Every time I watch this clip I feel an uneasy sense of desperation and guilt. I feel anxious for an event that I will never know or experience. Would such an event have touched my life more intimately if I had lived alongside it? Consisting now of pixels, binary digits and audio waves; what would I have felt that I cannot feel now? As YouTube plays an increasingly larger role in our need to find and cling to bits of the past, I wonder how many of our memories are created, enhanced or maintained by it?
My project serves as an exploration of the Web and YouTube as a medium for collective memory. It is a Flash-based piece, consisting of film, animation and elements of interactivity. Video clips of the JFK assassination in 1963 and the September 11th 2001 World Trade Center attacks are used as examples of collective memory. Footage from each event is edited with cutaways to random, archived ‘home movie’ footage.