Video Killed The Video Star

Daniele Hopkins and Kyle Duffield


Video Killed the Video Star is a pop video-music piece that is an amalgamation of the first music video aired on MTV, Video Killed the Radio Star (1979), the film Sunset Boulevard (1950), AM radio samples, 80’s RCA television commercials, and 20 of Youtube’s most popular Internet memes. Video Killed the Video Star tracks the evolution of stardom through obsolescence and into contemporary media forms. All images are synced to their original audio sources, cut for cut, what you see is what you hear.

This piece was screened at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art for Videodrome 2012. Created by Daniele Hopkins and Kyle Duffield.

Video as a format is an affordable and democratizing media. Music videos replaced radio music by allowing the image of musicians to prevail. Video has replaced film because of its affordability and malleability. The Internet is replacing traditional means of broadcasting while providing opportunities…

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