Worse Things

2012
12.0'
CA
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Synopsis

The video Worse Things is a collage of found video featuring anonymous people singing along to the song “There Are Worse Things (I Could Do)” from the 1971 musical Grease. Wittily and sensitively combining archival films and internet-based DIY videos, Worse Things shows “how images of alienation and isolation are represented with utter sincerity, desperation, courage and hope on the Internet.” Clips from the musical are mixed with “confessional-style videos and karaoke to reveal the narrative underpinnings of sexual abuse survival, while educational films from the 1950s punctuate the piece with expressions of morality, shame and desire for escape.”[1] Building techniques used in MacCormack’s widely shown animated shorts from 2009 to 2011, Worse Things employs surrealist montage and found footage in a palimpsest effect, culminating in a brief self-portrait that underscores the sincerity behind the multi-textual landscape of mostly unknown and unattributed video excerpts. 

[1] http://jessicamaccormack.com/2013/09/worse-things/