Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Just how good is Eric Wareheim?

Major Lazer “Keep it Going Louder” by Eric Wareheim on Vimeo

Major Lazer “Pon De Floor” by Eric Wareheim on Vimeo

Flying Lotus “Parisian Goldfish” by Eric Wareheim on Vimeo*

*Full video only seems to be available at

Maroon 5 – If I Never See Your Face Again by Eric Wareheim on Vimeo

One Night in Beijing

Canon EOS5DmkII, One night in Beijing by Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Stunning short by Guardian photographer Dan Chung.

Shot on a Canon EOS5DmkII.

1k Frames per Second

I don’t make a habit of writing at the weekend.

But this gots to be shared tout de suite:

I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel by David Coiffier on Vimeo.

“Mostly 1000FPS shots, made during a recent rugby competition in the Stade de France, Paris.”

The bouncing jelly (around 2:00) + dubstep/ wobbly bassline music =  a very happy accident from my laptop.

Mariah Goes Postmodern

I’m a badge-wearing fan of Wreck & Salvage.

Have they just created the first Mariah Carey meme?

Mariah Carey and Marcel Duchamp by wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

Mariah Carey and Albert Einstein by wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

Mariah Carey and Andy Rooney by wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

Mariah Carey and Orson Welles by wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

Still three videos to go on this mini series, so keep ’em peeled.

Go to Wreck & Salvage’s blog for the feed on their reality re-ordering.

In their words:

“We are three internet hobos riding the rails of digital refuse, navigating through the brambles, backwoods, and country roads. Adventure! Huddled around this campfire we share stories of our journeys.”

How to VJ #9

Puma Lift by Droga5 on Vimeo.

I didn’t expect to include ads in this series. But I didn’t see this spot coming.

Droga5 and Puma have used projection mapping to spectacular effect for their ‘Light Injected Footwear’ – the print work is striking too.

Where set design, installation and architecture converge with live visuals, we’re getting to glimpse the future. It’s increasingly spatial.


CAD render showing the beam traffic and early set design [image via ‘boards].

Production designer James Chinlund explains some of the thinking in interview:

“We felt like it was important that it feel at all times like these people were doing this themselves, in their own space. When you watched it that you felt like you were seeing a performance that was happening in real time.

We thought of them as a team of young artists making a piece with almost no money, you should be able to feel the “edges”. The projections weren’t mapped perfectly, there were shadows and spill-off.”

It pays off. The piece feels like a performance and that, for me, makes the creative ambition all the more impressive.

Flight of the Conchords – Carol Brown, Dir. Michel Gondry on YouTube.

That’s not to talk down the projection mapping in composed pieces. Michael Naimark’s installations were groundbreaking and Michel Gondry keeps using the technique with aplomb.

Since Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (White Stripes) he’s taken it into TV.

But how far can you take projection mapping in a club performance?

I hope to find out tonight when Etienne de Crécy and Parisian crew Exyzt bring their Cube to matter (London).

Etienne de Crécy Live 2007 by Clement bournat on Vimeo.

The 3x3x3 cube puts different demands on a VJ crew – but this crew has architects, not to mention scaffolding.

Managed to snag free tix for tonight and will report back from the field…

More on Projection Mapping:

AntiVJ: Exyzt Installation Ripped off by The Killers.

– Projection mapping with VDMX.

Previous How to VJ:

#8 Interaction: keeping interface simple

#7 No laptops: 8-bit VJing

#6 Pixel-per-pixel: a history

It’s Friday Night: FIGHT!

DISCLAIMER: This website does not endorse fighting.

Unless it’s comically unrealistic and/or in a zero budget 80s exploitation flick.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

And before anyone cries out “These fights aren’t racially representative! And where’s the wheelchair access?” – here’s the fight for you. It’s spectacular:

LPS @ Canford School


Zan Lyons rehearsing at Canford School.

London Poetry Systems on the road last week. Although teaching in name, it was more a learner than anything else.

Thanks to the kids at Canford School for their energy and ideas. I hope we helped with some shape and can’t wait to see the results on the 17th/ 18th.

Since I last wrote about this project Codeshift has kicked off an exceptional podcast to showcase his trademark sonic collage.

The Vimeo group, as ever, welcomes all contributions and collaborations.

And finally, hats off to Zan Lyons for his performance on Friday. Astonishing and outright unique, as I can only imagine the album will be once it’s released.

Zan Lyons Live at London Astoria 2008 by thisisourpunkrock on YouTube.

We Sure Love to Dance

No comment needed. Just look at the hits for each of these vids.

Boombox by Ely Kim on Vimeo.

Evolution of Dance by Judson Laipply on YouTube.

Where the Hell is Matt? by Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Kaoma – Lambada by igloows on YouTube.

OK, so that last one’s not a meme. I trick you.

But 20m views and counting for the Lambada? That’s deadly serious.

Why do we love to sit in front of a computer watching other people dance?

Did Saatchi & Saatchi sell their flashmobdance on the basis that dancing is the pinnacle of the entire universe?

People: throw your hats in to the circle. Best dance vids or better explanations pleeeeease.

Update – an addition

Over 20m viewers can’t be wrong, can they Audrey Q? Thanks for the tip-off.

“Thriller” (Original upload) by byronfgarcia on YouTube.

Soda Jerk and Pirate Pops


The “internet piracy trial of the decade” began today with The Pirate Bay in the docks.

The four defendants face a fine of 1.2m kronor (£1,000) and two years in prison. They could leave 25m torrent-tracking users behind them if it all falls down.

Feels strange that this is happening now. Last week pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline announced their intentions to go open source. Offline business is starting to follow the online models of sharing.

I never can understand what makes creative copyright so different. Ideas are ideas, right? Maybe it’s time to pick up Lawrence Lessig again.

Or sit back and enjoy a Soda Jerk remix … while there’s still some in the bottle.

Pixel Pirate II Hollywood Trailer by Soda Jerk on YouTube.


Soda Jerk interview on Create Digital Motion

– Understanding fair use copyright

– Remixing in… Microsoft Excel?

Film Title Mash Up


Stills taken from Steven Hill’s fantastic archive of Movie Title Screens.

A perfect complement to The End – one of my favourite Flickr groups.

End credits:

Is this the end? A multilingual sign-off by Alexander Gutke.