WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (Ondi Timoner, U.S.). 90 minutes. Wednesday (May 6), 6:30 pm, Bloor May 7, 11 am, Isabel.
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (Ondi Timoner, U.S.). 90 minutes. Wednesday (May 6), 6:30 pm, Bloor May 7, 11 am, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNNN
Ondi Timoner follows her epic rockumentary Dig! with another story of an emotionally dysfunctional visionary.
Here, it’s Josh Harris, an online pioneer who exploited the social networking aspects of the Internet a decade before Facebook and MySpace and may also have invented reality TV as we know it.
Harris spent a fortune on elaborate art projects dedicated to breaking down social barriers. His most ambitious was a Y2K-era scheme that placed 100 people in a bunker beneath a Manhattan warehouse for a month, eliminating all privacy through total video coverage.
Timoner was one of the participants, and her camcorder footage is astonishing, but not as fascinating as the psychological portrait she draws of a man utterly obsessed with seeing and being seen but never quite understanding what that meant.