This is the story about a Tape. This is the story about A COMPLICATED WEB OF PAPERS AND LIES.
It begins five years ago in 2008. I was having a terrible year, what with the collapse of CSF and all, and I never expected to get anything aside from a care package from home in the mail. I certainly wasn’t prepared for this:
It was an aluminum harddrive encasement, sealed shut with duct tape. Inside were thousands of small papers that read “NO”, and another wad of wrapped duct tape hiding a Time Cube diagram. Inside of this wad was a VHS tape. A VHS tape that would become the source of pain, vengeance, and act as a microcosm for the entirety of the internet.
This tape was the beginning of a video correspondence between myself and fellow filmmaker Andrew Gingerich, and though I could go into written depth about what was on this video I feel it better to watch it:
This laid the foundation for the installments to come: A smorgasbord of YouTube cats, our own footage (that would both be shot specifically FOR the Tape and that we had lying around), and Public Domain music, filters, titles, digital artifact, etc. As I said above: The Tape acts as a microcosm for the internet and its culture. There’s a lot in this foundational video that’s kind of fun but not really engaging and some recycled meme-ing, but there are also some fantastic parts that are still triumphs (There is some fantastic sound design here that I didn’t really appreciate when I first received the package, and the 8mm footage of people walking on the beach grows into a terrifying tizzy when everyone starts walking IN SYNCH WITH EACH OTHER).
It was a noble effort and an interesting idea, and I didn’t know what to make of it or how to respond. But I tried. I tried, and tried, and I came up with something.