|still from je ne sais quoi|
my final project for new media in art is a video called je ne sais quoi - translation: i don't know what.
it's about beauty.
it's about the beauty of human beings (all humus an beings, think Marshall McLuhan's "global village"); beauty that has nothing to do with the common standards but beauty that comes from the subtle little things that we all do; a nervous glance, a conversation about a passion, a smile, a stare.
in times like these, times when 129 people can be killed overnight for no apparent reason, it can be difficult to believe in or even remember the beauty in the world.
when i heard about the attacks in Paris, i really wanted to change my project, to make something that "mattered".
it wasn't until i finally calmed down a little and thought about it, though, that i realized that this project does matter.
it's so easy to feel hate and fear and despair when tragedy strikes, and that's exactly what they want you to feel.
this video is in loving memory of the 129 souls taken from us in Paris on the evening of the 13th of November, 2015, those taken before that, and those that will be taken in the future.
a lot of my Wednesday nights in Paris were spent at a Scottish pub called the Highlander, listening to strangers sing at open mic night.
the audio is from one of those nights.
a youngish man from Ireland was performing for his last time before going home after 2 years in Paris and his performance really struck me.
he was tall and lanky with an air of someone who doesn't quite know how to keep their limbs in line, but when he stood behind his guitar and the microphone, you knew he was supposed to be there; he is meant to make music.
i wanted to give to you this little piece of Paris, one of my favorite times.
my hope is that if you see this video, you will concentrate your energy on the beauty of the world; that you'll realize that even if you didn't know anyone who was killed, you shared things with them; that they were beautiful and that you're beautiful and that this beauty can and will get us through.
here's a link to je ne sais quoi.