Crass Art

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on YouTube in parts. My apologies for the odd truncations. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

(I tried to upload the full version to YouTube but it was removed a few days after for length issues. The full version is available on vimeo but I wanted to keep YouTube as the main viewing platform.)

I had originally intended to do a remix project entirely dissimilar to this one. I stumbled upon the kernel of this idea during a night of extremely amateur filmmaking with one of my friends and decided to see how far I could take it. This remix is basically a simple re-contextualization of an episode titled "Arts n Crass" from the television show Daria. It is in this simple recontextualization that I wish to engage with larger discourses about creating and viewing videos, access to videos, bootleg videos, and hopefully more. 

I used a small hand-held camera in order to achieve a surveillance effect. I wanted to create something of a vignette into my life and do not think that my relationship to Daria requires a cinematic quality, nor do I wish to present it in such a way. Part of the reason the quality and editing is so crude is because my skills are non existent, but I feel as though this aesthetic suits the project well. The rudimentary and inconvenient camera angles also lend themselves to a certain amount of un-knowability. While I am being watched, I am also able to evade the lens, which allows the viewer to imagine (if they are interested/invested enough) or wonder where I might be and what I might be doing. What exists beyond the scope of the frame? 

Another dialogue that I wish to engage with this project is that between YouTube and Daria. For a while, the show encountered legal issues that inhibited the dissemination of the episodes (it did not come out on DVD until a decade after it originally aired). Consequently, many people would tape them using a VHS recorder, or even videotape the television set. The episodes were then circulated, in 7 minute installments, on YouTube, which was - at the time - the site for watching bootleg videos like Daria. Were my video to look a bit more produced, I don't think this connection would be as palpable. This is also why I chose to upload it to YouTube. 

Now that the series available on DVD, I can watch it all the time. And I do. It has become a pacemaker, a metronome - it determines the rhythm of my life. It is the soundtrack to my life - always in the background, whether or not I'm actually watching it. This is also something I hope to reflect in this project. 

Process:

I illustrated the three camera positions that I wanted to use (see image below), then made a rough blocking list. Then clip by clip, I shot the whole thing on a digital camera. I then took the clips and synced them up with the original audio track of the episode.

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