Videos with an art

Every once in a while I like to check out vimeo's staff picks section - it's a lot easier than scouring the entire site myself, and they usually have an eye for not only great video, but great art. Below you'll see a few of the ones I liked most (Warning: they may take a little while to load; I recommend hitting play, and then hitting pause and waiting until the grey bar is full).

SOUR / 日々の音色 (Hibi no Neiro) MV from Magico Nakamura on Vimeo.

This music video is a great example of how bands are connecting directly with their fans, as well as the power of a webcam. I can't imagine just how much work it took to choreograph this whole piece, but it's worth it for the joy of watching.

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JESS3 / The State of The Internet from JESS3 on Vimeo.

This may seem like more of a statistics report than an art video, but what I loved is how the videographer/graphicdesigner used images and pacing to help us digest the information more easily, and to make the numbers come alive. There are some really interesting facts in here, too, including the rather frustrating statistic that 80% of e-mail is spam. Yikes!

In-Between Ends from Alex Glawion on Vimeo.

Alex Glawion's animated piece is compelling proof of how simple gestures and hints at a plot line can inspire our imagination and our emotions. "In-Between Ends" feels in many ways like the short film "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. Beautifully filmed and scored, I was left wanting to learn - and see - more.