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Civilization (through a video monitor in a hotel elevator)

Video artist Marco Brambilla created this very cool video for the elevators at the new Standard Hotel in New York City. The montage is created from more than 400 video loops of found footage, including iconic images like the scary Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbuster movies, roller coasters, marching bands, and all kinds of craziness.

When I was at the Associated Writing Programs conference last March, organizers had done a similar thing with those boring elevator monitors, transforming them from hotel announcements or CNN to screen short, animated films produced by the Poetry Foundation. Strange to be riding thirty floors in an elevator and listening to an animated version of “Let Us Consider” by master prose poet Russell Edson.

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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