I just watched Tasman Richardson’s 2006 video art/essay/manifesto Shadowplay for the first time in 4 or 5 years, and it’s every bit as good as I remember it being. I highly recommend watching it from start to finish when you’ve got 20 minutes to spare.

“What is it that separates us from the animals? Chimps don’t have have the dexterity to make rockets, but they can manage a blade of grass to catch ants. Technology isn’t anything special. It’s our perception of time that segregates us from all other life. It’s our memory and expectations for the particular details that separate us. Scratching, scarring and painting, we’ve been advancing our own brand of memory technology. Monument as momento, making a mark that can outlive friends, family and associates. An elaborate string tied around our fingers. We’re vicarious. We go anywhere, we see anything, through surrogates. The wax cylinder, a photograph. The end of our future is the preservation of the past. The lens defines space, the recording defines time. Our eyes are dead eyes, our memories are dead memories. Because anything can be recorded by anyone; everything will be recorded by everyone.”

Food for thought.

Speaking of remembering the past, Aubrey Jax gave last nights MYOLJ 4.0 a great (and accurate) review on BlogTO today. She’s right, Dear Diary totally made the night. They put together a perfect emo tribute set-list, and then nailed their performance. BOOM!

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