Unboxing House of Leaves of Grass

Appearing on video (however briefly) is my Achilles heel. I freeze up and get flustered and lose whatever eloquence I possess in real life. As an experiment, I decided that I was going to finally bite the bullet and make a little spoof unboxing video for House of Leaves of Grass. It seemed like the right approach because there is no way to describe the work using words. There are too many twists and turns, just like the book House of Leaves. As an added bonus, I got to play around with iMovie a little more. Practice makes perfect, right?

3 thoughts on “Unboxing House of Leaves of Grass

  1. Meg, this is just lovely. I like so much how the music and your calmly voiced “Unboxing” takes this genre & says: here’s a poem you’ll never unbox. You can never finish it; the house is “bigger on the inside” than the outside. In this sense yours is a pomo-flavored piece: “It’s the end of the world as we know it/ and I feel fine.” Framing this piece with a shot of you and Envy adds human dimension that can only be gestured at in the poetry mash up itself. It’s a nice juxtaposition: the homey, the calm, the happy set against the deep weirdness of HoL, and in the experientially infinite scroll of HoLoG. Thanks for this canny take on the poem!

  2. Great video, Meg! Kudos for appearing on film! I love the idea of trying to “unbox” HoLoG, taking such a calm and direct approach to something I still can’t wrap my head around. Especially for those people just being introduced to the project through your blog post, this is a great way to introduce HoLoG concisely. I love the idea of spoofing the unboxing videos, I wonder where you could take this with other concepts…

  3. I really liked how you did a “how to” type of video. It affords those who aren’t familiar with our course to take part in the exploration of HoLoG. I also liked the back story and narration.

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Unboxing House of Leaves of Grass

Appearing on video (however briefly) is my Achilles heel. I freeze up and get flustered and lose whatever eloquence I possess in real life. As an experiment, I decided that I was going to finally bite the bullet and make a little spoof unboxing video for House of Leaves of Grass. It seemed like the right approach because there is no way to describe the work using words. There are too many twists and turns, just like the book House of Leaves. As an added bonus, I got to play around with iMovie a little more. Practice makes perfect, right?

3 thoughts on “Unboxing House of Leaves of Grass

  1. Meg, this is just lovely. I like so much how the music and your calmly voiced “Unboxing” takes this genre & says: here’s a poem you’ll never unbox. You can never finish it; the house is “bigger on the inside” than the outside. In this sense yours is a pomo-flavored piece: “It’s the end of the world as we know it/ and I feel fine.” Framing this piece with a shot of you and Envy adds human dimension that can only be gestured at in the poetry mash up itself. It’s a nice juxtaposition: the homey, the calm, the happy set against the deep weirdness of HoL, and in the experientially infinite scroll of HoLoG. Thanks for this canny take on the poem!

  2. Great video, Meg! Kudos for appearing on film! I love the idea of trying to “unbox” HoLoG, taking such a calm and direct approach to something I still can’t wrap my head around. Especially for those people just being introduced to the project through your blog post, this is a great way to introduce HoLoG concisely. I love the idea of spoofing the unboxing videos, I wonder where you could take this with other concepts…

  3. I really liked how you did a “how to” type of video. It affords those who aren’t familiar with our course to take part in the exploration of HoLoG. I also liked the back story and narration.

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