“Sometimes he was playing with his eyes closed,” reported the pilot who flew with Roham de Saram, the cellist. “When I saw him playing very fast, I tried to turn and fly faster to influence him.” Another pilot revealed that he had tried “sharp turns and loops but could not disturb” his passenger, Mr. Arditti.
Rob effectively demonstrates how different “web tv” can (should?) be from “real tv”. I’m also amazed by the short episode lengths. It seems like it should be impossible to do what he does here in only one minute and 38 seconds. It doesn’t feel rushed at all. I do feel like the it’s missing closure, though. The video, not the story. I think a slightly altered version of the five second opening coupled with a URL and contact information would do the trick.
The juxtaposition of the archive films’ choreographed, wholesome imagery with Parrish’s unwholesome, anachronistic narratives makes for an entertaining several minutes. But he’s also making a larger point about manipulation through media, which is all too common. “It’s really kind of important to the whole project, the unreliability of officially sanctioned imagery,” he says. “Authority figures put out media and they say, ‘This is it.’ That may be what it looks like on the surface, but that’s not all there is. There’s always something deeper and more complex than what’s on the surface. That little old lady isn’t always who she seems to be.”
I’m very pleased to be launching a new Tumblr with the wonderful kateopolis. It’s called “image oscillite” and it will curate a video collection, at a rate of two a day, that I hope will eventually be on par with her superb kateopolis.tumblr.com. If we fail to achieve that level of quality, it will undoubtedly be my fault. :)
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques involved — collecting material, combining it, transforming it — are the same ones used at any level of creation. You could even say that… Everything is a Remix.
This is part one of a four part documentary series.