Nikolas Dane

End of the World Project

Why Watch? Last fall, when the world was all set to end, Nikolas Dane asked people from all over the planet to answer the question of what memories they would want to endure even as the rest of our existence was wiped out. The idea was kind of like a video time capsule that wouldn’t seriously be needed, but beyond the Mayan anchor to the experimental project, the idea of treasured experiences lived at the core of what Dane was doing. Using a window pane look into the raw footage, what emerges is a host of similarities and common bonds: babies, parades, natural and man-made wonders, adventurous images and everyday simplicity. The most fascinating thing is the short’s ability to take intimate (otherwise meaningless moments) and make those of us on the outside understand them. It’s a cipher for inside jokes. Knowing that these are memories someone wants to live on, to share, makes it immediately obvious what’s happening even if we’re filling in blanks more than a little (I need to learn the rules to that hand game). It’s a bit long, and that’s made most clear by the repetition of some of the footage. That’s also the product of using 6 feeds at once, but even as dreamy as it is (in that We Are The World kind of way), it could probably be cut into a tighter experience. Otherwise, it’s nice to let The End of the World Project wash over you, but after you take a deep breath and […]

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End of the World

“Simple Idea: People from around the world will make 30 second to 2 minutes videos about human nature, relations, love or anything beautiful. All videos will be edited into one,then uploaded, as the world is comes to an end.” That’s the prompt on the Facebook page for Nikolas Dane‘s forthcoming video project. The goal is to crowdsource work that showcases human life and use it to craft a patchwork quilt of experiences from all over the planet. “The main idea is to do a global video about the beauty of the world and humans. Specifically during these hard times,” Dane told me by email. “This project actually started as a ‘Last Day on Earth’ video between me and a friend in a different part of the world, years ago. She has now moved on to other things and is not into video that much, but I think the main idea still works – having people from different parts of the world submitting videos and showing why life, humans and the world is a thing to be remembered.” If the world did end, what message would you want the universe to save for whoever and whatever comes next? Of course, Dane has a very specific release date in mind. “The video will be uploaded on Dec 20th or 21th depending on timing and all that. Which is when the Mayan calendar ‘finishes’ and ‘the end of the world begins.’” So far, response has been solid enough to surprise Dane, who is […]

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