Avi Rozen, an Israeli artist living in Haifa has created the world’s largest vlog. How did he do that?
A car driving by, a barking dog, a man brushing his teeth – these are examples of the day to day materials that Avi Rozen uses for his video blog “Bits of My Life“, a new form of ‘artistic citizen journalism’.
Avi is mostly known as ephemeral8, his Youtube user-name. He started documenting his life using the cellphone camera on Dec. 29, 2007. The files are not edited, but rather directly uploaded via cell phone email, or computer. The project already includes 22,000 short video bits and dozens on new clips are uploaded daily. Different users insert their own daily documentations by linking to their own videos, creating a mega-vlog of day to day experiences. Kind of reminds you of the kid with the camera in “American Beauty” doesn’t it?
Accoring to Rozen’s Philosphy, his creation is collective and it blurs the border between the artist and the spectator, which become one big mesh. “We are all in one boat” he said. Rozen stated that when his father passed away, he could not find family pictures with him from the time of the holocaust which led him to the decision to document his life.