In 2011 I had an idea in the middle of the night. Instead of a 404 Not Found Error page on my website, I would make a 404 Not Found video that would become “The Most Awkward 404 Not Found Page on the Internet.”
A couple months ago I was invited to create another video for the 404th Wall Project. The 404th Wall Project — I’ll say intentionally — I never understood. It had to do with streaming a video signal to Dubai from, I think, Scotland. While assurances were made, everyone involved seemed to expect problems with the signal. So much so, they commissioned videos for when it all went South. That’s where I came in.
I asked my old friend Scott Vermeire to join. He and I recorded a 30 minute in-character tech support/sales video for a company called QualStream Solutions, LLC. As Josh and B.B., we were going to stay on the line until everything was up and running again.
I’ll warn you, it’s about 30 minutes long. I think it’s worth it, but if you don’t agree that’s fine. It’s not for everyone. However, word from the audiences there was that they either enjoyed it immensely, or found it eerily similar to real-life experiences.
(Note: originally it was over an hour, but there was a problem with the sound so we re-did it.)
About the 404th Wall Project
Hosted by The NewBridge Project and spearheaded by artists Alexia Mellor, Anthony Schrag and Dominic Smith, The 404-th Wall is a satellite project of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), taking place in Dubai, 30 October-8 November, 2014.