This video is a treat and a bit of a guilty pleasure. It’s the trailer for the new season of the Danish television show Dumt & Farligt, which translates as “Stupid & Dangerous” in English. In the clip, a variety of mundane and unusual objects, large and small, are smashed, exploded, set ablaze crashed or otherwise destroyed. Each destructive event is shot by a camera at 2500 frames-per-second and played in slow motion, allowing the viewer to see immense detail and movement that’s usually too fast or small for the naked eye to grasp.
“Play Dead; Real Time” by Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is a massive video installation currently at MoMA in New York. The artwork is made of two huge projection screens and a small TV monitor that show video (see below at bottom of post) of a single circus elephant that had been transported to the Gagosian gallery in New York City. The trained pachyderm was filmed at the gallery obeying a series of commands. The footage was made from multiple cameras as tracking shots. The work is fascinating, mesmerizing, and sublime if not a wee bit unsettling.