In praise of iamamiwhoami

It has come to my attention that not all of you have been obsessing over "iamamiwhoami" as much as I have, so let's fix that. Some background:

At the beginning of the year, these weird, short, high-production-value videos began appearing on Youtube with no explanation of what they were or who made them, straight out of Pattern Recognition. They featured a heavily distorted woman licking trees and doing other bizarre things in the woods with music that sounded like The Knife or Fever Ray. Cult following ensued. The videos got longer, revealing more of the singer and the songs.

Then in November they posted a short video saying, "We need one volunteer, call this number"!

The next six videos posted show their volunteer getting on a plane to Sweden, arriving at a hotel, and being silently fucked with by faceless weirdos, eventually getting a supporting role in their "live concert".

The concert went out streaming only, and immediately after it ended, the "volunteer's travels" videos were deleted. (The internet does not allow deletion, of course, so these videos, as well as the full concert, are in the playlist below.)

The concert itself was less a concert and more a realtime version of their earlier clips: after a ten minute nearly-silent car trip, it appeared to be (nearly) one continuous take, with the players wandering through the woods doing... the kinds of things that one does in the world that they come from.

This project is absolutely the best, weirdest thing that the internets have brought us in years.

After the concert, the audio of the various video clips, as well as the audio of the concert itself went on sale on Amazon and iTunes. Shortly before the concert, the Internet Hive Mind figured out the identities of the artists behind it, and all of the secrets are now spread wide on Wikipedia.

Even though the internet doesn't allow secrets or deletions, they had a pretty nice mystery going on for a while there. I'm impressed that they kept it under cover for so long, and I hope they keep the weirdness coming.

Previously, previously.

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4 Responses:

  1. yhvh says:

    Reminds me of William Gibson's Pattern Recognition.

  2. Jani Patokallio says:

    Any mirrors for the "ShootUpTheStation" videos 101112 through 101115-2, which were removed by the original uploader? I can't seem to find any streamable video mirrors, although there are some dodgy torrents floating around.