6 billion days

22 07 2010

Have you heard about the Life in a Day project already? I must be in a black hole, for I just discovered it this afternoon – by accident.

The idea is that thousands of ordinary people – maybe billions -will pick up a camera this Saturday, July 24th and film a bit of their life. And then upload that raw footage for the world to see. YouTube is working with director Kevin MacDonald & producer Ridley Scott to create a documentary about 1 day in history and the 6 billion perspectives of humanity as we live it.

What a fascinating public idea.

But tricky: consider how quickly electronic formats become obselete. Remembering how many kinds of electronic formats have become generally inaccessible in my own lifetime, I wonder if this project could actually be a viable resource for future generations (as the project proposes).

And limiting: this project would primarily represent those with the socioeconomic ability to access a camera, computer & internet, and have free time to film. Much like blogging, actually.

You can learn a lot about a group based on who is heard/unheard and why. Will the next generation care about our voiceless and their missing stories? Or will they just be agog at our funny fashions, fads and quaint habits?

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3 responses

22 07 2010
Lori

I’ve been under the same rock, or in the same black hole – I haven’t heard of it either! I’m so glad I saw this post. I have a little video camera, I think I’ll participate.

COOL. It reminds me of some of my favorite movies, Baraka and Powaqqatsi and Koyaanisqatsi.

22 07 2010
Virginia

Yeah, it’s really cool. 🙂 The New York Times did something similar this year, where on a particular day (I forget which) and a particular time (8am) they had hundreds of thousands of people pick up cameras and then send in their photos. It was amazing. And I lost quite a few hours flipping through photos.

Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/03/blogs/a-moment-in-time.html/

24 07 2010
perches

Thanks for the NYT link, Virginia! That’s so cool.




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