So in order to find some inspiration for this last project I went to the place where 95% of my wardrobe has come from since I started going to Lawrence: the Fox Valley Thrift Shoppe (affectionately called "The Shoppe"- pronounced "shoppy"). I couldn't tell you how many hours I have spent sifting through the layers of clothing at this place (more love hours than can ever be repaid, perhaps).
The Fox Valley Thrift Shoppe, in all of its glory
The great thing about this connection is that there is always pop music playing in The Shoppe, and I used the music that was playing while I was trying on clothes as the music in the video (which worked surprisingly well with the plot of the video). I had planned to do more with the sound, but my external hard drive broke, and I had to take it in to get it fixed, and although Geek Squad was able to recover the files, for some reason Final Cut was not able to register the files on the new hard drive. I didn't want to recreate the video entirely because I felt like it would have been way too forced the second time. I'm a proponent of the results of organic thought rather than forced re-creation. So it is what it is.
I guess if Baudrillard were to view this video he would say that it is about the reality of the value of the things that you put onto your body. It's about the reality of the person you see walking across campus with a cool shirt on, and not realizing that the shirt isn't new. It's about the reality of ownership. It's about the hypperrealism of donating and resale. It's about taking Mike Kelley's thrift shop art to a different level. It's about the simulation of diogetic sound into a real live soundtrack. It's about the reality of the glamour of pop stars.
But for me the video will be a reminder of my last term at Lawrence, and the reality that it all had to end eventually. Here it is:
Thrift Shoppe, 2013