SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 14, 2010 — Drury graduate Chris Beckman placed first in the experimental video category at the Vimeo Awards over the weekend. Beckman’s video was chosen out of over 6500 finalists, and it was recognized at the awards show in New York City on Oct. 8 and 9.
Beckman, who graduated from Drury in May 2010 with a degree in Fine Arts in the Department of Art and Art History, originally created the piece for a class called Video Art co-taught by Drury professors Blaine Whisenhunt and Greg Booker with assistance from Brian Shipman, a Drury video instructor. “Students in the course were given an appropriation video assignment and told to sample and re-mix existing footage to create a composite,” said Whisenhunt.
Beckman created a video called oops. “I’m both surprised and honored that people took the time to view my work and recognize something so experimental and non-traditional,” said Beckman. The first place win will allow his piece to be featured on the Vimeo website where he will receive much more exposure.
This was the first year for the Vimeo Awards, which aimed to transform the way online video, as a medium, can be used. An extremely accomplished panel, including documentarian Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me, Paola Antonelli, a senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and Academy-Award nominated director David Lynch, judged the videos.
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