|2011||Andrew Wong,James Thompson|
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“Astronaut.io was born out of an exploration into what a modern incarnation of television would feel like. We wanted to preserve the sense of immediacy in television, but bring a stronger feeling of rawness in the moment. In some ways, it is an answer to the question “What would a foreign being see if they could point a telescope at random places on earth?”
Andrew Wong and James Thompson, Authors
Astronaut.IO presents a constant stream of unnamed and unedited YouTube videos — possibly uploaded directly from the recording device — against the backdrop of Earth from space. This simple yet smart structure allows the user to view mundane slices of life with interest, something documentary filmmakers strive to achieve often with complicated processes of production! Each video stays on the screen for a few seconds, then switches to the next one, unless the user taps the linger button. Random juxtapositions of unchoreographed, fleeting moments are what make this experience truly pleasant and poetic.