Bas Jan Ader

Slate's Culture Blog
July 21 2009 4:50 PM

Bas Jan Ader

 

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I stumbled across the amazing site of the Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader this afternoon. It opens with a full-frame version of Ader's short film piece "i'm too sad to tell you." I asked Slate designer Vivian Selbo how this effect was pulled off. She told me it's a Flash movie sized to fill the browser window. (If you resize the window, you can watch the video adapt.) Ader disappeared in 1975 while attempting to cross the Atlantic in a small sailboat. The above video is one of Ader's "falls," an idea that has inspired many homages —though none HAS the élan of the original.

Michael Agger is an editor at The New Yorker. Follow him on Twitter.