I first came across the work of this week’s guest, Jesse Hulcher, at Interstate Projects here in Brooklyn, where he had a video piece involving the film Jurassic Park. Apparently, the newest version of iMovie –Apple’s popular video editing software — has a preset called Jurassic Park trailer that is supposed to take home video footage and transform it into a blockbuster trailer complete with music, quick cuts and all the rest. So, for his piece, Jesse followed the program’s instructions. But, instead of using home movies, he took clips from the Jurassic Park film to see how well the software could assemble the footage from the movie it claimed to mimic. You can see the results HERE.
Some of his other projects involve pairing up the Novel War and Peace with Microsoft Word’s “auto-summarize feature, or applying auto-tune software to the notoriously off-key band The Shaggs.
Beyond the usually hilarious and absurd results that these experiments produce, Jesse’s work makes us wonder about how software tools shape our thinking and creativity, and what it says about us that these these tools are even created in the first place.
In addition to these software experiments and his remixes involving bands like the Shaggs and the Ramones, Jesse’s work explores technology more broadly, utilizing on-line tools like Gmail, message boards and html code itself, to examine the many ways our daily lives and emotions are represented in both virtual and physical space.
I met with Jesse at his apartment in Brooklyn to talk about his work, his online collaboration with someone named Pony Eyelashes, the time that he received and early morning phone call from the vice president of CompUSA.
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