (or staged) in that his family sets up these scenarios that take advantage of his responses, which seems much more authentic.

What do you guys think about the other videos? Does the fact that there are more of them make them seem more produced, and thus, less real?

PhotoShop for Dummies

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.

I'm still not convinced this technology is real, but if it is, wow. I read many sites that said that the website is just temporarily down so I guess soon we will see if it really works. Can you imagine what kind of implications a program like this would have for graphic design? I really want to try it!

Flash Dance!

Promoting Renewable Energy in quite an artistic way.

Lady Gaga & Performance Art

I love watching dance videos. There is a strange relationship between listener and artists as the listener, by viewing a performance, percieves the intent of the artists through choreography. The MTV Music Awards highlights different up-and-coming artists that show promise not only in lyric, but also in performance. Lady Gaga has a very unique approach to performance. I thought it was odd it was on MTV because it is an off-the-wall performance on a mainstream television network, but then I realized that maybe this is a step in an artistic direction versus the mundane performances of previous artists. Here's the video for you to get a sense of what I mean by off-the-wall...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Precariously Placed Desire

Here is a photo I took today in the science building. Can you see it? Its a Kit-Kat bar placed on the ledge to the right. I could see that it was unopened, so I figured that it would be safe to eat. I wanted it badly, but I was helpless and the thought of falling 3 stories over a candy bar was discouraging.

Although I was disappointed that I couldn't grab it, I became amused by the possibilities about how it came to be there. Was I a victim of a prank or an experiment? What did its previous owner intend upon placing it there?

This experience provoked a emotional reaction within me and got me thinking about risk v. reward, helplessness, and desire. If the experience were to be replicated/transformed/extrapolated upon, it might yield a fun and interesting project.

Meat business cards??

A way to combine the sensible world of business with the spicy taste of jerky. Can't say it isn't a creative way to market your business... Click here for more images and to see how it's done.

Miley Cyrus Cartoon

This is for all the Miley Cyrus fans!
I think A)this article truly portrays the grossness with young girls being sex symbols and B) its brings to mind the Kayne West episode in which we had to ask ourselves, was it all for show or was it real?

I believe Miley has clearly demonstrated that her talent is now becoming intentional and a way for her to out step her perimeter of the Disney fan-base. I mean who wouldnt if you could trade young girls for creepy old drooly men?!?!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Letterman Scandal

As I'm sure some of you know, David Letterman is involved in this sex and extortion scandal. For those of you who are not yet aware, here's the taping of his show in which he admits and explains it all.

I wonder if this will spiral into a bigger deal. Also, I think it's really interesting that the audience keeps laughing etc. while it's actually a fairly intense circumstance. He says "there's no light moment" about it and that it's "scary"... but he also tells the story in a way that is sort of funny, but uncomfortable way. Is this deadpan? Does this circumstance even sound real?

This whole thing and the way Letterman went about explaining it just weirds me out...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Shoes--an interesting video creation

I came upon this video awhile ago when it was circulating throughout the internet. Some of you may have seen this before. It is a very interesting video that I'm pretty sure was just put together by some random guy who wanted to make a video. In my opinion this is a brilliant creation. It's very quirky and random, but really funny!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Thanks to my friend Mark in Missoula for sending this wonderful creation my way.

Glenn Beck Parody

A new Glenn Beck meme has sprung up, and he is not happy about it. The controversy is over the site The site and supposed crime are completely fictitious, and the site has a disclaimer at the top that admits the site is a parody. Due to slander and legal issues it would be very difficult to execute a concept like this in a truly deadpan manner, but the site made me think how it would be cool to come up with a (much less offensive, but just as provocative) celebrity driven site. The power of rumor and gossip surrounding a celebrity (especially one who is currently relevant due to the Van Jones controversy) makes for instant viral attention. Just a thought.
Well, Barnum has his work cut out for him. This isn't exactly art... it's just kind of crazy.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Huffington Post - Top 10 Game Changers in Entertainment, Digital and New Media

Everyone should read through and see who they have nominated and why.