Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fat Girls From Ohio Part 1

"To me the great hope is that now these little 8mm video recorders and stuff have come out, some... just people who normally wouldn't make movies are going to be making them, and - you know - suddenly, one day, some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart - you know - and make a beautiful film with her little father's camcorder - and for once the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed. Forever. And it will really become an art form."
-Francis Ford Coppola

The age of the internet may or may not have made Coppola's dream a reality. If the next Motzart is out there she had better hope that her video is short and funny enough to go viral. Otherwise it will be like she never existed, another piece of flotsam consumed in the great cancerous river of information that surrounds us all.

Unless of course we look for her where no one else would have bothered: In the great, tasteless, uncontrolled, uncontrollable depths of the internet. This series will look more for Fletcher Hanks than Motzart. Spontaneous Harmony Korine than Ozu. But genius none the less. A vital genius that can provide us with a real strength in a time great artistic starvation.

First is the blog Zero Views which collects YouTube videos that, at the time of their posting, had zero views on YouTube. There is some amazing accidental genius to be found here, much of it by actual fat girls from Ohio.

The second link I have to share is this. I have no background information on it what so ever. It's like a Harmony Korine movie where everyone is happy. The page is registered to Graham Burst who lives in the UK. I didn't find any photographers through Google that use this name. I still can't quite believe this site is for real.

"What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you." - Jean Cocteau.
Through the internet we're offered a unique way of not only looking at media but also each other. If we believe that everything that is really wrong about failed works of art is what is most human inside of them we can begin to understand the landscape of the artist in our modern age.

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