Music for my funeral
David Kraftsow, an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, has made waves on the Internet for his various projects that blur the line between culture jamming and art on the web, most notably his YooouuuTuuube.com (rearranges any YouTube video into a sequential series of images) and First Person Tetris (playable version where instead of moving and rotating the blocks, you rotate the entire screen) earned him quite a bit of buzz even with the mainstream press.
I especially like his hack of the YouTube API to create “At My Funeral,” a grim website that crawls YouTube video descriptions for the text, “at my funeral” and then randomly displays the video (usually a music video) and the accompanying description by the uploader against a somber graveyard background. Like many of his works, there’s a dark humor to this, but it also makes me ponder how the encroachment of digital products and experiences into our everyday lives will impact our culture’s rituals surrounding death. Wow, that got depressing real fast! Quick! Neil Patrick Harris to the rescue to lighten the mood!