A few weeks ago, in the midst of #OWS, a video crossed my path which startled the frameworks of beauty, especially for a viral clip....Here was an extraordinary phenomenon of starlings in wave formations traversing the sky, captured in Ireland by Sophie Windsor Clive and her friend Liberty Smith. The video has had over 6.4 million views on Vimeo (an alternative site to YouTube), been featured on major news networks and flown across the blog world and back again.
"Murmuration" describes a flock of starlings, but is a simultaneous instance of onomatopoeia and iconicity....take a look and take an in-breath.
--Kathleen Sweeney creates video art, web content, and tracks viral media. Check out www.theviralmedialab.org....