Over on the relatively recently revealed michelgondry.com, the surreal visionary director will paint your portrait for you, from a photo, for $19.95.
There is something very unlikely and awesome about this.
And yet, you can see above, the site did send me a disturbing glimpse of myself in the Gallic mirror that is the mind of Gondry.
Whether or not he actually did it, and let's hope he did, there is something strangely compelling about willing something to exist over the internets.
It's doesn't feel quite the same as buying something, as this thing only exists because I asked for it to be made.
It reminds me of the artist David Horowitz who has a website of 'Things for Sale that [he] Will Mail You" - but all of the things require him to do something - they are more souvenirs of stories than objects.
An example, by way of illustration:
If you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called
Taketomi and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don't worry,
I've been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there.
A while back I attended this awesome event called the Urban Rabbit Hole experience where, as part of a cool experience where I met some lovely people, I ended up buying an expensive t-shirt that I had modified, kind of as a souvenir.
Which, appropriately enough, reminds me that they just announced the next event, which is on in a couple of weeks:
060609 by the rabbit hole
On June 6, 2009, the rabbit hole’s global madhatter collective (see full description about the rabbit hole below) will converge in New York, creating a surreal parade of wonderland, on wheels. The first event of its kind, a double decker converted experiential time bus will journey through the city, picking up performers and creating staged invasions in 5 strategically chosen placemarks in New York that represent the performer’s creative communities. This international experiential moving art event, aims to celebrate and unite the city’s raw creative diverse communities, embracing the city as its canvas, while investigating a specific chosen theme: TIME.
Sounds like fun. Visit the site to sign up.
But you'll need a password.
Wanna know what it is?
I'll give you a clue.
The answer is revealed somewhere that sounds like Earl.