Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sublime Mundane Mashups

Teh Intarnets are great for mashups.

I remember reading about Renaissance artists who would hear about some stunning visual effect that could be achieved by grinding something strange for their pigments. They were vivisectionists and grave robbers and wannabe alchemists and cranks and geniuses. There was an underlying inventiveness and strong artistic chops too. It's a fool that thinks a gimmick is going to carry you through your whole life.

There are possibilities that open up when technology marches forward. Most of these possibilities are mundane, or annoying. But inventive people just grab what' s around and push what's possible. What could you cobble together from the hoary old late-night interview format, done by someone that's no good at it, interviewing someone who has made his whole life's work riding the wave of his own sublime mediocrity? This, if you're clever:

What could you do with what's right there on your shelf? This, if you're Oliver Laric:

(Thanks to for pointing out the Laric mashup)


Pastor_Jeff said...

That's pretty awesome. Shatner is so bad he's good.

I suppose you've seen the inimitable "Rocket Man" clip?

SippicanCottage said...

Yes, Pastor Jeff. Odd, great fun.

I've sort of renounced postmodern kitsch bad-is-good soi-disant world weary non-sequitur campy enthusiasms, but I make a kind of exception for William Shatner.

There is a kind of self-deprecation that approaches egomania. It's fascinating.

Pastor_Jeff said...

I think Shatner knows he's not that good and plays that to his advantage. He's much more fun than the person who thinks he's talented when he's not, and acts like an entitled jerk to boot -- which is most of Hollywood.

This discussion just brought to mind seeing Shatner in a cheesy industrial film in junior high shop class about general construction. Based on the clothes and toupee, it looked like it was made after the TV show and before the films. I imagine he was glad for the work, but to a 13-year-old who only knew him as Captain Kirk, it was odd to see him dressed in street clothes and wearing a hard hat.