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Victorian Phenakistoscope Animations Repurposed For Music Video

Filmmakers Keith and David Lynch used images from vintage Victorian phenakistoscope discs in this music video for “The Hope of a Favourable Outcome” a song by Canadian composer Carly Paradis. If you’re into film scores, then you may know her already for her piano work on the soundtrack to Duncan Jones’ excellent science fiction film Moon.

Via The Verge.

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Let’s End Unboxing Videos

One of the oddest manifestations of the Cult of Conspicuous Consumption are “unboxing” videos. Just search “unboxing” and you’ll find tons of YouTubers documenting every stage of unpacking a newly purchased product (even incredibly banal ones) as if it were a rare and delicate archaeological artifact, and often with the same breathless exuberance such a discovery might elicit. I don’t hate them, though. I’ve watched a few, and I think that they appeal to the curious, always foraging monkey brain that’s still lurking under all of that fancy-pants upjiggered human temporal cortex.

In any case, I think that this guy nailed the worst attributes of unboxing videos. Funny stuff.

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An Over-Looked Classic


The above video is a brilliant piece. In a sense it’s already very much of its time but this works as a reminder of the fast moving nature of the interbutts.

For me this video hammers home the fact we live in an era where the “New Media” is now outgrowing the old. You are unlikely to understand most of the references in it, if you’re not part of the internet’s growing subculture, and frankly that’s what I love about it.

Nick Margerrison (my twitter)

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‘Africans for Norway’ Sends Up Well-Meaning But Clueless Western Charities

Africans are reaching out to poor, cold Norwegians through Radi-Aid, a charity effort that seeks to place radiators in the homes of Norway’s frigid families. Okay, well maybe not. It’s actually a send-up of similarly myopic Western charities that treat Africa as some kind of homogeneous mono-culture:

Via the Daily Dot:

The song and video were actually made by a Norwegian group, The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund, with African help: The music was written by Wathiq Hoosain, the lyrics by Bretton Woods and the video was produced by Ikind Productions. The point they are trying to make is how tunnel-vision Western images of Africa are.

“Imagine if every person in Africa saw the ‘Africa for Norway’ video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?”

Read more about the video and its creators at the Daily Dot.

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