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ExTV Presents: I Found It Like That

For November, ExTV’s monthly web program is I Found It Like That, a collection of video art based on found footage, a filmmaking technique based on appropriating video typically for the use of collage video art, mockumentaries, and documentaries. This month’s featured artists are shown as listed:
“Willoveverbeven?” – Camille Laut
Based on still images found in mainstream movies, and google imagery of ‘couples’, this video made of gifs, glitched through the transfer on the editing timeline. Willoveverbeven? evokes the clichés and limits of cinematic love imagery. (@0:06)

“Fall” – Euree Kim
Depression comes out from blurry, obscure shape and turns into clear images and feeling of falling like sinking to bottom. Before falling, the one stands and sees an abyss for a while. The mind wavers between the fear of actual falling and sickening with depression. Inspired by Sarah Charlesworth’s Still series, Fall seeks to contemplate on how individual’s tragedy becomes social through media and how the recipients are affected by the representation. Originally intended to be installed as vertical video projection in life-size. (@1:09)

“SuperSaver” – Maya Gendusa

“Un-” – Jeff Austin
A short, slow-motion film documenting the collapse of seven precariously balancing sculptures, each comprising found materials and limestone from The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. Filmed at the Burren College of Art. Music by Connan Mockasin. (@8:37)

“Unbelievable: Teens Hang Out at Malls!” – Ava Threlkel
“UNBELIEVABLE: Teens Hang Out at Malls!” is a found footage documentary comprised of YouTube-ripped TV tabloid interviews, Utah tourism clips, and a city branding development seminar, exploring intersections of iconography and commerce.

1980’s American teen idol Tiffany visited the Ogden City Mall, a mall in downtown Ogden, Utah, during her US tour “The Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life of Shopping Mall Tour ‘87.” The Ogden City Center features in the opening shot of her music video, “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Tiffany Renee Darwish was 15 years old during the ‘87 mall tour. As a 20-year-old woman, she was attempting radical shifts to move her public image away from her teeny-bopper past. By the 90’s, the Ogden City Mall’s popularity dwindled. The building was demolished in 2002.

In an effort to stimulate interest in downtown Ogden for tourists and locals alike, various attractions have been built on and near the former site of the Ogden City Mall. Both Tiffany and Ogden city development make attempts to break away from preconceived notions of their identities, attaining a perpetual state of demolition and reconstruction. The ethos of the Dead Malls Project (deadmalls.com), an online community documenting the existences of American shopping malls, is the keystone of this video.

The impact of time and competition on these establishments is pursued while comparing Tiffany’s career as an American female pop performer and the future of Ogden. (@16:54)