Ephemera

You may have noticed a new video on my second secret YouTube channel:

The soundtrack is on soundcloud:

How did this happen? Do you wish to see behind the curtain? The mundane truth behind the art?

Well, my mamma sent me one of those “Original Melting Snowman” kits for Christmas. It’s basically white silly putty and some plastic bits. You’re supposed to roll the putty into balls and stick the parts in to make the standard snowman, then leave it to slowly settle into a puddle of putty.

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I looked at this thing and thought “This is stupid. Well, I should try it once. Well, I should try it twice. Well, I should try it again but this time…”

And so on, until the artistic urges have all come out.

I call this one “Kneeling Nude in Party Hat”:

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Usually silly putty would be a terrible sculpting medium for exactly the same reason it’s so much fun in this context.

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Henry Segerman was over the evening I was playing with this, and decided to take a time lapse of my next melting sculpture.

As that was going, we got to thinking about melting snowmen and time lapses of melting things, and ephemeral art and evanescence and the temporary nature of all things. Henry showed me this video of chocolate bunnies melting, and he’d also brought up a video of The Snowman a couple days before, so those things were in my mind.

The next day, Henry showed me the looped and time-distorted result of his time lapse:

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After staring at it for ten minutes, it was obvious that it needed to be on YouTube looping for a very long time, with music. So I stuck it in premiere, then computed the average between The Snowman song and the Chocolate Bunny song and recorded that in about 15 minutes. The end.

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