13 February 2012

"Balance out of Life"

Vimeo | Wyatt Hodgson | Balance out of Life

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) at 1552% speed

Via Planetary Folklore.

I don't really buy into the environmental/philosophical message of Koyaanisqatsi, but it sure is pretty to look at.

This sped-up version also drives home a point the original made me think about. We've got this class of things called "movies" which are shown at specific times in special places where everyone has purposefully gathered to see them. And we have this other class of things called "paintings and photographs" which we hang on the walls or pretty much every type of space for people to observe whenever they happen by.

Why do these need to be separate things? Now that we have the technical capability to easily display a moving image on a table top or wall, why aren't we doing that more often? Where are all the portraits and landscapes that happen to be in motion? Where are the movies whose sole point is "this is an interesting/pretty/pleasing thing to look at"?


  1. There's a bar in San Francisco that does just what your talking about. They have framed 'video portraits' on the wall of people who are all dressed up. Every so often the people will move or turn their heads. It's a neat effect.

  2. That sounds really cool. I'll look into that when I get back to SF. Thanks for the tip.

  3. http://www.yelp.ca/biz/clift-hotel-san-francisco