Subversive Winner: Make A Music Video With Surveillance Cameras

I missed this when it came out last month, but I’m smitten with the concept and decided it must be shared. Regardless of whether you like the track or not… Reminds us why art and new media is so freaking cool. From The Future of Media:

“The band set up their music equipment, from microphones to drum kit, in eighty different locations, including buses and what appear to be taxi cabs, and then requested all of the footage using the Data Protection Act, an English statute similar to the U.S.’s Freedom of Information Act that mandates any individual should have access to all information collected about them.”

Talk about doing a video on the cheap. Very impressive.

What’s even more impressive to me is…[click the ‘continue reading’ link below]


…something I’ve praised before: meta art. Just like my heroes of the NYC art scene in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – Warhol, Basquiat, Johns (hell, even Duchamp way back in 1917). These artists made art that stood on it’s own, and simultaneously commented about the medium, process, or concept in itself.

And this video has that.

Never really thought I’d see that level of meta-narrative in an indie band music video. As such, I give props to this band, The Get Out Clause. And god that must have been a pain in the arse to set up their gear in 80 different locations.

(via Lens Culture)

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