Sam Curtis Did anyone ever tell you that you’re beautiful when you’re following orders?
Video artist Sam Curtis uses found footage and shows a succession of fleeting, accidental moments that highlight the human desire to express ourselves.
Curtis shows how people can give new meaning to their jobs by giving them a creative twist: a singing bus driver, a beat-boxing operator in a call centre, a dancing waiter. The work rhythm and beat change in a video soundtrack. A soundtrack that is reminiscent of work songs that used to be sung in order to increase productivity.
Interestingly: This title was ‘taken’ from a poster of the punk band, The Feederz. Singer Frank Discussion, well-known for his “situationist interventions”, once distributed a tyrannical pamphlet against the phenomenon of school and work, allegedly on behalf of the Arizona Department of Education.
Video (digital file)
UK 2012 5 min
Thanks to contributors: Piroska Markus, Paul Hankin, Ilyr131, VideoManOttawa, DickieDee, TankDnbWarrior, Rachel Fairley/Ziggy, Luis F.Vargas, th3madtapp3r