Television is a Drug and Skateboarding Still Rules

I came across these two pieces, which I thought were great examples of people reconfiguring or re-thinking a commonly accepted form of content.

The first is Beth Fulton’s kinetic text interpretation of Todd Alcott’s poem. The piece, and I assume the poem, are entitled Television is a Drug:

Television is a drug. from Beth Fulton on Vimeo.

The second, Tilles Singer’s piece, Skateboardanimation, is a nifty hybrid of fast-shutter photography from print, and motion graphics or stop-frame animation in digital video. If we also consider that the video is being distributed digitally, pieces like this can really represent the evolution of our media across the years, in a single piece:

Skateboardanimation from Tilles Singer on Vimeo.

Got something to share (of your own or otherwise)? Let me know in the comments.

2 comments

  1. Maxine Grossman

    I can never look away from TV. Even if it’s on mute, I hate that there’s TV playing the food network at a fancy restaurant, old reruns in the bar, wrestling matches over your husband’s head at breakfast in the diner, CNN overhead at the airport/train station. I definitely can’t look away when it’s a commercial. That’s why I never turn it on myself… there’s so much of it everywhere already. Ugh.

    P.S. Skateboarding video is beautiful.. amazing job on foley.

  2. admin

    It’s a good point about the ever-present TV, Maxine. It bothers me most at airports, where the inanity seems especially obvious. We are living in a culture where TVs can be literally everywhere, and increasingly will be.

    I like the poem in the first piece in particular because it taps into that frantic energy of TV, and overlays a subtle hint of desperation in there. I feel like there should be a response-video by TVo.

    Thanks for the comment!

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