Images and occasional writing by Duncan Alexander
Duncan, sorry, I had to unfav the vid when I saw what you were doing with the annotations. The piece was a good and I thought understated comment on the banality of YouTube and further banality of attempt to mash it up (aided and abetted by YouTube's own U-montage-it utility). Like Beavis and Butthead "I hate videos with words" and feel the annotations are adding clutter and self-consciously humorous content to a piece that was pretty much perfect. Any possibility you could re-post a version with no captions? Best, Tom
Tom,I appreciate your advice; it's a work in progress. I kind of had the feeling that the annotations weren't working out. As I'm sure you know, it's a very difficult thing to see which gestures on a platform like Youtube have what effects without trying them out first; I'd rather give the annotations and several other ideas a shot (I was looking into captions, transcribed audio etc.) to understand what I'm doing a bit better than declare it done too quickly.The whole idea behind the piece lies in constructing a video out of what tools/content Youtube alone provides, and in banality (good call), but it's hard to know when there's too much. Maybe it has something to do with effort/obviousness of effort? Let's consider it unfinished, and we'll see where it goes in the next couple of days. The last thing I want to do is to tread the path of OSX scrollbar art (you know what I mean).Everybody else, thanks for the help! I love learning experiences. :)
It's hard to know when something's finished, especially when you are (re)inventing a medium. (You should try using the annotations feature in later works.) Both those pieces you did with the video editor are good--the second (shorter) one reminds me of jimpunk's work but there is something more slacker-casual about it, like the way you left in the longer clip from Seinfeld--jimpunk usually grinds video into a fine powder.
Saw that "by jimpunk" vid you linked to on twitter--it's great but not sure if it's the net artist jimpunk. This is the jimpunk I know (for certain): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2mjzrO5TvI And see also http://www.tommoody.us/archives/2010/01/30/jimpunk-links/ and http://www.tommoody.us/archives/2008/03/20/triptychtv-update/andhttp://www.tommoody.us/archives/2008/07/27/spiritual-faux-spiritual-non-spiritual/