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Dan Deacon's New Video Shows How Message Infidelity Becomes Art

"True Thrush"'s concept is easy enough to explain: "Dan Deacon":http://www.dandeacon.com/ and Wham City compatriot/filmmaker/comedian "Ben O'Brien":http://showbeast.net/ filmed a 13 second scene, featuring the two of them. They then showed that scene...

by Michael Byrne
Jul 18 2012, 4:19pm

The concept of “True Thrush” is easy enough to explain: Dan Deacon and Wham City compatriot/filmmaker/comedian Ben O’Brien filmed a 13 second scene, featuring the two of them. They then showed that scene to a new team of two people who had the mission of recreating it. That new scene was filmed and shown to yet a new team, which also recreated it, but based on the second team’s recreation, not the original. And then it goes on like this, a super-elaborate game of telephone slyly referencing the evolution and de-evolution of musical loops used in Deacon’s music. Note that, unlike in telephone, where the end result should be fidelity, this is freeform art. And the result is ecstatic, like the energy and spontaneous creativity of every team just accumulates through the five minutes of the video. It’s fun to watch happen.

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