With the slew of random Tumblr photo blogs, cat videos and “fails” appearing on the internet these days, it’s easy to forget that the web can provide a previously unavailable platform for people to showcase their creativity.
Take the example of PJ Ligouri – a 19 year-old Youtuber who has built up a community of followers who eagerly await each video he uploads to the channel. While his videos share a lot of the characteristics of videologging (vlogging) i.e. – a guy or girl in their bedroom talking to camera, the real creativity comes in the form of PJ’s self-taught skills in animation and special effects in packages like Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and After Effects, which have given his videos an extra and unique element.
Youtube first featured his videos on the front page in 2007 and he has since uploaded over 60 videos to the channel with over 31,000 Youtube subscribers and 2.25 million video views in total. His latest videos are particularly impressive. A Story About A Girl (below)/A Story About A Boy sees PJ apply his skills to live video creating live storytelling out of thin air with hand gestures.
An equally creative individual, but in the A/V mashup realm is 21-year old Perth artist Pogo whose mix of Alice in Wonderland has had over received over 4 million views with over 11 million views of all videos in total.
M.I.A – XXXO
After the over-indulgent and controversial gingercide video for Born Free, M.I.A gives the people a banging club track which bodes much better for her new album frighteningly called /\/\ /\ Y /\ (as in Maya, her first name). http://bit.ly/miaxxxo
Nialler9 new music mixtape
A collection of great new music from yours truly including tunes from Twin Sister, Zola Jesus, Javelin, FUR, Lali Puna and more. http://bit.ly/9newmix
Jarvis Cocker’s free album
The Sheffield man has made an album of ambient sounds in support of The National Trust in the UK. You can download it for free. http://bit.ly/jarvisc
The next time you see a stranger lying down on the ground motionless in public, there may be a relatively harmless reason. In fact, they’re probably participating in the latest internet craze, “facedown”.
The idea is simple. Pick a public place, the more random the better, lie down horizontally with your hands by your side, straight as you can and get someone to snap a photo. Upload to Facebook or Twitter, and it becomes a part of the hottest social networking phenomenon since sleeveface (augmenting a vinyl record cover with your own body – see sleeveface.com).
Facedown seems to have captivated the Irish internet-using public in the past week but it has been happening for a few years. Memorable facedowns include a young man lying in the cheese counter in Tesco, an ambitious Limerick resident balanced precariously on a large road sign and others on top of goalposts, the pavement outside a fast food restaurant, a Gardaí car, atop a garage roof, an airport runway and a bridge. (more…)