At some point, most of us have dreamed of riding across the Sahara Desert and stumbling across an ancient tomb filled with national treasures and glittering gems. If you haven’t, then you’ve probably never seen an Indiana Jones movie. Paul Koudounaris, the self-proclaimed ‘Indiana Bones’, certainly takes that explorer’s vision to heart. When he’s not digging up the dirt on charnel houses, the Los Angeles-based art historian and photographer is tracking down the remains of saints scattered around the world.
Friendly Gestures: The High Five
The high five’s origin is an extraordinarily contentious issue, given its association with camaraderie and celebration. The low five had long been used between black Americans and became popular during the Jazz Age as a response to “slap me some skin.” However, the cultural phenomenon known as the “high five” was not actually in print until 1980!
Directed by South Korean videographer Beomseok Yang, we’re given an easy (yet simultaneously hard) on the eyes understanding of our addiction to Facebook. Yang’s protagonist greets the real world by logging into the virtual, supplanting physical interactions with digital gestures. In this reality, it is not the calorie that keeps us going but the ‘like’. What happens when Yang’s hapless protagonist drops his ‘world’ and watches it shatter before him? You’ll have to watch and find out.