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
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
—though none HAS the élan of the original.
TODAY IN SLATE
More Than Scottish Pride
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Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows
Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?
The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.
Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.