LRAD to Ferguson: Can You Hear Me Now?
Video: Cosmod (2014).
Special thanks: http://www.argusradio.com/ and to Mustafa Hussein.
Simon & Garfunkel "America"
Nico "These Days”
Skip James "Special Rider Blues"
Sly & The Family Stone "Everybody Is A Star"
Audio track excerpts recording in real time via Live streaming, original audio @ http://www.argusradio.com/
Video made in response to events that followed the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. Brown was an unarmed African American youth, shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
The days and nights that followed inspired deep distrust in the community with unrest, uncertainty and violence, both from the streets and by the militarized police department in Ferguson, Mo.
For many, this distrust for the authorities went far beyond Ferguson and continues to plague the nation.
Peaceful protestors and journalists were arrested, threatened with bodily harm for exercising their constitutional rights, including covering an essential news story as card carrying members of the press.
Inspired by witnessing live streaming video from Argus Radio of St. Louis, Missouri, in Ferguson, Missouri, lead by journalist Mustafa Hussein.
For tens of thousands of listeners, Argus Radio was the primary if not solitary media source for reliable, uneditorialized, real-time coverage of what was actually happening on the ground. To Mustafa, his crew and the other journalist there, thank you.
Primary sources and inspiration for this art video were captured August 13 - 24, 2014, as a real time document of my own experience watching, witnessing as curfew fell on Ferguson, Missouri. Material was taken further, photographed via live-streaming internet media images captured from mass media sources, documented with a Nikon camera, including screen captures, video and audio.
Recorded in Lawrence, Kansas.
I do not own the rights to this music, but these songs included in this video found their way to this material. In turn, they themselves were transformed in meaning and substance by the experience of my documenting the media's response, by collecting and framing those images and footage into this art video. This rises to the occasion of Fair-Use for purposes of historical record and documentation, education and art purposes only.