Yesterday afternoon I watched a really long alternative history type documentary with pretty low production values – lots of appropriated “History Channel” kind of video material that, well, mostly fit the narrative.
Towards the end of the film the video quality totally deteriorated. Bad video compression? Copied too many times? Both? – I don’t know, but the picture was digitally trashed.
After a little bit of listening to the narrator talk along with the rather abstract video, it made me start to think, “hey, it’s actually better this way” – a lot of the digital distortions had a very painterly touch.
I ended up spending several hours crawling through the last part of the video selecting and capturing images, starting with the cowboy (The Great American Cowboy I call it because it looks so iconic) image at the top of this page.
Here are some of the many screen captures I made last night… enjoy!
Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or “LPS”) which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him or her self, and/or others and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced “fifty-one-fifty”) can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself.
Original music and sound collage by Jon, onehumanbeing
Directed by Jon, onehumanbeing
All of the pieces I used for this sound collage visualscape have been re-edited, altered, color and time shifted and manipulated in a number of ways to achieve my final results… but here are the originals if you would like to delve into the “real” stories.