You Should Watch This Because it is Beautiful.

November 4, 2010

I came across this video a couple days ago, and thought it was super cool and appropriate to share. This is the official description of the video:

“´╗┐Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video, filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of how language connects our inner thoughts to the outside world.”

I thought this was an interesting interpretation of the concept of “poetry.” There are no actual words, only representations of them. Even in that, it’s not as if there is a storyline, or really something that the order of these concepts and words are trying to prove. Instead the meaning lies in the connection of the videos through the word they have in common.

There are actually two versions of this video. In the original one, the film and scenes were staged for the purpose of the film. In the second version, the directors recreated the video with found Youtube clips. I saw the Youtube one before the original, and I liked the Youtube version more. It seemed more powerful to me that they were using actual videos people had uploaded to the internet. The fact that they could find things that fit, especially the more mundane scenes, was really cool to me.

Original version:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/j0HfwkArpvU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Youtube remix:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/VTNO87hDGQM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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