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A Beautifully Sad Piece About Childhood

Using HTML5 and with some help from Google, Chris Milk’s The Wilderness Downtown is akin to a music video which allows one’s childhood memories of place a starring role–or at least a competitive one with Google’s archive. It is eerily nostalgic while effacing the more individualized sense of one’s own personal history.

It also demonstrates how powerful Google’s image bank will become in years to come within the arts, where metaphor (and memory) becomes unnecessary when imagery of the location itself is so easily retrievable. You can no longer visualize where you grew up? Well here it is…

Google becomes the family album contextualizing all of us–our roles are increasingly those of the characters within. Many will surely rejoice.

Thanks to Zohar for the link.

2 Comments

  1. Tom White wrote:

    A very interesting use of the tools. I like the personalisation and the interaction and also the fact that it is linked to the real world with the band’s tour and the physical postcard aspect. I’ve heard it said that the future of the internet will be an ‘internet of things’ in that the virtual will be a link to the physical, that the virtual world will be more of a portal into the physical than a self contained ‘world’ in and of itself. I like that idea.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  2. Karl P Green wrote:

    I viewed an archived seminar from the LCC from 2009, which included a talk with Fred Ritchin. His link to this site was included. If I had seen the seminar then I would not have seen this great interactive video.
    Truly inspirational and seen at the right time.

    Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

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