Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This video piece by Chris Beckman is an amazing collaboration of other people's lives. It's a series of seemingly random videos all pieced together at a moment that they all share; the camera dropping while recording. The video was also a winner of the 2010 Vimeo Awards for Best Experimental Video.

I love this video. I found myself waiting, similiar to a horror movie when you know that something is riiiiiiiight about to happen, for the camera to drop. It was as equally enjoyable to see and realize where the camera was off to next and what the situation would entail.

Have a watch.

oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo.

Here is the description of the video art:

Somewhere between a home-video mixtape and a postmodern travelogue, "oops"—a ten-minute art video composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos, seamlessly stitched together via a motif of camera drops—serves both as transportative adventure and metaphorical elucidation of YouTube itself (i.e. endless related videos), exemplifying the Internet's infinite repository of "throwaway" social documentation. From suburbia to subterranea, the radically shuffling environs induce a vertiginous yet aesthetically contextual thread—a transcendent, reincarnating POV; our omnipresent Camera—by which, the nature of the ultra-verité videos, eschewing any filmic grounding, plunges the viewer into a relationship of fleeting immediacy w/ its many videographers: a self-portrait at arms length, the digital blur of an obscuring thumb, a disembodied narrating voice. This abstractly voyeuristic portrayal of an ever-filming generation (who won't let the transcendence of being in A Moment inhibit their document-everything impulse) presages a future where every instant of our existence, from the mundane to the sublime, is preserved and catalogued for all to see.

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