Friday, March 05, 2010

Extremely cool Charlotte urban video goes viral

Of course those you who you regularly attend the monthly Civic By Design meetings (second Tuesdays at the Levine Museum, 5:30 p.m.) already saw this months ago, but for those who haven't, there's an extremely cool video of Charlotte's urban history that's in the process of going viral online The last 3 minutes of it were featured on Huffington Post.

I've heard from a number of folks around the country asking about it. Rob Carter of Brooklyn was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in 2007, and made the video using Charlotte's history as its theme. Be sure to listen, not just watch. The sounds are important to the experience. For instance, Charlotteans will recognize the buzzing noise, as the crown is being kicked offscreen, as that of a hornets nest. Other viewers may not know that General Cornwallis, whose troops occupied the hamlet of Charlotte for a few months during fall 1780, referred to his hostile reception as a "hornets nest of rebellion."

Watching the NFL stadium fly in and land is fun, too. The stadium's design and suburban-office-park-esque setting in what should be urban territory downtown led some local urban designers (those not on the team's payroll, at least) to complain that it looked like a flying saucer had landed.

Happy viewing.

Here is a clip from the longer video linked above:

Metropolis by Rob Carter - Last 3 minutes from Rob Carter on Vimeo.


Andrew said...

i don't think you quite understand what going "viral" means.

at 12:30pm it had 111 views and no comments.

EuroCat said...

Andrew, what are you talking about?

On the Vimeo site where the 3-minute excerpt is hosted ( ) there are 134,000 views, with over 52,000 in the past three days (presumably since the HuffPo exposure)...that would meet my criteria for "viral", in terms of online video propagation.

Anyway, it was a fascinating and wonderfully bizarre artwork. Thanks for the links, Mary! Excellent work, Rob! I enjoyed it immensely. Like all good works of art, it will benefit from repeated viewings.

Andrew said...


She changed the link from the YouTube version.

Normally, I wouldn't say a video has gone viral and post a version with the fewest views possible.

Apology accepted.

Mary Newsom said...

My friends at had helpfully added the YouTube link because I'm on deadline on other matters today. I see they've changed it.
Yes, Andrew, I know what going viral means.

jkmcmill said...

I wish your friends at the Observer would help you out and fix the first sentence of your post. I'm guessing you're going to chalk that up to having other deadlines as well.

Andrew said...

Mary, based on the mistake that was made (that you blamed your co-workers for), it was a legitimate question to ask.

When changes are made to a blog once they go live or have comments posted, those changes are usually noted at the bottom of the blog. At least, that's how us common folk do it.

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