Both Michael Robinson’s and Ed Adkin’s videos are quit different and strange from any that I have seen before. The first time I saw “The General Returns From One Place To Another” I just wanted to fall asleep from how boring and pointless it seemed to me. The text that would appear had no meaning to me and the visuals just seemed like he went to a forest and filmed a bunch of random stuff and called it a video. “Death Mask 3” was the same at first I found it pointless and boring but by halfway through it when it had the lady in white by the beach I started to find it a bit more interesting. Even though I didn’t understand it and I found no meaning to it, it gave this creepy vibe that I really liked so I watched with interest for the rest of the video.
The second time viewing these video’s I actually sat there with an open mind with headphones in and decided to see where it would take me. Again Michael Robinson’s video bored me and I tried really hard to find something I liked but I guess it just wasn’t my style. I tried to find a deeper meaning to the text that he adds randomly in the video talking about beauty and other things but I just couldn’t see it. The title didn’t make sense to me either it started with the woman standing there and also ended that way so maybe thats what he meant by “Returns To One Place” but still it was hard for me to find the message he was trying to put across. The second time watching Ed Adkin’s film gave me a better experience. The audio was definitely better with headphones in and even though I found no deeper meaning to his video I appreciated the very dark eerie vibe that I got while watching it. Its an experience I feel people on shrooms would have because of all the sounds and colors and weirdness.
Both of these artist incorporate text into their work but they do it in a very different way. Michael was actually trying to say something in his and writing full sentences and ideas where Ed was just adding text to aid in the visual effect of his video, at least thats what I think. Michael is trying harder to put in a deeper meaning which I know there probably is one I just didn’t understand it and Ed is going more for providing an experience. In comparison they both make their videos in ways that don’t really give the viewer much to start with like when you first watch it you don’t really know what its about or predict whats going to happen you just have to sit through it and see how you feel about it in the end.
Overall these videos were defiantly different from the usual but for me it was not very enjoyable. I watched them twice and it was alright but its not something that I would just put on one day because I’m bored. The only thing I would say I enjoyed from this reading assignment is the second part of Ed’s video, the way he filmed it and put it all together put on a vibe that I would incorporate into my videos.