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HASTAC III: Poster Session | Tuesday, April 21 @ 9:08AM

I got out of the poster sessions today and I have one huge complaint: they were captivating and I didn't want to leave. I had trouble going from one to the other, all for good reasons. There was only an hour for the whole segment, which would have been fine, had they not all been stellar.

So, because I don't think I'll have time to pay adequate service to each of these, I'll talk about Jason Price's poster "Notes and Reflections from the Global Lives Project," which fascinates me.

The main idea is that they take ten people from ten different countries and film a full 24 hours for each. The result is 240 unedited hours of life, through a single eye. I keep wanting to say that it brings human life up to the level of art, but that's not it at all. It shows, I think, that life is art all along and we're just usually too involved in it or busy or mentally/physically/emotionally entangled in it to see that.

They've done everything so far on almost no money at all. It's an enormous undertaking being done by a ton of committed, hard-working, rather selfless volunteers. It's kind of amazing. Jason joked that his major sponsors so far were Mastercard, Visa, and American Express, although he also raised some money for the Malawi project (which he's leading, and you can find it on Facebook) by running a 25k.

They'll be serving this up in a really cool installation. There will be ten private viewing rooms, running each of the ten seperate movies. There will also be a circular viewing chamber where all will be running simultaneously. Again, cue the amazing volunteers.

They're still completing the shoots, but are planning on premiering it later this year. If I'm lucky enough to be within driving distance of a U.S. installation, you can bet I'll be there.

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