It’s funny at first. And after a while, it gets a little unbearable to watch. But push through to the end, as I think the whole experience is rather amazing.
Arena is a project by Páraic McGloughlin, using Google Maps to create a short and incredibly mesmerizing film. Beyond how long it must have taken to edit this, the amount of time it must have taken to find all the “proper” images must have been something.
It was described as a “difficult video to watch,” which in some ways is true. When I was focusing primarily on the woman in the video – it was tough to watch.
But then I started to shift my focus to the peripherals. I started to look past her, and at the things happening in the background.
Prior to her leaving Chicago, Meryl Williams decided to document her last 100 days in the city using short video snippets. After gathering all the short videos together, she combined them together and created #100DaysOfChicago.
Kickended is a project that shows a random Kickstarter project that failed to raise any money. While there are many projects out there that fail to reach their funding goals, the ones listed on this site fail to even break the $1 mark.
Most every camera or mobile device uses some kind of default naming convention (iPhone: IMG_1234.MOV, GoPro: GOPR1234.MP4). This site searches YouTube for those default file names, and serves up videos that have a low number of views. Because these videos still retain their default file names as titles, it’s unlikely that they’ve shown up in any searches. And it’s very likely these videos haven’t been seen by all that many people.
For my presentation, I answered the question of “Where Are We” by trying to track down all the different Felix Jungs out there in the world, using Facebook. My original goal was to gather as much information as I could on each Felix – and make a presentation on the similarities and differences within our lives.
In watching the endless shapes and colors float by, I found myself wondering how someone controls where a hot air balloon goes. I get that the flame thing helps the balloon to rise, but how does one control something that just has one button? Outside of the bursts of ascension, is a hot air balloon ride essentially a very slow descent?
Guillaume Blanchet is a French filmmaker based in Montreal, and over the course of two years recorded himself playing with his soccer ball companion as he traveled the world.
Artist qozop has a lovely collection of people swapping clothes with their elders. The side-by-side presentation is perfect here, and I just found the whole set absolutely delightful.
“The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.”
“Markus Persson, the game’s creator, planned for these worlds to be infinitely large: if a player kept walking in a single direction, the game would create more of the world in front of him, like an engineer forever laying track for an advancing train.”
This video was passed around at work, and I have to say – it’s absolutely mesmerizing. I don’t think I’m quite smart enough to grok all the different logic behind each algorithm, but this is something lovely to watch (and listen to).
On Saturday, I got to participate in 20×2 Chicago (where twenty speakers get only two minutes to answer the same question). The question changes from event to event, but our prompt this time around was: How Could you?