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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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First Kiss

Happy Thursday everyone! Since you’re reading this on the Internet, and this video has been all over the Internet the past few days, I’m assuming you’ve seen the video of strangers kissing. Let’s talk about it.

The short film titled “First Kiss” was posted to Youtube on March 10 and has already garnered over 40 million views. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a relational art piece done by an artist somewhere to show the extreme vulnerability a kiss requires, and to study how humans interact with one another. After further research, however, it turns out the video is an ad for a clothing company. Say whaaat?

The video was created by the Los Angeles based clothing company WREN and serves as their newest advertisement for their brand. Everyone in the video is incredibly attractive and well dressed, and that is because they are models, singers, and actors wearing clothing by WREN. Although this video is an advertisement, everyone in the video was indeed a stranger to his or her make out buddy, and no one is acting, so it is still very real.

I think the video is incredibly beautiful. The whole piece perfectly captures the vulnerability, tenderness, and awkwardness of a kiss. The film is shot in black and white, which calls attention to the participants without any other distractions; it’s about the interaction of the two kissers. Plus, I think black and white film seems more candid and intimate for some reason. In addition to the filming, the music is perfectly soft as well. It’s tender and passionate just like the actors and actresses in the video. My favorite aspect of the film is the extreme awkwardness and uncertainty you can sense from each and every person on screen. The nervous laughter and joking is such a natural reaction for humans to have in an uncomfortable situation. It is just so real! They fidget and shuffle around a bit and laugh and make jokes, just as any human in that situation would do in order to make an extremely uncomfortable situation seem more relaxed.

My favorite parts are when the kissers are still introducing themselves to one another. The first is around the 58 second mark, and one of the kissers says, “This is actually pretty scary.” I also love at the 1:28 mark when one of the kissers says, “Let’s look at each other for a second, okay?” Both of these are the most tender and human parts of the whole thing. They are so honest and just raw reactions to something so intimate. I just love it!

Melissa Coker, WREN’s founder and creative director commented on the video saying, “We make these fashion films every season. I strive to make them an interesting film that exists on its own rather than something that feels like a commercial.” That is a smart move if you ask me. I think the reason it is so incredibly popular is because it such an honest and candid portrayal of human interaction. I think everyone is seeing this as a work of art first, and a fashion ad second. Well played, WREN. Well played.

Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for reading :)

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My Friends and I Broke Up With Strangers

Happy Wednesday everyone! My friends Hanna, Grant, and I made a video on Hanna’s Youtube channel in which we broke up with strangers. Check it out!

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*All editing is credited to Hanna because this was her brilliant idea and she is a wonderful human.

Thanks for watching and have a great rest of the week :)

Vlog: Snog, Marry, Avoid

Happy Wednesday! I broke the hiatus and filmed another vlog with my friend (and fellow Butler student) Hanna. We talked about who we’d want to snog (kiss), marry, or avoid. Check it out!

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We also filmed a video on Hanna’s YouTube channel. Check that out here.

Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for watching :)

Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battles

Happy Friday everyone! Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, and it was pretty great. The highlight of the evening was the lip sync battle between Fallon, JGL, and comedian Stephen Merchant.

Fallon had his first lip sync battle when John Krasinski was on the show earlier in the year, and it was hilarious. Unfortunately I can’t find a video of it anywhere. When I heard JGL was going to battle, I had to tune in. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the clear winner of the battle, but the other lads do a swell job, too. As if Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn’t already perfect enough by proving he’s adorable, dresses well, is a great actor, and supports the arts, he showed us he is a champ at lip-syncing with the utmost gusto. Well played, JGL. Well played.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

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Advising and Art Stress

Happy Thursday to all! We have about one month left of the semester, and you know what that means- it’s time for advising appointments and end of the year shenanigans! I blogged last semester about how stressful it was to figure out my schedule, but I wasn’t nearly as stressed this time around.

Although my advising appointment didn’t give me too much worry, all of my art projects most certainly have. I have mentioned many a time before that I am an Art + Design major. I absolutely, positively love being an art major, but there is quite a lot happening in the art department these days, so I am wigging out a bit.

My most recent project.

The biggest thing I have to do is create a body of work.

For the body of work, the class has to make 5-10 pieces that are related through a concept, and we have to have them done to present at Art Now. Initially, I was going to go to Value World and buy items from the song “Thrift Shop” and create my own interpretation of the song through photographs, but I wasn’t totally feeling it. My new idea was inspired by a video of strangers sitting in a ball pit and asking each other questions so they wouldn’t be strangers when they left the pit (the video is below!).

As you know from reading my blog, I am all about becoming friends with strangers. I am really curious about people’s relationships and how they come to meet and grow in friendship, so I am going to create spaces and instances that, like the ball pit, encourage strangers to interact. I am going to document these interactions through photos and writing, so it’s different from most other projects I have done. This type of art is called relational art because it is about human relationships, rather than a tangible piece of artwork. I’m kind of nervous that no one will want to participate, but you better believe I’m going to try!!

In other kind of artsy-related news, I got an Instagram, so you should follow me!

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Have a great end to the week and thanks for reading :)

Vlog: New Year’s Resolutions

I made a video about New Year’s resolutions!

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Have a fabulous weekend, and thanks for watching :)

P.S. My classic joke of the week is in my video!!