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?
It’s funny how, despite all the differences in hair styles and clothes, I find myself locking eyes with everyone almost immediately. It’s almost a magnetic feeling, where you feel drawn to everyone’s eyes so that you can better “see” everyone as they flash by. I’d recommend listening/watching the video all the way through, if you can. Although it’s tough to resist stopping and starting throughout, as it’s pretty amazing just how many people were involved in this thing.
While at work yesterday, I started browsing around the portfolio of an agency that had done a video for my work place. I happened across this random video by Ben Pearce, consisting of a wide mix of individuals (old ladies, drag queens, east London hipsters) simply dancing to the song.
This is an anonymous survey. I would like to hear about your experiences wherein you betrayed a close friend… and how that incident came to pass. The one catch is that I would like to ask you to limit your responses to one sentence for each question: 1) Tell me about how you betrayed a close friend. 2) How could you do such a thing?
A majority of the videos were pretty mundane: reading, watching TV, a laundry-basket full of socks. But somehow, these details made the whole thing seem that much more intimate. And they also provided a contrast to some of the more surprising moments: like a fireman walking down an apartment hallway, shown with little to no explanation (though I loved that the video to follow was of a friend, smoking).
Andy Martin is about halfway through a year-long project, drawing a different alien every single day. In addition to that, he’s also bundling up all the aliens from a given month and creating videos highlighting the planets they come from.
Artist Sarah DiNardo has a very unusual and very specific approach to her pieces: she constructs small, circular patterns by meticulously and obsessively rolling bits of tape. I love when people find a particular thing they’re into, and just go nuts with it. I’m reminded of this fantastic quotation from Teller: Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on…
De Ceulaer was interested in using plaster as “an end material,” and not just something used for making moulds. He tested out this approach by filling a balloon with plaster, and ended up with a fairly useless object that had perfectly smooth sides.
So you know, this is a kind of commercial (it’s sponsored by Trident, hence all the gum-chewing). BUT. It’s still awesome, and still worth a watch. Normally, I dislike having two video posts back to back… but I was just laughing so much at this, I needed to share it. In case you have doubts (or in case you have…
Dan and Ben filmed a scene.
It was shown to the next team.
They had 1 hour and 1 take
to re-create it from memory.
The video that team made
was shown to the next team,
and so on and so on.
Pointer Pointer is a brilliant site, designed to do one very specific thing. It absolutely does what it says on the tin, and I’ll leave you to explore the link and see what it does.
This project represents one of those “I love the Internet” moments, where someone had a whimsical idea, and executed it in a totally awesome/geeky way. It’s simple, delightful, and for me… surprisingly entertaining.
This video showcases 9 skaters who do some pretty uncommon tricks, all filmed in beautiful slow-motion. From a hardflip pretzel to a nollie 360 shuv underflip to a Merlin twist… these guys have got some serious skills.