Sometimes it is worthwhile to have a look at an ambitious failure.
Embedded in the column this month is the 2005 promotional video for the song "Blackout" by Asian Kung-fu Generation, the Kanagawa (via Shimokitazawa / Kichijōji) kings of contemporary dissafection. The video loses its nerve three minutes in...but what a fantastically creepy first 3 minutes! Revelling in and revealing all the self-loathing, paranoias and prejudices of young men of a certain age (oh, why beat around the bush, they were 28 when they recorded this), all from the point of view of surveillance cameras.
A difficult document of a specific time and place (here and now) from a supremely alienated point of view.
Later - If the embed window is too small to discern what is going on, here is the You Tube link.
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