An artist named Natalie Bookchin has sampled Cobb Video as part of her project entitled "Now he's out in public and everyone can see".
Now he's out in public and everyone can see is an 18-channel video installation that weaves together found fragments from online video diaries in which vloggers recount a series of media scandals involving African American men. The multiple stories, originally circulated and enflamed by networks of corporate and viral media, intersect around themes of racial and class identity. Together they form a collective-told narrative that explores popular attitudes, anxieties, and conflicts about race. The work aims to create a critical context for otherwise isolated and scatter-shot online voices, drawing links, making connections, and locating tropes between individual rants, responses, and interpretations. The montage produced by the multiple monitors in the gallery space mirrors the composite story, as well as the composite racialized subject under scrutiny. Where the typical viewer of online video is a single isolated person in front of her screen, the installation produces an active social space where multiple viewers interact with and complete the narrative as they navigate the space.
Folks informed me yesterday that my mug was in the LA Times and so it is true. As far as I can tell, she's taken samples from my Kwanzaa Contextualized video shown below in its entirety.
I checked out the video last night and I think it holds up rather well after all of these years. I've essentially said just about all I have passion to say on the subject of Kwanzaa and as far as I can tell, the controversy has waned over the years. I can't tell for sure but I don't get many hits on that stuff as it swings around into focus - surely no comments. It's odd though that the video only has a couple dozen hits. I'll put this and that out on G+ and see what percolates up this week.
Meanwhile, Bookchin's other work that I was able to sample was very clever and smoothly edited. It was about people getting fired and I think it demonstrates the remarkable similarities that we experience in our encounters with trying to be useful. I'll keep an eye out for Bookchin.