Monday, 30 August 2010

YouTube is better than TV

A quick search around YouTube, and you will find an amazing collection of stuff. Just like the internet, one can find literally anything on anything. This video below is from the sixties, and has interviews with Australians living in London – the first interviewed is Brett Whitely.

This second YouTube is an early art video  from the seventies by Bill Viola. This one I found on a list of the 50 greatest art videos on YouTube as listed by the Guardian/Observer in the UK. That list was from 2008, but by now I suspect there are thousands more art clips to be seen, including all the contemporary artist who see this as a platform to release and share their own work.

Of course there is a lot junk out there in You tube land, and obviously one doesn’t have time to sift through it all. But in saying that, if you know what you are looking for or need a place to store videos to share, then You tube has a lot going for it. Here is a dubious art video – Burger Grease Art – in some ways it says a lot about You Tube, McDonalds and sensationalism.

But one thing I watch on You tube more than anything else, is music videos. Why wait for a good Doco. to come on television, when you can dial up a music clip or interview from practically any time on any artist. Here is ‘Turn up you radio’, by the Masters Apprentices from 1970, Australia.

The good thing and bad thing about You tube is that it constantly changes. Good, because it remains vibrant and interesting, but bad, if a video has been removed, or the link works no more – sort of like life really.

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